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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3345 ..

Education-Standing Committee

Report No 3

MS MacDONALD (11.41): I present the following report:

Education-Standing Committee-Report No 3-Pathways to the Future: Report on the Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in the ACT, dated August 2003, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS MacDONALD: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MS MacDONALD: I move:

That the report be noted.

This inquiry commenced over a year ago and represents a substantial effort on the part of the committee members, the secretary and most importantly the VET community, or the vocational education and training community. That is the first acronym and it occurs a lot through my speech. I'll try to keep the acronyms to a minimum, which is sometimes hard to do within vocational education and training. In the time that the committee has been inquiring into these issues there have been a number of changes within the VET sector. However, the 38 recommendations contained within the report still apply.

Vocational education and training is an area too often overlooked or unappreciated. The committee undertook this inquiry because of concerns by people within the VET community regarding the management and co-ordination of VET programs as well as the question mark over whether the needs of the community were being met by current VET provisions. The committee received 19 submissions from a range of stakeholders in VET, including registered training organisations or RTOs, industry training advisory boards, or ITAB's, unions, teachers and others.

The committee also received a substantial submission from the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services. This submission has been included in the report to provide a valuable reference for the operation of VET in the ACT as well as at a national level. I thank all of those who took the time to write submissions to inform the committee's understanding of VET and deliberations on VET in the ACT.

The committee held four public hearings and heard from 22 individuals and groups at these hearings. The committee sincerely thanks all those who appeared to give evidence. I am aware that it is sometimes quite daunting to appear for an inquiry but we would not have been able to get a quality report without them.

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