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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 412..

(3) The consultants commenced work on 1 November 2004. Expenditure to date is $13,744.

Computer training

(Question No 1198)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 11 December 2003:

In relation to ACT's Personal Computer (PC) user group:

(1) What measures have been taken, and what measures are planned to ensure the ready availability of information about Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) training facilities available for hire in the ACT;

(2) In this regard, is the Minister aware of the ICT training room within Belconnen Town Centre managed by the ACT's PC Users Group. Is such a community facility of great value to the public, private and community sectors;

(3) Have appropriately-located, volunteered-run, high quality facilities an important role in the Territory's move to enhanced ICT competence;

(4) What other facilities of similar character are available for hire in the ACT's other Town centres;

(5) Is there potential for these facilities to be used by the ACT Government and Public Service in upgrading the ICT competency of staff;

(6) If so, what steps have been taken to bring the existence of these facilities to the notice of the departments and agencies;

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government's Communities Online Project provides a mechanism through which online information from ACT community groups and organisations can be accessed and promoted through one site.

The Communities Online Program encourages local community groups and organisations to establish and maintain their own web sites and/or utilise a comprehensive entry point for online information. This entry point includes information about services offered, up coming events and activities.

The site enables people, communities and organisations such as the ACT's Personal Computer (PC) User Group and other Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) groups to promote their activities, events and facilities.

Similarly, the Community Information and Referral Service (CIRSACT) receives funding from the ACT Government to provide both website and hardcopy listings of community resources

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