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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2011) . . Page.. 2011 ..


(3) Will the Minister provide a corrected response to question on notice No 1176 part (l)(c)(ii) in light of the AQTF and BSSS guidelines CIT has been required to follow at present and all times from 2008 onwards.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The National Quality Council (NQC) is responsible for determining the training and assessment competencies to be held by Trainers and Assessors under the Australian Quality Training Framework Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration. This document sets out the competency requirements for staff employed as Trainers and Assessors in Registered Training Organisations such as CIT. Those requirements are then used to inform the qualification requirements of specific teaching classifications contained within the Work Level Standards as part of the ACT Public Sector Management Standards. While there is no legislative requirement for CIT staff to have specific teaching qualifications under the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) guidelines, there is an expectation that staff involved in these programs will have equivalent qualifications to those held in the relevant schools sector. Accordingly, recruitment activities undertaken in these areas closely examine the teaching qualifications of prospective staff to ensure quality of educational outcomes is maintained.

(2) CIT staff are routinely reminded of the training and assessment competencies under the Australian Quality Training Framework Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration. As a result, teaching staff that do not hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment are strongly encouraged to gain this qualification as this enhances their ability to deliver quality educational outcomes for CIT students.

(3) It is not a mandatory requirement for Teacher Band 1s who are paid below the salary barrier to have teaching qualifications. The Australian Quality Training Framework Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration states the level of qualification for those staff involved in training and assessment. The Conditions and Standards provide for trainers who do not have teaching qualifications (but who do have vocational qualifications) to work under the direct supervision of a person who has the teaching competencies specified. As Teacher Band 1s are supervised by staff that are required to have a higher level teaching qualification than that contained in the Conditions and Standards it is clear that CIT is meeting its requirements in this regard. Where teaching staff do not hold the qualifications necessary for assessment they are required to perform this task with a teacher who does hold the necessary qualifications. As part of its obligations as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), CIT undergoes regular compliance audits to retain its RTO status. These audits have not identified any issues in regard to compliance with the Conditions and Standards that relate to training and assessment qualifications.


Sport—funding(Question No 1623)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 7 April 2011:

(1) What are the Government’s criteria for determining funding levels for the Sport and Recreation Operational Program.


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