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diversionary and disciplinary activity, potentially reducing recidivism or avoiding incarceration altogether.

These changes are good for the ACT combat sports industry, which acknowledges the need for these reforms. They will address ongoing safety and integrity concerns, and support those in the industry that are committed to the growth of combat sports. This bill will deliver tangible benefits to businesses who engage with combat sports and to the safety of the community. I thank all stakeholders that have assisted with the development of the bill, which I commend to the Assembly today.

Debate (on motion by Mr Milligan) adjourned to the next sitting.

Canberra Institute of Technology Amendment Bill 2018

Ms Fitzharris, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Medical and Health Research, Minister for Transport and Minister for Vocational Education and Skills) (11.18): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Canberra Institute of Technology Amendment Bill 2018 to the Assembly. Vocational education and training, or VET, is critical to the ACT economy. The ACT government is committed to the delivery of quality training to ensure the people of the ACT have the best opportunity to contribute to our society through the development and application of their skills.

As a public provider and the ACT’s largest registered training organisation, CIT plays a critical role in this endeavour by delivering training to around 20,000 students each year. CIT also provides an important pathway for many Canberrans to higher education as well as providing graduates with the practical skills and work-ready experience on which businesses place such a premium.

CIT is a proud public institution, and the ACT government has committed to providing at least 70 per cent of our VET training funding to CIT. We have taken this position because we believe it is fundamentally important that we have a strong public provider with the scale to provide the skills for our changing economy and to support community and society building.

Within a national environment where TAFE has suffered, the ACT government’s support for CIT stands tall. CIT is a major contributor to the ACT government in the direction-setting and implementation of the overall policy directions in relation to VET services delivered to the ACT community. The CIT board was established under the Canberra Institute of Technology Amendment Act 2014, replacing the former

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