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(1) The Department of Education and Training does not collate data for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses.

(2) Students with ADHD who also present with behavioural issues are supported through a range of services based on individual need. These services include student management consultancy, the complex needs team, student counselling and welfare teams and interagency services. Students who have co-morbid ADHD with other disabling conditions are provided support through the Students with a Disability – Meeting their Educational Need programs, which include access to learning support classes and inclusion support program.

(3) Schools do not ‘treat’ students with ADHD. However, with the assistance outlined in (2), schools use sound behaviour modification practices that form the basis of support within the classroom context.

(4) Suspension can be effective when the purpose of the suspension is clearly defined. The purpose of suspension is to put in place appropriate support for the suspended student and their family, and to reassure the community about the safety of schools and to uphold community expectations of acceptable behaviour.

(5) The Education Act 2004 s.36 provides the legislative basis for suspensions, including the length of suspension that may be imposed. Further guidance and mandatory procedures are provided in the Suspension, Exclusion or Transfer of Students in ACT Public Schools and Providing Safe Schools P-12 policies. Decisions in regard to length of suspensions are guided by individual student circumstances and the school’s procedures that aim to promote a safe school environment.

(6) To date in 2009, fewer than one percent of the total number of students, have been suspended more than once.

Department of Territories and Municipal Services—strategic budget review
(Question No 294)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 27 August 2009:

As a result of the Strategic Budget Review, Department of Territory and Municipal Services dated 9 December 2008, what measures will be implemented in relation to (a) moving towards a fee-for-service basis in asset services, (b) operating Canberra Connect on a full fee-for-service basis, (c) alternate fee structures for ACT libraries and (d) introducing a charge for domestic waste collection from ratepayers.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

As agreed by the Assembly on 26 August 2009, the Government will table a report on the progress of the implementation of the Strategic Budget Review.

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