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results. The survey and report show not only the high quality of our schools and teachers but also the high level of confidence that our community has in the quality of education in the territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what is the importance of compiling a report such as this?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. The survey allows the government to focus on our priorities on ensuring that young people’s needs are met, providing flexible and responsive training options, engaging with industry and employers, and improving retention rates. The annual survey of ACT year 12 graduates provides useful information about post school study and employment destinations and satisfaction with school.

The survey results contribute to the planning, development and provision of appropriate education and training options for the young people of the ACT. An indication of the proportion of year 12 graduates participating in further education, training and/or employment is important because these activities are likely to result in improved educational and employment outcomes in the future. Through this survey and other mechanisms, the ACT is being proactive in looking to the future of education and training in our region, building on the strength of current collaborations, relationships and partnerships within the sector, and promoting opportunities for change.

The government is committed to providing learning pathways for students which result in an educated and skilled workforce to meet not only the needs of the ACT but also the needs of the individual students, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to have a productive and rewarding life through opportunities for lifelong learning and employment and labour force participation.

MR COE: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Ms Burch, have any longitudinal studies or surveys been undertaken about the efficacy of ACT public education?

MS BURCH: There are a number of studies in place. This study itself, “Where are they now?”, which looks to a survey of graduates of year 12, has been in place for a number of years. We have also got work looking at our attainment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. I would direct you to the directorate website; you will find that information there.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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