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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3455..

(2) The project cost was $51,990. The additional funding of $1,990 was found within the minor new works program.

(3) Funding for this project was from the "Facilities for Students with Autism"line item under the Minor New Works Program. I am pleased to report that the project is complete and is providing significant benefits and support to autistic children attending the Woden School.

Child-care-workforce issues

(Question No 899)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 27 August 2003:

In relation to the ACT Child Care industry:

(1) Has the consultation phase relating to the recommendations of the inquiry into workforce issues in the ACT Child Care Industry concluded;

(2) If so, will the Government release the details of that consultation phase, if not, why not when you stated that the consultation phase would be completed by July 2003;

(3) Who was consulted as part of the consultation phase;

(4) If the consultation phase has been completed, what are the most common complaints made by those working in the child care sector;

(5) Further to (4), how many of the recommendations made as part of the Inquiry into Workforce Issues in the ACT Child Care Industry will address the identified problems;

(6) In response to Question on Notice No 401 you said that 'the recommendations that are identified as being able to be progressed at a local level will be acted upon as soon as possible. Where possible, this will occur during 2003';

a) how many recommendations can be implemented at the local level;

b) which recommendations have already been implemented and at what (if any) cost;

7) How many of the recommendations made in the Inquiry into Workforce Issues in the ACT Child Care Industry cannot be implemented at a local level;

8) What will be the Government's next step in the process of improving workforce issues for those in the ACT Child Care Industry.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) The consultation phase relating to the ACT Childcare Workforce Planning Project Report has concluded.

(2) The ACT Government anticipates releasing the findings and recommendations later this year.

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