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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1660..

Funds are committed for:

accredited postgraduate training in careers counselling for school careers advisors

an ACT career education conference

research into student transition planning

career teacher professional development

publication of the Work Related Outcomes resource for students

career education programs and resources for schools

promotion of career education.

It is anticipated that the full allocation will be expended/committed by the end of June 2004.

(4) A four person team has been established within the Training and Adult Education Branch. The positions are: SOGB, SOGC, ASO6, ASO4.

(5) The Career Transition section will work closely with government and non-government schools, the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training, other sections of the Department of Education Youth and Family Services and external agencies to plan and provide career education programs. Career Transition is particularly focused on providing professional development for careers advisers, raising the profile of career education and assisting schools to implement career education programs.

(6) The job description of the career transition initiative is to provide all young people in the ACT with access to timely, expert career guidance and help them develop the competencies to effectively manage their transitions and careers.

Drug education programs

(Question No 1364)

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

(1) Further to your reply to Question on notice No1041 in which you stated that an evaluation of drug education programs in ACT government schools and colleges will be conducted in 2004, when will that evaluation (a) begin and (b) be completed;

(2) Who will undertake the evaluation;

(3) What will the evaluation look at;

(4) How will the evaluation be funded.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The department will shortly be conducting a literature search and research on evidence-based drug education programs across Australia, including peer education, which will be completed by the end of this year.

(2) - (3) The initial evaluation to be undertaken by the department this year will include an analysis of successful programs and resources used in other states and territories along

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