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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2355 ..


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION ON NOTICE NO. 742

Teachers - Recruitment

MR CORNWELL - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 15 June 1993:

(1) Does the ACT Government give priority in ACT Government schools to teachers graduating from ACT tertiary institutions?

(2) Is this procedure of giving priority for work to local teacher graduates followed in other states?

(3) If the reply to (1) is negative, why is this so?

MR WOOD - the answer to Mr Cornwells question is:

(1) The ACT Government does not give priority in ACT Government schools to teachers graduating from ACT tertiary institutions.

(2) This procedure.of giving priority for work to local teacher graduates is followed in the Northern Territory. In Tasmania, residents of Tasmania are given priority for work. No other states do this.

(3) It is not followed in the ACT because:

(a) the ACT Government uses merit selection procedures in selecting new staff including teaching staff. Such procedures preclude restricting employment to locally trained teachers. Legal advice is that such restriction would be discriminatory; and

(b) teachers who train locally are not necessarily local people.

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