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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 320..


Education-student assistance

(Question No 840)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 December 2005 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Education and Training):

(1) How many students currently receive funding assistance under the Student Centred Appraisal of Need program;

(2) What is the breakdown of students in each year from Year 7 through to Year 12 in ACT Government schools in receipt of this form of funding assistance;

(3) What programs have been put in place by the ACT Government to assist with the transition of these students into the workplace and what organisations has the Government engaged to assist in this activity.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) At the August 2005 census there were 1722 students who received special education resources in ACT Government schools.

(2)

Year 7

126

Year 10

82

Year 8

109

Year 11

70

Year 9

95

Year 12

100

(3) The Australian Government is responsible for funding and managing services that assist young people with a disability transition into the workplace. The ACT Government provides in kind support to the Australian Government's DisAbility Coordination Officer program, with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) hosting the program. CIT also offers specific programs to assist school leavers with transition to employment. The ACT Department of Education and Training (DET) offers a range of services and programs to all students, including those with a disability to assist with transition to the workplace including: careers counselling, Vocational Education and Training programs and the School Based New Apprenticeship program (SNAPS). SNAPS encourages businesses to offer training to students with a disability who are able to participate in training. DET provides funding for the annual Canberra Careers Market which provides students with an opportunity to explore possible pathways. The Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services also offers funding under the Post School Options program which assist young school leavers with a disability who are not able to seek full time work or training after they graduate from school and who require transitional support services as they move from school to adult life. The ACT Government also provides funding to support transition programs operated by Capital Careers and works collaboratively with the ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry who are involved in a range of programs to assist with the transition of students from school into employment.


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