Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2005 2005) . . Page.. 654 ..
settings, 44 students in LSU/PDD, 25 in generic LSUs/LSCs and 61 in mainstream classes. A breakdown is not available for 2001 and 2000.
• All students with PDD are eligible to participate in ACTAP. Parents have the option to exempt or withdraw their child from the testing program.
• Students in mainstream classes and LSCs who have PDD are not identified for ACTAP purposes. Data is available only for 2003 and 2004 for students in LSU/PDD.
In 2003, seven students in LSU/PDD were assessed in Reading, Writing and Numeracy with all above the national benchmark in each strand.
In 2004, four students in LSU/PDD were assessed in Reading and Numeracy and five were assessed in Writing. Three students were at or above the national benchmark in each strand.
• Students not participating in ACTAP did so by parent choice to exempt or withdraw their child from testing, or they were absent from school during the assessment period.
• The achievements of students with PDD are assessed and reported on within the bounds of school reporting.
• Education outcomes are reported to parents/carers through school reporting.
Justice and Community Safety, Department—chief executive officer(Question No 45)
Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:
• How much additional cost will the Department of Justice and Community Safety incur for the remainder of the 2004-05 financial year as a result of the creation of the new position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer;
• Why was this position created when in other areas of the Department there have been some significant budget cuts.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The position of Deputy Chief Executive has been established initially for a period of six months from 12 July 2004 to 12 January 2005 and will be continued. It is funded from within the Legal Policy Budget. The Department of Justice and Community Safety will seek no additional funds as a result of the creation of this position.
The position of Deputy Chief Executive was established to respond to both structural limitations and emerging operational needs within the Department. A primary focus is responsibility for representing the ACT in national fora such as the National Counter Terrorism Committee established to deal with national security issues and for the Department’s Security Coordination Unit. This function is headed in all other jurisdictions at the deputy secretary level and it is important that the ACT’s interests be appropriately managed in what is now a very significant and active area since the recent emergencies of