Page 5547 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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and the highest proportion of VET graduates reporting improved employment status after their training.

Significant changes in the ACT’s performance included the number of 20 to 64-year-olds without a certificate III level decreasing from 39.1 per cent to 33.9 per cent, and the number of higher qualification completions at the diploma and advanced diploma levels increasing by 22 per cent between 2008 and 2009.

Other improvements in the territory’s performance include the proportion of VET graduates employed after completing training increasing from 85 per cent in 2008 to 88.7 per cent in 2010, the proportion of VET graduates unemployed after completing training dropping from six to 5.6 per cent, and the proportion of VET graduates reporting improved employment status after training increasing from 64.3 to 68.3 per cent over the reporting period.

I would again like to thank everyone at the CIT for their contribution to such strong student outcomes in the territory. It is indeed great news that there has been an agreement reached on the EBA and we look forward to it being put to a staff vote in December.

MS PORTER: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter, a supplementary.

MS PORTER: Minister, what are some of the benefits for both CIT staff and the government in this agreement?

MR BARR: The new agreement includes a new arrangement to tie movement through the salary increment scales to the possession or gaining of basic vocational education and teaching qualifications, particularly a certificate IV in training and assessment. The CIT will ensure that teachers are encouraged and supported to obtain these qualifications by the establishment of an internal funding pool. The agreement includes the introduction of a teaching-only contract option as an alternative to casual employment. This contract option will offer recreation and personal leave provisions that are not available under the casual employment arrangement. The agreement also includes a new clarification for teaching staff of their expected workplace contribution and attendance. There will also be amendments to existing EBA clauses on overtime, workplace health and safety, streamlining the recording of teaching hours whilst on leave, and teacher training provisions.

MR DOSZPOT: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, in what way will the proposed CIT and University of Canberra merger affect the working conditions of the CIT teaching staff?

MR BARR: It will have no impact during the course of this EBA. Future arrangements, depending on the nature of new institutions that may be formed, would

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