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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 1995) . . Page.. 1607 ..


intended that the principles embodied in the Australian National Training Authority (Territory Functions) Act 1993 be embodied in this legislation. The result will be that all functions associated with the management and coordination of vocational education and training in the ACT become consolidated in one piece of legislation. The integrity of the Canberra Institute of Technology Act will, of course, be protected by this process.

In broad terms, the legislation provides a framework and mechanisms for the strategic planning of vocational education and training in the ACT; provision of policy advice to the Government on vocational education and training; overseeing the allocation of funds for vocational education and training; management of quality assurance and recognition arrangements; and administration and regulation of the ACT system of entry-level training.

Mr Speaker, proposals leading to this draft legislation have now been in gestation for nearly two years and have been subject to a great deal of consultation within the education and training community. I can say with confidence that its broad thrust and its particular provisions are widely supported. Furthermore, we looked at similar legislation in the other States and the Northern Territory to assure ourselves that we are adopting best practice. We have also been guided by knowledge of future systemic requirements through the very close relationship we have established with ANTA. Through all these processes I am able to present to the Assembly leading edge legislation which I am sure will serve the Territory well for many years to come. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Berry) adjourned.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING(CONSEQUENTIAL PROVISIONS) BILL 1995

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Training) (11.01): I present the Vocational Education and Training (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1995, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The introduction of this Bill follows directly from the Vocational Education and Training Bill, which I presented a few minutes ago. In comparison to that Bill, which gives effect to significant change and development in the vocational education and training sector, this Bill is entirely administrative in its scope and intent. Essentially, the Vocational Education and Training (Consequential Provisions) Bill provides for the repeal of the Vocational Training Act 1989; the repeal of the Australian National Training Authority (Territory Functions) Act 1993; a minor, single amendment to the Canberra Institute of


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