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This steering group has a major role in areas such as school leadership, sharing resources to support students with a disability, transition of students between sectors, and cross-government service agreements. I am confident the enhanced collaboration between education sectors will contribute to a consistently higher service delivery for students with a disability in ACT schools.

Other actions that have taken place in disability education over the last year that relate to the inquiry include closer collaboration with tertiary institutions, the continued provision of quality professional learning, and commencing the development of service agreements between ACT government agencies.

The disability education reference group, comprising representatives of key disability advocacy groups, parents and service providers, has a revitalised role monitoring the delivery of the department’s strategic plan. Terms of reference and membership of the disability education reference group have been updated to reflect this role.

The recommendations of the inquiry also provide useful new directions that were not directly addressed in either the strategic plans or the Shaddock review. For example, the recommendation that the department incorporate questions about transition planning into the annual parent satisfaction survey will be actioned and will provide useful feedback on the effectiveness of transition planning.

In closing, I would like to commend members of the standing committee for the way in which they conducted the inquiry and arrived at the recommendations contained within the report. I would also like to acknowledge the valued contribution of parents and disability advocacy groups to the inquiry. Finally, I would like to restate the government’s continuing commitment to high quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all students in the ACT education system and thank the committee for their work.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Development Act 2007—schedule of leases

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule—Leases granted for the period 1 October to 31 December 2010.

I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Section 242 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires that a statement be tabled in the Legislative Assembly each quarter outlining the details of

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