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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 (19 October) . . Page.. 3399..


(1) What is the ACT Government doing to ensure that no additional financial burden will be placed on indigenous families in the ACT as a result of the closure of each individual school in the ACT;

(2) What programs will be put in place to assist indigenous families to cover any increase in transport costs associated with the need to send their children to a new school as a result of any school closures.

Mr Barr

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

(1) If decisions are made to proceed with the proposal, transitional planning will be put in place for individual students and their families to assist in their move to another government school. These arrangements will take account of the student's educational support needs and also look at the broader needs of the student and their family, to minimise any travel or financial hardship.

(2) See above.

Joint emergency services training team

(Question No 1313)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) What is the number, by function and appointment, of training staff in the Joint Emergency Services Training (JEST) team;

(2) What is the budget of JEST for (a) operating costs, (b) building costs, (c) resource costs and (d) total cost of implementation of training programs.

Mr Corbell

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

(1) Current staffing for the Joint Emergency Services Training Academy (JESTA) is one SOG B Strategic Manager of learning and development for all services except ACT Fire Brigade. Two ASO 5 Training Advisors responsible for maintenance of the Registered Training Organisation (RTO), non-operational training and development, and the maintenance of learning and development materials including nationally recognised manuals and assessment tools. One ASO 4 responsible for co-ordination of all Emergency Management Australia Institute (EMAI) training opportunities for the Territory, database maintenance, development and maintenance of learning and development materials as above.

(2) The ESA is currently finalising internal budget allocations and therefore detailed budget amounts for JESTA are not yet available.

Bushfires—Rural Fire Service

(Question No 1314)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:


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