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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2245..

Public Health Risk (Infection Control) Licence and thus are not specifically regulated under the ACT Public Health Act 1997 unless the business is found to be a danger to public health.

Non exempt premises

Businesses performing ear piercing on the upper ear lobe or with reusable equipment (e.g. body piercing) are required to hold a Public Health Risk (Infection Control) Licence.

Types of premises

Whilst the ACT Public Health Act 1997 deals with the public health aspects of ear piercing, there is no distinction between chemists, jewellery stores and any other type of outlet under the Act.

Age of consent

Currently there is no requirement in ACT legislation that children under the age of 16 require parental consent prior to ear piercing. Reference to age of consent is contained in section 388 of the ACT Children and Young People Act 1999, which requires the written consent of a parent prior to tattooing of a child or young person but does not address issues in relation to ear or body piercing.

Schools-computer tutor program

(Question No 1466)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Is the Minister aware of a program which has been endorsed by the Australian Institute of Mathematics called computer tutor?

(2) Do any ACT government schools use the mathematics computer tutor?

(3) If so, which schools currently utilize this program and how many students would this equate to; if not, would the Minister encourage schools to allow the computer tutor to be used in ACT government schools given that it closely follows the Education Department's school curriculum in each state?

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The program 'computer tutor' has been developed and produced by the Australian Institute of Mathematics. The Institute of Mathematics is a private company working in the area of multimedia education. The company has produced software in the fields of mathematics and English.

(2) ACT schools select a number of appropriate resources to support the curriculum. The 'computer tutor' is only one of many commercially available products available to schools and as such I do not think it is necessary to survey all schools about this particular product alone.

(3) The department encourages schools to use a wide range of resources to support their curriculum and focus on improving student outcomes.

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