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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1659..

(4) The definition of 'seniority' within ACTION is the order in which drivers are able to pick a shift based on their years of service. 'Seniority' is not used as a means of promotion.

(5) Yes there is concern by senior drivers that a system that has been in place for many years is now considered to be inappropriate. However, ACTION Authority and the TWU representative are working together to ensure the shift allocation principles are legal under the anti-discrimination legislation and meet as far as possible the concerns of drivers and the AIRC. Once a position has been agreed the Authority will seek confirmation from the AIRC that the new principles are acceptable.

(6) (a) Yes.

(b) No.

Career education support service

(Question No 1363)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 9 March 2004:

(1) Is the career education support services operational; if so, when did it become operational; if not, why not and when will it be operational;

(2) Of the $384 000 allocated in the 2003-04 Budget for this program, what amount of funding has been expended;

(3) What is the breakdown of any expenditure and what has been delivered for that expenditure;

(4) How many people are employed to work as part of the career education support service and at what level are they employed;

(5) How will the service operate;

(6) What is the job description of the career education support service.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The Career Transition section, which constitutes the "career education support service", became operational in January 2004 to develop the programs necessary to achieve the budget initiative.

(2) As at February 2004, $89 896.32 has been spent.

(3) That expenditure comprises:

salaries to date:

$53 390.12

insurance premiums for work placements:

$35 200

office requirements:

$ 1 306.20

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