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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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(3) The number of FTE positions filled within financial years 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 fluctuated due to resignations, retirement, maternity leave and leave without pay. The FTEs reported below indicates the FTEs of school psychologists at the start of the school year.

a) 2013 - 40.1 FTEs

b) 2104 - 42.2 FTEs

c) 2015 - 42.9 FTEs

The Directorate provides funding of school psychologists for 41.7 FTEs. Each year over recruitment is conducted to provide support when staff are on leave.

(4) School psychologists are employed on a full-time and part-time basis. There are currently 23 full-time school psychologists, 42 part-time school psychologists, five full-time senior psychologists and four part-time senior psychologists.

(5) The true salary cost of a school psychologist and senior psychologists is the salary cost plus 22.5% (on costs). The annual salary costs for 2015-2016 for School Psychologists and Senior Psychologists (without the four additional positions) is anticipated to cost $6,331,636 (salary and on costs).

The current average cost for 1 FTE (salary plus on costs):

a) School Psychologist is $117,988

b) Senior Psychologist is $143,107

(6) There are currently 0.4 of a full-time position vacant due to leave without pay and illness. Recruitment is underway to fill anticipated vacancies in 2016 due to retirement, leave without pay and retirements/resignations. Four additional temporary positions will be recruited as a result of the ACTPS Education and Training (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2014-2018.

(7) The flexible need based response approach which senior and other school psychologists provides makes it difficult to calculate primary and high school and college ratios.

When all school psychologists and senior psychologists providing support to students are considered, the ratio of psychologist to child is 1:744.

Teachers—professional development (Question No 574)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 November 2015:

(1) How many professional learning courses are currently accredited by the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).

(2) How are the costs per course determined.

(3) What is the cost for teachers of courses conducted or endorsed by TQI.

(4) How many courses conducted or endorsed by TQI are free to teacher participants.


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