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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1507 ..

Canberra Institute of Technology-Roving Trainer program

(Question No 580)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 2 April 2003:

In relation to the CIT 'Roving Trainer' program:

(1) Did the Roving Trainer program receive government funding in the current financial year, if so, how much and for what purpose, if not, why not;

(2) Is this funding allocation more or less than what was allocated in:

a) 2001-02; and

b) 2000-01;

(3) What quantifiable reports are issued by CIT to justify funding consideration for this program;

(4) Does the government make public such information, if so, where can copies be obtained, if not, why not;

(5) Is the Roving Trainer program providing quality service for money expended on it;

(6) What reports or publications are currently available about this service and where can copies be obtained.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is as follows:

(1) Under the Community IT Access Plan, the CIT Roving Trainer program was allocated funding of $250,000 for the financial year 2002-03.

The purpose of this funding is to allow the current roving trainer program to continue to expand in its role of providing IT training to the ACT community in places and circumstances that those on the disadvantaged side of the digital divide feel comfortable.

(2) The funding of $250,000 for 2002-2003 is an increase on the $100,000 allocated to this program in each of the years 2001-02 and 2000-2001.

(3) Funding consideration for the continuation of the CIT program was based on success as reflected in: feedback to the Community IT Advisory Group, which emphasised the importance of training in its contribution to the Community IT Access Plan; in the recommendations of the June 2002 ANU report A study into Connectivity Issues for Disadvantaged People; in the Digital Divide Grants Program Evaluation, which highlights the correlation between successful grant programs and the use of the roving trainers; and in reports from community groups, CIT and the trainers themselves.

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