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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1873 ..

into ACT colleges of students who have completed year 10 in NSW. In addition, some students who commence year 7 in the ACT may move to another jurisdiction before reaching year 12.

(4) Colleges and high schools collaborate closely to provide relevant and timely orientation and transition programs for all students. Each high school and college has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education contact teacher, a student services/support team and a pastoral care program. Students are also able to access Transitions and Careers Officers and Work Experience Coordinators at each school.

The Education Directorate provides several system wide programs and initiatives:

The Mura Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 10 and 11, providing students with a small bursary to assist with educational expenses relating to such things as book packs, excursions and uniforms.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship Program is available for years 11 and 12 students interested in a career in teaching, the health field or a vocational pathway.

Pathways is an award winning ACT government website containing three plans: the 5-6 Plan, Pathways Plan and 11-12 Plan. The Plans aim to assist young people with their career planning and support them in times of transition. Every young person in the ACT is invited to take the opportunity to develop their own personalised plan on Pathways.

A new approach to Cultural Integrity in schools, as I outlined in my Ministerial Statement, will also support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student engagement.

Environment—carbon emissions(Question No 1066)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, upon notice, on 23 March 2018:

(1) How will effectiveness of changing peoples’ perceptions and habits be measured in relation to the Community Zero Emissions grants as a result of the (a) $25 000 grant to The Neighbourhood Effect to develop a free, interactive smartphone app and website to encourage the use of sustainable lifestyle habits, products and initiatives, (b) $24 785 grant to Unions ACT to establish a deep-engagement program to recognise and promote positive changes to reduce carbon emissions in the workplace and home, (c) $24 200 grant to Canberra Environment Centre to purchase a solar powered composter to service the Acton community’s composting needs, (d) $23 000 grant to Woden Community Service to train young people to fix and build bicycles which will then be donated to disadvantaged members of the community, (e) $22 160 grant to SEE Change to engage project home builders and developers to build more sustainably and promote living with a smaller environmental footprint and (f) $21 550 grant to Australian Dance Party to change perceptions and behaviours through a dance, short film and community awareness campaign.

(2) What are the details of the deep-engagement program facilitated by Unions ACT and when (a) did this engagement program commence and (b) does this engagement program cease.

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