Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Autism Support in Preschools

The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO (15:30): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the parliamentary secretary regarding autism support in preschools.

Leave granted.

The Hon. H.M. GIROLAMO: Labor's autism in schools election policy document included a commitment that Labor in government would increase autism qualified staff in preschools by making a qualification in teaching students on the autism spectrum a preferred criterion for appointment to preschools. My questions to the assistant minister are:

1. How many extra staff with qualifications in supporting students with autism have been put in place in public preschools since the election?

2. Has the department delivered on the aspects of Labor's promise that autism qualifications will be a preferred criterion for the appointment in preschools?

The Hon. E.S. BOURKE (15:31): As I am not the Minister for Education I am happy to take that question on notice.