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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4789 effort. I have spoken about this in the House previously, but I want to point out to members and those listening that I visited Canberra earlier this month to sign the Skilling Australians Fund, the Northern Territorys bilateral agreement with the Australian Government. It was a $5.8m deal, which is a half-half contribution of $2.9m from the Territory government and $2.9m from the Commonwealth Government. It is a matched funding agreement that will result in approximately 2000 additional apprenticeship opportunities in the Northern Territory. We live in exciting times, having opportunities like this. We have high-quality trainee and apprenticeship programs in the Territory. The Member for Port Darwin mentioned Power Careers, a partnership with GTNT, and the focus on women going into trade industries in the Territory. As he mentioned, 14 women are part of the Power Careers program regarding electro-technology apprenticeships, which is pretty impressive. We see some great programs like this. I had the opportunity to visit some women who were doing these apprenticeships, Stacy Shaw and young Olivia Woollett. These women were extremely proud of the careers they were undertaking in their apprenticeship training. It was great to see them out in the field and on the job. It is a pretty impressive program. It is the type of program we are focusing on and supporting, as a government with jobs as a priority. I also went to Uluru last month to visit the Voyagers Aboriginal Training Academy as part of our community Cabinet. There are some impressive numbers coming out of that academy, which is supported by government. Industry and businesses are also doing some great things to provide those opportunities and further support capacity-building for our Territory workforce. I remind the Member for Spillett that the Training Commission was set up, established and passed by legislation on the last day of sittings in June 2016, prior to the Northern Territory election in August 2016. Apparently, it was rushed on an urgency motion. They were trying to line up a few ducks before the election period. We did not see the stepping out, thinking through or measuring of the processes under the previous government. I remind the Member for Spillett of that. Who knows what their priorities were, rushing before the Territory election? I thank the Member for Braitling for her contribution to debate, particularly noting that we are removing red tape and ensuring this is a practical and efficient legislative agenda. That came through very clearly, so I thank the Member for Braitling regarding that. In her ministerial portfoliostwo very different portfolios, Territory Families and Renewables and Essential Servicesdifferent opportunities are available. In the Member for Braitlings speech, I honed in on the need to support trained professionals looking after disadvantaged and vulnerable Territorians in the Territory Families space. She mentioned the Certificate IV for youth justice workers. Those qualifications ensure we have the best people possible to support intergenerational change in the Territory. We have to start somewhere. I thank the minister for her contribution. Her department has been working in that space to ensure we have intergenerational change in the Territory. Again, it is something that is measured and thought out in the processes that are being considered by government, not in a rushed sense. Something else the Member for Braitling mentionedand I heard some of it echoed in the Member for Brennans contributionwas the Aboriginal voices that need to be heard loud and clear in the conversations about planning, leadership and the need and demand for skilled Aboriginal Territorians in our workforce. Aboriginal people make up 33% of the Territorys population. We need to make sure a third of the Territory is included in our conversations about workforce training. I thank the member for bringing that to the attention of the House. I liked the contribution about learning, reflecting and improving upon training practices to provide high-quality and skilled workers for the Territory. That is our ambition and that is what we are doing by streamlining our processes in government. I touched on an answer the Member for Nelson was seeking regarding ISACNT, the advisory body. One of his comments was about what the Training Commission will be replaced by. These bodies of work are being done through government, ISACNT and other entities. It is not a matter of taking something away and replacing it. It is about looking at what is already happening and how we can make sure our processes are better streamlinedthe practicality and efficiency we have already heard about in the debate today. I thank the Member for Fong Lim for his contribution. He talked about the diverse and skilled workforce needs in the Territory. Businesses rely on effective and skilled workers. Businesses in the Territory cannot succeed

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