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(5) When students including Indigenous students are moving from the Narrabundah P-2 school, their transition plans that will have been developed collaboratively with their families, will be implemented. In addition, the Department provides numerous support services for Indigenous students. These can be accessed through the Indigenous Education Unit, and include behavioural management support, curriculum advice on the implementation of Indigenous education and home school liaison officers. All schools, whether they be P-2 or otherwise, are required to nominate an Indigenous education contact officer who supports the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and promotes and provides advice on the implementation of Indigenous education perspectives across the curriculum. Students can also access support through the Indigenous numeracy and literacy consultant and are required to have an individual learning program designed by teachers, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. It is possible that the majority of students will move to Red Hill Primary School, which has a large multicultural population and provides for students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

(6) Schools can accept out of area enrolments if there is space available after catering for students from their priority enrolment area. Principals have the responsibility of managing out of area enrolments. Every consideration will be given to an out-of-area student from an early childhood school.

(7) There are no plans to change the proposed structure of the early childhood schools.

(8) The 2007 census data is available on the Department’s website. The projected enrolment numbers for 2008 are:

• Isabella Plains Primary School, 189 students

• Lyons Primary School, 95 students

• Narrabundah Primary School, 107 students

• Southern Cross Primary School, 132 students

• O’Connor Cooperative School, 85 students.

(Question No 1793)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 22 November 2007:

(1) How many (a) interstate and (b) agency nurses are currently employed in the ACT;

(2) Where are the (a) interstate and (b) agency nurses currently employed in the ACT;

(3) What is the current cost of (a) interstate and (b) ACT agency nurses to the ACT;

(4) Is there any cost differential between interstate and ACT agency nurses; if so, what is the cost;

(5) How many positions in ACT public hospitals are currently filled by agency nurses at (a) Calvary and (b) The Canberra Hospital;

(6) Do any agency nurses currently working in the ACT, who live in the ACT, but who are registered interstate, attract any extra allowances; if so, how much and why;

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