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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4214 ..

to the National Zoo and Aquarium, the Australian Defence Force Academy and Questacon.

Schools are able to apply for supplementary funding to support students from kindergarten through to year 6 who are at risk of disengaging from school. Funding is used by schools for staffing additional support in the classroom.

The scholarship program for senior secondary students interested in a career in teaching commenced in 2009. Up to 10 $5,000 scholarships have been available each year. To date 30 students have received scholarships. Last year the program was extended to include students interested in pursuing a career in health.

In addition three university scholarships of $20,000 are available each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking teacher training at the University of Canberra or the Australian Catholic University. This year three teacher education students were awarded scholarships, and 2013 NAPLAN results showed an increase in the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving at or above the national minimum standards.

There is still more work to do. However, we have seen improvements and the strategies we have in place are supporting these improvements. The commitment of the government to improving education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students remains strong and focused. I am pleased to table the report.

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—report

Paper and statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Racing and Gaming, Minister for Women and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Gaming Machine Act, pursuant to section 168—Community contributions made by Gaming Machine Licensees—Report by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, dated 21 October 2014.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BURCH: The report is a requirement of the Gaming Machine Act 2004 and is prepared by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. The act requires club licensees to make a minimum community contribution of eight per cent of the net gaming machine revenue each financial year. Hotel and tavern gaming machine licensees are not required by the act to make community contributions. However, it is compulsory for them to submit a record of their contributions, along with a financial report, to the commission.

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