Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1923 ..
MR BERRY (continuing):
We discovered in the course of the inquiry that there were going to be 70-odd job losses within the education system. The department advised us that those positions would be lost in the central office. The Minister advised the committee that savings generated by the loss of these positions are expected to be in the vicinity of $3m. You have to look at the central office functions to get a real grip on what the effect of these cuts will be. The loss of 75 positions will have an impact on the Education Department despite the Chief Minister's promise before the election that the pain is over. We all recall that promise well.
MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
Mr Stefaniak: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.
Question resolved in the negative.
MR BERRY: The Estimates Committee report states:
Central office functions include: workplace planning and management; management of industrial and legal matters; international education; supporting schools through the schools directorate, the student support service, the development of literacy plans, provision of curriculum advice, policy development, career education and work placements and support for indigenous and disadvantaged students; year 12 certification and accreditation; literacy and numeracy assessment; training and adult education; financial services for the Department; facility provision,