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Thursday, 3 March 1994
MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.
CANBERRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1994
MR WOOD (Minister for Education and Training, Minister for the Arts and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (10.31): Madam Speaker, I present the Canberra Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill 1994.
Title read by Clerk.
MR WOOD: I move:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
The main purpose of this Bill is to establish a new educational entity to be known as the Australian International Hotel School, the AIHS, through amendment of the Canberra Institute of Technology Act. The Government is looking to tourism as the major generator of jobs and capital investment for the ACT. Therefore, we are looking closely at improving the conditions and infrastructure surrounding the industry, particularly in terms of optimising the educational infrastructure already in place in Canberra.
With assistance from the Commonwealth Government, an exhaustive national study was completed by Tourism Training ACT and Region to assess the market and industry needs for executive management education, to develop an educational model, to define the market for such an educational model, to define the physical characteristics of the facilities needed for the proposed educational model, and to propose a financial model and budget to ascertain the financial viability of the project. This also involved substantial input from Government agencies, industry bodies and specialist consultants, both within the ACT and from around the country.
Assembly members would no doubt be aware of the Government's intention to place Canberra firmly on the map as the education capital of Australia. This aim is substantially enhanced by the formation of the AIHS. This Bill will create what will become Australia's premier hotel management school. It will have international standing, attracting students and academics not only from all Australian States but also from many of our major international trading partners. This Bill creates the AIHS as a body corporate with the objective of becoming an educational institution of international standard, having the legal requirements and responsibilities akin to those of a public university and in accordance with commonly accepted commercial principles.