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The Directorate cannot advise on how relationships and sexuality education is provided in non-Government schools.

(5) The Directorate is preparing to support teachers to understand and implement changes to the Australian Curriculum, specifically the inclusion of consent education from P – 10.

As part of the ACT Government’s commitment to embed gender equality in ACT Public schools, a team of gender equality coaches will provide professional learning, coaching and support to ACT public school-based staff to uplift teaching capability and confidence in the delivery of respectful relationships and sexuality education, including consent.

The Directorate works closely with community organisations such as Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT) who provide a calendar of professional learning for teachers and related resources.

(6) Schools make independent decisions, if and when, external sexuality and relationships education is provided. The cost of such programs is a matter for individual schools and data is not centrally held by the Directorate.

There are a range of community organisations in the ACT that provide sexuality and relationships education workshops and sessions for schools, including YWCA Canberra and Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT.

The Sexual Health, Lifestyle and Relationships Program (SHLiRP) provides sexual health screening clinics and sexual health education to ACT secondary colleges. The program team visit up to 5 colleges each year. Each cohort of year 11 and 12 students will get an opportunity to participate at least once in their time at college.

(7) Each school community is unique, and as such, requires different supports and resources. The provision of sexual protection to students is a school-based decision as schools are best placed to know their students and the needs of their community.

Government—Skills Industry Advisory Group
(Question No 798)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Skills, upon notice, on 3 June 2022:

(1) How many people are on the ACT Skills Industry Advisory Group.

(2) Who is on the advisory group.

(3) Which industries are represented.

(4) Which institutions are represented.

(5) Are there independent private registered training organisations (RTOs) represented on the advisory group.

(6) How many (a) industry representatives, (b) Canberra Institute of Technology representatives and (c) independent private RTOs, are on the group.

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