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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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traffic report, all future applications for development on the site will be referred to the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate to assess the potential impact on traffic created by the new development. It is anticipated that the upgrades to the intersections required for the current development proposal will also cater for any additional development on the site.

I am satisfied that the issues raised by the community, both during the pre-consultation activities and during the statutory public notification period, have been adequately addressed. As such, I did not feel it necessary to refer the draft variation to the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services.

School enrolment

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety) (4.00): I present the following paper:

Enrolment Projections for Canberra Public Schools for 2017-2018, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 6 April 2016 concerning school enrolment projections.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: On 6 April 2016 the Assembly passed a resolution calling on the government to make public the Education Directorate's enrolment projections for each school for 2017 and 2018 by the last sitting day of June 2016, and outline to the Assembly by the last sitting day in June 2016 how ACT public school enrolments are being managed to ensure that parents and carers across Canberra maintain certainty for their children's future schooling needs.

In accordance with the Assembly resolution, I am pleased to table the Canberra public school enrolment projections for 2017 and 2018 for kindergarten to year 12 and excluding specialist schools. For added transparency, I am also including the February 2016 census enrolments and school capacities for 2016. The document also includes a list of useful terms commonly used by the Education Directorate in relation to capacity planning.

I advise the Assembly that the definition of school capacity has been expanded to ensure that all learning and teaching spaces, including curriculum flexibility spaces and special education spaces such as learning support units, have been included.

I have previously stated that the ACT government welcomes the continuing increase in enrolments in public schools. At the February 2016 Canberra public schools census there were a total of 44,831 student enrolments. For the past three calendar years enrolments have increased by 2.5 per cent, 3.8 per cent and a 4.5 per cent increase between August last year and February 2016.


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