Page 4749 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 13 December 2005

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Seventhly, the need for sufficient scope and flexibility to enable the evolution of the registration process and the various elements of the education sector work force in the ACT.

In progressing this issue, the Department of Education and Training has been in regular contact with the teacher registration authorities in other jurisdictions about the ongoing developments of teacher registration around Australia and New Zealand. These insights will help inform the territory’s progress in considering the issue.

Another key player in the area is the National Institute of Teacher Quality and School Leadership, which is doing national work in the area of teacher registration and teacher standards. It will be important to ensure this national work is integrated with the progress of this project.

Given the range of different interests and perspectives held by many groups in the community about schools, teachers and the teaching profession itself, and the range of complex policy questions that will need to be identified and properly considered in taking the issue forward, Ms Gallagher and the government have agreed that the community should be engaged in a broad community consultation process in the first half of 2006.

The department of education is in the process of finalising a discussion paper that will canvass a number of issues, models and options as the basis for the consultation process, and that will inform further consideration by government. The paper will also contain a number of questions that will need to be addressed in developing a regulatory impact statement as part of the ACT’s obligations under national competition requirements, should the government proceed down the legislative path.

It will also provide some analysis of the comparative costs and benefits of the respective models. The education department will convene and facilitate a cross-sectoral group and convene focus groups and discussion forums to assist in gathering the views of the community. People will also be able to provide written comments and submissions as part of the consultation process. All Assembly members will receive a copy of the discussion paper when it is released by Ms Gallagher early next year.

Curriculum and teaching

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy and Ms Porter proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, I have determined that the matter proposed by Mrs Dunne be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

Curriculum and teaching in the ACT.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (3.53): On several occasions since the last election I have spoken in this place and elsewhere about what I and other parents consider to be the threat posed to our children’s future by the ill-considered enthusiasms of this Minister for Education and Training and her senior bureaucrats.

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