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(4) Are there more school counsellors employed in high schools and colleges than primary schools; if so, how many and how often are school counsellors at high schools and colleges.
(5) What is the role of the school counsellor.
(6) Are school counsellors required to submit reports with the Education Directorate about their work and the nature of the student issues they deal with; if so, can the Minister provide this information/reports for the last two years.
(7) Has the number of school counsellors changed over the last five years; if so, can the Minister provide details.
(8) What is the waiting time for a student to see a counsellor, and is this information kept.
(9) On average, how many times will a school counsellor see a student/child.
(10) What are the five most common reasons for students to see a school counsellor.
(11) What qualifications do school counsellors have and can the Minister provide a breakdown of counsellors and their qualifications, including whether they are psychologists.
(12) Has there been a review of the school counsellor program over the last six years; if so, can the Minister provide the report and recommendations.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(2) The Education Directorate does not employ school counsellors.
(3) Refer to Answer 2.
(4) Refer to Answer 2.
(5) Refer to Answer 2.
(6) Refer to Answer 2.
(7) Refer to Answer 2.
(8) Refer to Answer 2.
(9) Refer to Answer 2.
(10) Refer to Answer 2.
(11) The Directorate employees qualified psychologists in the school psychology service. Currently, ACT public schools are supported by a total of 83.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) psychologists.
• 64.0 FTE school psychologists (including two COVID-19 Response fund temporary positions)