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Further Education Extension Agency

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media relcayz ΟΕΠυΠΚΒΤΤ Of EDOCfinON Vsf' PO BOX B26 WODEN ACT 2606 TELEPHONE 891333 13/77 1 March 1977


A report of a conference held last week on technical and

further education in the ACT is to recommend to the

Department of Education that it set up an experimental

"further education extension agency11.

The recommendation arose from the 2^ day search conference

which followed an earlier one in October last year.

In the final session of the conference, participants outlined

a possible prototype agency which could be operated from

any available facility, such as a Nissan hut, an unused shop,

a house or a community hall.

It would be staffed full-time by a qualified trained person

who would disseminate information, liaise with existing

further education providers, arrange courses and other

educational activities according to local needs and requests.

The participants agreed that the agency should be seen

as a facility additional to the present further education


The plan was to make further education in the ACT more

responsive more quickly to changing requirements and

motivations of the community.

The conference also will report to the Department on

opening up and extending existing educational facilities.

The participants noted the educational activities of

agencies other than schools, the College of Advanced

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and the Australian National University, such as the

YMCA, ethnic organisation and the Department of Health

The report of the conference is likely to teach the

Department within a month.

inquiries: Colin Bramrnall 89-7309 (w) " 88-7519 (h)