Joint Committee on Education & Training

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Establishment and Function

The Education and Training Committee was a Joint Investigatory Committee of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. It was established under the Parliamentary Committees and Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Acts (Amendment) Act 2003 (Act No. 3/2003). The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister, who is then responsible for addressing the Committee's recommendations.

The functions of the Committee as described by the Act are to inquire into, consider and report to the Parliament on any proposal, matter or thing concerned with education and training.

Joint Investigatory Committees were to consist of not more than 9 members, with at least two members of the Committee being obtained from the Legislative Council, and two members from the Legislative Assembly (Parliamentary Committees Act 2003; Act No. 110/2003, S. 21).

Committee Inquiry Process

The five phases of the Inquiry process are as follows:
1. The committee advertises its Terms of Reference and calls for submissions, during which time a discussion paper may be prepared and published.
2. The Committee gathers information, including fact and opinion found in the submissions and presented in Public Hearings, inspections and field trips.
3. The Committee considers the arguments, evidence and data it has gathered, and agrees upon findings and recommendations.
4. The Committee tables a report, which includes its recommendations, in the Parliament.
5. The Minister who initiated the Inquiry or who has portfolio responsibility for the matter addressed by the Inquiry is responsible for replying to the Committee's recommendations. The Minister has six months from the date of the tabling of the report to respond. The Minister may accept, reject, modify or adapt the Committee's recommendations.

(Information obtained from Parliamentary Committees website,

On 16 April 2015 this Committee was amalgamated with Economic Development, Infrastructure and Outer Suburban/Interface Services Committee to form the Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee.

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Data time period: [2003 TO 2015]

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