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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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commonwealth act can regulate the supply of products. ACT law can also regulate installation standards.

The bill includes a range of amendments designed to improve the effectiveness of gas safety regulation. The amendments support regulatory reform and maintain the critical protections already existing in legislation. I commend the bill to the Assembly and thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Ministerial statement

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts), by leave: Vocational education and training play a vital role in the prosperity of the ACT, both economically and socially. I would like to start by acknowledging the many dedicated educators, staff and students that make the ACT vocational and education training sector so strong.

The ACT government is dedicated to supporting economic growth and social prosperity in the ACT. To achieve this, we need a flexible and responsive training sector that meets the needs of industry, students and the ACT community.

We are undertaking an ambitious program of reform to ensure that we attain even higher levels of performance in the ACT training sector. This change is being supported by our own ongoing annual funding of over $100 million for the provision of training services as well as through the $28 million provided by the previous federal Labor government under the national partnership on skills reform.

For the individual, access to education and training has a life-changing effect and opens the doors to satisfying careers and new opportunities previously unattainable. The government is committed to supporting people to achieve prosperity through access to high quality and up-to-date training.

Thankfully, the ACT is fortunate to already have a vibrant training sector providing training to over 30,000 students through public and private training organisations. These training organisations currently employ 1,500 people directly. This includes our strong public provider, the Canberra Institute of Technology, which provides the majority of training delivered in the ACT.

The ACT is one of the most educated populations in the country and has one of the lowest levels of unemployment and disadvantage compared with other states and jurisdictions. But we still face challenges. Our economy relies heavily on the public sector, hospitality, tourism and other service industries for which training plays a

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