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

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MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. Certainly CIT and CIT Solutions are both offering training in Auslan—to different capacities, absolutely. It is my understanding—and I do not have it in front of me—that they were teaching out the certificate II, so those that were enrolled will go through. Certainly certificate III is on offer. The enrolment numbers are low. I think they are 20 and under.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will new enrolments for cert II in Auslan and re-enrolment for cert IV be offered by CIT in 2016, given that CIT is not offering new enrolments for cert II in Auslan this year?

MS BURCH: Mr Doszpot is correct in that we are not offering new enrolments for cert II; we are teaching that out and we are offering certificate III in Auslan. The enrolment starter for that is very low and, as I indicated when we spoke about this, the numbers are very low. I am looking to CIT enrolments. While some people say there is more demand, it is not coming through in the numbers of enrolments. I hope Mr Doszpot would recall that last week I indicated that, through the National Disability Insurance Agency and the plans that have been finalised, I am trying to get some intelligence or information around the numbers that could be interested. That will determine offerings for the outyears.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, where will ACT students wishing to become proficient in Auslan train, in the event CIT ceases to offer such courses?

MS BURCH: I think that is hypothetical, because at the moment CIT continues to offer training.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is the absence of adequate Auslan courses in the future a breach of the Human Rights Act or the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

MS BURCH: Again, CIT has indicated that there are Auslan offerings now and there is nothing in front of me to say that there will not be offerings in the future.

Disability services—national disability insurance scheme

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Disability. Minister, can you inform the Assembly of the progress of the national disability insurance scheme in the ACT?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her continued interest in those who are vulnerable in our community and those in our community who are living with a disability. The NDIS has now been operating in the ACT for eight months. It is transforming the lives of people with a disability and renewing the disability sector so that it is better placed to provide vital supports and services to participants.

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