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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 2148 ..

Report and Statement

MR OSBORNE: I present Report No. 14 of 1995 of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation. I seek leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Report No. 14 of 1995 contains the committee's comments on one Bill. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 3 of 1995

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (5.27): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 5 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report Number 3, 1995 - Canberra Institute of Technology - Comparative Teaching Costs and Effectiveness". I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, Audit Report No. 3 was presented to the Assembly on 22 June and the committee sought comment on the report from the Minister for Education and Training. The Minister advised that the report would be considered by the Canberra Institute of Technology Advisory Council, CITAC, and that his response would be conditioned by the council's comments. The purpose of the audit was to compare the cost of providing teaching services in the CIT with TAFE institutions in other States in order to form an opinion as to whether CIT's education delivery teaching activities, operations and resources have been economically managed. The audit also assessed whether CIT was providing an effective vocational education and training system in the ACT.

Mr Speaker, the audit found that overall performance of CIT is good, with an increasing proportion of students completing subjects and with attrition rates falling. CIT was found to be generally effective across a wide range of areas, including student satisfaction, quality assurance and promoting access by disadvantaged groups. The audit raised a number of issues relating to the reduction of cost structures, the CIT-industry relationship, enhancement of student services and the enhancement of teaching quality. The committee was pleased to note that CIT and CITAC had incorporated these matters into their internal budget strategy or are proposing to implement changes, and it is recommended that the Government monitor progress with the CIT response to the audit and inform the Assembly on the outcomes within 12 months.

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