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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . .

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Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre provides other employment-related programs such as road ready, white card and asbestos training qualifications, responsible service of alcohol and responsible gambling and industry skills to diversity the skill and educational opportunities for the young people in the centre. The Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre has two transition officers whose role is to reconnect young people back into education or training and create pathways to employment.

I am pleased to note that the Bendora through-care unit received additional funding in 2015-16 in the budget. The Bendora through-care unit focuses on the young person taking responsibility for their day-to-day care and actively participating in programs and activities to assist them in their rehabilitation and transition back into the community. For some young people in the Bendora through-care unit, their plan may be to return to education while for others it may be to pursue employment. Young people in the Bendora through-care unit can participate in vocational training courses in the community and work experience and/or employment.

Minister Berry and I were at Bimberi only recently and were able to experience the cooking skills learned by young people in Bendora engaged in project dinnertime. Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre and Bimberi staff work collaboratively to support the young people with training in living skills associated with living independently and maintaining employment. I am pleased to say we have designed a system that not only provides a place to live, but a place to grow and learn as well.

The Community Services Directorate is working with the Education and Training Directorate to make sure our most vulnerable children and young people do not miss out on the opportunities they need to learn, grow and develop. A step up for our kids will break the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage for the next generation of care leavers, providing them with an educational foundation for a productive adulthood.

A good education can open up so many opportunities. I thank the teachers and other staff for their hard work and dedication in extending educational opportunity to our most vulnerable children and young people. I present a copy of the statement:

Improving educational outcomes for children in care and on youth justice orders—Ministerial statement, 6 August 2015.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Retirement Villages Act 2012—review

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (10.29): I rise to make a statement on the review

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