Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 4 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 1173..
Thursday, 26 March 2015
The Assembly met at 10 am.
MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee
MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (10.02): Pursuant to the order of the Assembly of 25 September 2014, I present the following report:
Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 3—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2013-2014, dated 26 March 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings
That the report be noted.
In tabling the report today I thank my fellow committee members: Mr Doszpot, the deputy chair; Mrs Jones, who has stepped down from the committee, as we know; and Ms Fitzharris. Mr Coe has now joined the committee, but he did not participate in the annual report hearings, as members would realise. I also thank Andrew Snedden, the secretary, for his work on this report and all in the committee office who have assisted in its preparation and supported him in that. There are 20 recommendations, and I will briefly talk to some of them.
In relation to recommendations 2 and 3, the committee heard from officials about how the CIT is progressing in implementing changes in its workplace culture and management. It is very pleasing to see how these changes are having an ongoing positive effect; they are to be commended. These recs are mainly to emphasise how important the committee believes these changes have been and to encourage the CIT management to continue their work in this area.
Recs 4 and 5 deal with the matter of Auslan certificates II and III delivery. The minister has spoken about this in the house of late, in response to a question from Mr Doszpot, I believe, so members of the committee are aware that this is a complex issue, as most issues are. However, there is a concern by the committee that there appears to be the possibility that the way the course is currently delivered by the CIT may not allow for the transition from one level to another smoothly. I am aware from what the minister said the other day that there may be other RTOs offering this course as well. The committee believes that, as it appears the affected individuals believe that interpreters may be thin on the ground. However, it also appears that enrolments are quite low. Therefore the recommendations go to discussion between those who are concerned in the disability sector and those who are offering training.