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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3955 ..


The master plan will make it easier to navigate around the campus and improve day-to-day operations. It incorporates the changes we have already made at the Canberra Hospital to enhance our health infrastructure. This includes the $624 million Canberra Hospital expansion that is currently underway, the largest investment in health infrastructure since self-government, which has already seen the construction of two new buildings and the refurbishment of a number of spaces.

The master plan will see improvements to access and amenity in the new critical services building that has commenced with the demolition of buildings 5 and 24 and construction now underway. It will also provide improved clinical, public and logistics connections across the campus.

Through the precinct approach that reflects community feedback about the campus, recent and new health infrastructure investments will align, with dedicated precincts to ensure the right service in the right place at the right time in a way that is easy to navigate and understand. These precincts include the acute hospital precinct, which incorporates the new critical services building and the invaluable and expanded Canberra region cancer centre; the women and children’s precinct, which includes the expanded Centenary Hospital for Women and Children; the mental health precinct, incorporating the adult mental health unit; the accommodation precinct, which includes the new south-side step-up, step-down facility; a gateway precinct to support flexibility; and a training, research and innovation precinct to support our health workforce through world-class facilities with our tertiary partners.

Education—teachers

MRS KIKKERT: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education. Minister, during budget estimates on 19 October, you took questions on notice about the teacher shortages, including: what is the FTE teacher shortfall; a breakdown of how many of the 42.5 staff in the budget are actually registered frontline teachers as opposed to support staff or special needs teachers; and where is the money for 400 promised teachers? You provided a short response on 1 November 2021. Unfortunately, none of those questions was answered. Minister, please answer this question directly. What is the FTE teacher shortfall in the ACT right now?

MS BERRY: Can I seek some clarification from Mrs Kikkert? Was that short clarification in a question provided on notice or in a committee hearing?

MRS KIKKERT: It was a question taken on notice in a budget estimates hearing. It was taken on notice, but you did not provide the answer to that question taken on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Berry, she is seeking the shortfall in the full-time equivalent teachers in the ACT.

MS BERRY: I think Mrs Kikkert is questioning the question on notice response. I refer Mrs Kikkert to the question on notice and the response that the directorate has provided.


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