- Aboriginal peoples
- Departmental legislative framework
- Freedom of information, open government and privacy
- Key strategies and plans
- Social Media
Number of public complaints reported
|Complaint categories||Sub-categories||Example||Number of|
|Professional behaviour||Staff attitude||Failure to demonstrate values such as empathy, respect, fairness, courtesy, extra mile; cultural competency||19|
|Professional behaviour||Staff competency||Failure to action service request; poorly informed decisions; incorrect or incomplete service provided||8|
|Professional behaviour||Staff knowledge||Lack of service specific knowledge; incomplete or out-of-date knowledge||0|
|Communication||Communication quality||Inadequate, delayed or absent communication with customer||5|
|Communication||Confidentiality||Customer’s confidentiality or privacy not respected; information shared incorrectly||0|
|System offline; inaccessible to customer; incorrect result/information provided; poor system design||0|
|Service delivery||Access to services||Service difficult to find; location poor; facilities/ environment poor standard; not accessible to customers with disabilities||66|
|Service delivery||Process||Processing error; incorrect process used; delay in processing application; process not customer responsive||3|
|Policy||Policy application||Incorrect policy interpretation; incorrect policy applied; conflicting policy advice given||0|
|Policy||Policy content||Policy content difficult to understand; policy unreasonable or disadvantages customer||0|
|Service quality||Information||Incorrect, incomplete, out dated or inadequate information; not fit for purpose||0|
|Service quality||Access to information||Information difficult to understand, hard to find or difficult to use; not plain English||0|
|Service quality||Timeliness||Lack of staff punctuality; excessive waiting times (outside of service standard); timelines not met||3|
|Service quality||Safety||Maintenance; personal or family safety; duty of care not shown; poor security service/ premises; poor cleanliness||8|
|Service quality||Service responsiveness||Service design doesn’t meet customer needs; poor service fit with customer expectations||24|
|No case to answer||No case to answer||Third party; customer misunderstanding; redirected to another agency; insufficient information to investigate||0|
Source: DHS Client Feedback System (note: complaints data is influenced by various factors including Machinery of Government changes, changes in service provision and relies on complaint data being entered into the Client Feedback System).
|Number of positive feedback comments||69|
|Number of negative feedback comments||136|
|Total number of feedback comments||205|
|% complaints resolved within policy timeframes||81%|
Data for previous years is available at: https://data.sa.gov.au/data/organization/dept-of-human-services under Government reporting and policy.
Service improvements for period
Service improvements that responded to customer complaints or feedback
In response to customer feedback, ConcessionsSA simplified and streamlined concession processes in 2018-19 to reduce red tape. As a result, ConcessionsSA is due to process 250,000 less sheets of paper each year. Customer service improvements include:
- Simplified concessions application form: The number of questions on the customer application form was significantly reduced from 34 to 14 questions. Forms were also consolidated, resulting in a single application for all household concessions (energy, water, sewerage, Cost of Living and Emergency Services Levy).
- Reduced supporting documents: Operational systems were improved so that customers no longer need to provide copies of a range of documents with their application or when their living arrangements change.
- Shift in customer communication channels: DHS now seeks any missing customer information via communication over the phone, rather than by post.
- Notification of approval: Written notification was introduced to advise the customer that their application was approved, reducing any uncertainty for the customer. A summary of concession payment methods and timeframes is included to help keep the customer informed.
As a result of service improvements, the processing time for customer applications has been reduced from two to three months to less than one week.
In 2019-20, further work will be undertaken to simplify and streamline online forms and to utilise SMS technology to provide concessions notification updates to customers.
Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC)
Changes to the ITC Management System were made to address client complaints regarding invoicing and response times to booking confirmation. These include the centralisation of accounts and process enhancements.
In 2018-19, following research into alternative options to partially clothed searches at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre - Kurlana Tapa, Youth Justice implemented the use of ion scanning machines that can detect various forms of contraband, such as illegal drugs. This has contributed to a reduction in the number of partially clothed searches being undertaken.