Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Government accepts major recommendations for technical and further education in the A.C.T.

Download PDFDownload PDF

Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600

inister for Education

Ministerial No.ยท 30 : 28 February, 1975


The Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley, announced

today the Government had accepted the major recommendations of the

Committee of Inquiry into ACT Technical Education.

Mr. Beazley said the Government had approved the

establishment of an ACT Technical and Further Education Authority

and technical college councils.

He said the Authority would be required by ordinance to

consult with the proposed Technical and Further Education Commission

in developing its programs.

The membership structure of the Authority had been modified

from the structure recommended by the Committee of Inquiry.

The new membership structure would be:

Part-time Chairman,

Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, ex officio

Two representatives of employee organisations

Two representatives of employer organisations, one of whom would represent the private sector

An officer of the Department of Education

A member of the ACT Apprenticeship Board

A member of the ACT Legislative Assembly

Two representatives of the staffs of technical colleges in the ACT, elected by all staff members

Two other members of the ACT community nominated by the Minister for Education

One principal of a technical college in the ACT

The chairman of each technical college council in the ACT.

Mr. Beazley said the Government had'not accepted the

Committee's recommendation that the Authority employ and set

employment conditions for teaching and non-teaching staff.

. . / 2


Instead the Public Service would apply to the Authority's

staff and to non-teaching staff in the technical colleges.

Teaching staff would come under the Commonwealth Teaching

Service Act after a minor amendment had been made.

Mr. Beazley said all the other recommendations of the

Committee had been accepted. .

"The Government recognises that the Authority should be

established as quickly as possible", he said.

"I have asked my Department to begin immediate discussions

with professional, industrial, community and student groups so

that there is immediate progress.

"In the meantime an Interim ACT Technical and Further

Education Authority will be formed.' . .

"This will be done as soon as practicable by reconstituting

the Canberra Technical College Advisory Council.

"This body will also act as the Interim Council of the

Canberra Technical College".

Mr. Beazley said his department would service the Interim

Authority and the Interim Council.

The establishment of an Interim Council for the new

technical college in Bruce in Belconnen would be considered this

year. .

The Department of Education and the Interim ACT Technical

and Further Education Authority would also discuss with the

NSW Department of Technical Education the gradual phasing out

of the NSW Department's longstanding involvement in ACT technical


The Inquiry into ACT Technical Education was conducted by

a five-member committee chaired by Queensland's Deputy Director-

General of Education, Mr. C. Gilmour, and reported to the

Minister in September last year.

Further enquiries: Ken Henrick 73 13^3 Press Secretary