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national agreement on skills and workforce development which has provided a solid basis for skills investment for over a decade now.

Whoever forms government in a few weeks time needs to take a fresh approach to negotiating this important national partnership agreement. We need a better deal for skills: one that protects and strengthens our public providers, keeps skills and training affordable and accessible for students, and is based on genuine partnership between the governments who fund it. The ACT government will not sign up to anything that delivers less than this for our community.

I began this statement by talking about ambition and optimism and I would like to end on that note as well. Our government is ambitious for how Canberra’s skills sector can evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of our economy, students and businesses. From sustainable trades to cyber, caring professions and more, there is so much opportunity for Canberra’s local training providers to contribute to building the skilled workforce we need to secure and build on Canberra’s prosperity. We are optimistic about what we can achieve together when government and industry co-invest in skills and workforce development.

We want every Canberran to be skilled to succeed, not just young people leaving school today but anyone at any point in their life who wants to upskill, re-skill or reconnect with work. We know that local employers and industries share that goal because this will rapidly expand the number of people in our workforce with future-focused and in-demand skills. A highly skilled workforce underpins a vibrant, growing and inclusive economy and community, and that is what we are working every day to deliver. I present the following papers:

Skilled to Succeed—

Ministerial statement, 4 May 2022.

Skills and workforce agenda for the ACT.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment—World Bee Day

Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (10.58): When we start looking particularly at environmental issues, it is important to begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we come together today, the Ngunnawal people. I respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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