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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . .

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retain flexibility in setting their training priorities in recognition of the vast differences between our labour markets and economies. In other words, I will work to ensure that everything we do takes into account the best interests of the ACT.

I will also work with my colleagues to ensure that all future reforms are done in accordance with a strong evidence base. We here in Australia are very fortunate to have both qualitative and quantitative data on our VET. The recent release of the new total VET activity dataset and the introduction of the unique student indentifier are great examples of those reforms.

In closing, can I say that our SES volunteers and trained staff also take advantage of skills training and remind people in the Assembly that this week is ACTSES Week and today was WOW Day—wear orange Wednesday. I had the great pleasure of being at the SES awards last night and I take the opportunity to thank each and every one of those members of the SES for the fabulous work they do.

Mr Barr: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Education—vocational education and training

MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (3.27): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Australian Training Awards will take place on Thursday, 19 November in Hobart;

(b) the ACT will be represented by a number of ACT trainees, apprentices and RTOs at the Australian Training Awards;

(c) the ACT is well served by a high quality vocational education and training system;

(d) access to high quality skills education is necessary to the ongoing economic and social prosperity of the community; and

(e) the reform work the ACT Government has undertaken in the last 12 months in VET, namely:

(i) the introduction of the Skilled Capital initiative;

(ii) the Review of Vocational Education and Training in ACT Public Schools: Future Directions;

(iii) the ACT Australian Apprenticeships (User Choice) Program Final Report and the proposed Qualification Subsidy Amounts; and

(iv) the governance reforms to the Canberra Institute of Technology and the appointment of a CIT Board;


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