Page 1600 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 2 June 2021

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period that these were not going to be nurse-led walk-in centres in the exact same way that our five walk-in centres were—that they would offer a mix of immediate and appointment-based services, dependent on the location and the needs of the individual community. So, in South Tuggeranong, West Belconnen, North Gungahlin, in my own electorate of Kurrajong in the Inner South, and in Molonglo in Coombs, those centres will be different depending on the needs of the communities. But one thing is clear: our fabulous nurses will continue to lead the services within those centres. They will be multi-disciplinary centres that meet the needs of those communities.

Mrs Jones: On a point of order, Madam Speaker: My question was not how wonderful the nurses are; we all appreciate the nurses. The question was how many of the walk-in centres will be nurse-led walk-in centres, and there has been no answer to that question. The number has not been given.

MADAM SPEAKER: I disagree with you, Mrs Jones. Minister, you have the floor if you want to continue.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I have nothing to add.

Canberra Institute of Technology—locations

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, as Gungahlin has a population of 80,000 and trending to more than 100,000, what is the government doing to provide CIT training for the population of the Gungahlin district, to meet their skill demands?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. We certainly recognise the importance of ensuring that all people in Canberra have access to quality training in the Canberra region to support our industries and economies, and particularly in growing areas, such as the areas of construction and trades.

CIT, of course, has a presence in the Gungahlin area through the campus, which was opened in 2011, co-located with the public library and the Gungahlin College. It occupies about 300 square metres, so it is a relatively small campus. The needs of the entire community are met through CIT’s main campuses, currently at CIT Reid, but most of those functions will be moving to the new CIT campus which is of course being designed at the moment in Woden, and at the main campus in Bruce. There are also satellite campuses in Tuggeranong.

CIT have undertaken a campus renewal plan. The development of that plan occurred a few years ago. The basis of that plan is that training would be delivered on their main campus sites. However, they are setting their sights on the future, particularly through their new CIT compass, their strategic plan, which will look at how they meet the needs of industry into the future, and also how they ensure that training is provided in the most flexible way to meet the needs of industry and also for students.

Their ambition is to create a CIT cloud campus. That will provide new opportunities to be able to deliver training in a range of locations, including Gungahlin, and accessing a range of courses, including some courses that may not currently be

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