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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . .

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The demand for the certificate courses at CIT has remained low, which makes them financially unviable to run. Many students do not complete the full qualification indicating a lack of need for official certification. The short courses at CIT Solutions, in both Auslan 1 and Auslan 2, are fully subscribed anecdotally suggesting that the demand is in the development of conversational language skills in Auslan.

The Auslan certificate courses offered at CIT were developed and accredited by the Kangan Institute of TAFE in Victoria. The nationally recognised Victorian Auslan program will expire in 2015. As a registered Training Organisation, CIT must comply with the teach-out requirements regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority for an expired course.

CIT offered the Certificate II in Auslan in 2013 and 2014 and is offering the Certificate II in Auslan in 2015 for existing students to enable those students who have begun the Certificate II to complete the qualification, should they wish to do so.

CIT is also offering the Certificate Ill in Auslan in 2015 for full-time students. However, this will require sufficient enrolments for the course to proceed.

Until further information is available on the national reaccreditation of the Auslan certificate courses, CIT must plan for its cessation. CIT is examining how best to meet the needs of students and the community in future years. This may include ongoing and more flexible offerings through CIT Solutions.

University of Canberra Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events) (10.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It is my pleasure to present the University of Canberra Amendment Bill 2015 and its explanatory statement.

The ACT government is committed to supporting our tertiary and research sector. This bill will help the University of Canberra to strengthen its foundations and secure a long-term future. This is despite the tough global and national economic environment and of course the looming pressures from the federal government's ill-informed reforms and cuts to higher education, which follow on from last year's federal cuts to education more generally.


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