Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2022) . . Page.. 2789 ..
produced webinars and ACT specific professional learning opportunities to ensure understanding of the curriculum.
(3) Currently there are no plans to introduce the phonics screening for all year 1 students. The Phonics Screening Check is freely available for all teachers to use as one of their many tools to support students learning to read. ACT teachers use different sources of data from standardised testing in the early years as well classroom-based assessment to support students as they are learning to read. It is important that teachers have access to a variety of assessment tools to meet the individual needs of their students and the school context.
Questions without notice taken on notice
Ms Berry (in reply to a question by Ms Castley on Tuesday, 22 March 2022):
As reported in the Education Directorate’s 2020-21 Annual Report, 4,004 teachers were employed in ACT public education.
The government will provide a more detailed update to the Assembly on the workforce of public schools by the first sitting of 2023, as per the Assembly’s motion of 1 June.
Ms Stephen-Smith (in reply to a question by Ms Castley on Wednesday, 1 June 2022):
From 01 June 2021 to 01 June 2022, 59 nursing staff have had contract cessation or have been dismissed from Canberra Health Services due to underperformance action, misconduct proceedings or invalidity retirement. Many nurses have gained further employment at the cessation of their contract end date, however it is difficult to determine the exact number due to the way data is collected.
For the same period, six nursing staff have had contract cessation or been terminated by Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.
The Government’s commitment to providing secure work for ACT Government employees requires that all employees on fixed-term contracts and long-term casuals are assessed and provided priority for conversion to ongoing employment.
Government—business support grants
Mr Barr (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Ms Castley on Thursday, 9 June 2022):
Every applicant that was approved for a Business Support Grant payment was provided the opportunity to submit additional information that was required to assess their eligibility for a top-up payment, for larger businesses, or a Tourism,