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Section B: Reporting required under any other act or regulation

Name and date of act or regulation:

Julia Farr Services (Trusts) Act 2007

9 - Annual report

  1. The administrative unit of the Public Service that is primarily responsible for assisting a Minister in relation to the provision of disability services in the State must include in its annual report for each financial year a statement that sets out, insofar as is reasonably practicable, the following information, as at 30 March of the financial year to which the report relates, with respect to the persons who are residents of the Fullarton campus on 30 June 2007:
    1. the number of persons resident at the Fullarton campus;
    2. with respect to the persons resident at a place other than the Fullarton campus, a broad description of the nature of their accommodation;
    3. during the preceding period of 12 months -
      1. the processes used to plan and implement the relocation of any person to accommodation other than the Fullarton campus;
      2. the number of persons who returned to accommodation at the Fullarton campus, and the circumstances of their return.
  2. A report under subsection (1) should be prepared in a manner that does not identify a particular person.

As at 30 March 2017, 69 people with disability were living at the Fullarton campus, now known as Highgate Park. Those who have moved out have returned to the community, to family homes or supported accommodation. This includes four to five person group homes, clusters of units, and houses accommodating up to six residents. These purpose-built and modified dwellings provide 24 hour, seven day a week accommodation support in community settings.

All people living at Highgate Park have participated in a Person-Centred Planning process which supports people living with disability to achieve personal, social and economic participation. The implementation of the NDIS and allocation of 100 new homes for people with disability as part of the State Government’s 1,000 Homes in 1,000 Days initiative, will significantly increase the community living options for residents of Highgate Park. Residents and their families will be consulted regarding future accommodation options.

No people returned to Highgate Park during the preceding 12 months and there were no new admissions.

Youth Justice Administration Act 2016

Part 2 - Administration of youth justice

9 - Chief Executive's annual report  

  1. The Chief Executive must, not later than 30 September in each year, submit to the Minister a report on -
    1. the operation of this Act and the work of the Department in relation to the administration of this Act for the financial year ending on the preceding 30 June; and
    2. any other matter as the Minister may direct.

On 1 December 2016, the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 and Youth Justice Administration Regulations 2016 came into operation. The legislation embeds a service model based on contemporary practice by reflecting that assessment, case planning and rehabilitation programs are key to reducing re-offending.

The Act provides that there is to be a Training Centre Visitor to provide independent monitoring and ensure that the rights of residents of training centres are upheld. The South Australian Guardian for Children and Young People has been appointed as the Training Centre Visitor.

To prepare for the implementation of the Act, DCSI undertook a comprehensive review of operational practices across all services provided by the Youth Justice Division to align with the requirements of the new legislation. Youth Justice staff were actively engaged in processes to implement the Act and Regulations to ensure operational practices are consistent with the requirements of the legislation.

The Act seeks to respond to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, through specific provisions that ensure best practice approaches are taken during their supervision. The Act requires that there is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Justice Principle. This is the first time such a Principle has been applied in the youth justice context in South Australia. The proposed wording of the Principle was developed with key Aboriginal stakeholders for inclusion in the Youth Justice Administration Regulations.

The Youth Justice Division is developing improvements to information technology systems to increase the capacity to record and analyse client data to monitor compliance with the legislation, regularly review practice and provide reports and records as required by the Training Centre Visitor.

Water Industry Act 2012

Part 10 - Miscellaneous

87 - Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund

  1. The administrative unit of the Public Service that is, under the Minister, responsible for the administration of this Act must, on or before 30 September in each year, present a report to that Minister  on the operation of the Fund during the previous financial year.
  2. A report under subsection 6 may be incorporated into the annual report of the relevant administrative unit.

During 2016-17, the department funded a number of activities through the auspices of the Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund (CARF) to support research or advocacy in relation to water usage that promotes the interests of consumers with disability, on low-income and/or in regional areas. The fund receives $250,000 (indexed) per annum, primarily from water retail licence fees.

Projects which received CARF funding in 2016-17 included:

  • the Minor and Intermediate Retailers Research and Advocacy Project (conducted by the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association (SAFCA)) that sought to build the evidence base of consumer issues related to minor and intermediate retailers and ensure robust policy and regulatory mechanisms exist;
  • the Water Consumers Living With Disability Project (conducted by JFA Purple Orange) that documented issues arising for people living with disability in respect of the use of, cost of, quality of or access to water; and
  • the Tenants and Water Charges Project (conducted by Uniting Communities) which will seek to ensure robust complementary measures exist that support the interests and needs of all water consumers in South Australia, including vulnerable people. This project is due for completion in late 2017.

Reporting required under the Carers’ Recognition Act 2005

The Carers’ Recognition Act is deemed applicable for the following: Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Department for Education and Child Development, Department for Health and Ageing, Department of State Development, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia Police and TAFE SA.

Section 7: Compliance or non-compliance with section 6 of the Carers Recognition Act 2005 and (b) if a person or body provides relevant services under a contract with the organisation (other than a contract of employment), that person's or body's compliance or non-compliance with section 6.

Under section 6 of the Carers Recognition Act 2005, the department is required to ensure all officers, staff and agents have an awareness and understanding of the principles of the Carers Charter, which promotes consultation with carers or their representatives in policy development and service planning. The department must also consider carers in their interaction with government services and carers who are public sector employees.

The following summarises the actions of the department in 2016-17 to ensure compliance with section 6:

  • staff gained an awareness and understanding of the Act and Carers Charter through induction and ongoing development and training;
  • flexible carer leave arrangements were made available across the department;
  • the We Care Action Plan (We Care: Our Plan for South Australian Carers) was reviewed by the Community Services Division, which continues to assist other government departments who work with carers;
  • the Youth Justice Division published a Young Carers fact sheet for staff and updated resources to ensure assessments consider the caring responsibilities of young people admitted to training centres;
  • Carers SA were funded to design and pilot an innovative program framework for young carers, which will be launched at the International Carers Conference in October 2017;
  • Carer Support were funded to develop the Caring in the Aboriginal Community online learning/training package;
  • South Australian Home and Community Care (SA HACC) program funding continued to be provided to statewide carer support organisations for a range of carer services;
  • responsibilities under the Carers Charter were regularly raised at carers’ network meetings, across-government meetings and community forums;
  • NDIS Reform consulted with the carers sector and distributed the My NDIS Pathway toolkit to parents of children entering the NDIS, community services networks, non-government organisations and carer service providers;
  • carers and continuity in client services remain a priority during the transfer of Domiciliary Care to the non-government sector; and
  • Carer Support Network SA is represented on the department’s Key Influencers Stakeholder Forum, to facilitate the rollout of the NDIS in South Australia.

In addition to the above, the Community Services Division meets regularly with statewide carer support organisations to discuss current issues and is working intensively with DCSI-funded carer support services around issues in relation to the NDIS and the proposed Commonwealth Integrated Carer Support Service model. The department also consulted with Commonwealth Government departments and South Australian carer service providers to identify supports for young and CALD carers, who are priority cohorts for both the Commonwealth and State Governments.

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