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(2) Three changes to PEAs were made during the 2009 school year, which take effect for enrolments for the 2010 school year. The changes affect:

• high school enrolments at Gold Creek School and Amaroo School

• primary school enrolments at Palmerston District Primary School and Harrison School

• primary school enrolments at Chapman and Arawang Primary Schools.

(3) The decision to change PEAs for 2010 was made in April 2009 by the Department and published on the Department of Education and Training’s website on 21 April 2009.

(4) Priority Enrolment Areas (PEAs) are published on the Department of Education and Training website when enrolments open each year. Parents are advised applications for enrolment in a school outside their PEA would be considered if there are vacancies in the selected school.

I am informed when Chapman Primary School became aware of the changes to PEAs, prospective parents of affected schools were advised in several ways which included:

• a phone call to parents whose child had been enrolled in the schools pre-school

• school newsletter

• providing information to the Parents and Citizen Association and School Board.

Housing ACT—facility management
(Question No 231)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Disability and Housing, upon notice, on 23 June 2009:

(1) In relation to the Housing ACT Total Facility Management Contract, has the ACT Government brought about changes in the retention of monies in the contract and/or subcontracts; if so, what are the changes.

(2) Has the ACT Government stipulated that a percentage of contractors’ or subcontractors’ payment should be withheld for 52 weeks of the expiry of the term; if so, what is the percentage and why are these changes necessary.

(3) If the answer to parts (1) and (2) is yes, would the withholding of money occur for each order or for the term of the contract or subcontract.

(4) If the ACT Government has brought about changes with regard to the withholding of monies, when do the changes come into effect.

(5) Has the ACT Government brought about changes to the defect liability period; if so, what are the changes and why were they implemented.

(6) If the answer to part (5) is yes, how will the changes be implemented and when will the changes take effect.

(7) Does the latest contract include additional administrative or reporting requirements for contractors or subcontractors.

(8) Does the latest contract include an increase in rates for subcontractors; if not, will this lead to a decrease in service levels due to increased costs.

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