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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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After thorough consultation with staff, in 2017 CIT adopted new executive management, functional and internal governance committee structures. This new structure will ensure that CIT has the breadth and depth of skills, in the right positions, needed to develop a sustainable business model able to succeed in a challenging operating environment.

This transformation was an important step in the implementation of CIT's strategic compass 2020, evolving together. The strategic compass sets CIT's future directions and commitments around four themes: shaping change; growing the ACT region's economy; advancing Canberra's workforce; and transforming CIT's business. The strategic compass includes nine projects designed to deliver tangible, positive changes to CIT operations. Together, they ensure that CIT will remain a contemporary and competitive training organisation.

The projects saw substantial progress in 2017. CIT is now ready to roll out major improvements to its digital infrastructure and operations. New information and communication technology will be installed across campuses in 2018. This will allow CIT to offer more courses and more flexibility and to improve students' experience. CIT is included in the Chief Minister's vision of a world-class innovation precinct of education and research organisations flanking the city. Last year the government announced that the University of New South Wales was interested in establishing a new campus located close to CIT Reid. CIT's leaders have embraced this exciting initiative and are working with UNSW and the government to bring it to fruition.

As the annual report details, in 2017 CIT expanded and strengthened its partnerships with hundreds of ACT private and public sector employees and employers. Leveraging its role in tackling local trade skills shortages, in 2017 CIT brought together more than 50 employers and hundreds of prospective students at two highly successful CIT ApprenticeLink events. This was just one of many events CIT initiated or was involved in based around its partnerships with hundreds of industry, business and community organisations in the region. CIT also continues to deliver courses aligned to the ACT government priority areas of renewable energy, cybersecurity and the growing health sector.

The annual report includes an impressive record of these vital relationships, highlighting the integral, and often underestimated, role CIT plays in the fabric of Canberra's culture and economy. In the past I had quite a bit to do with CIT, both in my role as motor trades executive director and also previously as a CIT student in the welding course. I congratulate them on the year.

Apollo 11 mission—50th anniversary

Statement by member

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.32), by leave: Yesterday morning, with respect to my motion about the Apollo 11 anniversary, in my speech I referred to the presentation of a moon rock by US Vice President Spiro Agnew to the Australian Prime Minister, Harold Holt, which would have been immensely newsworthy if not miraculous because Harold Holt had been dead for a couple of years by that time. I misspoke. It should have been Prime Minister Gorton, not Prime Minister Holt.


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