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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3256..

(4) What other grant programs, if any, has SIDS and Kids received funding through.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) ACT Health made an in kind contribution to the value of approximately $4,000 by providing facilities to host the workshop at The Canberra Hospital. I also wrote a letter of support for the workshop to my state colleagues.

(2) I am informed that the funds provided by other jurisdictions, together with the in kind support of facilities by ACT Health, fully met the costs incurred by SIDS and Kids ACT in facilitating the workshop.

(3) In the 2003/2004 financial year SIDS and Kids ACT received $107,704 from ACT Health for the delivery of: safe sleeping education; programs leading to a reduction in SIDS; and information to parents, caregivers, health professionals and teenagers (future parents) on the prevention of SIDS.

(4) I am not aware of other grant programs provided to SIDS and Kids ACT.


(Question No 1551)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

(1) In relation to indigenous education and further to Question on notice No 1449, what is the current retention rate of indigenous students from (a) Year 10 to College and (b) Year 6 to high school;

(2) What are the most recent figures that reveal the percentage of indigenous students who finish their schooling at the end of (a) Year 10, (b) Year 11 and (c) Year 12;

(3) What is the (a) absentee and (b) truancy rate among indigenous students;

(4) Of the suspension figures in response to Question on notice No 1467, what are the numbers of indigenous students suspended in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003.

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


Retention rates are based on enrolments in August in succeeding years.

Apparent indigenous student retention rates from August 2002 to August 2003 are:


Year 10 to college (year 11)



Year 6 to high school (year 7)


* Apparent retention rates greater than 100% indicate that more students are transferring into ACT Government schools than are leaving.


The mobility of the indigenous community makes it difficult to determine when students complete their schooling.

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