- Aboriginal peoples
- Departmental legislative framework
- Freedom of information, open government and privacy
- Key strategies and plans
- Social Media
Reporting required under any other act or regulation
Julia Farr Services (Trusts) Act 2007
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|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:
(2) A report under subsection (1) should be prepared in a manner that does not identify a particular person.
As at 30 March 2020, only one person with disability was living at the Fullarton campus, now known as Highgate Park.
During the 12 months since 30 March 2019, 30 residents, their carers and family members worked with DHS staff to move to new housing arrangements of their choice. This includes:
- one person who moved to non-government run community housing
- two who chose to move to the Northgate Aged Care facility operated by the department, and
- one person who moved to a new, purpose-built home that they own.
A further 24 people moved to community housing supported by the department.
Sadly, two residents passed away.
No previous residents returned to Highgate Park during the preceding 12 months and there were no new admissions.
On 6 April 2020, the final resident of Highgate Park moved to a private aged care facility, and shortly afterwards chose to move to the Northgate Aged Care facility. This was the finalisation of the Reconnecting to Community project, which assisted residents to transition to supported community living.
Water Industry Act 2012
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|Water Industry Act 2012||
Part 10 - Miscellaneous
87 - Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund
(6) 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.
(7) A report under subsection (6) may be incorporated into the annual report of the relevant administrative unit.
The department provides funding to projects through the auspices of the Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund (CARF) to support advocacy or research in relation to water usage that promotes the interests of consumers with disability, on low-income and/or in regional areas. CARF receives $250,000 (indexed) per annum, primarily from water retail licence fees.
Projects which received funding in 2019–20 included:
- An investigation into SA Water’s 2020–24 Regulatory Proposal (conducted by Business SA) to ensure all aspects of operating and capital expenditure are justified against best practice interstate and accurately reflect South Australian consumer preferences.
- A project making recommendations for improved pricing and tariff structures for SA Water (conducted by Uniting Communities) to ensure robust policy mechanisms exist which provide for the needs of the diverse range of water consumers in South Australia.
- An analysis of SA Water’s proposed expenditure on water supply options (conducted by the Conservation Council SA) to examine and propose expenditure on water supply options contained within SA Water’s Draft Business Proposal and ESCOSA’s SA Water Draft Regulatory Determination, by specifically focusing on alternative supply options, with regard to considerations of short-term price benefits for consumer versus long-term water security.
Youth Justice Administration Act 2016
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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 -
(2) The Minister must, within 12 sitting days after receipt of a report under this section, cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament.
On 11 June 2020, the Young People Connected, Communities Protected: South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan 2020–2023 was released, which focuses on six shared values:
- Young people’s wellbeing
- Workforce stability and investment
- Aboriginal cultural connection
- Connected services
- Reconnection with community, and
- Business intelligence.
The State Plan has a strong focus on addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the youth justice system. Forty projects have been identified, which set the strategic priorities over the next three years.
During 2019–20, in response to recommendations by the Training Centre Visitor and Ombudsman SA, DHS progressed a number of improvements to support the provisions of the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 including:
- Since 6 December 2019, resident worn spit protection (RWSP) has not been used in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (formerly Adelaide Youth Training Centre - Kurlana Tapa) and DHS formally prohibited the use of RWSP from 1 July 2020. Staff are now trained in alternative techniques, including the use of personal protective equipment.
- The department commissioned an independent review on the use of isolation, segregation and force, including advice on relevant policies and practices related to security and operational matters. The report was delivered to DHS on 31 May 2020 and the findings will inform further improvements.
- On 6 April 2020, a trial of body-worn cameras commenced, to improve the safety of staff and residents.
- Full-size body scanning technology was procured to reduce the need for partially clothed searches.
- DHS appointed four Aboriginal people in leadership positions, two of those in Youth Justice Services.
- DHS engaged children and young people and the community in the design and development of an Aboriginal cultural trail and cultural connection space at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre.
All DHS staff in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre have received psychological suitability assessment, in line with legislative requirements. Work continued to ensure non-DHS staff who have unsupervised contact with children and young people (except registered teachers and health practitioners) undertake a psychological suitability assessment by 22 October 2020.
In 2020–21, in alignment with recommendations of the Training Centre Visitor, DHS will report annually on the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Justice Principle.
Reporting required under the Carers' Recognition Act 2005
Under Section 6 of the Carers Recognition Act 2005, the department is required to ensure all officers, staff and agents are aware and understand the principles of the Carers Charter, which promotes consultation with carers or their representatives in policy development, service planning and delivery. DHS must also consider carers who receive government services and carers who are employees.
The following information summarises actions undertaken by the department during 2019–20 to support compliance with Section 6:
- employees were made aware of the requirements of the Act and Carers Charter during induction and training
- flexible carer leave arrangements were available across the department
- responsibilities under the Act and Carers Charter were raised at carers’ network meetings, across-government meetings and during community forums
- the department continued to assist and liaise with other government departments that deliver services to carers or whose employees are carers
- South Australian Home and Community Care (SA HACC) program funding continued to be provided to five statewide carer support organisations for a range of carer services.
In addition to the above, carers and service continuity have remained a priority of the department during the implementation of the Commonwealth Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS). DHS also worked closely with the Carer Support Network SA during the roll-out of the NDIS, the Carer Gateway and establishment of the South Australian Regional Delivery Partners under the ICSS.
Carer service providers are currently funded through the SA HACC program until 31 January 2021, while a reform of HACC funding is undertaken, and a new community care program is developed. DHS recognises the economic value and immense contribution of unpaid carers in South Australia and the challenges they face and will ensure that carers have priority access to the new program.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS established a dedicated COVID-19 Response Team to support the non-government sector, including carers and carer service providers. The Response Team has conducted online forums, provided information including regular newsletters, and followed up individual issues as required.
The department also formed a sector intelligence group and a peak bodies group to help address sector issues during COVID-19. Carers SA and carer advocates are represented on both groups which have been convened to hear concerns from the non-government sector so that DHS can work with SA Health and other agencies to develop solutions.
As the threat of COVID-19 continues, the department is focusing on strategies for long-term recovery and community resilience, given the enormous social and economic impacts of the pandemic. South Australian carers are being considered specifically within this thinking and planning.