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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 364..

Cross-promotional opportunities with the Canadian Tulip Festival; and

Opportunities in China leading up to the Beijing Olympics.

(3) In April 2002, during a visit to South Africa a senior officer from BusinessACT met with the Executive Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Tshwane to deliver a letter from the Chief Minister inviting the Mayor to bring a delegation to the ACT to progress the relationship. Discussions are progressing with the possibility of the Executive Mayor visiting Canberra after the South African National elections in 2004.

In addition, a number of visiting South African delegations have met with BusinessACT and BusinessACT has provided contacts and networks for ACT firms who have an interest in developing business-to-business relationships in South Africa.

All international relationships need to provide benefits to the ACT in terms of the development of business-to-business or community-to-community relationships.

Vocational education and training

(Question No 1116)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 25 November 2003:

In relation to subjects and students in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector:

(1) Please provide a current list of VET subjects offered, showing breakdown by institution in the ACT;

(2) Please provide the numbers of students enrolled in each course for 2002 and 2003 and retention rates for each course offered;

(3) Further to (1), where applicable, please indicate any changes proposed for courses offered for 2004.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) This information is available via the Department of Education, Youth & Family Services web site.

(2) Nationally audited data sets of all training, including User Choice funded, are reported by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

(3) RTOs have nominated their changes to delivery intentions for 2004. This process closed on 8 December 2003.

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