Page 3742 - Week 10 - Thursday, 14 September 2017

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VET through the Canberra Institute of Technology. CIT delivers hundreds of qualifications to a diverse range of students, subsidised by the ACT government. In 2016, CIT delivered 5.3 million training hours, with almost 31,000 program enrolments.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, what are the next steps for winners of the 2017 ACT training awards?

MS FITZHARRIS: Thank you, Ms Cheyne, for the supplementary. These winners will play an important role in our community over the next year, as have those that preceded them, as you know very well, Madam Speaker. By sharing their experiences, advice and knowledge, our most recent award winners and finalists are encouraging many more people to see the benefits of VET and how it can, indeed, change their lives. In addition, they also act to motivate employers to invest in VET and stay competitive with their training offerings.

Individual winners in aligned categories will represent the ACT as finalists at the Australian Training Awards Finalist Week, with the presentations this year being held in Canberra in November. Organisation winners from the ACT training awards have had their nominations progressed to the Australian training awards judging panels for review. During the Australian Training Awards Finalist Week, finalists across all jurisdictions participate in a range of professional development workshops, undertake a national judging interview, attend the Australian government’s skills forum and participate in a range of other networking activities.

I am proud to say that the ACT achieved tremendous success at last year’s Australian training awards, with Shane Dealy winning the Australian apprentice of the year category, Madeline Wallace being the runner-up in the Australian school-based apprentice of the year, the academy of Interactive Entertainment winning small training provider of the year, and Bond Hair Religion taking out small employer of the year. We look forward to success again in this year’s awards.

Mental health—office for mental health

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The 2017-18 budget contains $500,000 to fund the office for mental health, which is not yet operating. In the Canberra Times of 13 September you are quoted as saying that the office will be operating by 1 July 2018. In your ministerial statement of 12 September you stated that you do not yet have a model for the office for mental health. Minister, how did you determine that $500,000 would be the appropriate level of funding for the office for mental health given that you have not yet developed a model for it?

MR RATTENBURY: I thank Mrs Kikkert for the question. Clearly we need some funds available to undertake a range of consultation and establishment activities during this financial year. That is the basis on which the budget submission was put forward.

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