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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3806 ..

Copies of the Agreement between the department and the Lakeside Leisure Centre are available from the department.

There are a number of effective informal school and junior sports management arrangements that contribute to improved cooperation between school and junior sporting partners. School Sport ACT, in association with the ACT Primary Schools Sports Association and the ACT Secondary Schools Sports Association, provides the forum to foster and enhance these links. The two associations conduct annual planning days to develop a comprehensive yearly sporting calendar for all ACT schools.

(4) The Department's Health, Physical Education and Sport Policy requires schools to meet mandatory times for students from years K - 10 in the areas of physical education and sport.

In primary schools, from Kindergarten to Year 2 these times are 20 - 30 minutes per day, and for Years 3 - 6 students 150 minutes per week. In secondary schools for Years 7 - 10 mandatory times are 150 minutes per week. In years 11 and 12 there are no mandatory times specified.

DEYFS conducted a survey of Mandatory Times for Physical Education and Sport in ACT Government Schools in 2001. A summary of the survey results is available from the PE and Sport unit in the department.

Sport and Recreation ACT have conducted surveys on participation rates for all sports and those results are available from the Chief Minister's Department.

(5) The co-location of the department PE and Sport unit with School Sport ACT and School Sport Australia at Higgins Primary School took place in May 2001. The department provides considerable financial and administrative support to School Sport ACT. This includes relief for teachers involved in ACT School Sport competitions and representative programs, and operating expenses such as accommodation, photocopying and other sundry costs.

In 2002, the PE and Sport Unit transferred to the Curriculum Initiatives Section of the department. The Unit has a major focus on the provision of professional development for teachers, especially in ACT Government primary schools. This is seen as essential to addressing student outcomes as stated in the ACT Government Schools Plan 2002-2004 and the School Excellence Initiative, Achieving Excellence in ACT Government Schools, to commence in 2004.

The establishment of Sports Management Groups as mentioned in (2) has led to an increased efficiency in the administration of school and junior sport. Representatives from the department and community sporting organisations comprise these management groups and meet regularly throughout the year to share expertise and resources.

Community Advocate

(Question No 910)

Mrs Burke asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on Thursday, 28 August 2003:

In relation to the Community Advocate:

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