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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 14 May 2015) . . Page.. 1861 ..


(9) How many hours of teaching is involved in one year of (a) Certificate II course, (b) Certificate III course and (c) CIT Solutions courses.

(10) How many Auslan-using deaf students are enrolled at CIT in 2015.

(11) How many Auslan-using deaf students were enrolled in 2014 and 2013 and (a) what courses were they enrolled in and (b) what is the gender breakdown.

(12) Does CIT employ Auslan interpreters; if so, how many.

(13) How many hours of interpreting did CIT use in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 (e) 2014 and how many hours of interpreting are projected for 2015.

(14) What qualifications does each interpreter used by and at CIT have and are they CIT staff or external consultants; if CIT, are they full time or part time.

(15) What qualifications are teachers in the Auslan courses required to have.

(16) Are all lecturers engaged in teaching Auslan fully qualified in accordance with required standards.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a and b) It is not common practice for CIT to promote individual courses across its 400 programs offerings. CIT did advertise the Certificate III in the CIT 2015 Course Guide which was available from 30 August 2014 (open day) and in December 2014 and January 2015 as outlined below.

Print advertisements appeared in the Canberra Weekly publication on Thursday 18 December 2014 and Thursday 22 January 2015.

Print advertisements appeared in the Chronicle publication on Tuesday 16 December 2014 and Tuesday 20 January 2015.

“Whole of Government” online advertising appeared on Tuesday 16 December 2014 and Tuesday 13 January 2015.

(c) The total cost of advertising for the Auslan courses was $2,292.93. The Auslan program was included in the course listing on the CIT website throughout 2014 and 2015. CIT Solutions does not advertise its Auslan courses separately to other short courses. It advertises all upcoming short courses twice a year in a brochure inserted in the Canberra Times print publication. It also has a list of email subscribers that it contacts regularly throughout the year advising of upcoming courses, short courses and accredited training courses. Information regarding all CIT Solutions short courses is available on their website and periodically promoted through the whole of government online message.

(2) CIT does not keep official EOI lists for all its courses. At the end of January 2015, a list compiled by staff in that area contained the names and contact details of 37 persons who had expressed interest in the Certificate II in Auslan in the previous year. On the week of 10 February 2015 CIT attempted to contact each person named on the list.

The officer was able to make contact with 24 of the people on the list. When possible, a message was left (with the officer’s contact details) when the person could not be contacted. Of those contacted, 14 continued to express an interest in studying Auslan at


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