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Gaming Machines Act 1992

Act or Regulation

Requirement

Gaming Machines Act 1992

73BA - Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund

(6) The Minister responsible for the administration of the Family and Community Services Act 1972 must, on or before 30 September in each year, prepare a report on the application of the Fund during the preceding financial year and must cause copies of the report to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.

The department, through the Office for Problem Gambling, administers the Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund (GRF) to provide programs that aim to minimise the harm caused by gambling. This includes face-to-face gambling help services that are available across South Australia, services targeting cohorts at increased risk of experiencing gambling harm, online and telephone gambling help services, as well as community education and information campaigns. During 2020–21, approximately $5.69 million was allocated through the GRF to 12 gambling help services in each State Government region and 16 targeted services.

Changes to the Gaming Machines Act 1992 proclaimed on 1 August 2020 expanded the scope of the GRF to allow for investment in prevention, early intervention, public education and gambling research. Under the reforms, the Government committed an additional $1 million into the GRF to increase the services and support available to South Australians.

In 2020–21, the Office for Problem Gambling undertook a comprehensive consultation process to explore options for future investment under the GRF that achieve the intent of its expanded legislative scope. This involved consulting with key stakeholders in the South Australian gambling environment, reviewing existing data and academic literature, examining the policy direction taken in other jurisdictions, and leading a rigorous co-design process with help services, industry and people with lived experience of gambling harm.

The Office for Problem Gambling continued to progress foundational activities to support delivery of a future strategic investment approach for the GRF. This included engaging UnitingCare Wesley Bowden to deliver the Unplugged Program, a free, two-hour workshop for school communities aimed at educating young people and their carers on gaming, and the links between gaming and gambling to establish healthier gaming habits, reduce the risk of gambling harm and create healthier lifestyles.

Julia Farr Services (Trusts) Act 2007

Act or Regulation

Requirement

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 2021, there were no residents living at the Fullarton campus, now known as Highgate Park.

Residents of Highgate Park participated in the Reconnecting to Community project, which provided an opportunity to move to community accommodation. In April 2020, the final resident moved to a private aged care facility, and shortly afterwards chose to move to the Northgate Aged Care facility.

During the preceding 12 months no previous residents returned to Highgate Park, which is now closed.

Water Industry Act 2012

Act or Regulation

Requirement

Water Industry Act 2012

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.

(8)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before both Houses of Parliament within 12 sitting days after the report is received by that Minister.

The Consumer Advocacy and Research Fund (CARF) was established to support research or advocacy in relation to water usage that promotes the interest of consumers with a disability, on low-income and/or in regional areas.

The administration of CARF was transferred from DHS to the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) effective 1 January 2021. A report on the operation of CARF during the previous financial year is included in the DEW annual report for the 2020–21 financial year.

Youth Justice Administration Act 2016

Act or Regulation

Requirement

Youth Justice Administration Act 2016

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.

(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.

During 2020–21, DHS progressed improvements to support the provisions of the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016. The improvements, which align with Young People Connected, Communities Protected: South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan 2020–2023 and respond to recommendations by the Training Centre Visitor and Ombudsman SA, include:

  • commissioning a number of independent reviews at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre with findings informing further improvements
  • installing full-size body scanning technology at Kurlana Tapa, reducing the need for partially clothed searches
  • establishing the Aboriginal Cultural Trail and Connection Space at Kurlana Tapa, which provides a healing, education and connection space for Aboriginal young people in custody
  • investing in community organisations, such as the Service to Youth Council, to deliver specific community service responses to increase connections to community, providing young people with a diverse range of opportunities and long-term supports
  • establishing the Communities and Justice, Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCO) Forum, to facilitate better partnerships with ACCOs and explore joint decision-making processes with Aboriginal communities, in line with Closing the Gap targets.

The department also continues to develop more therapeutic responses for young people under youth justice orders and is:

  • Establishing an Enhanced Support Team at Kurlana Tapa, which is comprised of skilled practitioners to work alongside youth workers in the accommodation units, responding to those young people with complex needs.
  • Developing a Sensory Modulation Framework to better equip young people with the tools to help them understand their own sensory processing needs and develop self-regulation skills.
  • Improving accessibility for young people, including modifying client-facing documents for easier comprehension and enhancing traditional verbal communication practices with visual aids.

All non-DHS staff who have unsupervised contact with children and young people in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre, with the exception of registered teachers and health practitioners, have undergone a psychological suitability assessment in line with legislative requirements. Youth Justice Services continues to ensure all staff requiring to be assessed, undergo psychological suitability assessment in line with legislative requirements.

The Young People Connected, Communities Protected: South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan 2020–2023 progress report was published on the DHS web page in June 2021.

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. Prior to this, a review of the Principle will be undertaken, with planning underway.

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 or agents are aware and understand the principles of the Carers Charter, and promote consultation with carers or their representatives in policy or program development and strategic or operational planning.

The following summarises actions by the department to ensure compliance with Section 6 in 2020–21:

  • Staff gained an awareness of the principles of the Carers Charter during induction and training.
  • Flexible work and carer leave arrangements were available across the department. This includes paid leave entitlements for employees with primary care responsibilities for a person with disability. This leave is in addition to family carers leave and special leave with pay.
  • DHS continued to fund four South Australian carer support organisations beyond the cessation of the SA HACC program on 30 April 2021. The services were specifically funded as they are not available to carers through the national Integrated Carer Support Services (ICSS).
  • The department worked closely with the four statewide carer support organisations during the roll-out of the ICSS and NDIS. This included consultation and cooperation with Carers SA, which was nominated by the Commonwealth Government as the South Australian Regional Delivery Partner under the ICSS.
  • In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DHS continued to liaise with Carers SA and other peak bodies in the development of long-term recovery strategies which consider the specific needs of carers.

In addition to the above, carers were included as a priority cohort in the new Community Connections program, following the cessation of the SA HACC program. The new program better reflects the current environment and community needs and targets people who are ineligible for the NDIS, My Aged Care and other Commonwealth and State Government programs. Carers SA is the carer representative on the Community Connections Program Advisory Group to inform the implementation of the program.

Page last updated : 12 Oct 2021

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