Department of Human Services

Governance and accountability

Strong governance is critical to solidify, implement and monitor cross-agency accountability for service delivery and collaborative practice. Together, the following elements form the Governance Framework:

Oversight

Ministerial oversight provided by the Social Affairs Cabinet Committee (SACC) and the Justice and Legislative Reform Cabinet Committee for any legislative reform.

Accountability and Direction

Relevant government and non-government agencies drive partnerships across systems and monitor agreed shared priorities.

Implementation

Partner agencies work to implement agreed actions priorities.

Reporting to SACC will be a Youth Justice Executive Steering Group, comprising executive membership from the following agencies:

  • Department of Human Services
  • Department for Child Protection
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • Attorney-General's Department
  • Department of Correctional Services
  • South Australia Police
  • Courts Administration Authority
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)
  • South Australian Housing Authority.

The initial priorities for this new Steering Group will be:

  • Determining project teams for the completion of each identified action
  • Prioritising projects for delivery
  • Finalising an outcomes framework with which to measure system performance.

The established Youth Justice Aboriginal Advisory Committee (YJAAC) will continue to provide advice to the Steering Group and project working groups. Opportunities for further engagement with the non-government sector will be sought to support implementation of shared priorities.

A number of strategic relationships with statutory offices support a transparent and progressive youth justice system in South Australia. This includes ongoing independent visiting, advocacy and inspection functions of the Training Centre Visitor , OPCAT NPM, oversight and current reporting requirements to the Ombudsman SA, and shared priorities with the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights.

An update on the plan’s progress will be made publicly available in May 2021.

Page last updated : 11 Jun 2020

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