Page 1644 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 May 2013

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government and is designed to facilitate research and promote innovative best-practice use of ICT among pre-service and practising teachers.

Many of the activities highlighted in the 2012 annual report are consistent with the ACT government’s vision for Canberra as the nation’s education capital. These activities will continue to contribute to our work in tertiary and research institutions in the ACT to improve student satisfaction, educational outcomes and strategic planning for new and emerging initiatives.

The university continued to grow in 2012, with the total student load up 32.7 per cent since 2009. Student satisfaction data in the annual report showed an improvement in the university’s overall performance and ranking against other Australian universities.

As I have said in this place previously, the government’s focus on higher education is important in the context of addressing the many challenges that we will face in the coming years. The ACT has a quality, thriving higher education sector with its internationally recognised institutions, including the ANU and the University of Canberra. The sector is an important economic driver for the territory, attracting smart students and quality research, and contributing to business and industry.

As Minister for Higher Education, I am pleased to present the 2012 annual report for the University of Canberra to the Assembly. We look forward to working with UC to strengthen the university’s role in Canberra and the surrounding region.

Financial Management Act

Papers 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 papers:

Financial Management Act—Instruments, including statements of reasons—

Pursuant to section 14—Directing a transfer of funds within—

Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, dated 1 May 2013.

Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, dated 1 and 2 May 2013.

Pursuant to section 16—Directing a transfer of appropriations from—

Community Services Directorate to the Education and Training Directorate, dated 2 May 2013.

Health Directorate to the ACT Local Hospital Network Directorate, dated 11 April 2013.

Office of the Legislative Assembly to the ACT Executive, dated 3 May 2013.

Shared Services Directorate to the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, dated 1 May 2013.

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