Page 975 - Week 03 - Thursday, 28 February 2013

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Several of the committee’s recommendations seek greater cohesion between the government and the territory’s institutions in addressing student accommodation needs. In short, the government is committed to this and more. We are fortunate to have internationally renowned institutions based in Canberra, such as the CSIRO and NICTA, along with a thriving university sector. Our role as an educational centre of excellence will help ensure that Canberra’s economic opportunities continue to grow. We will continue to work with tertiary and research institutions to improve student satisfaction, accommodation outcomes and strategic planning for new and emerging initiatives.

Recently we announced our commitment to the studyCanberra initiative, our plan to make Canberra an even smarter city. This represents a partnership between ACT tertiary education providers, the business community and the ACT government. This aligns well with our priorities to be a more open, responsive and innovative government and with our vision for Canberra as the nation’s education capital, equipped with a united tertiary sector driving economic and cultural growth.

In responding to the committee’s report, the government has reaffirmed the importance of tertiary education for the ACT and our region. The committee’s report was timely, given the renewed focus on the place of tertiary education in the territory, and in kind the government has been proactive in its enrichment of our tertiary sector, education services and student amenity. This has been demonstrated through the creation of a ministry of higher education, the announcement of the studyCanberra initiative and the response I table here today.

Finally, I would like to thank the committee—the previous committee of the Assembly—for its consideration of the accommodation needs of tertiary education students in the ACT.

Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 16—Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate to the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, including a statement of reasons, dated 26 February 2013.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I hereby table an instrument issued under section 16 of that act. Sections 16(1) and (2) of the FMA allow the Treasurer to authorise the transfer of appropriation for a service or a

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