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b. Fyshwick: Red Rapid transit services will provide 15 minutes or better frequent and rapid services, throughout the day, from Gungahlin to Fyshwick. The travel time will be minimised by constructing segregated public transport on Flemington Road, Northbourne Avenue and Canberra Avenue.

c. Hume: assess the potential public transport demand and consider future peak express route planning.

d. Campbell: Coordinated services with the Red Rapid linking Russell, with segregated rapid and frequent public transport.

(Question No 1852)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 19 October 2011:

(1) What is the average daily cost to a school for a classroom teacher to attend a full day of professional training and development.

(2) What is the funding allocated to each teacher per year for professional training and development.

(3) How many days of professional training per teacher does the funding referred to in part (2) allow.

(4) What is the total funding allocated to professional training and development for each year from 2011-12 and 2014-15 and does this funding include provisions for engagement of casual teachers in addition to course costs or is this met elsewhere.

(5) Is the funding allocated for professional training and development subject to enterprise bargaining negotiations.

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

(1) Costs for teacher professional learning vary according to the speaker fees, venue costs and other inputs. On occasions where a school makes the decision to backfill with relief to cover classes, the cost of one relief teacher day is $430.

(2) The Teacher Professional Learning Fund (TPLF) was established to support teacher professional learning. Funds are allocated on a calendar year basis. In 2011, the fund has provided:

- $580 000 for strategic projects

- $35 000 for a leadership conference

- $250 000 for teacher scholarships

- $400 000 for distribution to schools.

These amounts total approximately $1 265 000, or the equivalent of $435 per teacher.

Other sources of funding include allocations of funding by School Boards of individual schools, provisions within budgets of sections within Central Office and funding from external sources such as Australian Government National Partnerships.

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