- The Hon Nat Cook
- The Hon Katrine Hildyard
- Chief Executive Lois Boswell
- Strategic Plan
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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
- 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:
- the number of persons resident at the Fullarton campus;
- with respect to the persons resident at a place other than the Fullarton campus, a broad description of the nature of their accommodation;
- during the preceding period of 12 months -
- the processes used to plan and implement the relocation of any person to accommodation other than the Fullarton campus;
- the number of persons who returned to accommodation at the Fullarton campus, and the circumstances of their return.
- A report under subsection (1) should be prepared in a manner that does not identify a particular person.
As at 30 March 2018, 63 people with disability were living at the Fullarton campus, now known as Highgate Park. Those who have moved out during the past 12 months have moved to supported accommodation within the non-government sector, while two people over 65 years of age moved to residential aged care services to be close to family. Sadly, three residents passed away.
All people living at Highgate Park have participated in the Reconnecting to Community project, which has provided an opportunity to move to community accommodation options. Thirty people have identified that they wish to move to this housing initiative, which is part of the 100 new homes to be allocated for people with disability through the 1,000 Homes in 1,000 Days initiative. The new homes for people with disability will be available between September 2018 and February 2019.
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
- The Chief Executive must, not later than 30 September in each year, submit to the Minister a report on -
- 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
- any other matter as the Minister may direct.
The Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 and Youth Justice Administration Regulations 2016 are reflected in the Youth Justice service model, promoting contemporary practice that recognises assessment, case planning and rehabilitation programs as key to reducing re-offending.
During 2017–18, the Youth Justice Division continued to ensure that operational practices are consistent with legislative requirements. This included revision of procedures related to protective actions and completion of the Behaviour Support Framework manual, a guide for staff in the progression model that encourages and supports young people to develop positive behaviours and take responsibility.
The Act established the role of the Training Centre Visitor to provide independent monitoring and ensure that the rights of residents of training centres are upheld. On 11 July 2017, the current South Australian Guardian for Children and Young People was appointed as the Training Centre Visitor.
DHS is preparing for implementation of the new section 21A of the Act, which requires all people employed to work in training centres to undergo psychological assessment of a kind determined by the Chief Executive. This included the development of regulations to exclude certain people from the requirements (for example employees who have no contact with residents, people supervised by staff at all times, registered health professionals and registered teachers) and provide an additional 12 months for government departments and service providers to complete the assessment of current employees affected by the legislation. This legislation will come into operation on 22 October 2018.
The Youth Justice Division continues to explore 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
- 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.
- A report under subsection 6 may be incorporated into the annual report of the relevant administrative unit.
During 2017–18, 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 2017–18 included:
- Financial Counselling Services Guarantee for SA Water Customers Project (conducted by the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association) that undertook a feasibility study of the merits of fast tracking access for SA Water customers to hardship financial counselling support services.
- Supporting Regional Customers in Financial Difficulty Project (conducted by Kerri Muller NRM Pty Ltd) that will provide minor and intermediate retailers with improved service options for customers in financial difficulty.
- Multicultural Water Consumers Project (conducted by Colmar Brunton Research) that will document the particular issues for consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds relating to the use of, cost of, quality of, or access to water.
- Achieving Water Security for Sustainable Farming Families and Communities Project (conducted by the University of South Australia) that will seek to improve the sustainability of South Australia’s farming families by delivering better policies and enhanced equity of water sharing from rural farm dams through the development of a Water Equity Typology (WET) model.
Reporting required under the Carers’ Recognition Act 2005
The Carers’ Recognition Act is deemed applicable for the following: Department of Human Services, Department for Education, Department for Health and Wellbeing, 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 2017–18 to ensure compliance with section 6:
- employees were exposed to the principles of the Act and the Carers Charter during induction and through ongoing development and training
- flexible carer leave arrangements were accessible for employees
- the DHS Community Services Division reviewed the We Care Action Plan (We Care: Our Plan for South Australian Carers) in collaboration with other government agencies that support and employ carers
- responsibilities under the Carers Charter were highlighted at carers’ network and across-government meetings and the department facilitated meetings between SA Health and service providers in relation to new carer initiatives
- the department consulted with carer service providers in October 2017, to develop a more streamlined and flexible funding agreement
- service continuity for clients, carers and their families was a priority during the transfer of Domiciliary Care to the non-government sector.
Through the Community Services Division, the department also met regularly with statewide carer support organisations on a range of matters.