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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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1991 was placed on supporting the goals of the National Aboriginal Education Policy encouraging Aboriginal students to take the greatest possible advantage of the opportunities available through the education system developing links with Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness (ASSP A) committees in all regions and promoting the incorporation of these groups into regional councils to enhance the flow and quality of advice available to the Minister. By the end of the year, meetings to establish regional councils had been held in Darwin, Peppimenarti, Kalkaringi, Katherine, Alice Springs, Borroloola, Yirrkala and Tennant Creek. They were attended mainly by members of local ASSPA groups, along with representatives from other communities and homeland centres in the surrounding districts. PUBLIC EVENTS AND INFORMATION SERVICES. The flow of information to the public on the education services available, significant policy initiatives and other developments in education continued throughout the year. Because of the need to observe financial restraint and the numerous significant structural changes resulting from the Estimates Review process, the production of some information materials was reduced or postponed. In particular, a series of general information booklets on education services available throughout the Territory was substantially prepared for publication, but held over for final revision and printing until 1992. During the fourth term, the first three editions of a new Education Bulletin were published. Produced fortnightly, the Bulletin was designed as a vehicle for the dissemination of Departmental circulars and personnel information including staffing and professional and career development noticesas well as items of news and general educational interest. Wherever practicable, it was distributed to schools, colleges and Departmental offices throughout the Territory by facsimile transfer. At the end of the year, plans were in hand for the Bulletin to be published on a weekly basis during school terms in 1992. Focus on Education, a fifteen-minute radio program broadcast weekly during school terms over community-access stations in Darwin, Alice Springs and T ennant Creek, continued to provide information on matters of topical education interest. Because of the time required for production and the small audience, it was decided to cancel the program after its final edition for the year. The Community Relations Unit's telephone information service, which includes the provision of toll-free access to callers from outside the Darwin area, continued to be well utilised at a rate similar to that of previous years. 37