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(ii) The Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water is currently negotiating permission to report on greenhouse gas emission data of non-government schools.

(2) (a) The curriculum packages were completed and distributed to all ACT schools in December 2007. The package includes Step by Step Best Practice Guides to provide the action component (eg. steps required) on resource management and reduction. The delivery of the AUSSI program requires that both the guide and curriculum resources be implemented to achieve the goals of the program.

(b) A survey of AuSSI-registered teachers completed in 2008 indicated that teachers were implementing the curriculum resources across a range of learning areas. Another survey will be conducted in schools in May 2011.

(c) The ACT Sustainable School Officers have facilitated approximately two teacher training workshops each school term since the curriculum package was introduced in 2006.

(d) An independent evaluator has evaluated the effectiveness of the AuSSI ACT model, including the effectiveness of the curriculum package. A draft report has been prepared and is currently being considered. The draft evaluation report notes that "There was a strong agreement amongst respondents that the main professional benefit for teachers of being part of the AuSSI ACT has been: increased knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to sustainability and environmental education". The evaluation report will be made publicly available in the near future.

(3) (a) The ACT Government has a number of programs under ACTSmart that provide information related to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. ACTEWAGL has redesigned its utility bills in accordance with the national standards for retail energy providers.

(b) The ACTSmart website provides a portal to all Government programs assisting residents of the ACT to address climate change in their homes, businesses, schools and community.

(c) (i) The Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water regularly conducts internal reviews of its programs.

(ii) The Department will undertake a revised follow-up to its 2007 sustainability survey to determine community attitudes, knowledge and behaviours towards the environment and sustainability. The survey is expected to be completed by July 2011.

(d) (i) & (ii) The HEAT Energy Advice Team telephone advisory service, HEAT Energy Audits, and the Home Energy Action Kits available in ACT Libraries provide information and education to householders on reducing energy use in the home.

(4) (a), (b) & (c) From work undertaken by ACT agencies, and in partnership with NSW it has become clear that for vulnerability assessments to be valuable at the scale of the ACT, robust regional information on likely climate change impacts is needed. The Government is working with NSW to improve the data at the regional level.

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