Page 65 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, how does your announcement align with objectives of the Teacher Quality Institute and Australian professional standards for teachers?

MS BURCH: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. The ACT Teacher Quality Institute works to build the professional capabilities and standing of all ACT teachers—those in Catholic, independent and public schools. The institute has no direct role in the recruitment of teachers by any employer, but it works to improve the quality of the profession across all stages of the teaching career, from pre-service teachers at university, through accreditation of teacher preparation courses and quality assurance of professional experience in schools, through to in-service teachers, through their registration and continuing professional development.

The institute has effectively integrated the Australian professional standards for teachers into these regulatory and quality improvement frameworks. The standards were developed at a national level after substantial community, professional and government consultation across Australia. There are seven standards describing the knowledge and skills of a teacher at four career stages—graduate, proficient, highly accomplished and lead. The institute is leading the implementation of the standards in the ACT for the profession as a whole. Achievement of graduate and proficient stages is required for all teachers by the institute’s registration processes, and highly accomplished and lead are promoted by the institute’s certification processes.

The development of additional personal literacy and numeracy recruitment criteria for teachers by the Education and Training Directorate will support the quality frameworks of the Teacher Quality Institute and will align with the quality focus of the standards.

ACTION bus service—free services

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, the ACT public service whole-of-government message on 19 February stated that ACTION would provide free shuttle services for the AFL football match at Manuka on 20 February. It also said, “In addition, ticket holders and GIANTS members can travel on any ACTION bus across the entire network on the day for free.” At the same time, the ACTION website said, “On Saturday night the UC Brumbies are chartering free buses to their home game at GIO Stadium Canberra.” There was no offer of free all-day tickets. Why do Brumbies ticket holders or members not receive all-day free travel on ACTION, as do GWS members?

MR RATTENBURY: I might have to take this question on notice for Mr Coe. Actually, I believe these arrangements—Minister Barr might help me here—are direct contractual arrangements between the sporting organisations and ACTION, which may explain the difference, but I am happy to take the question on notice and check that.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

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