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MADAM SPEAKER: Them’s the breaks, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Okay. Minister, if Woden has not been determined as the chosen site, why did you advise athletic representatives that it was and that a tender was about to be awarded, and why did you advise Woden football club that they would need to re-locate their scheduled winter matches at Woden from June of this year?
MR BARR: I think Mr Doszpot is confused. I have been very clear that we had a process to assess five different sites and that process determined Woden as the preferred location. Woden is the preferred location. We are going ahead with that project. But construction will not commence on that site until the conclusion of the football season. There will be no disruption for football at that venue this season.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, what is the proposed budget for this facility?
MR BARR: Around $5 million.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Can you confirm that this facility will be an elite facility for grand prix events?
MR BARR: No. It will be an elite facility, but will not be for grand prix events.
MS PORTER: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, last week was the cut-off date for teachers to be registered with the Teacher Quality Institute. How many teachers have been registered through the process and how does having teachers registered through TQI improve the education outcomes for ACT students?
MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her question. I can advise that 7,142 teachers have just completed the renewal of their professional registration with the Teacher Quality Institute. With the additional 226 teachers who commenced teaching in the ACT this year, this makes a total of 7,368 teachers registered to work in ACT schools.
The ACT government established the Teacher Quality Institute to build the professional standing of all teachers in the territory through a registration requirement that recognises them as members of a profession, not just as employees of a school or education system. These requirements apply across all sectors of school education in the ACT—government, Catholic and independent. As the institute has been established as part of the ACT implementation of the teacher quality national partnership, its registration requirements align with the Australian national framework for the regulation of the teaching profession.