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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 7 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 3059..


Questions without notice taken on notice

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

Dr Bourke (in reply to a question by Mr Doszpot on Wednesday, 9 May 2012): I can advise the Assembly that the Education and Training Directorate has confirmed that the total costs identified as being associated with the collaboration between UC and CIT (including GST) are $58,198.

A breakdown of expenditure follows:

� Intermediate Government Liaison and Advisory was contracted to support the ACT Education and Training Directorate, with total costs of $28,453.70.

� The cost of external consultancy fees, including travel and associated research, was $29,744.42

Communication and social awareness playgroups

Dr Bourke (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Hunter on Thursday, 10 May 2012):

1. Communication and social awareness playgroups are funded as part of the Early Childhood Intervention Program delivery through Early Childhood Education in the Education and Training Directorate (ETD).

2. In 2011 a pilot program trialled Noah's Ark Family and Community Centres managing the delivery of the Communication and Social Awareness Playgroup. Informal evaluation activities included a survey involving families and allied professionals. Nine responses were received including three from involved families, which were broadly positive. Due to the small number of respondents, it is not intended that further details would be made public.

Largely as a result of the small number of enrolments in 2011, it was mutually agreed between the Directorate and Noah's Ark Family and Community Centres that the Directorate could meet the needs of the group within existing resources, so the program returned to the Directorate in 2012. Children referred for this service are placed in north and south side ETD Early Intervention playgroups.

As is the case with any programs conducted by the ETD, current arrangements are subject to ongoing review. If it is considered appropriate at any time in future to outsource the delivery of this program, it will be subject to an open tender.

Communication and social awareness playgroups

Dr Bourke (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 10 May 2012): In 2011 a pilot program trialled Noah's Ark Family and Community


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