Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4107 ..
pilot program on cyber patriot education for year 9 and 11 students for delivery in 2018, just another example of CIT’s significant work in growth areas of the ACT economy.
MS CHEYNE: Minister, what other growth areas is CIT focusing on?
MS FITZHARRIS: There are certainly many other growth areas CIT is focusing on, including renewable energies, areas of the health sector and early education and care. In relation to renewable energy, CIT has been working with the CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence board to develop and deliver renewable energy training particularly in the areas of wind farm maintenance and battery storage. CIT is currently working with industry to achieve global wind organising accredited training for wind farm maintenance. CIT has been upskilling teachers in preparation to provide nationally accredited training to qualified electricians in relevant units of competency relating to installing battery storage on domestic and small commercial dwellings.
In relation to health and early education and care growth, CIT allied health assistant courses have grown from nine students graduating in 2009 to a total of 74 students due to graduate this year. The CIT nursing department has increased their programs from three cohorts in 2016 to five in 2017 to meet the demand of new hospitals and health services.
Finally, CIT has also partnered with the Belconnen Community Services and the Riverview Group to develop a fantastic pre-employment program to support the community and help local people who are disconnected from the labour and education markets. It rightly won a significant achievement award at this year’s ACT training awards.
Access Canberra—mediation providers
MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, I note that after my question to you last week, the Access Canberra website has been updated and no longer states that CRS—Conflict Resolution Service—has no waiting list. It is still described, however, as, “the most diverse provider of Canberra-based mediation and alternative dispute resolution services for the ACT”. As of this morning, it is the only service provider that appears when one searches for “mediation” on Access Canberra. Minister, when will the Access Canberra website be updated to include what you described in question time last week as the “range of other providers” available to vulnerable Canberrans who are turned away by CRS?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I am happy to take up with Access Canberra again, as I did last week, the information available on its website for people who are involved in various different types of disputes and engagements with the legal system. I note that various commentators—I cannot say definitely whether the opposition is among them—have described CRS as one of the organisations that is involved in reducing flow-on to the broader legal system.