Page 1643 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 May 2013

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Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all director-general and executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 9 April 2013. Today I present five long-term contracts, 17 short-term contracts and 14 contract variations. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

University of Canberra—annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

University of Canberra Act, pursuant to section 36—University of Canberra—Annual report 2012 (2 volumes), dated April 2013.

This report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I ask leave to make a short statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I am pleased to table the University of Canberra annual report for 2012. The report is tabled under section 36 of the University of Canberra Act.

The 2012 annual report highlights a number of campus and community projects that have been initiated and progressed in that year with the support of the ACT government.

In September 2012 I signed a heads of agreement with the university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Stephen Parker, confirming the establishment of the University of Canberra public hospital. This subacute hospital will continue the expansion of health and hospital services in the ACT and deliver an innovative approach to health, education, training and research. The project has moved into the design phase now, with a call for expressions of interest being advertised last month for a principal consultant to design the facility.

Other significant activity in the University of Canberra include the official opening of Weeden Lodge on 28 February 2012 and the commencement of construction of the university’s new $50 million student accommodation project, providing new purpose-built on-campus student accommodation. These projects play a significant role in delivering an affordable accommodation option for students, ensuring that studying in Canberra remains an attractive option for current and future students.

2012 also saw the opening of an innovative ICT facility at the University of Canberra, called the Inspire centre. The centre received $2 million in funding from the ACT

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