2007-08 DFC Annual Report (colour)

2007-08 DFC Annual Report (colour)

Department for Families and Communities

ANNUAL REPORT 2007-08

Office Address

Riverside Centre

North Terrace

Adelaide SA 5000

Postal Address

GPO Box 292

ADELAIDE SA 5001

Telephone

(08) 8226 8800

© Government of South Australia, September 2008

ISSN 1832-8938

ISBN 978-1-920983-67-3

This Annual Report was prepared by the Strategy and Research Division of the Department for

Families and Communities.

The Annual Report is available on the Department for Families and Communities’ internet site at www.familiesandcommunities.sa.gov.au

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The information in this publication can be provided in an alternative format or another language on request. Please contact (08) 8413 8126.

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Letter of transmittal

Hon Jennifer Rankine MP

Minister for Families and Communities

Minister for Housing

Minister for Ageing

Minister for Disability

Dear Minister

I have pleasure in presenting the Annual Report of the Department for Families and Communities for the year ended 30 June 2008.

The Annual Report highlights the many achievements of the department during the 2007-08 financial year which reflect the efforts in contributing towards the targets of South Australia’s Strategic Plan.

The report complies with the requirements of the Public Sector Management Act 1995 and the Public

Finance and Audit Act 1987

.

Joslene Mazel

Chief Executive

Department for Families and Communities

30 September 2008

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Contents

Letter of transmittal............................................................................................................................... 1

DFC at a glance...................................................................................................................................... 4

Chief Executive’s report ....................................................................................................................... 5

About DFC

Who we are ............................................................................................................................................. 7

Our aim.................................................................................................................................................... 7

Our culture............................................................................................................................................... 7

Our operating principles .......................................................................................................................... 8

Connecting to the Future......................................................................................................................... 9

Major highlights for 2007-08.................................................................................................................. 11

Our clients ............................................................................................................................................. 13

Staff profile ............................................................................................................................................ 13

Financial profile ..................................................................................................................................... 13

Organisational structure ........................................................................................................................ 13

Our performance

South Australia’s Strategic Plan ............................................................................................................ 15

Objective 1 – Affordable housing choices and communities that prosper ............................................ 21

Objective 2 – High need housing .......................................................................................................... 34

Objective 3 – Independence and community connection...................................................................... 47

Objective 4 – Keeping them safe .......................................................................................................... 62

Objective 5 – Effective and sustainable business practices.................................................................. 71

Our people

Human resources and consulting.......................................................................................................... 94

Workplace statistics............................................................................................................................... 98

Occupational health, safety and welfare ............................................................................................. 104

Health and wellbeing of employees..................................................................................................... 113

Learning and development.................................................................................................................. 114

Volunteers ........................................................................................................................................... 115

Governance arrangements

Governance principles......................................................................................................................... 116

Internal governance bodies ................................................................................................................. 117

Legislation ........................................................................................................................................... 119

Boards, committees and trusts............................................................................................................ 120

Risk management and internal audit................................................................................................... 127

Privacy................................................................................................................................................. 127

Procurement ........................................................................................................................................ 128

Customer service................................................................................................................................. 128

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Corporate social responsibility

Workplace............................................................................................................................................ 131

Environment ........................................................................................................................................ 134

Social and community activities .......................................................................................................... 136

Socially responsible procurement ....................................................................................................... 136

Strengthening partnerships ............................................................................................................. 138

Research............................................................................................................................................. 145

Key events.......................................................................................................................................... 146

Publications ....................................................................................................................................... 148

Rewards and recognition.................................................................................................................. 150

Corporate reporting

Reconciliation statement ..................................................................................................................... 151

Disability action plan............................................................................................................................ 152

Reporting against the Carers Recognition Act .................................................................................... 155

Greening of Government Operations (GoGO) Framework ................................................................. 159

Energy efficiency action plan report .................................................................................................... 163

Freedom of Information ....................................................................................................................... 164

Regional Impact Assessment Statements........................................................................................... 166

Urban Design Charter.......................................................................................................................... 167

Asbestos management in government buildings ................................................................................ 167

Fraud ................................................................................................................................................... 169

Overseas travel ................................................................................................................................... 170

Contractual arrangements................................................................................................................... 171

Consultants.......................................................................................................................................... 174

Accounts payment performance.......................................................................................................... 175

Financial statements ......................................................................................................................... 176

Our sites and contact details ........................................................................................................... 231

Glossary ............................................................................................................................................. 240

Feedback ............................................................................................................................................ 242

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DFC at a glance

Major highlights for 2007-08

Highlights for the year, page 11.

Main activities

We lead the State Government’s work in ageing, anti-poverty, carers, child protection, communities, disability services, families, housing and youth justice.

Our commitment

That all South Australians have access to quality services that protect and enhance the community’s wellbeing and support is provided to those in need.

Our culture

We make things happen for our customers by applying our values: connected, ethical, brave and respectful, page 7.

Governance Governance is the process by which organisations are directed, controlled and held to account. Our department is guided by seven governance principles, page 116.

Staff Employed 5336 full time equivalents, page 98.

Finances The net cost of providing our services for the financial year was

$771 million, funded primarily from the South Australian

Government. Refer to the Financial statements for more information, page 176.

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Chief Executive’s report

On 31 July 2008, Ms Sue Vardon, after a long career in the public service at both the national and state levels, announced her retirement as the Chief Executive of our department after three and a half years. Ms Joslene Mazel, formerly the Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

Division, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, commenced as our Chief Executive on 14 August

2008.

2007-08 was another challenging and rewarding year for the Department for Families and

Communities. The way we came together to deal with each of the challenges faced shows we have much to be proud of.

One of the biggest challenges we faced was the continuing growing demands of children in care and increasing needs of vulnerable families and the resulting pressure that this placed on our finances. I appreciated the assistance from David Imber, of the Department of Treasury and Finance, who helped us address the financial pressures facing the department. The next challenge for us in this respect is to make use of the positive budget for 2008-09, and ensure that every new dollar is used wisely to achieve our reforms.

Throughout the year I visited as many departmental work sites across the State as possible and saw the highly skilled and dedicated workforce in all of our various locations. Staff from different parts of the department are coming together and discussing the challenges of delivering services, particularly in remote areas, and are working together to identify innovative ways to help our customers. All of these visits reinforced for me the importance of our staff on the front line, who are helping families that are experiencing serious problems, and collaboration across the department and with our partners.

I am surrounded by young and enthusiastic staff who are keen to make sure we embrace new technologies and use them to improve our organisation. This year I launched the [email protected] e-asy chat line which provides staff with a way of communicating directly with me on particular topics once a month. Topics discussed on the blog have included carers, youth retention and recruitment, communicating change in our organisation and technology and customer self-service. I have really enjoyed these sessions and many of the great ideas raised are being investigated.

Providing high quality customer focused services has been central to everything we do. We continue to be committed to achieving excellence in this area. Over the last year in particular, we have achieved much with respect to improving customer service to our external customers, including the development of a complaints management system, the launch of the Community Engagement Charter

and Directions Statement

and the implementation of a Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy.

Many of these initiatives have been inspired by the staff actually working in these areas. To strengthen services to external customers we have also reviewed our internal customer service. I am proud of our strong culture which means working together and putting our customers and their families first.

The variety of work that we undertake was acknowledged nationally and internationally during this year with a number of visitors from other jurisdictions and countries to learn more about what we do.

This included a delegation from Thailand from the Department for Social Development and Welfare, including social workers, physical therapists, nurses and social development workers who were keen to learn more about South Australian community services and Australian culture in general. We also hosted guests from Canada, England and the Shandong Province in China. The former Tasmanian

Premier and the Tasmanian Minister for Health and Human Services also visited to learn more about what we have been doing in Housing SA to address financial viability, the 15 per cent affordable and high need housing planning targets and a number of other innovative housing initiatives. Thank you to all the staff who have made these visits successful. I know that we gained as much out of these visits as the delegates themselves.

Earlier this year, Commissioner Mullighan’s Commission of Inquiry Report (Children in State Care) was released, which provided the Government with 54 recommendations to consider. The Inquiry has

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Chief Executive’s report

provided an opportunity for former children in State Care to come forward with their experience of abuse. In many cases, this has been the start of a process of healing. A highlight from this work to date has been the Premier's formal apology to those who were harmed while in State Care. I wish to acknowledge those staff, particularly in Families SA who contributed to the Inquiry by providing support to the Commissioner and providing post care support to those people who were in State Care.

Looking back over the last year, I am reminded of all our achievements and successes. These achievements are testament to the dedication and hard work of an outstanding group of public servants, volunteers and partners. The commitment and innovation shown by staff continues to be a strength of the organisation as we continue to strive to improve the lives of South Australians.

Finally to Minister Jay Weatherill, I would like to acknowledge the excellent working relationship and partnership between his office and the department. We have been privileged to work for a Minister who has provided us with strong leadership throughout the year. All our staff have appreciated his clear vision and his understanding of the complexities of our work. We have been very fortunate to have worked with a Minister who has given us so much support and encouragement to perform at our best.

Ms Sue Vardon AO

Chief Executive

Department for Families and Communities

30 June 2008

This report on the financial and corporate performance of the Department for Families and

Communities during the 2007-08 financial year reflects the results and achievements of the department under the direction of Ms Sue Vardon AO. I am pleased that she had an opportunity to reflect on the performance of the department over the year before she retired in August.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and leadership of Ms Vardon throughout her career in the public service, particularly the last three and a half years as Chief

Executive of the department. She should be very proud of the work that has occurred under her leadership to reform and improve the department’s services for the citizens of South Australia.

I am looking forward to working with all the department’s employees and stakeholders to consolidate and build on these reforms. The department is an incredibly diverse portfolio which holds many challenges, as well as opportunities to make a positive difference for an important sector of the State’s population.

Ms Joslene Mazel

Chief Executive

Department for Families and Communities

30 September 2008

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About DFC

Who we are

The Department for Families and Communities (DFC) is responsible for setting strategic priorities, policy development and administration of public and community housing, child protection, disability services and ageing and community care services. The department was established on 1 July 2004, following the separation of the Department for Human Services into DFC and the Department of

Health.

Our aim

We have a broad mandate to work with those in need who, through circumstance, may be poor, vulnerable, at risk of harm or isolated and disconnected. We are committed to ensuring that all South

Australians have access to quality services that protect and enhance the community's wellbeing and provide support to people when they need it.

Our culture

The foundations of our strategic directions are the Departments’ values. These values are critical to the delivery of high quality customer focussed services which are central to every aspect of our department. By incorporating our values into our behaviour and processes, we make things happen for our customers.

CONNECTED

We consider the big picture when dealing with small things, we connect with others, across boundaries, to get the best result. We share information, ideas and solutions.

ETHICAL

RESPECTFUL

We show our esteem for each other in how we work together, in an environment that facilitates safe, fair and equitable interaction.

BRAVE

We are fearless and bold in

We do the right thing, acting in accordance with our public sector, professional and personal codes: with integrity, fairness, respect and transparency. We are accountable for our actions. tackling the hardest issues.

We have the courage to explore beyond the horizon and discover new ways together. We also know that simple common sense may give us the answer.

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About DFC

Our operating principles

Deprived or disadvantaged people and communities have poorer housing, health, education and life expectancy, and fewer job opportunities and higher crime rates than communities that prosper. Our efforts to build a socially inclusive society will help to close the gap.

Our commitment

Children, young people, people with disabilities, older South Australians and families can expect to be safe, supported and connected. Access to safe, secure, affordable and appropriate housing is central to the health and quality of life of individuals and families. The provision of shelter is our first obligation to those in need or at risk of harm. Strong links, with defined and discrete responsibilities, between those who provide accommodation and those who deliver services, is the key to sustaining safety and wellbeing.

Our services

Our responses

Our partners

Our people

Our communication

The people we serve: individuals, families and the community, are at the centre of our planning and decision making. The privilege and the dignity of choice is our guide. We recognise the differences of ages, cultures and abilities. We listen, respond and integrate the values, views and aspirations of our customers into the way forward. Our work takes us into people’s lives, their relationships and their changing life circumstances. This requires us to act with respect, humility and sound judgement.

Responses that are flexible, immediate but also sustained, that tackle the issues early and consider the whole person, now and tomorrow, will deliver future success. We let the facts, not our presumptions, determine the course of action. We anticipate and prevent problems.

We are accountable for spending public money wisely. Resources need to be deployed effectively to build individual capacities and strong communities across the State. We draw on shared knowledge of what works well, on new thinking and emerging evidence to achieve value for money in matching resources to need.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australians continue to be the most disadvantaged citizens across all indicators. Recognising this, our programs, responses and our efforts will target the complex, entrenched and interrelated circumstances that are impediments to Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander people moving forward.

We continue to build our relationships with our partners in other sectors, other governments, volunteers and the community. A commitment to a shared and common purpose is the foundation for agreement. We collaborate actively in our joint endeavours.

Valued and well supported employees who know what is expected of them are critical to business success. The community benefits from the contributions of our people as workers, leaders, volunteers and carers.

We are committed to communication that is clear and accessible. It is open, timely and effective.

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About DFC

Connecting to the Future

Connecting to the Future: the strategic agenda for the Department for Families and Communities

2005-2008,

identifies the South Australian Government’s priorities for the department. It is the framework that shapes the services we provide and the decisions we make to reflect the

Government’s priorities in the portfolio areas of care and protection of children and young people, disability, ageing and affordable housing.

Five key objectives provide the framework in which we operate:

Objective 1: Affordable housing choices and communities that prosper

HomeStart Finance

Housing SA

Housing Plan for South Australia

Objective 2: High need housing

Housing SA

Housing Plan for South Australia

Objective 3: Independence and community connection

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander Services

Community Connect

Disability SA

Domiciliary Care SA

Office for Problem Gambling

Office for the Ageing

Volunteers Unit

Supported Accommodation Strategy

Promoting Independence

Improving with Age - Our Ageing

Plan for South Australia

Community Engagement Charter and Directions Statement

DFC Volunteer Operational

Guidelines

Objective 4: Keeping them safe and connected

Families SA

Keeping Them Safe

Keeping Them Safe – In Our Care:

Implementation Plan

Rapid Response: Whole of

Government Services for Children and Young People under the

Guardianship of the Minister

To Break the Cycle

Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry (Allegations of Sexual

Abuse and Death from Criminal

Conduct) Report

Objective 5: Effective and sustainable business practices

Chief Executive’s Office

Financial Services

Information, Communication and Technology

Organisational Development

Risk Management and Internal

Audit

State Recovery Office

Strategy and Research

Strategic Research Agenda 2006-09

Department for Families and

Communities Risk Management

Policy and Framework

DFC Occupational Health, Safety,

Welfare and Injury Management

Implementation Plan 2008-2010

DFC Aboriginal Employment

Strategy 2007-2012

DFC Workforce Plan 2007-2012

The five objectives align with and demonstrate our commitment to supporting the achievement of

South Australia’s Strategic Plan

.

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About DFC

Alignment of Connecting to the Future to South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP)

1

2

Affordable housing choices and communities that

prosper

To work with others to expand and improve affordable housing choices across the

State and help build communities that prosper.

High need housing

To develop and implement better high need housing and service responses for people at risk or in need.

Affordable homes

Growing prosperity

Community renewal

Regional South Australia

Sustainability

Aboriginal South Australians

Shelter

High need

Homelessness

Transition

Aboriginal South Australians

T3.14 – Energy efficiency

(dwellings)

T6.1 – Aboriginal wellbeing

T6.7 – Affordable housing

T6.8 – Housing stress

T6.9 – Aboriginal housing

T6.1 – Aboriginal wellbeing

T6.6 – Homelessness

T6.8 – Housing stress

T6.9 – Aboriginal housing

3

Independence and

community connection

To enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all.

Community connection

Services

Community sector

Carers

Aboriginal South Australians

Volunteers

T2.7 – Psychological wellbeing

T5.6 – Volunteering

T6.1 – Aboriginal wellbeing

T6.5 – Economic disadvantage

T6.10 – Housing for people with disabilities

T6.11 – Participation by people with disabilities

T6.22 – People with disabilities

4

5

Keeping them safe and

connected

To ensure children, young people and families are safe, supported and connected to the future.

Effective and sustainable

business practices

To establish and maintain efficient, effective and sustainable business practices to underpin delivery of the

Connecting to the Future

strategic agenda.

Child-centric

Lead agency

Early intervention and prevention

Families

Guardianship children and young people

Care partnerships

Juvenile justice

Learning

Aboriginal South Australians

Governance

Customers

Business rigour and relationships

Information and systems

Planning and performance

People

Communication

Environment

T2.7 – Psychological wellbeing

T2.8 – Statewide crime rates

T6.1 – Aboriginal wellbeing

T6.4 – Early childhood –

Australian Early Development

Index

T6.5 – Economic disadvantage

T6.15 – Learning or earning

T1.7, T1.8 and T1.9 –

Performance in the public sector

T3.13 – Energy efficiency

(government buildings)

T6.22, T6.23 and T6.24 –

Diversity in the public sector

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About DFC

Major highlights for 2007-08

Objectives Highlights

1

Affordable housing choices and communities that

prosper

Achieved 222 new affordable rental housing commitments in partnership arrangements

Realigned the Not for Profit Growth program in South Australia to the

National Regulatory Framework

Responded to Commonwealth announced National Indigenous Housing

Reform Strategy

2

High need housing

Developed strategic proposal for sector reform of Supported

Accommodation Assistance Program

Undertook business impact assessment for new legislation to replace the

Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

Completed 39 homes units within the Franklin Street Bus Station complex for use by Common Ground Adelaide Ltd

3

Independence and community

connection

Created 40 new community based group home places through the

Strathmont Centre Redevelopment and Community Living Project

Implemented the Supported Accommodation Strategy

Strengthened consumer advisory mechanisms to support the reform of services for people with a disability

Introduced the Companion Card which enables companions assisting eligible persons to access free entry to community events/activities, and public transport, at both State and National levels

Further progress on transitioning people with a disability from institutional care to community settings

Developed and commenced implementation of a consistent DFC

Performance Management Framework

for community grants

Launched an online access point for community grants and information for funded community services organisations

Increased the number of non-government organisations engaging in a quality framework and non-government organisations achieving accreditation under the Service Excellence internationally accredited management standards

Developed the Community Engagement Charter and Directions Statement and increased community engagement activities

Developed the Community Benefit SA Special Family Support Grants

Program and funded projects to deliver intensive family support services in high need areas

Implemented the new Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund ‘Trust Deed’ that provides funding specifically for young people with a disability who have been in care

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About DFC

Provided additional indexation on grants to the community services sector of one per cent annually for four years for community services wages and conditions

Established SA Community Care Access Points for frail older people and their carers that need community based services in the Western Adelaide and country areas of Gawler, Barossa, Lower North and Yorke Peninsula

Continued to expand basic Home and Community Care maintenance and support for frail older people and their carers

Established a register of South Australian retirement villages and advanced investigations of breaches of the Retirement Villages Act 1987

Implemented the second round of projects, built on existing reporting systems and developed new research initiatives from Improving with Age –

Our Ageing Plan for South Australia

Evaluated and restructured problem gambling help services to better attend to the needs of problem gamblers including the establishment of statewide regional service networks

Integrated Metropolitan Domiciliary Care into the department and began operations as Domiciliary Care SA

Developed and implemented a web-based volunteer data management application as well as further developed and released the Volunteer

Emergency Recovery Information System for local and national use

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Keeping them safe

and connected

Increased financial support for foster, relative and kinship carers by an average of 26 per cent

Trialled Child Safety Conferences to improve child protection responses

Established integrated Children’s Centres for children 0-8 years of age and their families in partnership with other agencies

Commenced implementation of Keeping Them Safe - In Our Care strategy

Improved systems to manage and supervise youth justice clients

Developed and implemented Safe Houses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander women and children fleeing domestic violence

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Effective and sustainable

business practices

Developed a Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy

Increased the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the department, spread across all classifications

Implemented recruitment strategies to ensure at least 50 per cent of women at executive levels

Increased the number of people with disabilities employed in the department

Reduced energy usage by ten per cent throughout the portfolio

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About DFC

Our clients

Our clients are at the centre of our planning and decision making and include individuals, families and the community. We connect clients to services in:

Housing

Disability services

Family support

Community strengths

Youth justice

Care and protection of children

Ageing

Concessions

Problem gambling

Domiciliary care

Disaster response

Staff profile

Persons employed

Male employees

Female employees

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees

Number of Executives

6090

1809

4281

235

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Financial profile

During 2007-08, our financial performance included:

Revenue from South Australian Government (sourced from Income Statement): $760 million

Total expenses (sourced from Income Statement): $1.67 billion

Net Cost of providing services (sourced from Income Statement): $771 million

Total Equity (sourced from Balance Sheet): $144.7 million

For further information refer to the Financial statements on page 176.

Organisational structure

The following restructuring occurred during 2007-08:

On 1 July 2007, Metropolitan Domiciliary Care transferred from the Department of Health to our department, and began operations as Domiciliary Care SA. The objective of the transfer was to

• make it simpler for South Australians to access domiciliary care services, to ensure consistent service provision delivery across South Australia and to improve the integration of these services with other aspects of community service provisions funded or provided by our department.

In June 2008, Anne Gale was appointed to an additional Deputy Chief Executive position with specific responsibility for Disability SA, the Office for the Ageing and Domiciliary Care SA. The position consolidates recent reforms in the department to form a strong ageing and disability portfolio.

These changes are reflected in our organisational structure chart.

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About DFC

Organisational structure as at 30 June 2008

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Our performance

South Australia’s Strategic Plan

South Australia’s Strategic Plan

(SASP) was first launched in March 2004. An updated version of the

Plan was released in January 2007, as a result of the achievement of original targets and to reflect the views and priorities of South Australians from the ‘SA Have Your Say’ consultation process.

SASP was developed as a framework for government, industry, community and individuals to work together to improve the wellbeing of all South Australians through improved prosperity and economic growth, coupled with enhanced access to services including health and education. The revised SASP contains 98 targets, up from 84 in the previous Plan, with targets grouped under six interrelated key objectives:

1 - Growing Prosperity

2 - Improving Wellbeing

3 - Attaining Sustainability

4 - Fostering Creativity and Innovation

5 - Building Communities

6 - Expanding Opportunity

We are the lead reporting agency for six targets under Objective 6, Expanding Opportunity which includes targets related to the most disadvantaged South Australian individuals and families.

The following summarises progress against those targets for which we are the lead agency.

Housing

T6.7 - Affordable housing: increase affordable home purchase and rental opportunities by five percentage points by 2014

Affordable dwelling sales refers to housing that is appropriate for the needs of low and moderateincome households and is priced so that they can meet other essential basic living costs. Low and moderate income households are defined as those households which have incomes below 120 per cent of the gross median income of all households.

Percentage of dwelling sales in South Australia that are affordable for low and moderate income households (2003-04 baseline)

50

40

30

20

10

0

33.8

26.2

36.6

36.6

27.2

38.8

Proportion of dwelling sales Target

Source: Land Services Branch and ABS Census

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Our performance

Affordable rental refers to housing that is appropriate for the needs of low income households and is priced so that they can meet other essential basic living costs. Low income households are defined as those households which have incomes below 80 per cent of the gross median income of all households.

Percentage of new rental bonds lodged in South Australia that are affordable to low income households (2003-04 baseline)

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

59.8

54.2

64.4

56.0

47.2

64.8

Proportion of rental bonds Target

Source: Tenancies Branch (Office of Consumer and Business Affairs) and ABS Census

T6.8 - Housing stress: halve the number of South Australians experiencing housing stress by 2014

Housing stress is defined as households with less than 80 per cent of median household income who pay more than 25 per cent of their income in rent or more than 30 per cent of their income on mortgage costs.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

(ABS) 2006 national Census data illustrates that the number of households experiencing housing stress in South

Australia increased by 18 121 households from 51 596 in 2001 to 69 717 in 2006.

80000

70000

60000

50000

40000

30000

20000

10000

0

Number of South Australian households

experiencing housing stress (2001 baseline)

12628

41559

1996

11099

40497

2001

18464

51253

2006 2011

25798

2014

Rental Homebuyers Target

Source: ABS Census

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Our performance

T6.9 - Aboriginal housing: reduce overcrowding in Aboriginal households by ten per cent by 2014

2001 ABS Census data, using the Proxy Occupancy Standard, recorded a total of 690 overcrowded Aboriginal households in South Australia.

This figure decreased by eight households as at the 2006

Census, with 682 Aboriginal households recorded as overcrowded.

Number of overcrowded Aboriginal households in South Australia using the Proxy Occupancy Standard (2001 baseline)

700

600

500

400

300

200

690

682

621

100

0

2001 2006 2011

Number of overcrowded Aboriginal households

2014

Target

Source: ABS Census

For information on actions to progress the achievement of targets T6.7, T6.8 and T6.9 refer to our performance against Objective 1 – Affordable housing choices and communities that prosper commencing page 21 and Objective 2 – High need housing commencing page 34.

Disability

T6.10 - Housing for people with disabilities: double the number of people with disabilities appropriately housed and supported in community based accommodation by 2014

A total of 1330 group home places are required by June

2014 to achieve target T6.10.

This equates to approximately

60 places per year from

30 June 2003.

As at 30 June 2007, 217 group home places had been created, with a further 448 places required by June 2014.

Number of group home places in South Australia

1400

1200

1000

800

600

400

200

665

716 756

(baseline: 2002-03)

772 882 962

0

1330

Group home places Target

Source: Disability SA

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Our performance

T6.11 - Participation by people with disabilities: increase by 400 the number of people with disability involved in day options program by 2014

Day options assist school leavers with an intellectual disability to have interesting and meaningful things to do during the day. It helps young people make a successful transition from school to adult life by providing a range of choices and the opportunity to continue their development and education.

To achieve target T6.11 day options programs available for people with an intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum

Disorder and moderate to very high support needs are being expanded. Data for 2006-07 and 2007-08 are provisional and may be revised.

Number of people with a disability in South Australia

1600

1400

1200

1000

800

600

400

200

0

involved in day options (baseline: 2005-06)

1049

1112 1173

Number involved in day options Target

1449

Source: Disability SA

For information on actions to progress the achievement of targets T6.10 and T6.11 refer to our performance against Objective 3 – Independence and community connection on page 47.

Diversity in the public sector

T6.22 - People with disabilities: double the number of people with disabilities employed by 2014

The South Australian Public

Number of people with disabilities employed in the South

Australian public sector (administrative units) (2006 baseline)

Sector Workforce Information

June 2007: Summary Report

states that as at June 2007 there were 887 employees in

Administrative Units with an ongoing disability requiring adaptation to their workplace.

This represents an increase of

110 employees (14.2 per cent) from June 2006.

2007-08 data was not available as at 30 September 2008.

1600

1400

1200

1000

800

600

400

200

0

777

887

1554

Number of people with disabilities employed Target

Source: Department of the Premier and Cabinet

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Our performance

All government departments are required to contribute against whole-of-government SASP targets.

The following summarises our achievements against these targets during 2007-08.

T1.7 – Performance in the public sector - customer and client satisfaction with

government services: Increase the satisfaction of

South Australians with government services by ten per cent by 2010, maintaining or exceeding that level of satisfaction thereafter.

A Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy to measure progress against target T1.7 was developed, with Round One implemented in March

2008. For further information on customer service refer to page 128.

T1.8 – Performance in the public sector –

government decision-making: Become, by 2010, the best-performing jurisdiction in Australia in timeliness and transparency of decisions which impact the business community (and maintain that rating).

T1.9 – Performance in the public sector -

administrative efficiency: Increase the ratio of operational to administrative expenditure in State

Government by 2010, and maintain or better that ratio thereafter.

T3.13 – Energy efficiency - government

buildings: Improve the energy efficiency of government buildings by 25 per cent from 2000-01 levels by 2014.

T5.1 – Boards and committees: Increase the number of women on all State Government boards and committees to 50 per cent on average by 2008, and maintain thereafter by ensuring that 50 per cent of women are appointed, on average, each quarter.

The State Government’s red tape reduction target aligns to the achievement of target T1.8. Between

August 2007 and June 2008, we fully or partially implemented red tape reduction initiatives that will save business $1.124 million.

We contribute to the achievement of target T1.9 through our participation in the Shared Services

Reform which aims to reduce expenditure on administrative functions.

We are on target to improve energy efficiencies throughout our department by an estimated 22 per cent from the energy baseline created in 2000-01.

For further information refer to our reporting against the GoGO Framework on page 159.

As at 30 June 2008, 57.9 per cent of members of boards and committees listed on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) Boards and

Committees Information System (BCIS), for which our department provides administrative support, were women.

T5.2 – Chairs of boards and committees: Increase the number of women chairing State Government boards and committees to 50 per cent by 2010.

Of the boards and committees listed on the BCIS,

55.6 per cent of those for which our department provides administrative support were chaired by women as at 30 June 2008.

T6.1 – Aboriginal wellbeing: Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians.

Our actions to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander wellbeing during 2007-08 include:

• provision of the Nunga Loan by HomeStart

Finance to improve home ownership rates increasing housing stock in remote areas improving access to housing and housing services

• establishment of Youth and Substance Misuse

Diversion Programs and Family Centres and

Homemaker Programs on the Anangu

Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands development and implementation of Safe Houses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children fleeing domestic violence.

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T6.22 – People with disabilities: Double the number of people with disabilities employed by

2014.

As at 30 June 2007, there were 115 employees with ongoing disabilities requiring workplace adaptation.

This has decreased to 64, however, it must be noted that this data was sourced from a voluntary staff survey distributed in June 2008. Data only provides a notional representation of workplace adaptations.

This measure can also be influenced by a number of factors including contract changes, changes to

WorkCover and temporary adaptations. An additional measure introduced in 2007-08, shows there are 282 employees with disabilities according to the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act

1992.

Progress against this additional measure will be reported in 2008-09.

Of the 48 executive level positions in our department

28 are held by women. This equates to 58.3 per cent of executive level positions.

T6.23 – Women: Have women comprising half of the public sector employees in the executive levels

(including Chief Executives) by 2014.

T6.24 – Aboriginal employees: Increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the South

Australian public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to two per cent by 2010 and maintain or better those levels through to 2014.

Of the 6090 people employed in our department,

235 (3.9 per cent) are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait

Islander employees.

Regular and transparent reporting against SASP targets occurs to ensure credibility and public accountability of the Plan. Performance measures for SASP targets use the best available data from a range of sources, including ABS publications.

As a lead reporting agency, we prepared implementation plans for the aforementioned targets which were produced in consultation with other government departments and relevant key stakeholders.

Fact sheets summarising strategies to achieve targets and progress to date have also been prepared and are publicly available for downloading from www.saplan.org.au

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Objective 1 – Affordable housing choices and communities that prosper

Goal

To work with others to expand and improve affordable housing choices across the State and help build communities that prosper.

Context

Many low to moderate income households in South Australia are finding it increasingly difficult to secure an affordable home. While the South Australian housing market is comparatively more affordable than other Australian states, affordability has been declining over recent years, which is a major concern for the State Government.

Our department has lead responsibility for facilitating, in collaboration with the private sector, government agencies, local government and community partners, the delivery of innovative affordable housing solutions for South Australians on low to moderate incomes. Home ownership opportunities are being provided by the implementation of the Affordable Homes Program, which is also securing the viability of public housing.

We work collaboratively with local communities to regenerate the social, physical and environmental aspects of some of South Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. Through this objective we will also be seeking to enhance and expand the range of housing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander families and communities.

Through HomeStart Finance we continue to facilitate home ownership opportunities by lending to lower income households with home finance products such as the EquityStart, Advantage and

Breakthrough Loans. We also continue to work with those customers who experience difficulty in accessing private rental accommodation through the Private Rental Assistance and Private Rental

Liaison Officer Programs.

Our achievements under Objective 1 contribute to the following SASP targets:

Increase the energy efficiency of dwellings by ten per cent by 2014 (Target T3.14)

Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians (Target T6.1)

Increase affordable home purchase and rental opportunities by five percentage points by 2014

(Target T6.7)

Halve the number of South Australians experiencing housing stress by 2014 (Target T6.8)

Reduce overcrowding in Aboriginal households by ten per cent by 2014 (Target T6.9).

Lead Responsibility

Housing SA has the lead responsibility for Objective 1 within our department, which includes:

Affordable Housing and Sector Development

HomeStart Finance

Housing Services

Corporate Services.

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Performance Overview

Affordable Rental

The Affordable Housing Innovations Fund (AHIF) was established in 2004-05 to provide a source of funds for the development of affordable rental housing initiatives in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, local and State Government, and the private sector. Fifteen capital projects were approved for funding during 2007-08, involving partnering organisations committed to delivering 222 affordable rental housing outcomes in metropolitan and regional areas. These projects have a total estimated cost of $47.6 million of which $23.3 million or 49 per cent will be funded through AHIF grants.

In 2008-09, we will establish 200 new affordable rental housing commitments in partnership arrangements.

Affordable Homes Program

The Affordable Homes Program requires the sale of approximately 8000 public housing properties with the proceeds used to repay $880 million of South Australian Housing Trust and South Australian

Community Housing Association debt over a nine year period. 2007-08 represented the first year of the program, and we exceeded the revenue goal of $66.7 million by raising more than $8 million in excess of the targeted amount. This was achieved with 50 fewer public housing sales than the anticipated number of 464. Sales to public housing tenants and other low to moderate income earners were maximised.

The Affordable Homes Property Locator was introduced in August 2007, maximising sales of social housing properties to low and moderate income earners. Properties are advertised exclusively on the

Property Locator internet site which enables customers who meet eligibility criteria to purchase in a market without investor competition.

In 2008-09, we will continue the Affordable Homes Program by targeting sales to low and moderate income earners, public housing tenants and affordable housing providers. A sales target of 760 dwellings to achieve a revenue goal of $110.5 million has been established.

Affordable Housing

In July 2007, an amendment to the Development Act 1993 introduced improved access to affordable housing securing 15 per cent affordable housing policy within declared major development proposals.

During 2007-08, we continued to work with developers to ensure the inclusion of 15 per cent affordable housing in all new significant developments within government land releases. We also further developed building a range of affordable housing products in new housing developments and through partnerships.

The Commonwealth Government has indicated an intention to replace the Commonwealth State

Housing Agreement with a more comprehensive National Affordable Housing Agreement, which will provide funding for housing and homelessness programs. In 2008-09, we will negotiate a new National

Affordable Housing Agreement with the Commonwealth Government.

Not for Profit Growth Housing Program

We have commenced the development of a Not for Profit Growth Housing Program in South Australia, based on partnerships with private finance and non-government organisations with proven capacity for managing housing stock growth. The development of the Not for Profit Growth Housing Program is occurring in alignment with the National Regulatory Framework for not for profit providers which will reduce the reporting and regulatory burdens on providers operating across state and territory borders, leading to significant savings.

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The development of a Not for Profit Growth Housing Program will improve sector capacity by enabling not for profit growth providers, organisations that aim to operate at significant scale, to actively leverage their holdings and investments to increase affordable housing outcomes. In 2008-09, the approval, registration and regulation system will be developed for the Not for Profit Growth Housing

Program.

HomeStart Finance

HomeStart Finance provides affordable home finance and housing solutions for South Australians.

HomeStart achieved an operating profit before tax of $6.8 million in 2007-08, with $12.1 million returned to the State Government in the form of dividends, tax equivalents and fees.

During 2007-08 HomeStart lent $233.5 million to 1570 new customers, with overall lending of

$275.1 million. Of new customers, 71 per cent earned less than the average weekly ordinary time earnings and 42 per cent received Centrelink benefits as their primary source of income. At 30 June

2008, HomeStart’s total lending portfolio was $1.274 billion, with a total of 14 352 loans.

Affordable home finance and housing solutions provided by HomeStart include:

The EquityStart Loan which provides up to $50 000 (depending on income and representing up to one third of the total loan amount) in addition to a HomeStart Loan. Interest is CPI indexed with no

• scheduled payments or maturity date and is available to Housing SA tenants.

The Breakthrough Loan which allows a customer to borrow up to 35 per cent more without increasing monthly loan repayments. HomeStart will share a portion of the home’s capital gain once the property is sold. To 30 June 2008, 218 Breakthrough Loans had settled to the value of

$47.6 million (HomeStart loans plus subsidised Breakthrough loans).

The Nunga Loan that is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australians who meet

HomeStart’s Nunga Loan lending criteria. To 30 June 2008, 370 Nunga Loans had settled to the value of $58.7 million.

For further information on the achievements of HomeStart, refer to the HomeStart Finance Annual

Report 2007-08

, accessible at www.homestart.com.au

.

HomeStart EquityStart Loan

Launched in April 2005 as an initiative of the Housing Plan for

South Australia

, the EquityStart

Loan is part of the

Government’s commitment to assist current public social housing tenants into home ownership.

To 30 June 2008, 854

EquityStart Loans had settled to the value of $138.5 million

(HomeStart loans plus subsidised EquityStart loans).

900

800

700

600

500

400

300

200

100

0

Total number of EquityStart settlements at 30 June

9

354

639

854

Source: HomeStart Finance

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DFC doing more

HomeStart approved a construction loan for land purchased at Elizabeth by a customer with a disability to build a new home close to relevant services. Unfortunately, after the purchase was finalised, the land was rezoned by the Council for commercial and other purposes, but excluding residential housing. The customer couldn’t build the home and was unlikely to be able to access any similar land within such close proximity to services. However, with the customer’s permission,

HomeStart staff intervened and approached the Council to initiate a discussion about rezoning the relevant piece of land. The Council was sympathetic to our customer’s situation which ultimately allowed the construction of a residential property on the land.

Urban Renewal

The State Government is strongly committed to a vision of urban regeneration that involves more than just ‘bricks and mortar’. Efforts at improving the physical environment, housing and infrastructure, are being accompanied by a strong commitment to also improving the social environment.

During 2007-08, we continued redevelopment of public housing estates through urban renewal programs and other smaller scale developments. Urban renewal projects in Salisbury North

(Hawksbury Park), The Parks (Westwood), Gilles Plains (Wandana), Kilburn South (Mapleton Grove),

Port Pirie (Risdon Grove) and Whyalla (Myall Place) all progressed as planned. In 2007-08, total expenditure on urban renewal projects was $27.5 million, and total revenue from these projects was

$46 million.

In 2008-09, we will contribute to the Playford North Urban Renewal Project, to deliver whole of government outcomes for Adelaide’s outer northern suburbs. We will continue the redevelopment of public housing estates through urban renewal programs and other smaller scale developments, and in collaboration with different levels of government and non-government agencies, finalise the Human

Services Plan.

Safe Tracks

Developed in 2007, the Safe Tracks initiative is a statewide strategic response to the mobility of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons. Safe Tracks addresses the related housing, health, safety and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australians moving between remote communities and the regional centres of Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and Adelaide.

Safe Tracks is underpinned by an integrated whole of government approach to service and infrastructure planning and delivery, as well as the development of co-coordinated Transitional

Accommodation and Integrated Service Centres in each of the four regions.

A Senior Officers Group was established in Ceduna in 2008 to provide strategic direction and leadership to prioritise regional inter agency service needs, assist in providing an effective and timely service system for Anangu clients as well as related community development issues.

The Adelaide Region Rapid Response Model was also developed to address ongoing public space and mobility issues at a local reserve and has been operational since December 2007. A partnership proposal was submitted to the Commonwealth Government for the development of Transitional

Accommodation and Integrated Service Centres in the Coober Pedy and Adelaide Regions and a review of management and service support operations and outcomes at the Ceduna and Port Augusta

Transitional Accommodation Centres undertaken.

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In 2008-09, we will continue the development and implementation of the Safe Tracks strategy by continuing to manage the transitional accommodation programs and related integrated service responses in the Ceduna and Port Augusta regions.

One in 180

Premiering at a community event on 19 February 2008 at the Odeon Cinema Semaphore, One in 180 is a Housing SA training DVD that can be used by government departments, organisations and community groups to generate discussion and increase awareness of the issues impacting on

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders. The title of the DVD is based on statistics showing that there is approximately one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander South Australian for every 180 non-

Aboriginal South Australian over the age of 65.

Professionally produced by Housing SA in conjunction with Clear Digital Vision, One in 180 presents the thoughts of traditional and urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and what struggles they have faced living in a predominantly white Australia. The DVD was developed to increase awareness amongst Housing SA staff of the needs of ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public housing tenants and to acquire the skills and resources necessary to make relevant referrals, and connect older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents to appropriate support services within their respective communities.

Other priorities for 2008-09

In 2008-09, we will commence a review of the Housing Improvement Act 1940 (the Act) which will involve consultation with relevant government agencies, external advocacy organisations and industry

• representatives. Issues to be considered by the review include: clarity of the roles and responsibilities of Housing SA and Local Government agencies strengthening powers of Housing SA to meet its obligations under the Act penalties for breaches under the Act updating of relevant sections of the Act for consistency with the regulations and other legislation prosecution for breaches of the Act, as a result of landlords charging a rent to private tenants, in excess of the rent fixed by Housing SA under the Act.

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DFC Scorecard

The DFC Scorecard has been developed as a management information and reporting framework to ensure the internal and external accountability for the performance of our department, and to improve evidence-based decision-making processes, particularly in relation to the allocation of resources.

Outcome 1 – Affordable Housing Choices and Communities that Prosper

Key Performance

Indicator (KPI)

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

25000

TOP LEVEL KPI

Affordable Housing

Choices and

Communities that

Prosper

Number of new affordable housing outcomes generated annually.

151

20000

15000

10000

5000

0

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

This number comprises new public and Aboriginal housing allocations, Private Rental Assistance Program

assistance (bonds, rent in advance and arrears), people housed throughout the Private Rental Liaison Officer program, new allocations to special needs customers, house sales through the Property Locator and

HomeStart Finance loans.

500

400

Affordable Homes

Number of divestment house sales through the

Affordable Homes

Program (accumulative).

300

464 414

200

100

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

During 2007-08, 414 properties were sold through the Affordable Homes Program. Despite this the revenue

goal of $66.7 million was exceeded by raising more than $8 million in excess of the targeted amount by selling

50 less houses than initially anticipated, meaning that this number of properties could be retained as part of the social housing portfolio.

Over a nine year period the DFC Housing Group will sell approximately 8000 properties as affordable

homeownership options to tenants and other low income earners, and to social landlords and institutional investors through programs currently under development by the SA Affordable Housing Trust.

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KPI

Affordable Homes

Percentage of divestment properties secured as affordable housing.

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

There were 63 per cent of divestment properties secured as affordable housing through EquityStart sales to tenants and

Property Locator sales.

The majority of sale properties valued at under $250 000 are now listed on the

Property Locator, resulting in owner occupier sales increasing to 80 per cent in the second half of 2007-08.

200

150

Affordable Homes

Number of households assisted through

HomeStart Finance.

113 132

100

50

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

During 2007-08, over 1500 households were assisted through HomeStart Finance. The continued lack of

affordable housing supply and deterioration in housing affordability has affected demand over the last financial year and impacted on HomeStart's results.

Response to current promotional activities in the form of initial call volumes and internet site enquiries has

been positive. It is expected that loan settlements will reflect this increase in activity in coming months.

80

60

Affordable Homes

Number of people housed by the Private

Rental Liaison Officer

Program.

N/A 60

40

20

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

The Private Rental Liaison Program (PRLO) does not have a target for the total number of customers assisted

as the program is demand driven.

During 2007-08, a further 142 customers were housed through the PRLO compared to 2006-07. This is

primarily due to the expansion of PRLO's funded through Housing SA.

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

3000

Sustainability

Number of public houses with water conservation devices installed in 2007-08

(e.g. dual flush and low flow shower heads)

(accumulative).

2400 2577

2000

1000

0

July Sept

2006-07

Nov Jan M ar M ay

Target

75 per cent of Housing SA houses had water conservation devices by the end of 2007-08.

30%

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

25%

20%

Percentage of people housed through the

Private Rental Liaison

Officer program who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islanders.

15%

5% 11.6%

10%

5%

0%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

The percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers housed during 2007-08 increased with 34.6

per cent of people housed in Port Augusta, 31.4 per cent in the Riverland and 23 per cent in the Murraylands.

25%

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

Percentage of Housing

SA allocations to

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islanders.

N/A 12.9%

20%

15%

10%

5%

0%

July Sept Nov

2006-07

Jan M ar M ay

Target

No target has been set as this KPI is demand driven.

During 2007-08, 14.5 per cent of Housing SA allocations were to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

customers.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

10

8

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

Number of Nunga Loan settlements.

6

5 7

4

2

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

59 Nunga Loans were achieved during 2007-08, above the target but slightly below the 61 achieved in

2006-07.

The Nunga Loan product is regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of the target market while at the

same time the product risk continues to be effectively managed.

40

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

30

Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander South

Australians employed in projects.

20

35 33

10

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

During 2007-08, an average of 33 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were employed in projects.

20

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

Number of projects employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander South

Australians.

12 12

15

10

5

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

During 2007-08, there was an average of 12 projects employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

10%

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

8%

6%

Percentage of

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians receiving assistance through the

Private Rental

Assistance Scheme.

N/A 5.6%

4%

2%

0%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

No target has been set as this KPI is demand driven.

Customers have 14 weeks to use Private Rental Assistance after it has been approved. When customers use

assistance in a later month to when it was approved, the assistance is reported against the month it was approved in by amending the previous months' data.

Therefore the 2007-08 total figure is expected to increase as the 14 weeks to use the assistance expires.

80%

60%

Affordable Homes

Percentage of private investment in new affordable rental.

>50% 51%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

During 2007-08, the percentage of private investment in new affordable rental was above 50 per cent, ranging

from 51.8 per cent to 56.5 per cent.

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Affordable Homes

Number of affordable housing opportunities secured through the 15 per cent policy

(accumulative).

2500

2000

1500

2000 2200

1000

500

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

The Affordable Housing Innovations Unit has met the affordable housing target of 15 per cent set for

significant new developments, supported in legislation and delivering on the ground successes.

Agreements have been signed with private developers to provide in excess of 720 new affordable homes as

part of projects delivering more than 4000 homes over the next 5 years.

Negotiations to finalise agreements are also well underway to provide an additional 2000 new affordable

homes.

The Statutes Amendment (Affordable Housing) Bill came into effect on 1 July 2007. As part of this Bill, a target

of 15 per cent affordable housing including a 5 per cent component for high need housing in all significant new housing developments has been set.

Regional South

Australia

Number of affordable housing opportunities in identified regions

(Roxby Downs, Port

Lincoln and Murray

Bridge).

In the June 2008 quarter a Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Mayor of Port Lincoln Council and the Murray Bridge

Affordable Housing Project was identified as for possible inclusion in National Affordable Rental

Scheme.

10%

Growing Prosperity

Proportion of councils that have adopted affordable housing policies.

5% 5%

5%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Councils adopting affordable housing policies include Charles Sturt, Salisbury, Onkaparinga, Port Adelaide

Enfield and the Adelaide City Council.

Seven have been commented on and include affordable housing, and are subject to approval by the Minister

for Urban Development and Planning.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

500

400

Growing Prosperity

Number of new housing opportunities provided for low income customers

(accumulative).

469 373

300

200

100

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Total public, Aboriginal and community housing construction was 373, below the target of 469.

Dwellings not completed in 2007-08 are carried forward to 2008-09.

400

Sustainability

Number of public houses constructed complying with accessibility and adaptability principles as set out in the Asset

85% of total new housing

(317)

324

300

200

100

Services Division's minimum specification for new construction

0

(accumulative).

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

The target for public houses constructed complying with accessibility and adaptability principles as set out in

the Asset Services Division's minimum specification for new construction is 85 per cent. Site constraints generally restrict compliance with the specification.

During 2007-08, approximately 95 per cent of new public houses were constructed complying with

accessibility and adaptability principles as set out in the Asset Services Division’s minimum specification for new construction.

100%

Sustainability

Number of community houses constructed complying with accessibility and adaptability principles as set out in the Asset

Services Division's minimum specification for new construction.

100% 100%

75%

50%

25%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

100 per cent of community houses constructed comply with accessibility and adaptability principles as set out

in the Asset Services Division's minimum specification for new construction.

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KPI

Community Renewal

Number of housing associations approved to grow.

Community Renewal

Percentage of sector involved in quality improvement systems.

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Not available until new regulation system commences - date unknown as yet.

Accreditation system considered for establishment in 2007-08 however is not proceeding.

100%

Community Renewal

75%

Percentage of associations and cooperatives who have submitted Asset

Management Plans by

31 May 2008.

N/A 59%

50%

25%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

New KPI therefore no previous data is available for comparison.

At the end of 2007-08 there were 29 Community Housing Organisations with outstanding Asset Management

Plans.

Community Renewal

Improvement in community strength indicators over time.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Information not collected in 2007-08. Currently working with Co-operatives on a new management model.

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Objective 2 – High need housing

Goal

To develop and implement better high need housing and service responses for people at risk or in need.

Context

While the majority of South Australians have the ability to live independently in the community, for some, extra assistance is required. Our department has a significant responsibility to provide appropriate housing for people who have high needs and who experience difficulty in the private housing market. We also have a key role in ensuring additional support services are provided to assist people to maintain their accommodation, delivering stability, quality of life and a sense of security and connectedness.

We are focussing on providing shelter, intervening early and joining up responses for people at risk.

Existing services within our department have been reconfigured to provide customers with a continuum of housing options, making accommodation and support available when people need it most and providing real options for them when their needs change. To deliver on this a new service delivery model has been developed to improve access to the full range of Housing SA services, taking into consideration the increasing number of private and public tenancies requiring support and improving intensive tenancy support.

The lead document to guide reform of the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program and high needs housing sector, Department for Families and Communities Approaches to Homelessness, provides the direction for an Integrated Homelessness and High Needs Housing Service System. We are working closely with the Commonwealth Government on the development of the National Rental

Affordability Scheme, a Commonwealth-State initiative to provide incentives for the construction of new affordable rental housing.

Also, we are working towards minimising homelessness and enhancing housing options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with high and complex needs by providing pathways to affordable housing.

Our achievements under Objective 2 contribute to the following SASP targets:

Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians (Target T6.1)

Halve the number of ‘rough sleepers’ in South Australia by 2010 and maintain thereafter

(Target T6.6)

Halve the number of South Australians experiencing housing stress by 2014 (Target T6.8)

Reduce overcrowding in Aboriginal households by ten per cent by 2014 (Target T6.9)

Double the number of people with disabilities appropriately housed and supported in community based accommodation by 2014 (Target T6.10).

Lead Responsibility

The following divisions of Housing SA have responsibility for Objective 2:

Affordable Housing and Sector Development

Housing Services

Corporate Services.

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Performance Overview

Homelessness

We target housing to those in greatest need by increasing options for homeless people. This contributes significantly to the achievement of SASP target T6.6, halve the number of ‘rough sleepers’ in South Australia by 2010 and maintain thereafter.

During 2007-08, we participated in the Commonwealth Homelessness Green and White Paper process and reform of the homelessness system in South Australia to align with the national directions. The Street to Home program also extended its service during 2007-08, to cover the wider metropolitan area.

To further address homelessness in 2008-09, we will participate in the development of a high needs housing plan aligned with the Housing SA strategic asset plan and develop future directions for homelessness services in alignment with the Commonwealth Government homelessness initiative.

Strategic funding and service planning priorities will be established for vulnerable people in the inner city and a Foyer Plus model will be developed to provide young people with stable housing linked to life skills, education, training and workforce participation. Foyer is a supportive housing model for young people that aims to prevent youth homelessness, youth unemployment and alienation of young people at risk.

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

The Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) is a joint Commonwealth/State funded initiative to provide transitional supported accommodation and a range support services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. During 2007-08, a strategic proposal for sector reform of

SAAP was developed. The SAAP reform has been realigned to meet the priorities of the State

Government and the Commonwealth Government in regards to homelessness. A new integrated homelessness services model has been developed that encompasses the three pillars of SAAP reform as part of a wider departmental approach to homelessness.

In 2008-09, we will lead the Integrated Housing and Support System Project (formally SAAP reform) subject to the outcomes of the Commonwealth White Paper on homelessness. The project aims to better integrate homelessness and housing services for people in need.

DFC doing more

Housing SA staff who worked with local non-government agencies to house a family who had been transient or homeless for many years were acknowledged by the Church Minister from a Church group that the family had been involved in. The Church Minister wrote:

‘Just wanted to say a big thanks for your help in moving C's case along so quickly. She is now working part time with local schools and is a key leader of the women's art and craft and personal support group at our church. This means so much in terms of her stability and security for herself and boys. We are very grateful. Once again, our sincere thanks.’

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Common Ground

Common Ground Adelaide Ltd was established as a not for profit company limited by guarantee in

December 2006. It seeks to provide a pathway for individuals towards stability and self sufficiency with the model based on the premise that access to stable high quality housing is a vital step towards assisting people who have been homeless or are in housing stress.

During 2007-08, 39 accommodation units within the Franklin Street Bus Station redevelopment were completed for use by Common Ground Adelaide Ltd. The first three tenants moved into the units on

1 February 2008, with all units available for tenants now fully occupied.

Housing SA Service Delivery Model

In April 2008, Housing SA implemented a new service delivery model based on offering the full continuum of housing options and coordinating effective packages of support for customers with high

• needs. The model created teams of service delivery staff in Housing SA offices to provide services across the housing continuum including: access to emergency and crisis accommodation provision of private rental assistance and support for customers in private rental accommodation advocacy for customers experiencing difficulty accessing private rental accommodation referral to community housing increased access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers to a wider range of housing options and supports

• linking customers to support services to help stabilise their housing exploration of home ownership as an option for customers and referrals to HomeStart Finance where appropriate active relationships and referrals with agencies including Families SA, Domiciliary Care SA,

Disability SA and Mental Health Services.

The new service model will continue to be embedded during 2008-09 and we will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the model, including an assessment of the impact on customers, staff and partners. We will also develop a continuous improvement process to ensure Housing SA is meeting the needs of customers.

The implementation of the service delivery model included the creation of specialised teams to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing customers. In 2008-09 we will increase the confidence of all teams to respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers.

Sustaining Public and Private Tenancies

There is an ongoing need to support customers in a range of housing tenures, including both private and public rental. There is a range of programs and tools in place across our department which are provided by a number of service partners, supporting customers with a range of needs. These include the:

Supported Tenancy Program, a Social Inclusion Unit homelessness prevention initiative that

• provides support services to Housing SA tenants and their families who are at risk of eviction. Nongovernment organisations provide case management and direct support services that address the underlying issues that may place a tenancy at risk.

Supported Tenancy Scheme, which leases Housing SA properties directly to government and nongovernment organisations who provide transitional accommodation and support services to vulnerable members of the community.

Private Rental Assistance Program, which enables low income households to access and maintain accommodation in the private rental market through the provision of services such as information, advice and advocacy on housing issues as well as financial assistance for bond, rent in advance or rent in arrears.

Private Rental Liaison Program, an initiative of the Social Inclusion Unit, which initiates and implements early intervention and prevention strategies aimed at maximising opportunities to acquire tenancies in the private rental market for eligible participants. Participants are generally

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• people who have had no previous rental experience, have poor English/literacy skills or difficulty understanding forms. The program also works with people who feel they are being discriminated against, are over the age of 18 and leaving home for the first time, or who lack confidence in approaching landlords or real estate agents and property managers.

Operational Protocol between Housing SA and Families SA, which provides support to families with child protection concerns who are at risk of eviction from public housing. The protocol requires a collaborative inter-agency approach to working with families and children at risk, utilising principles of early intervention and prevention.

In 2008-09, we will implement the use of housing plans as a key case management and support tool for public and private rental customers and a revised home visit process to support vulnerable customers. A revised Operational Protocol between Families SA and Housing SA will be implemented and monitored for families with children who are at risk of eviction from public housing and the

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Housing SA and Mental Health Services will also be monitored.

To further improve the safety and wellbeing of social housing tenants and their communities, we will implement and monitor a revised, evaluated MOU with the South Australia Police and further develop policy responses to address overcrowding within existing Housing SA tenancies.

Community Housing

During 2007-08, we allocated a net 78 additional rental dwellings to the community housing sector which focus on population groups with high needs, for example homelessness, disabilities and domestic violence. This included newbuilds, upgraded existing social housing dwellings and new leases.

In 2008-09, we aim to provide 140 additional rental dwellings to housing associations which house people with high needs. This will be achieved with a planned 90 newbuilds, 45 upgraded public housing properties and five upgraded vacant community housing properties. Accounting for the anticipated divestment of around 40 properties from the sector, the increase in lettable stock is targeted at 100 dwellings for 2008-09.

Private Rental Assistance

Program

Private rental services are available to eligible customers through the Private Rental

Assistance Program. This includes the provision of bond guarantees to enable customers to access private rental housing, as well as cash bonds to facilitate access to other forms of housing. In certain circumstances, grants for rent payments are provided to customers to assist in establishing or maintaining private rental tenancies.

Bond assistance and rent grants provided through the

Private Rental Assistance Program

16000

14000

12000

10000

8000

6000

4000

2000

0

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Total number of bonds guaranteed, including cash bonds

Total number of rent grants provided

Source: Housing SA

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Indigenous Housing

In May 2007, the then Commonwealth Government introduced a National Indigenous Housing Reform

Strategy through the budget process which intended to: abolish the Community Housing and Infrastructure Program introduce a new Australian Remote Indigenous Accommodation Program direct Aboriginal Rental Housing Program funding to public housing models, rather than all

Aboriginal housing models.

The policy intent, following the election of the new Commonwealth Government in November 2007, was to honour previous agreements provided by the former government and to continue a reform process, however, in a different manner.

Our department responded to the Commonwealth announced National Indigenous Housing Reform

Strategy by providing impact assessments on the affects of the National Indigenous Housing Reform

Strategy on housing on Aboriginal Community Lands in South Australia, through the Housing

Ministers’ Conference. The current Indigenous Housing and Community Infrastructure Agreement was also rolled over in preparedness for negotiation of a new Indigenous Housing Agreement.

During 2007-08, we increased Aboriginal housing stock in remote communities by completing 22 new houses and 29 house upgrades. A further 17 new and purchased houses for mainstream Aboriginal rental housing were also delivered. As the lead government department, we also established a steering committee to drive progress toward achieving SASP Target T6.9, reduce overcrowding in

Aboriginal household by ten per cent by 2014.

In partnership with the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division (AARD) of DPC, we consulted with the APY Executive Board on a $25 million capital project proposal. In addition, we provided advice to AARD regarding the negotiations with the Commonwealth Government.

In 2008-09, we will finalise negotiations on the new Indigenous Housing Agreement with the

Commonwealth Government, which will be implemented statewide. We will also increase Aboriginal housing stock in remote communities by completing 30 new houses and 40 house upgrades, with a further 21 new and purchased houses for mainstream Aboriginal rental housing.

Disruptive Behaviour Policy and Procedures

Revised Housing SA Disruptive Behaviour Policy and Procedures have been developed and implemented. As part of this process, the Disruptive Management Team (DMT) was formed to better address the ongoing problems of disruptive behaviour by Housing SA tenancies. The aim of this group is to deal intensively with ongoing and seriously disruptive tenancy issues and seek resolution via support. Where tenants are wilfully disruptive, unwilling to accept support to resolve their behaviour or unwilling to change their disruptive ways, their cases are referred to the Residential Tenancies

Tribunal (RTT) for eviction.

The revised policy and procedures were implemented during February 2008, along with amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 to support the process. During 2007-08, 26 cases were referred to the DMT from Housing SA regional offices. A further five cases which were adjourned following RTT hearings were passed to the DMT to monitor and manage.

The majority of tenants referred to the DMT required, and were willing to accept, support to assist them to remain in their homes. Approximately 31 per cent had identified mental health issues and needed some form of intervention or support to live independently without disturbing their neighbours.

Only four were found to be wilfully disruptive. One tenant was referred to the RTT, while a further three chose to vacate their tenancies prior to RTT hearings. The remainder were willing to accept support services and/or modify their behaviour to the satisfaction of Housing SA and their neighbours.

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There is also an opportunity for the DMT to work with tenants who would benefit from the opportunity to transfer to another Housing SA property. This strategy has been used effectively in conjunction with support packages and probationary tenancy leases to enable them to demonstrate their willingness to modify their behaviour.

National Rental Affordability Scheme

The National Rental Affordability Scheme, a Commonwealth Government initiative with State and

Territory participation, is a significant supply side response to deal directly with rental property shortages and rapidly rising rents. The scheme aims to help address the shortage of rental housing and rising rents by facilitating the supply of new lower rent homes through the allocation of a National

Rental Incentive to participating organisations.

At its March 2008 meeting, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to implement the

National Rental Affordability Scheme. Resulting from this was agreement by South Australia to contribute $2000 per dwelling per annum under certain terms and conditions. The target for South

Australia is to facilitate the allocation of 150 rental incentives for 2008-09, and then to increase numbers from there.

Disability Housing Program

Through Housing SA, properties are leased to government and non-government organisations that provide accommodation and support services to people with a disability. The Housing SA Disability

Housing Program is undergoing a major expansion by providing an extra 200 properties over a four year period, commencing in 2006-07. During 2007-08, we continued to target housing to those in greatest need by providing additional properties for the Disability Housing Program. We will increase property allocations to the disability sector in 2008-09 by a minimum of 50 properties.

Private Rental Liaison

Officer Program

The Private Rental Liaison

Officer Program commenced in

May 2004 to assist people who are unable to find and secure accommodation in the private rental market. A Private Rental

Liaison Officer provides customers with assistance in finding suitable accommodation, advice regarding their rights and responsibilities, and referrals to relevant organisations to assist with their needs.

Number of people housed in the private rental market through the Private Rental Liaison Officer Program

700

600

500

400

300

200

100

0

188

432

460

604

Source: Housing SA

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Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

During 2007-08, a business impact assessment for new legislation to replace the Supported

Residential Facilities Act 1992 was undertaken. Regulations under the Supported Residential Facilities

Act 1992 will be remade during 2008-09.

Other priorities for 2008-09

In 2008-09, we will implement a new housing service model on the APY Lands.

In December 2007, the APY Executive Board and our department entered into a MOU which provided a preliminary framework for the transition of community managed housing on the APY

Lands to state management. The agreement prioritised:

- a property and household audit to provide a first ever baseline of data for asset and housing management planning

- the establishment of a new approach to the management and delivery of existing and new housing

- the connection of delivery and management of housing services with complementary activities and services present on the APY Lands

- work with communities, governments, providers and employers to actively generate local employment opportunities in asset and housing management activity.

The implementation of the new housing model and housing management system is dependent upon successful negotiations with the Commonwealth Government.

During 2007-08, Housing SA developed the draft 2008-2010 Customer Participation Strategy for

Housing to strengthen customer participation and embrace the intent of the department’s

Community Engagement Charter and Engagement Directions Statement. The proposed strategy outlines four key strategy areas being:

- Partnerships in service delivery

- Customer feedback

- Customer consultation

- Building customer’s capacity to participate.

Broad consultation will be undertaken in relation to the draft strategy during early 2008-09.

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DFC Scorecard

Outcome 2 – High Need Housing

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

50%

TOP LEVEL KPI

High Need Housing

40%

30%

Greatest need allocations as a proportion of all allocations (Housing

Services data).

N/A N/A

20%

10%

0%

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Historical National Benchmark

Greatest Need Allocation – where the tenant was homeless, their life or safety was at risk in their

accommodation, their health condition was aggravated by their housing, their housing was inappropriate to their needs, and/or they had very high rental housing costs. Excludes Special Needs Housing, Aboriginal

Housing Services and Community Housing Allocations.

2007-08 data is unavailable until January 2009 when it is publicly released.

The 2005-06 performance aligns with that of 2003-04 and 2004-05 where 43 per cent of public housing

allocations were to greatest need allocations (as defined by the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement

Performance Indicator Framework). South Australia continues to perform above the national average for this indicator.

100%

TOP LEVEL KPI

High Need Housing

75%

Greatest need allocations as a proportion of all allocations (Office for

Community Housing data).

N/A N/A

50%

25%

0%

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Historical National Benchmark

Greatest Need Allocation – where the tenant was homeless, their life or safety was at risk in their

accommodation, their health condition was aggravated by their housing, their housing was inappropriate to their needs, and/or they had very high rental housing costs. Excludes Special Needs Housing, Aboriginal

Housing Services and Housing Services Allocations.

2007-08 data is unavailable until January 2009 when it is publicly released.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

High Need (Public

Housing)

Urgent and high need category 1 and 2 allocations as a proportion of all allocations to long term social (public and

Aboriginal) housing

(excludes transfers).

Annual target

SAHT – 84%

AHA – 93%

84%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

July Sept Nov

2006-07

During 2007-08, 83.7 per cent of allocations were to category 1 and 2 applicants.

4000

Jan M ar M ay

Target

3000

High Need

Number of disability modifications to existing dwellings

(accumulative).

3500 3814

2000

1000

0

July Sept Nov

2006-07

During 2007-08, there were 3814 modifications exceeding the target of 3500.

Modifications are undertaken based on customer demand/needs.

$4,000,000

Jan M ar M ay

Target

$3,000,000

High Need

Value of disability modifications to existing dwellings

(accumulative).

$2 978 000 $3 379 586

$2,000,000

$1,000,000

$0

July Sept Nov

2006-07

Jan M ar M ay

Target

During 2007-08, the total cost of modifications was $3 379 586.

Modifications include small works such as installation of hand rails and ramps and major works include

remodelling of bathrooms and kitchens.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

30%

Homelessness

Percentage of new

Housing SA allocations to people self identified as homeless.

N/A 16.6%

20%

10%

0%

July Sept Nov

2006-07

Jan M ar M ay

Target

No target has been set as this KPI is demand driven.

The total number of allocations to the homeless in 2007-08 was 314, 13.5 per cent of total allocations.

In 2006-07 there were 466 allocations to the homeless, 14.7 per cent of total allocations.

200

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

150

Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander South

Australians supported into affordable housing options (excluding

Community Housing).

N/A 93

100

50

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

No target has been set as this KPI is demand driven.

During 2007-08, there were 350 new allocations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers (173 for

Public Housing, and 177 for Aboriginal Housing), 53 Short Term Leases, 24 Direct Leases and 75 customers were housed by Private Rental Liaison Officers.

The largest form of assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customers is through the Private Rental

Assistance Program (1234 assisted customers).

3%

Shelter

Supported Tenancy

Scheme properties as a proportion of all social housing properties.

N/A 2.5%

2%

1%

0%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

The Supported Tenancy Scheme does not have targets as it is reliant on the availability of stock and

applications from non-government agencies for properties that meet their service and funding requirements.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

1200

800

Transition

Number of Supported

Tenancy Scheme properties.

N/A 1129

400

0

July Sept Nov

2006-07

Jan M ar M ay

Target

The Supported Tenancy Scheme does not have targets as it is reliant on the availability of stock and

applications from non-government agencies for properties that meet their service and funding requirements.

The number of Supported Tenancy Scheme properties increased by 45 during the year to 1129.

Transition

Number of people housed in Supported

Tenancy Scheme properties.

This data is not collected from Supported

Tenancy Scheme agencies.

Transition

Average length of stay of people housed in

Supported Tenancy

Scheme properties.

This data is not collected from Supported

Tenancy Scheme agencies.

100%

High Need

80%

Percentage of new and upgraded social housing

(i.e. constructed, redeveloped or purchased) located in areas of identified need per strategic and regional asset plans.

100% 100%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

High demand areas determined by applications and redevelopment activity. Current focus is on the western

and southern regions.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

40

Homelessness

Number of people sleeping rough in the inner city supported into long term housing through the Street to

Home Project.

N/A 31

30

20

10

0

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

People Sleeping Rough – people living on the streets, in squats or cars. Excludes rough sleepers outside the

inner city.

A total of 68 people who were sleeping rough in the inner city were supported into long term housing through

the Street to Home project during 2007-08.

No targets are set for this KPI as it is reliant on the availability of stock and applications from non-government

agencies for properties that meet their service and funding requirements.

100

Homelessness

Number of people assisted through the

Supported Tenancies

Program.

80

60

N/A 45

40

20

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Number of beds offered to the homeless through the Common Ground program.

No target has been set for this KPI as assistance, is demand driven.

252 people were assisted through the Supported Tenancy Program during 2007-08.

Homelessness

Full occupancy of the Franklin Street Apartments has been achieved (37 residents).

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

200

150

Homelessness

Number of inner city homeless as per street counts.

N/A N/A

100

50

0

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

A count was conducted in May 2008 through three day centres and Street to Home. 79 people were counted

as homeless, down from the 93 counted in August 2007 and the 108 counted in June 2007.

Street counts are conducted twice a year, from June to August.

High Need

(Community Housing)

Urgent and high need category 1 and 2 allocations as a proportion of all allocations to long term social (community) housing (excludes transfers).

This data will be available on completion of the annual Community Housing Data Collection process (approximately late October).

High Need

Number of assets constructed for specific high needs/special projects.

During 2007-08, eight purpose designed five bedroom houses were constructed for the

Strathmont Community Living Project.

This project involves buying land and building new community homes for people with intellectual disabilities across the metropolitan area with recurrent spending allocated for maintenance and the provision of services.

Group-home living provides higher staff to resident ratios, increased privacy and a focus on social networks.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Objective 3 – Independence and community connection

Goal

To enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all.

Context

Our department targets a range of programs and activities to support people to live independently, strengthen the non-government sector, and to work with local government to build safe, caring and strong communities. We continue to expand the supply and quality of community based accommodation options for people with disabilities, and ensure people with disabilities are provided with opportunities that allow for development and progress.

We work collaboratively to improve relationships and provide support to community service organisations to enable quality services to be delivered to achieve best outcomes for customers.

Funding has been realigned to provide greater support for vulnerable families, so that families can provide safe and supportive environments for children and young people.

We continue to respond effectively to the many challenges from the ageing of the South Australian population. We administer programs that encourage independence and community connection including Home and Community Care, Grants for Seniors, Positive Ageing Development Grants and the Seniors Card Program. We also ensure that people who have reduced capacity to care for themselves are assisted to stay living in their own homes, close to loved ones, family and local community.

Our achievements under Objective 3 contribute to the following SASP targets:

Equal or lower than the Australian average for psychological distress by 2014 (Target T2.7)

Maintain the high level of volunteering in South Australia at 50 per cent participation rate or higher

(Target T5.6)

Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians (Target T6.1)

Reduce the percentage of South Australians receiving government benefits (excluding age pensions) as their major income source to below the Australian average by 2014 (Target T6.5)

Double the number of people with disabilities appropriately housed and supported in community

• based accommodation by 2014 (Target T6.10)

Increase by 400 the number of people with disability involved in day options program by 2014

(Target T6.11).

Lead Responsibility

The main areas of our department that share responsibility for Objective 3 are:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services

Community Connect

Concessions and Anti-Poverty Services

Disability SA (Disability Services and the Office for Disability and Client Services)

Domiciliary Care SA

Office for Problem Gambling

Office for the Ageing

Volunteers Unit.

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Performance Overview

Ageing

Improving with Age – Our Ageing Plan for South Australia

Improving with Age

Our Ageing Plan for South Australia is the State Government’s blueprint for responding to an increasingly ageing population. Launched in February 2006, the Ageing Plan aims to ensure the needs of older people are met.

During 2007-08, we continued the implementation of Improving with Age – Our Ageing Plan for South

Australia

through new and existing initiatives, reporting and monitoring processes, collaboration and research. Key initiatives included:

Making a difference to the lives of older South Australians

achievements on the first anniversary of the Ageing Plan

– a booklet celebrating our

Our Actions to prevent the abuse of older South Australians

– an action plan to assist in preventing the abuse of older people by providing information and raising awareness in the community

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Ageing: 15 years of Ageing in South Australia Report

– a study of ageing undertaken by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence health and wellbeing as we age.

Implementation of the Ageing Plan will continue in 2008-09 with key initiatives including:

Medical Devices Partnering Program – a collaboration between South Australian researchers, end

• users and industry to develop cutting edge medical devices

Circle of Friends – an initiative engaging older people in social activities and networks to reduce isolation

Portraits of Ageing; Making the most of it! – a light-hearted event to celebrate International Day of

Older Persons on 1 October 2008

Building Business Capacity in Workforce Development – a collaborative project led by the

Department of Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) to develop a training program encouraging employers to project and plan for their future workforce needs through implementing strategies which will support and encourage the retention of mature aged workers in a positive manner.

Register of Retirement Villages

During 2007-08, through the Office for the Ageing (OFTA) we established a Register of South

Australian retirement villages and advanced investigations of breaches of the Retirement Villages Act

1987

(the Act).

Amendments to the Act, which came into effect on 1 November 2006, established a Register of

Retirement Villages on 1 July 2007. As a result of the establishment of the Register, the number of retirement villages (459), independent living units (13 761) and serviced apartments (1331) in South

Australia and their location is now definitively known. Also, we can now estimate the number of residents that live in retirement villages (approximately 21 500).

During 2007-08, OFTA dealt with 456 enquiries from residents, families, administering authorities of retirement villages and the general public; attended seven hearings at the RTT; and conducted 16 mediations between residents and administering authorities of retirement villages.

The Register will be updated by OFTA in 2008-09 based on information provided by retirement villages. This will enable access to data to demonstrate trends in retirement villages. OFTA will continue to investigate breaches of the Act and conduct mediations between residents of retirement villages and administering authorities in an effort to resolve disputes.

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Minister for Families and Communities, Hon Jay Weatherill MP launched the Grandparents

Raising Grandchildren: An information resource for relative caregivers

on 5 August 2007. The publication has provided valuable information to grandparents caring for their grandchildren about supports and services across South Australia from the State Government, Commonwealth

Government and non-government organisations. The publication was so well received that an updated print run was undertaken in June 2008.

The publication comprises four booklets: Booklet 1 – General Information; Booklet 2 – Support for

Families

; Booklet 3 – Education, Parenting and Health; and Booklet 4 – Legal Issues. Initially developed in conjunction with Grandparents for Grandchildren SA Inc, the publication was developed and reprinted with financial assistance through the State Government’s Improving with Age – Our

Ageing Plan for South Australia

.

Home and Community Care Program

The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a joint Commonwealth and State initiative which funds the provision of basic maintenance and support services for frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers. HACC services include personal care, delivered meals, home maintenance and modification services, respite care, social support and transport. These services support independence and community connections.

During 2007-08 we continued to expand HACC maintenance and support for younger and older people with disabilities and their carers with an estimated 100 000 people receiving a HACC service.

This represents an increase of 4000 people since 2006-07. In 2008-09 we will continue to expand basic HACC maintenance and support with the number of people to receive a service forecast to exceed 104 000.

HACC Funding

The State Government provides

38 per cent of the funding for the HACC Program and has agreed to make forward matching contributions over the next three financial years.

These forward matching contributions further strengthen the State Government’s commitment to meeting the significant and growing demand for home and community care services in South Australia.

160

140

120

100

80

60

40

20

Total HACC funding in South Australia ($ million)

$109.7

$118.6

$128.1

$138.6

$149.7

0

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Source: Office for the Ageing

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South Australian Seniors Card

Established in 1993, the South Australian Seniors Card Program is a valuable service provided to eligible people 60 years of age and over. Administered by the Office for the Ageing, the program aims to encourage active lifestyle choices by entitling cardholders to a number of government concessions and a range of discounts on a variety of products and services provided by retailers and businesses which support the program.

During 2007-08, the Office for the Ageing received approximately 19 200 new applications, averaging

400 per week. There are currently just over 276 000 registered cardholders on the South Australian

Seniors Card database.

Between April and June 2008 a comprehensive Communications Strategy and Feedback Project was undertaken comprising meetings, focus groups, a survey and phone interviews. The project has provided an opportunity to market and profile the Seniors Card Program in South Australia. A summary of the project findings will be included with the 2009 Seniors Card Directory which will be distributed to cardholders in November/December 2008.

Carers

The Office for Carers administers the South Australian Carers Recognition Act 2005 (the Act) which recognises the important role of carers in the community. In addition, the Office has responsibility for coordinating departmental reporting against the Act and producing an annual progress report.

In this second year of reporting, information was gathered which enabled comparisons and progress against the Carers Recognition Act 2005 to be considered. Fundamental to reporting of the Act has been the requirement to measure levels of compliance and achievements.

During 2007-08, a series of workshops were conducted in relation to the Act and the associated legislated obligations. Information sessions were offered to 168 HACC agencies across South

Australia, with other relevant local health services also attending. The workshops provided opportunities for services to both increase their understanding about the issues for carers and to also consider local opportunities for capacity building. The workshops also enabled the Office for Carers to consult broadly with carers and the organisations that represent them to identify key issues.

The Office for Carers has identified a number of issues for further development and in 2008-09 will continue to lead across government policy development to progress the Carers Recognition Act 2005 toward improved health and wellbeing for South Australian carers.

In 2008-09, the Office for Carers will engage with carers, service providers and government agencies to ensure a breadth of information and knowledge is incorporated in the development of a carers framework. The aim of this work will be to inform strategic policy directions and priorities and will be underpinned by processes of partnership and collaboration. A further goal will be raising the profile of issues faced by discreet groups of carers including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, young carers, relinquishing carers and those caring for a person with a mental illness. Collaboration with the

Commonwealth Government to foster coordination and consistency of response to carers needs has been identified as a key target for the coming year.

A key role of the Office for Carers is to review, analyse and provide recommendations to annual reporting against the Act. A framework which enables departmental reporting to be compared across time and across departments will facilitate the analysis of achievements and identification of areas to be addressed. The development of a robust reporting system will be considered a key focus of the across government Carers Implementation Group during 2008-09.

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Disability

Supported Accommodation Strategy

The Supported Accommodation Strategy was informed by the findings of the Supported

Accommodation Task Force. The measures within the strategy provide a streamlined single system for planning, organising and managing supported accommodation.

The Supported Accommodation Strategy was implemented during 2007-08, which involved

• establishing the following mechanisms: standardised assessment processes an integrated single service needs registration process to provide reliable data on demand for

• support and accommodation introduction of a single waiting list vacancy reporting for both the government and non government sectors allocation of vacancies based on priority of need and appropriateness of service.

In 2008-09, information and data from the single waiting list and vacancy reporting system will allow for better planning for current and future need. This will inform planning to progress SASP target

T6.10.

Community Based Accommodation

As the lead reporting agency for SASP target T6.10, our department is responsible for implementing strategies to double the number of people with disabilities appropriately housed and supported in community based accommodation by 2014.

During 2007-08, further progress on transitioning people with a disability from institutional care to community settings occurred through a number of projects, including:

• the Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program which assisted a number of

• individuals with a disability under the age of 50 years, to access a range of support and accommodation options

Disability SA worked with all clients at Highgate Park and their families to identify their interest in returning to the community the Minda Project 105 developed new accommodation in the community for people with disabilities the Strathmont Centre Redevelopment and Community Living Project returned 40 people to community living.

In 2008-09, we will continue the transitioning of people from institutional to community based accommodation and develop new group homes and other accommodation options for people waiting for supported accommodation. Allocation will be from the single waiting list and will be on the basis of need.

Strathmont Centre Redevelopment and Community Living Project

The Strathmont Centre Redevelopment and Community Living Project seeks to relocate 150 residents from Strathmont Centre to community living in purpose built group homes. During 2007-08, 40 new community based group home places were created and a Business Case for Stage 2 of the redevelopment of the Strathmont site commenced, which will outline the case for the remaining 99 people to move to supported community living and to close the site.

A further 60 residents will be relocated from the Strathmont Centre to supported community accommodation during 2008-09, of which ten purpose built homes will accommodate 50 individuals throughout the metropolitan area. The remaining ten residents to be accommodated in disability accessible property rented through Housing SA.

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DFC doing more

A delighted mother of a Disability SA client who lived in the Strathmont Centre before moving to a new purpose-built community house at Sturt wrote to Disability SA as follows…

‘When the move to the community was first spoken of a few years ago, I was very adamant and determined that she would not move to the community. I didn’t think she would get the same level of attention she was getting at that time in Strathmont.

Then I was told about two new houses being purpose built in the Sturt area, which is much closer to the family. I had a look at the houses and spoke to some of the staff who were going to be working there and gradually my mind was turned around.

It was still with some trepidation that I finally consented to the move to Sturt. That decision has been the best decision I have ever made. Listening to her (singing) today has finally proved to me that she is happy again and well looked after. The staff are outstanding in the way they care for both her, myself and the family. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for them. They bring her to see me whenever I ask them.

Looking back over the last year or so that she has been at Sturt, I cannot believe

I was so resistant to her moving. My thanks must go to all concerned with the move and especially to the staff who care for her.’

Consumer Advisory Mechanisms

Consumer advisory mechanisms are an essential check and balance for disability services and also for government in its policy and planning in relation to services for people with a disability. Our department has strengthened consumer advisory mechanisms to support the reform of services for people with a disability.

The Minister’s Disability Advisory Council was established in December 2007, to provide the Minister for Disability with independent advice on whole of government issues related to disability. The

Disability Advisory Network of South Australia (DANSA), a consumer consultation group with membership from a diverse group of people, was also established during 2007-08. DANSA provides advice to Disability SA regarding services, development and future planning. The State Aboriginal

Network and DANSA have developed close links to ensure that all people with a disability are heard.

We will continue to develop consumer consultation and feedback mechanisms in 2008-09.

Communities

DFC Performance Management Framework

In 2007-08, we developed and commenced implementation of the DFC Performance Management

Framework

to better manage the grant funding we provide to the community services sector. The

Framework aims to deliver better community value in regards to the grant funding provided, by regularly monitoring the performance of funded organisations in the provision of community services.

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Community Sector

During 2007-08, the DFC Connecting Communities internet site was established to provide nongovernment organisations, government agencies, community groups, volunteers, businesses, and community leaders with access to information on funding grants, organisational development and resources to improve service delivery.

The site provides information and resources on a range of topics including:

• fact sheets on topics such as indexation, capital items, carers, insurance and service agreement

• information community capacity building resources such as community engagement, community strengthening and community volunteering organisational development information such as strategic planning, risk management and quality management.

During 2007-08, we commenced payment of the State Government’s additional one per cent indexation to State programs in each of the next four years to the community services sector. The additional indexation is to be directed towards wages and conditions for workers in non-government organisations.

The DFC Connecting Communities internet site will be further developed in 2008-09, by including online grant application and reporting and addressing issues received in feedback. In addition, we will improve the process for the provision of the additional one per cent indexation on grants to the community services sector by addressing issues that were highlighted in 2007-08.

Service Excellence

The Service Excellence Program is a comprehensive, integrated quality management framework accessible to funded organisations of our department. An independent evaluation of the Service

Excellence Program found that when compared with other quality frameworks, it was the most cost efficient, and the only quality system tailored for the community service sector within a government context.

At June 2008, 51 per cent of non-government organisations in the community sector funded by our department were engaging in the Service Excellence Program. Eighty four organisations now have accreditation against the internationally accredited Service Excellence Program Standards.

Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund

The Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People was established in 2003 by the

South Australian Government and the South Australian Council of Social Service to make grants available to children and young people who are, or have been, under the Guardianship of the Minister, or who have lived in long term family care supported by our department.

Grants are provided to assist children and young people achieve personal goals, to contribute to their health and wellbeing and to provide developmental opportunities. In July 2006, an additional $1 million was allocated via a separate deed specifically for children and young people with a disability who are, or who have been, in State Care.

During 2007-08, the new Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund Trust Deed was implemented, providing funding specifically for young people with a disability who have been in care. We also enhanced the

Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund business practices to improve customer service and grant

• management efficiency including: development of Board funding criteria development and implementation of a customer feedback mechanism trial of a internet based application streamlined application and assessment processes, including data management.

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In 2007-08, a total of $253 888 was distributed, $206 000 to 97 children and young people and an additional $47 888 to 30 children and young people with a disability in the first full year of operation of the new disability deed. Approximately 94 per cent of all applicants received at least partial funding of their application.

In 2008-09, a communication plan to the Disability Sector will be implemented, with an emphasis on promotion and accessibility to ensure the Disability Deed funds are accessed.

Community Benefit SA

Community Benefit SA, also known as the Charitable and Social Welfare Fund, was established under

Section 73B of the Gaming Machines Act 1992. Community Benefit SA distributes money from gaming machine taxes over two funding rounds each year in February and August to non-government organisations for one-off community service projects that benefit disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

Modifications to the Funding Guidelines of Community Benefit SA in 2007-08 give a high priority to funding projects that provide support to disadvantaged families with children. During 2007-08, a total of $1.18 million was granted to 133 projects supporting disadvantaged families with children, amounting to 30 per cent of funding compared with 23 per cent in 2006-07.

During 2007-08, the Community Benefit SA Special Family Support Grants Program was developed and funded projects to deliver intensive family support services in high need areas. An evaluation of the Special Family Support Grant Program will be initiated in 2008-09, including the development of an evaluation framework and a final report which will be used to inform the program about the next steps and improving future service delivery.

Community Benefit SA –

Funded Projects

Community Benefit SA is a community service funding program that assists disadvantaged individuals, families and communities across the metropolitan, rural and remote regions of South

Australia.

This is achieved by funding oneoff projects which support organisations delivering services and programs that achieve a large range of social and practical outcomes assisting disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

Categories of Community Benefit SA funded projects 2007-08

Recruit and train volunteers

$246 870 (6.4%)

Program equipment

$190 550 (4.9%)

Vehicle

$432 230 (11.2%)

Services for individuals/families

$404 900 (10.5%)

Office and IT equipment

$176 970 (4.6%)

Community development

$276 970 (7.2%)

Group programs/activities

$602 170 (15.6%)

Fundraising

$27 620 (0.7%)

Community facilities

$1 513 660

(39.1%)

Source: Community Benefit SA

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Community Engagement Charter and Directions Statement

Launched in November 2007, the Community Engagement Charter sets a vision for our department in relation to community engagement and outlines the core principles for guiding our work in building stronger relationships with South Australian communities. It signals our commitment to actively involve

South Australians in government processes and decision-making activities, to have valuable community input into setting priorities, to ensure that we stay in touch with what South Australians want, and to deliver better services to the community.

The Community Engagement Directions Statement incorporates the principles for engagement outlined in the Community Engagement Charter and provides a guide for engagement of our customers and the broader community in the planning, development and provision of our services.

In 2008-09 we will:

• commence implementation of the Community Engagement Charter and Directions Statement which will include hosting a Community Engagement Conference in Adelaide monitor customer and community engagement across our department develop resources for staff and community groups regarding effective community engagement integrate community engagement into our regional planning processes.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Our department administers Commonwealth and State funded programs on the APY Lands, across the portfolio areas of Families SA, Housing SA, Disability SA, youth, substance misuse, aged care, community services and domestic violence services. We work closely with DPC to deliver these services, and provide coordination support to Department of Health programs.

During 2007-08, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS) further established integrated community based programs and facilities in all major communities on the APY Lands. Programs include:

Youth and Substance Misuse Diversion Programs, which includes coordinated school holiday programs in all major communities; four Youth Newsletters (Yangupala/Kungawara) were produced to inform people both on and off the APY Lands about issues and events for young people; and the coordination and support of various major events and programs for youth on the APY Lands,

• including the Finke Desert Race, the sports league, horse and music training programs.

Independent surveys confirm that petrol sniffing has reduced from 222 people in 2004 to 38 people in 2007.

Family Centres and Homemaker Programs are operating in all major communities on the APY

Lands and are providing some support to smaller communities. Programs include home based instruction in the areas of housekeeping, parenting skills, planning and preparation of nutritional meals, budgeting and money management, preventative health care and personal hygiene. The programs facilitate positive outcomes for most Anangu in all major communities either through employment, training or homemaking support processes.

The establishment of an integrated disability program across the APY Lands which includes: support for people with a disability and their carers in most APY Lands communities; access to regular physiotherapy services and independent living equipment and support; as well as an intensive support program assisting a small number of clients with complex needs to live peacefully in their community. Disability clients have had an increased opportunity to participate in supporting riders in the Finke desert race, attend local sports league fixtures and gain access to programs in both youth sheds and family centres.

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In 2008-09, ATSIS will fully integrate the Disability programs and Office for the Ageing funded services into the service system and develop closer links with the APY Lands based services provided by

Families SA and the Office for Aboriginal Housing. The development of the Youth, Disability,

Homemaker and Family Centres as hubs for community based social services will also be further progressed.

Problem Gambling

Following the completion of an evaluation in March 2008, Gambling Help Services are to be restructured with current services to be divided into two program streams: Statewide and Special

Purpose Services, and Regional Services. This will deliver greater service efficiencies, more appropriately targeted and accessible services and improved client outcomes.

In 2008-09, we will implement the new structure of the Gambling Help Services across South Australia to improve the take up rate of therapy and counselling services by problem gamblers.

Volunteering

During 2007-08, the Volunteers Unit developed and implemented the Volunteer Information

Management System (VIMS), a web based volunteer data management application, and further developed and released the Volunteer Emergency Recovery Information System (VERIS) for local and national use. Both on-line software applications have attracted interest from local and interstate government and non-government organisations.

In 2008-09, we will implement a revised stakeholder management model to increase effectiveness and efficiency of volunteer management. For the first time volunteer managers from the service delivery divisions will meet together on regular occasions to seek to resolve management issues common to all service delivery divisions. Work will also be undertaken in selected regional centres to build upon this collaborative effort to share resources and expertise in volunteer management.

Concessions

We are streamlining our concessions program to improve ease of access for customers. Concessions for which South Australians may be eligible include council rates, water and sewerage rates, the

Emergency Services Levy, energy, public transport and spectacles.

In 2007-08, we developed and launched Concessions Finder, an on-line tool to enable customers to find information about eligibility and methods of applying for their entitlements. We also implemented processes so that applications are no longer required every quarter from customers receiving

Centrelink benefits. Automatic validation is undertaken and if the customer remains eligible their concession is paid automatically.

In 2008-09, we will implement on-line and over the telephone application processes for concessions.

Domiciliary Care SA

Metropolitan Domiciliary Care transitioned into our department from the Department of Health in

July 2007. Administrative and staffing arrangements were realigned to meet the requirements of our department and to create the new division of Domiciliary Care SA.

Domiciliary Care SA provides services to people who have reduced ability to care for themselves, assisting them to stay living in their own homes, close to loved ones, family and local community.

Domiciliary Care SA covers the metropolitan area of Adelaide and primarily assists those aged over

65, although younger people with a disability may qualify for support in some instances. Services provided include physical assistance, rehabilitation and personal care, as well as providing respite and support for carers.

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During 2007-08, Domiciliary Care SA provided 467 739 occasions of service to 12 097 clients across eight Client Service Areas. This comprised 432 513 hours of care (encompassing Domiciliary Care SA and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT)) and 111 619 hours of indirect services (including

Domiciliary Care SA and ACAT).

Other priorities for 2008-09

Implement strategies to achieve SASP target T6.11, to increase by 400 the number of people with a disability involved in day options program by 2014. In January 2009, the number of clients attending day options will be increased by approximately 50 to ensure this target can be achieved.

Strategies to be undertaken during 2008-09 to meet the target include:

- identifying of eligible school leavers

- standardising assessment tools

- annual showcasing of service options

- allocate servicing based on established benchmarking.

Lead an across-government strategy to double the number of people with a disability employed in the Public Sector by 2014. During 2008-09, progress against SASP target T6.22 will be monitored through the Promoting Independence Reference Group. Policies and practices will be put in place that will build on existing processes to make the State Government an inclusive employer of excellence through:

- establishing accurate baseline data for the employment target, as well as negotiating individual

State Government Portfolio targets

- developing a training framework to improve recruitment practices towards people with disabilities, which will include a series of resources, promotional tools and workshops for all managers and human resource personnel.

Disability SA will move towards service approaches which offer people with a disability the opportunity for choice, control, independence and inclusion. This includes self managed support and person centred active support in accommodation services.

Age Profile of Clients of

Domiciliary Care SA

The vast majority of clients of

Domiciliary Care SA (86 per cent) are aged 65 years and over. The largest proportion is aged between 76-85 years (41 per cent) and the next largest over 85 years (26 per cent).

This profile reflects our response to meeting the needs of South Australia’s ageing population.

76-85 (41%)

85+ (26%)

0-29 (1%)

30-39 (1%)

40-49 (2%)

50-65 (10%)

66-75 (19%)

Source: Domiciliary Care SA

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Improve access and delivery of disability services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability. In 2008-09, Disability SA will finalise the development and commence implementation of Standard 13, A Cultural Competency and Inclusion Standard for all South

Australian disability agencies registered on the Disability Services Provider Panel. Standard 13 will promote a consistent approach to improve access to services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people through the introduction of an additional disability services standard for cultural competency and inclusion. It will articulate practical steps to support agencies to achieve this. In addition, Disability SA will aim to increase access by Indigenous people through recruitment and retention of Aboriginal staff within Disability SA and continuing interactive cultural learning for the

Disability Services sector.

Reform the Supported Residential Facilities (SRF) Sector in South Australia. A four year sustainment package will incorporate:

- continuing the Board and Care Subsidy

- maintaining initiatives that support people who have been affected by previous SRF closures

- redeveloping the SRF Disability Support Program for residents who have complex needs

- refocusing the allied health services on lifting the health status of residents across the sector

- establishing new initiatives to support people in the SRF sector so that they are not required to move as a result of changing care needs

- establishing a system of controlled entry to manage risk from inappropriate referrals and transition packages for people inappropriately placed in the sector, who require alternative accommodation options.

Enhance community services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children and

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, including the implementation of a new model of training to youth workers employed by agencies funded by the Aboriginal Youth Development Program or the Aboriginal Youth Action Committee Program. These programs provide greater one to one trainer student interaction and support to maximise opportunities for youth workers to develop their skills and expertise. Mainstream youth agencies will have a greater focus on the Aboriginal population driven by specific key performance indicators in new Service Agreements and an

Aboriginal substance misuse program in the inner city will continue service development after commencing in the second half of 2007-08.

Commence the SA Access Point demonstration project to simplify entry to the community care service system and streamline assessment and referral processes for older people.

Build on the collation of sector development activities that our department funds to increase the quality and capacity of the community sector. The Building Capacity in the Community Services

Sector Action Plan will be developed in conjunction with the community services sector to provide clear directions for the department and non-government organisations, building partnerships in the planning and delivery of services to our South Australian community.

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DFC Scorecard

Outcome 3 – Independence and Community Connection

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

TOP LEVEL KPI

Independence and

Community

Connection

Percentage of DFC customers report that they access community support and services.

Graph

KPI currently under development

100%

Community Sector

Percentage of agencies that have a formal agreement in place.

80%

60%

87% 87%

40%

20%

0%

July Sept

2006-07

Nov Jan M ar M ay

Target

As at 30 June 2008 there were 360 organisations funded of which 313 had Master Agreements in place,

indicating no change from March.

While the number of funded organisation has increased, the same proportion of Master Agreements have

been sent. Please note there were a number of other projects, mostly to government organisations where the

Master Agreement is not applicable.

We will continue to administer Master Agreements as new agencies are funded.

Community

Connection

Percentage increase in funded places for

Community

Accommodation and

Care Places

(accumulative).

14%

12%

10%

8%

6.7% 6.6%

6%

4%

2%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Previous targets were based on the expected number of new places within each quarter.

These figures have been revised in August 2008 to reflect cumulative figures per annum.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

300

Services

200

Number of nongovernment organisations accredited under the Service

Excellence Framework

(or similar).

250 261

100

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

There has been a steady increase in both the Service Excellence Program and HACC accreditation numbers.

30%

Volunteers

Percentage of DFC volunteers relative to total DFC workforce.

20% N/A

20%

10%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

June 2008 data is not available as the software information system had to be temporarily withdrawn from

production, however, data trends would suggest the figure is stable at 17 per cent.

The software information management system is being upgraded and should be available for first quarter

reporting during 2008-09.

6

Carers

Number of Government departments required to comply with reporting obligations under the

Carers Recognition Act

2005

.

5 6

4

2

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Obligations under the Carers Recognition Act 2005 require government departments to report annually.

The KPI was previously reported as a percentage with the target 70 per cent. In view of the small number of

government departments which report (six), the KPI has been changed to whole numbers for 2007-08.

2007-08 reporting will be received in October 2008.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander South

Australians

Percentage of DFC balanced scorecard outcomes measured for outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Further data analysis to be conducted.

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Objective 4 – Keeping them safe

Goal

To ensure children, young people and families are safe, supported and connected to the future.

Context

Our commitment to support the safety and wellbeing of children and young people within their families is reflected in Keeping Them Safe, the Government’s response to the Layton Review of Child

Protection. A feature of this policy is the linking of the reform agenda to many other government agencies to encourage the across government responsibility for protecting children. Through Keeping

Them Safe – In Our Care

we are improving care planning to provide greater stability and certainty for children and young people and redesigning care services to ensure children and young people are supported to achieve their potential with successful transition to adulthood.

Resources are being provided to support families where children and young people are at immediate risk of entering the care system. We are also realigning programs within our department, such as the

Family and Community Development Program, to provide support and services to families with high needs so that more children and young people can stay with their families safely.

We recognise foster carers as our partners in caring for children and young people. We have increased financial support to foster, relative and kinship carers and increased support services, including the introduction of a foster carer identification card.

We acknowledge that our ability to respond to children and families in need requires programs which are provide by other government agencies and other community and non-government services.

Through Rapid Response, children under the Guardianship of the Minister are provided with priority access to housing, health, education, employment and welfare services to ensure that their stability in care is supported.

Families SA manages a substantial part of the young offenders system. Families SA has progressed the establishment of the Metropolitan Youth Justice Services to improve systems to manage and supervise youth justice clients, developed and implemented a statewide Through Care case

• management approach and introduced a criminogenic assessment process.

Our achievements under Objective 4 contribute to the following SASP targets:

Equal or lower than the Australian average for psychological distress by 2014 (Target T2.7)

Reduce victim reported crime by 12 per cent by 2014 (Target T2.8)

Improve the overall wellbeing of Aboriginal South Australians (Target T6.1)

Improve South Australia’s performance on the Australian Early Development Index (Target T6.4)

Reduce the percentage of South Australians receiving government benefits (excluding age pensions) as their major income source to below the Australian average by 2014 (Target T6.5)

By 2010 increase the number of 15 to 19 year olds engaged full time in school, work or further education/training (or combination thereof) to 90 per cent (Target T6.15).

Lead Responsibility

Families SA has the lead responsibility for Objective 4 within our department.

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Performance Overview

Keeping Them Safe — In Our Care

Strategy

The Keeping Them Safe – In Our Care strategy was launched in May 2007 to reform the alternative care sector. The strategy was developed following a comprehensive consultation period involving all alternative care stakeholders including government agencies, non-government service providers, foster carers, relative and kinship carers and children and young people.

The reforms emphasise the importance of strengthening families to provide safe care for their children.

Where children are unable to remain home, the goal is to provide stable and high quality care and maintain connections with family. The strategy commits to high quality support to carers, both foster and relative/kin carers. It also aims to improve the quality of non-family based care.

During 2007-08, we commenced implementation of the Keeping Them Safe — In Our Care strategy by establishing an Intensive Placement Support Team to assist those children and young people most at risk. Nineteen houses were leased from Housing SA and provided to non-government organisations to accommodate and manage children and young people, using a range of flexible responsive care models. The first stage of the new Alternative Care Support (formerly Children’s Payments) system was also implemented.

Standards for the provision of alternative care in South Australia were finalised in 2007-08, in consultation with key sector stakeholders. Health standards for children and young people under

Guardianship were also finalised and distributed. A carer identification card to enable improved access to support services for foster, relative and kinship carers was implemented that increased support provided to relative carers.

In 2008-09, we will further implement the Keeping Them Safe – In Our Care strategy. We will develop and implement a range of community based services to provide support to families who are subject to child protection notifications, with the aim of stabilising the family situation and enhancing parenting capacity.

Intensive family preservation services will be developed and implemented to support families with children aged 0 to 12 years at high risk of entry to alternative care, and those children who are in alternative care placement to return to the safe care of their family. We will also increase the capacity of services for the recruitment, assessment, approval and registration of foster, relative and kinship carers and redesign residential care services within Families SA to increase capacity.

Foster, Relative and Kinship Carers

The Keeping Them Safe – In Our Care strategy will develop and implement an extensive strategy not just to increase the number of foster and relative carers and provide more support, but redefine the roles of carers in relation to the care needs of the child or young person, implement competency based training and provide appropriate financial support.

During 2007-08, the foster carer recruitment program focused on increasing the number of general carers and carers for sibling groups. Marketing strategies were developed in partnership with the contracted non-government agencies and delivered in metropolitan and regional areas. These campaigns resulted in a significant increase in enquiries and attendance at information sessions.

Financial support for foster, relative and kinship carers increased by an average of 26 per cent in

2007-08, and training and development opportunities for carers and support workers was provided.

In 2008-09, we will increase support to foster, relative and kinship carers. The 2008-09 Budget provides $4.6 million over four years to increase carer payments and restructure the alternative care payment system to create a more equitable support system for all.

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Funding for cultural planning and maintenance for Aboriginal children in care will be used to support the maintenance and connection of Aboriginal children to their culture. A ten per cent loading for carers will also be introduced in the remote and very remote areas as defined by the

ABS, in recognition of the higher costs of living and transport in these communities.

Children’s Centres

We work in partnership with the Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) and the

Department of Health to establish Children’s Centres which provide positive environments and integrated services for children and families, so that they can achieve the best possible learning, health and wellbeing outcomes. The State Government has committed $23 million over four years for the establishment of 20 Children’s Centres by 2010. During 2007-08, five Family Services

Coordinators were appointed to work in the Children’s Centres, providing intensive counselling, parenting programs, family support services and service coordination for vulnerable children and families.

The implementation of the Children’s Centres initiative will continue during 2008-09, including developing targeted programs and support services to preserve families and build family resilience and enhancing the connections of children who are the most vulnerable. These outcomes will be achieved by building partnerships with government and non-government agencies to respond promptly and effectively to the care, safety and developmental needs of children.

Child Safety Conferences

Child Safety Conferences were trialled in 2007-08 to improve child protection responses. This outcome is achieved through Child Safety Conferences as families are engaged where children and young people have been identified as being at risk, and are also fully involved in the decision making and planning for children’s safety. Findings from the trial reviews led to the refinement of processes to ensure consistency in process and outcomes.

During 2008-09, we will implement Child Safety Conferences in collaboration with other child protection practice reforms.

Adoption Services

Origins of children adopted in South Australia

The Adoption and Family

Information Service of

Families SA, processes adoption orders, and provides people with information about their adoption, usually to enable them to re-connect with their birth families.

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Source: Adoption and Family Information Service

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Keeping them safe - key statistics

Number of child protection notifications

Tier 1 notifications

Tier 2 notifications

Tier 3 notifications

EXF notifications

Children on care and protection orders

12 month care and protection order

Guardianship until 18 years

Young offenders

(community based orders)

Suspended detention

Obligation

Community service orders

Bail

Financial support services provided

*

785

8 688

3 825

952

320

1 051

116

920

9 489

4 516

1 152

401

1 046

115

615

7 771

4 228

1 131

397

1 158

84

895

9 570

5 178

1 247

492

1 299

103

1 019

11 529

4 594

1 451

397

1 551

93

234 238 214 267 272

523 479 513 423 365

493 480 401 431 546

Emergency financial assistance

Financial counselling

30 171

24 037

Domestic violence financial assistance 2 628

Children in alternative care placements as at 30 June

33 929

24 278

2 935

34 181

25 873

2 638

31 649

24 460

2 206

27 027

20 439

2 279

878 890 902 911 911

262 341 467 553 663

Families SA Residential Care

Non Government Residential

DFC Housing

Non Government Emergency

6 4 3 3 4

52

6

N/A

N/A

83

6

N/A

N/A

86

4

2

3

93

12

27

17

102

29

26

26

Interim Emergency Accommodation N/A 5 30 62

*

Tier 1: child is in immediate danger and Families SA responds immediately.

Tier 2: child is at risk of significant harm and Families SA responds within a short timeframe.

Tier 3: family has high needs but there is a low risk to child in the short-term. Families SA provides support as required.

EXF: allegations of extra-familial (outside the child’s family) abuse are referred to the South Australia Police.

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DFC doing more

A financial counsellor at Families SA received a teary eyed thankyou from a single parent with two teenage daughters who was entrenched in thousands of dollars worth of debt. The customer made particular mention of the way the counsellor made her feel respected and helped her with making choices. The customer said the counsellor showed her the ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’

The counsellor carefully developed a three month budget plan for the customer.

Youth Justice

Following the release of the report To Break the Cycle in June 2007, prepared by

Monsignor Cappo AO, Commissioner for Social Inclusion and the chair of the Social Inclusion Board, an across government task force was formed to progress reform of the youth justice system.

During 2007-08, we further improved systems to manage and supervise youth justice clients and reformed youth justice services, including the reconfiguration of metropolitan services, development of a new case management system for use statewide and development of associated policy and procedures. Youth justice teams have been established in metropolitan Adelaide and high risk offenders are now receiving more intensive supervision. All youth in Training Centres are now allocated to a community Case Manager and transition planning is happening for all youth, particularly high risk youth, transitioning from Training Centres.

In 2008-09, we will further enhance the management and supervision of youth justice clients, including those involved in chronic offending and Aboriginal specific interventions. Further development and implementation of evidence based rehabilitation programs for young offenders will be undertaken, with a focus on culturally appropriate interventions. Families SA will work in collaboration with the

Department of the Premier and Cabinet (AARD) and the Attorney General’s Department to establish the Community Protection Panel which will provide intensive monitoring and intervention to serious repeat offenders.

Training Centres

Our department is responsible for the care and welfare of young people sentenced to detention due to criminal activity, in either the Cavan

Training Centre or the Magill

Training Centre. We are obliged to enhance community safety and ensure young people who offend are held accountable for their actions, and have a duty to work with these young people to minimise the chance that they re-offend on release.

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

0

Average daily occupancy in Training Centres

60.7

2003-04

65.3

2004-05

51.6

2005-06

61.7

2006-07

71.9

2007-08

Source: Families SA

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Safe Houses

The Commonwealth Government and the State Government have jointly funded the development and implementation of a Safe House for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children fleeing domestic violence in Ceduna. A model of service was developed during 2007-08 which provides intensive case management, accommodation and re-establishment services for women and children.

The Ceduna Safe House operates with support from the local Families SA office.

During 2007-08, our department, in partnership with the local community, DPC and the

Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

(FaHCSIA), developed a funding proposal for the establishment of a Safe House in Coober Pedy. In

2008-09, the new Safe House Service in Coober Pedy will commence from a temporary location, run by Uniting Care Wesley. We will also complete the establishment of new sites for the Safe House

Services in Coober Pedy and Ceduna.

SA Government Response to the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry Report

The Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry was established under the Commission of Inquiry

(Children in State Care and Children on APY Lands) Act 2004

. The terms of reference of the

Commission of Inquiry were to inquire into any allegations of: a. sexual abuse of a person who, at the time that the alleged abuse occurred, was a child in State

Care; or b. criminal conduct which resulted in the death of a person who, at the time that the alleged conduct occurred, was a child in State Care.

The Commission of Inquiry provided the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry (Allegations of

Sexual Abuse and Death from Criminal Conduct)

Report to the Governor on Friday 28 March 2008.

The Commission of Inquiry made 54 recommendations.

The report of the Commission of Inquiry was tabled in Parliament on 1 April 2008 and on 17 June

2008 the Minister for Families and Communities tabled the Government’s first response to the

Commission of Inquiry’s Report. Under the Commission of Inquiry (Children in State Care and on the

APY Lands) Act 2004

the Minister for Families and Communities must make a further response to the

Commission of Inquiry Report within six months after receipt of the Report by the Governor, stating:

• the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry that will be carried out and the manner in which

• they will be carried out; and the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry that will not be carried out and the reasons for not carrying them out.

Our department is leading the introduction of a package of legislation to give effect to the

Government’s response to the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry and to recommendation

21 of the Children on APY Lands Commission of Inquiry. This legislation will be introduced in 2008-09.

We also chair a Multi-Agency Working Group, established to coordinate and progress the

Government’s response to the Commission’s recommendations.

Other priorities for 2008-09

Increase the capacity of the non-government sector to work with families to keep children safe and prevent children’s entry to alternative care, and to return children safely home.

Increase the number of social workers on the APY Lands in response to the Mullighan Report.

Progress the replacement of the secure youth training centres.

Strengthen the whole of government response to children’s safety and wellbeing.

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DFC Scorecard

Outcome 4 – Keeping Them Safe

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

25%

TOP LEVEL KPI

Child-centric

20%

15%

Percentage of children subject to a further substantiation of abuse/neglect within 12 months.

<20% 21.5%

10%

5%

0%

Sep Dec M arch June

2006-07 Target

The proportion of children subject to a further substantiation of abuse has remained relatively unchanged over

the past nine months.

Families SA is planning with Community Connect for increased service capacity to provide sustained family

support interventions.

100%

80%

Guardianship,

Children and Young

People

60%

Percentage of

Guardianship of the

Minister cases that have had annual reviews completed on time.

90% 58%

40%

20%

0%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

Guardianship of the Minister – where the Minister has duty of care for clients until 18 years old. Excludes

youth over 18 years of age and children/youth who have been or are under the Guardianship of the Minister for less than 12 months.

The percentage of Guardianship of the Minister young people with completed Annual Reviews is declining.

This is in the context of an increased number of children on long-term Guardianship of the Minister orders.

Families SA is collaborating with the Guardian to improve the quality of the Annual Review process. The

establishment of Connected Care Teams in Families SA District Centres has the objective of improving outcomes for children and young people under Guardianship of the Minister.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

Aboriginal South

Australians

Percentage of

Aboriginal children and young people that are placed in accordance with the Aboriginal Child

Placement Principle.

80% 74.1%

90%

80%

70%

60%

50%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

Aboriginal Child Placement Principle – an Aboriginal child who is being placed in alternative care must be

placed with the first in order of priority of the following persons who is available to provide care:

(i) a member of the child’s family, as determined by reference to the appropriate kinship rules

(ii) a member of the child’s community who has a relationship of responsibility for the child, as determined by reference to the appropriate traditional law or custom

(iii) a member of the child’s community, as determined by reference to the appropriate traditional law or custom

(iv) a person with the same cultural background as the child

(v) a non-Indigenous person who is able to ensure that the child maintains significant contact with the child’s birth family, community and culture.

The slight decline in the proportion of Aboriginal children who are placed with their Aboriginal relatives/kin and

with Aboriginal foster carers is in the context of increased numbers of Aboriginal children in alternative care placements.

Focus continues to be placed on the recruitment of Aboriginal relative carers, to ensure that Aboriginal

children remain connected with their kinship networks and culture.

Relative and kinship carers now receive the same rate of alternative care support payment as foster carers,

irrespective of the type of order child or young person is subject to.

5%

4%

Children in Interim

Emergency

Accommodation

3%

Percentage of children in alternative care who are in interim emergency care.

N/A 3.8%

2%

1%

0%

July Sept Nov Jan M ar M ay

2006-07 Target

This is a new KPI therefore there is no historical data for comparison.

The proportion of the total population of children in alternative care who are in interim emergency

accommodation increased over the January to March period.

A proactive strategy is in place to transition children from Interim Emergency Accommodation to more suitable

placements. This is dependent on the growth in alternative care capacity.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

90%

80%

Care Partnerships

Percentage of children exiting alternative care that have had three or less placements.

85% 74.7%

70%

60%

50%

Sep Dec M arch June

2006-07 Target

Alternative Care – a system involving a range of services for children, young people and families,

supplementing the care provided by families or at times substituting for that care.

The proportion of children exiting care with three or less placements is well under the target, indicating

placement instability for children in alternative care.

Increased placement capacity is being sought. Processes to improve the recruitment of foster and relative

carers and an increase in congregate care capacity are in development.

60%

Juvenile Justice

Percentage of youth justice sentences that are the second or subsequent sentence in the young persons lifetime youth justice contact with Families

SA.

<42.5% 60.1%

40%

20%

0%

Sep Dec M arch June

2006-07 Target

Juvenile Offending – young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years who break the law. Includes all

juvenile sentences excepting all remand and bail orders.

The percentage of sentences which are the second or subsequent sentence has not met the target.

Implementation of relevant recommendations of the To Break the Cycle report is in progress. The

development of a through care case management approach to serious and persistent offenders is being implemented.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Objective 5 – Effective and sustainable business practices

Goal

To establish and maintain efficient, effective and sustainable business practices to underpin delivery of the Connecting to the Future strategic agenda.

Context

Sound governance and administrative arrangements are a prerequisite to ensuring that we achieve our Minister’s Agenda. We therefore focus on five key areas within Objective 5 being Government,

Customers and Communities, People, Partners and Business Capability.

The collaborative effort of the direct and indirect service delivery areas and the corporate divisions drives excellence and innovation across our department, delivering effective and sustainable business practices that support the service delivery objectives of Connecting to the Future.

Our achievements under Objective 5 contribute to the following SASP targets:

Increase the satisfaction of South Australians with government services by ten per cent by 2010,

• maintaining or exceeding that level of satisfaction thereafter (Target T1.7)

Become, by 2010, the best-performing jurisdiction in Australia in timeliness and transparency of decisions which impact the business community (and maintain that rating) (Target T1.8)

Increase the ratio of operational to administrative expenditure in State Government by 2010, and

• maintain or better that ratio thereafter (Target T1.9)

Improve the energy efficiency of government buildings by 25 per cent from 2000-01 levels by 2014

(Target T3.13)

Double the number of people with disabilities employed by 2014 (Target T6.22)

Have women comprising half of the public sector employees in the executive levels (including Chief

Executives) by 2014 (Target T6.23)

Increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the South Australian public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to two per cent by 2010 and maintain or better those levels through to 2014 (Target T6.24).

Lead Responsibility

The main corporate areas of our department that share responsibility for Objective 5 are:

Chief Executive’s Office

Financial Services

Information, Communication and Technology

Organisational Development

Risk Management and Internal Audit

State Recovery Office

Strategy and Research.

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Performance Overview

Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy

All State Government Departments are required to contribute to the achievement of SASP target T1.7,

Performance in the public sector - customer and client satisfaction with government services. The target aims to increase the satisfaction of South Australians with government services by ten per cent by 2010, maintaining or exceeding that level of satisfaction thereafter. To progress target T1.7 during

2007-08, we developed a Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy and continued the development of a baseline measure for customer satisfaction across our department.

In 2008-09, we will implement the Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy across our department, including a trial with the non-government organisation sector, and work in partnership with our funded services to improve customer satisfaction with services.

Disaster Recovery

During December 2007, bushfires burned on Kangaroo Island affecting 20 per cent of the Island’s total area, and had a significant impact on the island’s tourist industry. Our department established a disaster recovery assistance function and coordinated relief following the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

During 2007-08 we influenced, at the national level, the formulation and adoption of the new National

Principles for Disaster Recovery. In July 2007 a project to review Australia’s principles of disaster recovery commenced. Originally endorsed in 1986, the principles describe the aims and features of good practice in recovery. The principles underpin activity undertaken by many agencies and organisations in recovery following a disaster or other crisis.

Risk Management and Internal Audit

During 2007-08, internal audits completed and overseen by the DFC Risk Management and Audit

Committee included:

Grant Funding Allocation and Distribution Review

Disability SA ICT Controls and Governance

Case Management Project

Internal Customer Service

Management of Client Funds Disability SA

C3MS (Connection client and case management system) Part B Report – Requirements and

Definition Review

Injury Management Internal Audit Review

Control Self Assessment Process

Control Framework.

To support the achievement of corporate objectives, an enterprise-wide risk management system linking with the annual strategic and business planning processes was established. The integration of risk management practices into other major programs, such as Workforce Health and Safety, has

• been implemented.

Further, during 2007-08:

Risk Assessment Facilitators undertook the ‘Manage Risk’ competency based training program a web-based risk reporting database was fully implemented

Risk Management Intranet site tools and resources were developed, as a customer service improvement initiative for Risk Assessment Facilitators, Managers and staff.

A revision of the training requirements and expectations on risk assessment and treatment will be undertaken during 2008-09.

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Contract Management

We have improved contract management across our department and in particular the contract management abilities of our staff. During 2007-08, we provided accredited contract management training to 74 staff and implemented expenditure and performance monitoring for strategic contracts.

In 2008-09, we will enhance training already delivered through contract management forums and networking opportunities and introduce guidelines for the management of panels.

Procurement Processes

During 2007-08, Housing SA procurement processes were streamlined through the introduction of program-based acquisition plans. A holistic review of prequalification processes throughout our department will be undertaken in 2008-09.

DFC doing more

The work of our Media and Communication Unit has been regularly praised by their internal customers. This includes:

’I would like to comment on the tremendous work undertaken by Media and Communications.

On a number of occasions our Unit has contacted them to ask for assistance with publications and special events that we need help and guidance with and they have been absolutely superb.

Quite often the requests were within very tight deadlines and on every occasion they have been able to meet our request with a minimum of fuss, on time and to high quality.

What’s more it was done with a beautiful smile.’

And:

‘…their customer service is impeccable and you are a delight to work with.’

Diversity in the Public Sector

sector:

The following SASP targets seek to increase representation by people with disabilities, women at executive levels and the level of employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the public

T6.22 People with disabilities: double the number of people with disabilities employed by 2014

T6.23 Women: have women comprising half of the public sector employees in the executive levels

(including Chief Executives) by 2014

T6.24 Aboriginal employees: increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the South Australian

• public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to two per cent by 2010 and maintain or better those levels through to 2014.

Our performance against the above targets is highlighted on page 20. To advance these targets, during 2007-08 we: issued workforce profile reports quarterly to monitor profile progress reviewed workforce data collection and issued a new employee survey to update employee data and identification records

• consulted with Disability Works to improve access for people with a disability to vacancies through the short term register achieved a high level of female participation in Youth Challenges and Business Improvement

Challenges, increasing professional development access

• completed the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and established the Aboriginal Employment

Steering Committee to guide achievement of employment strategies.

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Our performance

To progress these targets in 2008-09, we will: increase the number of positions referred to the Disability Employment Register continue to mentor and support women to aspire to executive roles and continue in these roles implement the Aboriginal Employment Strategy Implementation Plan.

Regional Boundaries

In December 2006, State Cabinet approved the establishment of 12 State Government Regions to be implemented by all government departments over a two year timeframe, ending December 2008. In compliance, we are realigning service delivery, planning and reporting to the new 12 State

Government Regions which will:

• offer greater efficiency by providing consistency and improved collaborative reporting, planning and service delivery across our department increase collaborative opportunities within our department and whole of government provide an opportunity to implement a more equitable staffing structure with the realignment of

• teams encourage closer community linkage, liaison and working relationships between all levels of government, local community organisations and members of the public support improved public sector efficiency.

Other priorities for 2008-09

In 2008-09, we will continue to improve service access to customers by implementing Connected

Service Centres in Mount Barker and Mount Gambier.

Due to the population growth in Mount Barker and as a result of the new State Government regional boundaries, there is an urgent need to provide larger office accommodation facilities. The former

Mount Barker Council Chambers has been secured for our department for a period of three years.

Minor modifications are required to establish the tenancy as a Connected Service Centre and this will be available by October/November 2008. The majority of existing infrastructure will be used to minimise cost as it is only an interim arrangement for a secured period of three years.

In Mount Gambier an interim office providing Housing SA, Families SA and Disability SA connected services is successfully operating from the Housing SA office. Some parts of Families SA and

Disability SA are located in other buildings and will co-locate to the new DFC Connected Service

Centre in August 2009.

Co-located service centres in Coober Pedy, Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Murray Bridge and Whyalla will be operational during 2008-09.

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DFC Scorecard

Outcome 5 – Our Partners

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

80%

TOP LEVEL KPI

Our Partners

Level of satisfaction of agencies with their partnership arrangement with DFC.

85% 62%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Strategies in development to improve this level of satisfaction.

Annual partnership survey to be undertaken in May/June 2009.

100%

80%

Ethical Processes

Percentage of partners with DFC contracts or service agreements placed on the government web site.

60%

100% 100%

40%

20%

0%

Sept

2006-07

Dec M ar June

Target

60%

50%

Performance

Percentage of nongovernment organisations engaged in the Service

Excellence Framework.

40%

30%

47% 51%

20%

10%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Numbers of organisations engaged continues to grow but significant percentage increase is also due to lower

numbers of funded non-government organisations.

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100

Performance

Number of partners that have active performance management issues and/or are having payments being withheld 2007-08.

<55 19

75

50

25

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

There were 974 projects listed on the Funding and Grants Management System that had payments

scheduled, of those 29 projects were being withheld.

20%

Performance

Percentage of partners that have active performance management issues and/or are having payments being withheld 2007-08.

<10% 2%

15%

10%

5%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

There were 974 projects listed on the Funding and Grants Management System that had payments

scheduled, of those 29 projects were being withheld.

100%

80%

Compliance and

Standards

60%

Percentage of all contracts for goods and services awarded within the across government average timeframe.

80% 95%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Contracts – formal agreements entered into with external organisations following a public tender.

Government average timeframe – average number of days across government and collated by DAIS contract

services.

Goods and services – all goods and services excluding community services.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

80%

Compliance and

Standards

60%

Percentage of all contracts for goods and services executed within the across government average timeframe.

80% 30%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Contracts – formal agreements entered into with external organisations following a public tender.

Government average timeframe – average number of days across government and collated by DAIS contract

services.

Goods and services – all goods and services excluding community services.

Decrease in the number of contracts executed within government average timeframe was a result of an

increase in the number of higher complexity contracts being negotiated.

Review negotiating process for projects of high complexity.

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Community Sector and Supplier

Development

Number of sector and partner development initiatives planned and implemented in

2007-08.

60

40

42 74

20

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

Current activities updated.

Collation of current activities recently finalised.

Plan of future activities being developed.

Community Sector and Supplier

Development

Percentage of sector and partner development initiatives planned and implemented in

2007-08.

100%

80%

60%

90% 90%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar

M ar

June

Target

June

Target

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

30

Working with the

Community

Number of business units implementing or funding community building initiatives.

14 26

20

10

0

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Collation of data undertaken November 2007.

100%

80%

Engagement and

Communication

Percentage of partners satisfied with communication by DFC.

60%

70% 53%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Original survey was undertaken by email which did not provide a large number of responses.

As there have been no significant changes to the communication processes by DFC, it is assumed that the

current survey gained a wider spread of the target audience thus providing a more realistic figure.

Implementation of Building Capacity Action Plan which incorporates a strong focus on improving

communication and a stronger collaborative working relationship.

100%

80%

Ethical Processes

Percentage of partners who report (via

Satisfaction Survey) that

DFC has treated them fairly.

80% 72%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Original target was based on a previous survey undertaken by email.

As there have been no significant changes to the ethical processes of DFC, it is assumed that the greater

sample base has provided a more accurate measure of satisfaction.

Implementation of Building Capacity Action Plan which incorporates a strong focus on improving

communication and a stronger collaborative working relationship.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

80%

Performance

Percentage of service agreement KPI's met for each Minister's Housing

Advice and Community

Fund funded agency.

60%

75% 80%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Performance Reviews against Service Agreements conducted annually for each funded organisation.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Our performance

Outcome 5 – Our People Development

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

80%

60%

TOP LEVEL KPI

Our People

Development

Percentage of staff that are satisfied working for

DFC.

73% 56%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Satisfaction – comprises a range of factors incorporating safety, career opportunities, management

effectiveness, inclusiveness and fair decision making.

The total number of responses received in the 2008 Staff Survey was 2271 which constituted a participation

rate of 36 per cent, lower than the 45 per cent rate in 2007.

Domiciliary Care SA participated in the DFC Staff Survey for the first time in 2008.

Direct service areas within DFC accounted for the lowest participation rates.

The three most significant issues contributing to poor staff satisfaction in 2008, were staff perceptions

concerning equity of decision making; recognition by immediate Manager/Supervisor for a job well done; and staff skills being properly utilised including having the appropriate tools to do the job.

Performance Partnership Plans continue to empower employees through clarity of their job expectations,

tailoring to ensure better use of employee skills and abilities.

Learning programs for Managers and leaders continue to be implemented across DFC encouraging

conversations with staff so as to reinforce equitable decision making processes are practised.

20%

15%

Attracting and

Retaining our People

Reduce in staff turnover by 3 per cent.

16% 13%

10%

5%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar

The data for 2007-08 excluded casuals and included Domiciliary Care SA.

In the 2006-07 financial year casuals and Domiciliary Care SA were excluded from the data.

Due to the age profile and incoming labour force the target may need to be revised for 2008-09.

June

Target

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Empowering our

People to Perform

80%

Percentage of staff who report that they have the materials, they have appropriate supervision, and their Manager encourages them to participate in decisions that affect their work and to try new ideas and ways of working to increase their effectiveness.

74% 65%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

The most significant issue was a reduction in the willingness to take calculated risks. This may have been

impacted by the increase in uncertainty resulting from the reform process.

Learning programs, for Managers and leaders continue to be implemented across DFC.

80%

60%

Building Trust in our

People

Percentage of staff that report they are treated fairly in decision making.

58% 50%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

DFC continues to encourage Managers and leaders to participate in learning programs offered by the College

for Learning and Development.

80%

60%

Caring for our People

Percentage of staff that report they are safe, free from bullying and cared about at work.

73% 69%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Significant improvement in staff feeling that they are safe from injury at work.

Respectful treatment at work policies and training continue to be implemented across DFC.

Access for all DFC staff to health and wellbeing programs to assist promotion of health and safety.

DFC's values continue to be promoted to new employees through induction offered by the College for

Learning and Development and reinforced in programs to existing staff.

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Our performance

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

80%

60%

Caring for our People

Percentage of staff that report that they perceive diversity is supported in the workplace.

79% 78%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Health and wellbeing programs continue to be implemented to promote health and safety. Disability

awareness and discrimination training continues to be implemented across DFC.

The DFC induction with the College for Learning and Development also continues to include diversity training.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy is supported in its implementation.

80%

Encouraging our

People through

Change

Percentage of staff report that leaders manage organisational change and continuous improvement well.

69% 59%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Leaders are not managing change or continuous improvement well. The recent reforms may have contributed

to this. Leaders continue to access learning programs offered by the College for Learning and Development and settle into their new positions as a result of the reform.

Performance Partnership Plans continue to be implemented across DFC.

Consultation processes during restructures continue to be refined.

80%

Recognition of our

People

Percentage of staff that report that they receive regular recognition from their immediate manager for a job well done.

66% 57%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Managers continue to participate in conversations with DFC staff through Performance Partnership Plans.

Rewards and recognition research paper being developed on appropriate rewards and recognitions that could

be implemented by DFC within the next 12 months to compliment existing award programs.

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Actual

(June 2008)

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8

Recognition of our

People

6

Every year there is one or more external applications for recognition of organisational achievements lodged by

Organisational Learning and Development.

>1 7

4

2

0

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

7 applications were made for awards:

- July 2007 Premiers Award Showcasing Excellence in the Public Sector (shortlisted as a finalist)

- September 2007 SA Training Awards Employer of the Year (not shortlisted)

- SA Training Initiative Award (finalist)

- April 2008 Minister's Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices (not shortlisted)

- 2007 Adult Learning Australia Awards for DFC Induction Program (not shortlisted)

- May 2008 SA Health and Community Services Industry Skills Board Award for Creating a Learning Culture

Award Sponsor (Winner of Creating a Learning Culture Category)

- May 2008 SA Health and Community Services Industry Skills Board (finalist individual achievement

Annette Kirby).

Recognition of our people and the quality of DFC services is an important valuing activity. We will continue to

lodge applications for awards to positively promote DFC business.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Outcome 5 – Government

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

80%

TOP LEVEL KPI

Government

Percentage of SASP implementation plans to progress lead reporting targets achieved.

100% 65.7%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

06/07 Target

Implementation plans for the SASP housing targets (T6.7, T6.8 and T6.9) and disability targets (T6.10, T6.11

and T6.22) were finalised and submitted to DPC in April 2008.

A total of 35 KPI's/Milestones (14 housing and 21 disability) were due for achievement as at or prior to

30 June 2008.

Nine of the housing KPI's/Milestones (64.3 per cent) and 14 (66.7 per cent) of the disability were achieved

within the timeframe specified in the implementation plans.

100%

80%

SASP

Percentage of contributing and whole of government SASP target implementation plans milestones met.

100% 91.7%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

06/07 Target

Data relates only to implementation plans for targets T1.7 (Performance in the public sector - customer and

client satisfaction with government services) and T6.24 (Aboriginal employees).

A total of 24 KPI's/Milestones were due for achievement as at or prior to 30 June 2008. Of the 24

KPI's/Milestones, 22 were achieved within the timeframe specified in the implementation plans.

Implementation plans for the remaining whole of government targets of SASP and targets for which DFC

contributes to the achievement of will be prepared during 2008-09.

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Target

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Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

80%

Crisis Response and

Recovery

60%

Percentage of actions of the State Recovery

Committee Action Plan for which positive progress has been achieved.

N/A 70%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

06/07 Target

No quarterly targets are assigned to this KPI as the State Recovery Committee; may decide not to take action

against some (or many) of the actions of the State Recovery Committee Action Plan; may lack the resources to progress actions; or another event/disaster may occur taking precedence over other work.

A number of actions have commenced/progressed including: guidelines for the revised Zone Emergency

Management Committee's have been endorsed by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) and planning has commenced for implementation; and the development of a whole of government information management plan has commenced. Kangaroo Island Bushfire debrief (which may identify new actions) has been deferred several times. Awaiting Kangaroo Island bushfire debrief documentation.

Whole of Government

State Strategies

Progress against targets in whole of government strategies.

Greening of

Government (GoGO):

Percentage change in energy, water and waste consumption.

There have been difficulties in reporting on this

KPI on a quarterly basis in 2007-08.

Data will be available annually at the end of

September 2008.

100%

Achieving the

Ministers Agenda

Percentage of Chief

Executives performance objectives and strategies achieved

(including on track to be achieved against the

SASP target) to the

Minister's satisfaction.

N/A N/A

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

06/07 Target

As at 30 June 2008, Chief Executive Performance Accountabilities were not issued. There were no specific

performance objectives and strategies against which to calculate a percentage achieved.

This KPI will be reviewed for 2008-2009.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Better Government

South Australia achieves better than national averages on

Productivity

Commission Report on

Government Services

Targets and

Benchmarks in:

Housing, Aged Care

Services, Services for

People with a Disability,

Protection and Support

Services.

N/A N/A

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept

06/07

Dec M ar June

Target

New KPI for 2007-08, therefore no target has been determined.

Report on Government Services 2008 released 31 January 2008. Data for March 2008 is based on a sample

of indicators on Government Services Targets and Benchmarks in: Housing, Aged Care Services, Services for

People with a Disability and Child Protection and Out of Home Care.

National Agreements

Positive outcomes for

South Australia in

Commonwealth State

Housing Agreement

(CSHA) and

Commonwealth/State

Territory Disability

Agreement (CSTDA):

Percentage of CSHA financial and performance reporting requirements met.

N/A N/A

100%

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept

06/07

Dec M ar June

Target

Under the current CSHA 2003-08, bilateral performance reporting is on an annual basis (i.e. the 2006-07

financial year report was due 31 December 2007).

100%

National Agreements

Positive outcomes for

South Australia in CSHA and CSTDA:

Percentage of CSTDA financial and performance reporting requirements met.

N/A N/A

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

06/07 Target

Under the CSTDA Performance Reporting Framework the following timelines apply; CSTDA Funding

contribution 31 December; Financial Acquittal 31 December; CSTDA Performance Report - NMDS data 31

October to external data agency and to Commonwealth 31 December; Implementation Plan Progress Report

31 December.

The following timelines were not met; CSTDA Funding contribution 31 December and Financial Acquittal 31

December.

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Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

Whole of Government

State Strategies

100%

Progress against targets in whole of government strategies.

Promoting

Independence

:

Percentage of enhanced outcomes achieved in reporting against

Promoting

Independence: Disability

Action Plans for South

Australia

.

80%

60%

N/A NA

40%

20%

0%

Sept

06/07

Dec M ar June

Target

DFC achieved Enhanced Outcomes in five of six outcomes as stated in Promoting Independence: Disability

Action Plans for South Australia – 7 th

Progress Report on Implementation, and reported in December 2007 quarter.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Outcome 5 – Business Capability

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

1%

Strong Governance

Percentage variation between year end projections in the

Executive Management

Report and annual budget (taking into account anticipated DTF budget adjustments).

±2.00% -0.02%

0%

-1%

-2%

-3%

July Oct Jan Apr

2006-07 Target

The unfavourable position throughout the year was caused by the significant growth in the numbers of children

requiring emergency and alternative care. In April 2008, Cabinet approved the budget supplementation to meet these cost pressures which enabled the department to come in on budget.

100%

Effective Partnerships

75%

Percentage of partners that report satisfaction with DFC communication, as reported in the annual

DFC Partner

Satisfaction Survey.

70% 58%

50%

25%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

The original sample size was significantly smaller than this year’s sample. As there have been no significant

changes to the communication process of DFC, it is assumed that the greater sample base has provided a more accurate measure.

Implementation of the Building Capacity Action Plan which incorporates a strong focus on improving

communication and provides an opportunity for a stronger collaborative working relationship.

100%

Integrated Service

Offer

75%

Percentage of staff who report that they have access to the relevant organisational information that they need to do their job well.

N/A 74%

50%

25%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

The staff survey was unable to distinguish staff roles i.e. in customer access points nor those in customer

case management roles. Therefore, the KPI was changed to include all staff who completed the staff survey in

DFC.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

Value Driven

Operation

75%

Percentage of customers reporting that they are satisfied with the overall quality, accessibility and timeliness of service delivery.

N/A 85%

50%

25%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Three of the eight core questions from the Customer Satisfaction Measurement Survey measure these key

drivers.

Overall results – Question 1, satisfaction with overall quality of service (90 per cent); Question 2, satisfaction

with the accessibility (81 per cent); Question 3, satisfaction with the timeliness of service (92 per cent).

These results are from Round 1 of the Customer Satisfaction Baseline Measurement. Round Two results are

due by the end of October 2008.

The baseline measurement is still being established.

100%

Connected Customer

Interaction

75%

Percentage of customers reporting that they were informed of everything they required to get the service or product.

50%

N/A 85%

25%

0%

Sept Dec

2006-07

M ar June

Target

Customer Satisfaction Measurement Survey – overall percentage results for Question 5, customers were

informed of everything they needed to know in order to get what they needed (85 per cent).

These results are from Round 1 of the Customer Satisfaction Baseline Measurement. Round Two results are

due by the end of October 2008.

The baseline measurement is still being established.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Outcome 5 – Our Customers and Communities

KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

100%

90%

Our Customers

70 per cent of customers report they are satisfied with our service.

70% 90%

80%

70%

Housing SA

Families SA

90 per cent aggregated score for 2007-08.

These results are from Round 1.

Further results for 2008 will be gathered in Round 2, due end of October 2008.

We are still in the process of establishing the baseline measurement for DFC.

40%

Concessions

Disability SA

Customer Service

Access and Support

30%

Percentage of Business

Units will measure customer service against agreed

Customer Service

Standards.

N/A 15%

20%

10%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Round 1 surveyed eight out of DFC's 49 Customer Service Centres (409 face to face and 191 phone

interviews).

Three out of 25 other DFC Operational Divisions – Concessions (230 phone interviews); Highgate Park and

Strathmont Centre (50 face to face interviews).

Additional Business Units will be included in Round 2 with results due end of October 2008.

We are still in the process of establishing the baseline measurement for DFC.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

80%

DFC Service Offer

Support and

Promotion

60%

All Business Units describe services, expectations and

N/A 74%

40% obligations in plain, preferred language and in formats that are most

20% commonly used by our customers.

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

In comparison with 2006-07 results, a 40 per cent increase of customer service centre's are displaying the

DFC promotional material i.e. Customer Service Standards posters and multilingual signage.

Evidence suggests, however, that there is not enough information brochures and materials displayed in

customer service centre's to inform customers on current services and non-government organisations.

Top ten DFC brochure list being developed in conjunction with DFC Media and Communications Unit.

90%

Service Culture

All Business Units will measure customer service against agreed

Customer Service

Standards.

87% 87%

60%

30%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Six of the eight core questions are aligned to the Customer Service Standards.

Percentage of customer satisfaction for these questions; Question 2, overall satisfaction with the accessibility

of the service/product (82 per cent); Question 3, overall satisfaction with the amount of time it took to get the service/product (92 per cent); Question 4, being treated fairly (89 per cent); Question 5, informed of everything to get the service/product (85 per cent);Question 6, staff were knowledgeable and competent (84 per cent);Question 7, staff went the extra mile (90 per cent).

These results are from Round 1.

Further results for 2008 will be gathered in Round 2, due end of October 2008.

We are still in the process of establishing the baseline measurement for DFC.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

35

30

25

20

Service Environment

Number of service centres will achieve a

5 Star customer service experience rating.

15

N/A 27%

10

5

0

Five

Stars

Four

Stars

Housing 2007-08

Three

Stars

Two

Stars

One Star

Disability 2007-08

Families 2007-08 2006-07

The second round of 5 Star results show that out of 49 Customer Service Centres, 13 received 5 Stars, 25

received 4 Stars, nine received 3 Stars, one received 2 Stars and nil received 1 Star.

The second round of results was completed in May 2008.

In comparison to last years Round 1 results, 5 extra Customer Service Centres attained 5 Stars this year. As

more Connected Service Centres merge, results may alter.

Customer Service

Recovery

Number of Business

Units that record and report on customer feedback to CSU on a quarterly basis.

The 4 major Operational Divisions include recovery mechanisms in place.

All operational divisions have current feedback and complaints management processes and service recovery

mechanisms which work independently of each other. However, these processes and systems are not consistent across the department and lack an ability to aggregate all captured data for the purpose of reporting requirements to the Minister for Families and Communities, Chief Executive, HCSCC and other levels of management.

The new proposed system will provide joined up responses in relation to a range of captured data including

level of importance, impact, turnaround response times and escalated complaints to the Minister for Families and Communities.

The DFC Customer Feedback and Customer Complaints Management process for the whole of DFC will

capture all data within one system through an online reporting mechanism. The reporting system will record a range of factors such as the seriousness of complaints, systemic problems and conduct of staff.

The range of remedies available depends on the type of feedback or complaint. Where complaints relate to

existing policies outside of the DFC Feedback and Complaints Management policy, the system allows to record, track and report on these complaints however, the process for handling or investigating the complaint will remain in accordance with existing policy and procedure.

The Customer Service Strategy Unit will continue to meet with HCSCC to review progress.

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KPI

Target

(June 2008)

Actual

(June 2008)

Graph

80%

Customer

Engagement and

Customer Knowledge

Number of Business

Units that are implementing a strategy for customer engagement.

60%

N/A 15%

40%

20%

0%

Sept Dec M ar June

2006-07 Target

Percentage of units that currently interact with customers through the CSM baseline measurement.

Charter of Principles endorsed and launched by Minister in November 2007.

Launched on the Community internet site.

Direction Statement with Minister for approval.

Resources for staff being developed.

Target has been achieved or exceeded

Requires attention: the difference between the target and data is less than 10 per cent

Requires urgent and decisive action: the difference between the target and data is greater than 10 per cent

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Human resources and consulting

Valued and well supported employees who know what is expected of them are critical to the success of our business operations. Human resources and consulting provides a range of services to achieve our business objectives through effective human resource management practices and principles. The following information highlights our people management and key human resource achievements during 2007-08.

Workforce Planning

Workforce planning has continued across our department with the publication of a five year DFC

Workforce Plan

in July 2007. We have completed extensive data cleansing, developed quarterly workforce reporting across the department and are continuing to implement a range of strategies as a result of the Workforce Plan.

Human Resources Policy Review

A review of human resources policies and procedures has resulted in the consolidation of many policies and revised procedures, which are now available on our intranet. Appointment and assignment procedures have been revised, and delegations improved to increase business efficiency.

Flexible working arrangements have also been updated and a series of fact sheets to provide employees with information on available options released, including carers rights.

Performance Partnerships

As part of the review of human resource policies and procedures a new performance management system has been developed. The Performance Partnerships the Lets Talk Framework clearly identifies our department’s approach to creating a workplace culture of high performance.

The Framework is underpinned by meaningful conversations about what motivates our employees. It supports a development and professional growth focus and emphasises the importance of ongoing conversations and feedback between employees and their Managers.

Attraction and Recruitment

Recruitment strategies have commenced focusing initially on Families SA country regions to attract a wider pool of applicants. This has included a review of advertising and marketing strategies to promote the benefits of living in regional locations. A dedicated careers page has been developed to host a range of material for prospective job seekers encompassing information on the region, housing options, education, local healthcare and work options for spouse/partner. Marketing of positions in

Disability SA has also commenced and recruitment approaches will continue to extend across our department.

Advertising processes have been streamlined, including the use of online application forms. There is an increased usage of the internet to promote careers in our department and we are currently reviewing the careers page on our internet site to promote our department as an employer of choice. A feedback mechanism has been built into the revised advertising processes.

South Australian Government Youth Training Scheme and Trainee Employment Register

Thirteen trainees have been employed across our department through the South Australian

Government Youth Training Scheme. Our College for Learning and Development delivers qualifications and offers learning support for the duration of the traineeship.

An agreement between our department and the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) has provided an opportunity for the Traineeship Program to support one external trainee towards completing their traineeship. The trainee is funded by DTF and is provided with a placement for the remainder of their traineeship within our department.

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DFC Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2007-2012 ‘Everybody’s Business’

The DFC Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2007-2012 ‘Everybody’s Business’ was launched during

2007-08 following extensive research and internal consultation. The strategy is linked to our Workforce

Plan and focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention, staff development and strategy monitoring.

The Aboriginal Employment team, comprising the Senior Consultant Aboriginal Employment and

Consultant Aboriginal Employment, is involved in building and retaining the Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander workforce across our department. This includes providing consistent attraction and retention advice, input into strategic human resources policy and planning approaches, and working in collaboration with related external partners.

During 2007-08, the program has supported up to seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars and three cadets across our department who are studying Social Work, Psychology, Nursing and

Aboriginal Studies. In addition, a total of five students completed the Wiltja scholarship and graduated

Year 12. The scholarship also contributed towards a cultural trip to New Zealand in October 2007.

South Australian Public Sector Aboriginal Recruitment and Development Strategy and the

Aboriginal Employment Register

Through the DFC Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2007 – 2012 “Everybody’s business” strategies to increase usage of the Aboriginal Employment Initiatives’ Aboriginal register have been implemented.

Various metropolitan and regional locations refer vacancies to the register. These requests are coordinated by the Aboriginal Employment Team to ensure consistency, advice and support throughout the recruitment process.

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy sets targets to increase the number of positions referred to the

Aboriginal Employment Register for Aboriginal focused and mainstream positions. Targeted advertising and recruitment of key positions delivering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services is used, including the use of the Boomerang Network.

Recruitment and selection processes have been reviewed and promoted to support recruitment of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. In addition, attendance at Career Expos such as the

Croc Festival, Nunga Expo and other major significant cultural events promotes employment, careers and scholarships to a wider audience. Links with schools and tertiary education institutions have been established to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in work placements and work experience programs.

Strategy for Employment of People with Disabilities

Our Disability Action Plan reflects targets for employment of people with disabilities. We have reviewed the use of the Disability Employment Register and have developed a series of fact sheets to articulate our strategy for increasing the employment of people with a disability. The fact sheets outline the process required to access the register, dispels myths associated with employing people with a disability and provides information on workplace adjustments/modifications.

Career Exhibitions

Our department participated in a number of career exhibitions and fairs both locally, interstate and for the first time internationally. We visited Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand in conjunction with the

Department of Health to participate in an international Career Fair. The main focus has been on recruitment for critical roles in both Families SA and Disability SA sectors.

The career fairs have resulted in several registrations of interest for positions in our department. We also continue to participate in the South Australian Government Adelaide Make the Move campaigns in both Sydney and Melbourne.

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Competency Based Job and Person Specifications

During 2007-08, we significantly progressed the development of competency based job and person specifications to assist in simplifying the development of recruitment tools. Job families have been established to group roles with similar functions to facilitate learning networks and increase connections between functions across our department. Nine job families have been identified across our department, identifying core behaviours and skills required in particular roles.

The job families model provides structured learning and development pathways for all employees.

Close liaison occurs between the College for Learning and Development and Human Resources to monitor the effectiveness of the job families model and linkages between human resource management practices and the learning and development pathways.

The workforce planning process has also assisted in identifying five core competencies to apply across every job family. The behaviours that help predict successful performance in a particular role are linked to these competencies which are incorporated in the revised job and person specifications.

A competency dictionary is being developed to enable electronic composition of specifications.

Application forms are also used to simplify the recruitment process, reducing the application writing process and assisting in more applicants to consider roles in our department.

Code of Conduct

Our department uses a number of strategies to promote adherence to the principles of the Code of

Conduct for South Australian Public Sector Employees (2005). All new employees undergo an accredited induction program which includes Code of Conduct training. The Respectful Treatment at

Work Policy and Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures have been promoted and implemented across the department to manage all grievances.

Standardised and customised education programs on respectful treatment at work are offered which covers both Respectful Treatment at Work, the Code of Conduct and employee/employer obligations.

In addition a series of fact sheets on respectful treatment at work have been developed.

Regular information updates are provided on the topic of respectful treatment at work via our intranet and the Chief Executive’s Connect newsletter. Mentoring of managers is also provided.

Families SA has delivered specific Code of Conduct training to all regional areas. This training outlines employees’ requirements as public servants. Each section of the Code of Conduct is examined and examples are provided of inappropriate conduct.

Our department has the following policies and practices in place for reporting breaches of the Code of

Conduct:

Respectful Treatment at Work Policy, which also covers grievances associated with administrative decisions

Grievance and Discipline Procedures, which includes grievance/discipline management processes

Whistleblowers Policy and Procedure

Human resources intranet has been updated to make it easier for employees to access relevant policies and procedures

Public Sector Management Act 1995

processes for Notice of Inquiry and preliminary investigations.

Mentoring Program

The DFC Mentoring Program continues to develop and extend beyond the boundaries of traditional mentoring. The program operates online, enabling regional and metropolitan employees to access various discussion boards, on-line conferences and a resource centre.

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The program is unique as it is based on life and career experiences rather than seniority or years of service. Mentor categories have expanded to include discipline specific mentoring. One of our business units using this new initiative is the Project Management Office which provides mentoring opportunities specifically for Project Officers.

Young Professionals Committee

The Young Professionals Committee continues to develop, engaging more under 35’s across a wide cross section of our department. Currently there are just under 1700 young professionals employed, and the Committee itself brings together 12 young people across our business units.

The Committee facilitates young professionals’ development and networking opportunities, with projects such as the highly successful panel discussion event based on Objective 1 SASP, Growing

Prosperity. The panel comprised of prominent people from different areas of expertise, who presented their unique perspectives. The presentations were thought-provoking, and centred on collaboration. It reinforced the contribution young public servants make to the quality of our service to the public.

Alumni Network

An Alumni Network has been established as a key knowledge retention strategy. This Network will assist to retain the breadth of knowledge, skills and experience of past employees. It will also assist in maintaining valuable relationships and in building strong mentoring and coaching.

The Alumni Network is promoted via a dedicated web page and networking opportunities. The official launch will be held in August 2008.

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Workplace statistics

Unless otherwise stated, the following data is provided from the South Australian Public Sector

Workforce Information Collection (WIC) Department for Families and Communities Annual Report

2007-08

. The data was extracted from the Complete Human Resource and Information System and uploaded onto the Workforce Analysis and Comparison Application (WACA) internet site. Data is based on all employees (including casuals) who had a contract of employment during 1 July 2007 to

30 June 2008 (2007-08 pay periods were the reporting parameters).

Employee numbers, gender and status

Persons

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

Number of persons separated from the agency during the 2007-08 financial year

Number of persons recruited to the agency during the 2007-08 financial year

Number of persons on leave without pay at 30 June 2008

Number of employees by gender

6090

5336

981

978

240

Number of employees by salary bracket – Persons

Salary bracket

$0 – $46 399

$46 400 – $58 999

$59 000 – $75 499

$75 500 – $94 999

Male

773

488

425

Female

1867

1223

962

Total

2600

1711

1387

141 198 339

22 31 53

Total 1809 4281 6090

Status of employees in current position – FTEs

Long-Term

Contract

Other (Casual) Total

Total

4782.5 443.2 110.3 0 5336.0

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Status of employees in current position – Persons

Short-Term

Contract

Long-Term

Contract

Other (Casual) Total

Male 1549 100 45 115 1809

Female 3615 388 66 212 4281

Total

5164 488 111 327 6090

Executive contracts – Persons

Number of executives by status in current position, gender and classification

Ongoing

Contract

Tenured

Contract

Untenured

Other (Casual) Total

Classification Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female

EXEC 0 0 1 0 12 16 0 0 13 16

EXEC 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 4 5

EXEC 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 3 4

EXEC 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1

EXEC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Total 0 0 1 0 20 27 0 0 21 27

Source: Data extracted as at 30 June 2008 (not WIC data).

Leave management

Total number of days leave taken

Leave Type

Sick leave

Family carer’s leave

Miscellaneous Special Leave

2004-05

21 550

1 325

2 397

2005-06

26 016

1 754

2 430

2006-07

39 322

3 384

3 352

2007-08

55 700

3 526

5 900

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Workforce diversity – Persons

Number of employees by age bracket by gender

Age Bracket

15 – 19

20 – 24

25 – 29

30 – 34

35 – 39

40 – 44

45 – 49

50 – 54

Male

9

64

146

190

212

209

261

337

Female

16

231

418

459

478

538

653

664

Total

25

295

564

649

690

747

914

1001

% of Total

0.41

4.84

9.26

10.66

11.33

12.27

15.01

16.44

South Australian

Workforce

Benchmark (%)*

6.7

10.7

9.8

9.8

11.1

11.9

12.3

10.6

55 – 59

60 – 64

247

109

537

230

786

338

12.91

5.55

9.1

5.3

65+ 24 57 81 1.33 2.7

Total

1809 4281 6090 100 100

* Source: ABS Australian Demographic Statistics, 6291.0.55.001 Labour Force Status (ST LM8) by sex, age, state, marital status – employed – total from Feb78 Supertable, South Australia at June 2008.

Workforce diversity – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees – Persons

Salary bracket

$0 – $46 399

$46 400 – $58 999

$59 000 – $75 499

$75 500 – $94 999

$95 000+

Aboriginal staff

80

96

42

15

2

Total staff

2600

1711

1387

339

53

Percentage

Aboriginal

3.1

5.6

3.0

4.4

3.8

SASP Target

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

Cultural and linguistic diversity

Male Female Total

% of

Agency

% of South

Australian

Community*

20.3 Number of employees born overseas 447 942 1389 22.8

Number of employees who speak language(s) other than English at home

225 428 653 10.7 16.6

* Benchmarks from ABS Publication Basic Community Profile (South Australia) Cat No. 2001.0, 2006 Census

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Number of employees with disabilities* according to the Commonwealth Disability

Discrimination Act 1992

– Persons

Male Female Total Agency

87 195 282 4.6

Source: Data extracted from Complete Human Resource Information System (CHRIS) as at 30 June 2008, on the basis of those staff who have identified as having a disability agreeing for this information to be included on

CHRIS.

* Definition: Disabilities which are physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory and neurological. A disability can affect a person’s capacity to communicate, interact with others, learn, or get about independently. People with an ongoing disability who have an employment restriction, due to their disability and:

• are restricted in the type of work they could do, or need modified hours of work (either a restriction in hours they can work, different time schedules, or flexible hours of attending); or

• require an employer to provide adaptive equipment, a modified work environment, or make other special work related arrangements; or

• need to be given ongoing assistance or supervision.

Types of employee disabilities – Persons

Psychological / Psychiatric 22 6 28 0.5

Other 13 0.3

Source: Data provided by DFC Online Services from a staff survey distributed in June 2008. Data does not provide an accurate profile of every disability type as the staff survey was voluntary, and, as respondents were anonymous, data can not be tracked to CHRIS data.

Number of employees with ongoing disabilities requiring workplace adaptation – Persons

Male Female Total Agency

41 23 64 1.1

Source: Data provided by DFC Online Services from a voluntary staff survey distributed in June 2008. Data only provides a notional representation of workplace adaptations, and, as respondents were anonymous, data can not be tracked to CHRIS data.

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Performance development

Documented review of individual performance management

Employees with a review within the past 12 months

Employees with a review older than 12 months

Employees with no review

Leadership and management training expenditure

% Total Workforce

21.9

25.3

52.5

Training and Development

Total training and development expenditure

Total leadership and management development expenditure

Accredited training packages

Number of accredited training packages by classification

Classification

Administrative Services Officer – ASO1

Administrative Services Officer – ASO2

Administrative Services Officer – ASO3

Administrative Services Officer – ASO4

Administrative Services Officer – ASO5

Administrative Services Officer – ASO6

Administrative Services Officer – ASO7

Administrative Services Officer – ASO8

Disability Services Officer – DIS1

Disability Services Officer – DIS2

Enrolled Nurse – EN01

Enrolled Nurse – ENDP

Executive Officer – EXEC

Health Ancillary Employee – WHA2

Health Ancillary Employee – WHA3

Health Ancillary Employee – WHA4

Legal Officer – LE03

Total Cost

$5 579 000

$600 000

% of Total Salary

Expenditure

1.41%

29

5

8

2

750

35

13

Number Classification

83

536

194

370

Manager Administrative Services –

MAS3

Operational Services – OPS1

Operational Services – OPS2

Operational Services – OPS3

432

478

73

Operational Services – OPS4

Operational Services – OPS5

Operational Services – OPS6

51

513

Operational Services – OPS7

Operational Services – OPX2

2 639 Operational Services – OPX3

Operational Services – OPX4

Operational Services – OPX5

Professional Officer – PO01

Professional Officer – PO02

Professional Officer – PO03

Professional Officer – PO04

Trainee – TRA1

0.15%

Number

16

83

346

1 094

620

354

41

41

506

250

121

42

794

752

398

32

32

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Vale

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of staff members during 2007-08, including:

Catharine May

Christine Beasley

Denise Hewitt

Maxine Forbes

Tracy Koci

John Farmer

All will be sadly missed by their many friends and colleagues in our department and we express our sincere sympathy to their families.

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Occupational health, safety and welfare

Performance against the elements of Safety in the Public Sector 2007- 2010 Strategy

The Safety in the Public Sector 2007-2010 strategy embeds the Premier’s Zero Harm Vision and underpins SASP target T2.11, greater safety at work. The strategy was implemented to build on the previous Workplace Safety Management Strategy 2004-2006, and provides an across government framework for sustainable safety performance that promotes safety as a means of improving business performance, reducing the human social and financial cost of injury, and the associated impacts on service performance.

Strategy: Sustainable Commitment

How do we demonstrate to our employees and clients that we have a commitment to the Zero Harm Vision and 100 per cent Return to Work?

Zero Harm Vision

The Premier’s Safety in the Public Sector 2007–2010 commitment statement has been implemented and disseminated through our worksites.

The Chief Executive’s Commitment Statement has been implemented and disseminated throughout our worksites.

The Connecting to the Future Strategic Agenda for Department

for Families and Communities 2005-2008

Objective 5 captures safety management as a core business value. Managers are required to implement effective safety management systems and ensure that business is conducted in a way that is safe for employees and the community. Connecting to the Future is scheduled for review as part of the forthcoming business planning cycle.

We have implemented an Occupational Health, Safety and

Welfare and Injury Management (OHS&W) and Injury

Management System Framework that captures the key elements of legislative compliance and integrates health, safety and injury management as a core business value to achieve improved performance outcomes.

100 per cent Return to Work

We have customised and implemented a new Injury

Management System that includes early intervention strategies and a risk assessment process for all new claims.

Our department has a dedicated hotline for managers to promptly report incidents and injuries, thereby enabling the rehabilitation team to assess rehabilitation and return to work support and initiatives.

The rehabilitation team includes a dedicated Vocational Services

Provider whose primary responsibility is to develop opportunities where all other avenues have been exhausted, and coordinate and initiate alternative placements whilst supporting injured employees make a successful transition to an appropriate role.

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What evidence do we have that this commitment by senior executive and management is making a difference to morale and productivity?

What are the key activities that ensure our commitment to the Zero

Harm Vision and 100 per cent Return to Work is preventing injuries, getting people back to safe work and reducing waste?

In what way is this activity contributing to ongoing improvement of our services and the achievement of South Australia’s Strategic Plan?

Senior executives and management actively support rehabilitation and return to work programs that enable work injured employees to access meaningful work within their level of capacity.

We have introduced an endorsed Health and Wellbeing Program that enables employees to participate in corporate health initiatives.

Employees are encouraged and supported to access flexible workplace practices and a Respectful Treatment at Work Policy has been implemented.

A Performance Partnership Program that focuses on workplace goals, individual achievements and learning and developmental opportunities has been implemented.

The DFC College for Learning and Development, a Registered

Training Organisation, conducts a four day corporate induction program and provides a suite of nationally accredited competency based learning programs.

We have customised and implemented a new Injury

Management System that includes early intervention strategies and supports rehabilitation and early return to work within a safe and supported work environment.

A risk assessment process is currently in place that focuses on appropriate strategies to reduce psychological injuries and manual tasks across our department and improve the return to work outcomes.

An Employee Assistance Program is available that provides choice and supports the diversity of the workforce and members of their immediate families.

There has been a reduction in the number of workers compensation claims lodged during 2007-08. The introduction of improved work practices culminate in safer work environments that support employees in the delivery of improved services to our clients.

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Strategy: Financial Accountability

How are the Zero Harm Vision and

100 per cent Return to Work initiatives supported by our financial decision making?

How do we hold decision makers accountable for performance against the requirements of the Zero Harm

Vision and 100 per cent Return to

Work?

What are the strategic investments we have made in this portfolio / agency to prevent loss from avoidable safety, health and welfare incidents?

Have there been other beneficial effects from these investments?

How do we use safety to minimise negative risk and enhance positive opportunities to achieve the objectives of South Australia’s

Strategic Plan?

The funding of internal and external specialist medical, rehabilitation and claims expertise to support our people in health and safety, wellbeing, and injury management matters.

Our safety performance is central to business decision making through the inclusion of safety risk within financial and resource management frameworks.

Financial accountability in the investment for portfolio/agency specific loss prevention and safety improvement strategies.

The Chief Executive, Executive Directors and Senior Managers have performance or partnership plans that include contributing to and achieving SASP greater safety at work target. Regular reviews are conducted and a full performance review is undertaken annually.

Budget holders have the financial accountability for safety performance.

Producing executive reports to enable monitoring and reporting of our health, safety and injury management performance to address risk, trends and implement corrective actions.

We have customised and implemented a new Injury

Management System that includes early intervention strategies and supports rehabilitation and early return to work within a safe and supported work environment.

Dedicated resources to engage specialists with a focus on audit, learning and development, manual handling interventions and claims, rehabilitation and medical expertise.

Purchase and customisation of online OHS&W and Injury

Management learning packages.

The restructure of the injury management system and early intervention strategies have resulted in greater efficiencies, improved performance and a reduction in the number of new claims lodged.

Workers are more skilled, they have more transportable skills, which builds morale and confidence within the employees of our department.

The learning programs accessed by our employees provide access to alternative or promotional employment opportunities which assists our department to be an employer of choice and impacts on retention and health and wellbeing.

Safety is captured within our Risk Management Policy. This includes adoption of the OHS&W and Injury Management

System Framework and related processes that apply risk assessments to prevent, reduce, and/or minimise occupational injury or illness.

Risk management is integrated into all business activities and systems to add value. The OHS&W and Injury Management

System Framework requires managers and employees to capture and apply Risk Management Principles in order to respond to emerging trends or potential risk at the operational level.

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Strategy: Integrated Risk Management

How have we improved our ability to manage the occupational safety and health risks that face the organisation?

The provision of internal and external expertise to support our staff in health, safety, wellbeing and injury management matters.

The regular reporting of performance to executive, management and OHS Committees to identify trends, and implement appropriate corrective treatment plans.

Significant OHS&W risks that are captured within the Risk

Management process are elevated and considered in the development of the DFC Planning and Reporting Framework.

Development and implementation of our OHS&W and Injury

Management Implementation Plan

.

Strategy: Rigorous Evaluation

How is the Portfolio / Agency progressing against the milestones within the Portfolio / Agency implementation plan for the Safety in the Public Sector 2007 – 2010 strategy?

What systems and methods are in place that allow us to realistically and defensibly assess, analyse report and improve our OHS&W performance?

Refer to Table 1, DFC Performance against Safety in the Public

Sector (SIPS) Targets.

The implementation of an OHS&W and Injury Management

Framework System captures our responsibilities and accountabilities. Programs such as workplace inspections, internal audits, incident reporting and investigations, preventative maintenance, early intervention strategies, and corrective actions are regularly applied to improve the OHS&W performance.

Regular analysis of data to identify emerging trends, and provision of comprehensive reports to executive, management and OHS committees on the performance outcomes measured against our department’s objectives and targets.

Regular monitoring of the progress of identified and agreed actions within the DFC divisional business planning cycle.

An internal audit program has been implemented to assess compliance with business systems. Corrective actions and identified system improvements are implemented.

Annual staff, and regular client surveys are conducted and the results used to provide feedback on service levels that also provide opportunities for improvement.

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Table 1:

Target

DFC Performance against Safety in the Public Sector (SIPS) Targets

Performance

12 months to end of June 2008 *

Actual

Notional

Quarterly

Target **

Variation

0 0 0

519 536 -17

1. Workplace Fatalities

2. New Workplace Injury Claims

3. New Workplace Injury Claims

Rate

4. Lost Time Injury Frequency

***

5. New Psychological Injury

Claims

6. Rehabilitation and Return to

Work:

Base

2005-06

Numbers

or %

0

595

Final

Target

Numbers or %

0

476 within two days

6b. within five days

6c. Return to work within

five

7. Claim Determination:

7a. Claims determined in ten business days

7b. Claims still to be

determined

three after months

8. Income Maintenance

75% or more

2006-07 Injuries

(at 24 months development)

$2 589 447 $1 943 669 $645 778

Below previous two years average

2007-08 Injuries

(at 12 months development)

$637 610 $925 120 -$287 510

Below previous two years average

* Except for target 8 which is year to date. For targets 5, 6c, 7a and 7b performance is measured up to the previous quarter to allow reporting lag.

** Based on cumulative reduction from base at a constant quarterly figure.

*** Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate: Injury frequency rate for new lost time injury/disease for each one million hours worked. This frequency rate is calculated for benchmarking and is used by the

WorkCover Corporation.

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Key Organisational Activities and OHS&W and Injury Management Outcomes

Corporate Strategic Plan

OHS&W and Injury Management are integrated into all aspects of our business operations. We have in place the following documents in which OHS&W and Injury Management are integrated:

2007-08 Business Plan

The Next Steps 2007 (the link between the Strategic Agenda and the Annual Plan)

DFC OHS&W & IM Implementation Plan 2008-2010

Making it Happen: Culture, Values and Behaviours

OHS&W and Injury Management Action Plan Outcomes

A signed copy of the Chief Executive’s Safety Commitment 2008 Statement has been circulated and is available on our intranet site. A copy of the DFC OHS&W & IM Implementation Plan 2008-2010 is also available to staff from our intranet site.

Consultative Arrangements

OHS&W Committee structures are in place across our department. The DFC OHS&W Peak

Committee is supported by divisional strategic and local committees who meet on a regular basis, and the structure consists of both management and employee representation. All information is updated, circulated, and posted on our department’s intranet site.

OHSW committees receive regular reports on workers compensation performance, outcomes against targets, accident/incident data, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) usage. Regular reports and meetings occur with the EAP providers and an annual Staff Climate Survey is conducted with results and resulting actions published and available to all employees. Industrial Liaison Forums are held across the department, and with each of the divisions, as per the agreed schedule.

The consultative processes extend to OHS&W committees and registered associations through regular scheduled forums, with membership consisting of management, employee and industrial representatives, and all major policies and guidelines are referred to them for comment.

Claims Resources

We have a centralised injury management team who are appropriately qualified and experienced in the field of administering and managing the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986.

Table 2: OHS Notices and Corrective Action taken

Number of notifiable occurrences pursuant to OHS&W Regulations Division 6.6

Number of notifiable injuries pursuant to OHS&W Regulations Division 6.6

Number of notices served pursuant to OHS&W Act s35, s39 and s40

(default, improvement and prohibition notices)

Comment: System improvements have been implemented to address the notifiable occurrences during the reporting period.

2

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Table 3: Workers Compensation Expenditure for 2007-08 compared with 2006-07

%

Change

+ (-)

43% Income maintenance

Lump sum settlements redemptions

(Section 42)

Lump sum settlements permanent disability

(Section 43)

Medical/hospital costs combined

Other

$5 261 226

$3 126 508

$1 129 942

$3 673 011

$448 460

$689 015

$1 588 214

$2 678 048

$440 926

597%

64%

$2 425 981

$849 270

$1 918 502

$559 791

$507 479

$289 479

26%

52%

Total claims expenditure $12 792 928 $7 288 781 $5 504 147 76%

Comment: The increase in expenditure in section 42 lump sum redemption payments is due to a targeted approach to finalise some long term workers compensation claims. A corresponding increase in section 43 lump sum payments is also attributed to the finalisation of the long term claims. The contributing factor to the 47 per cent increase in total income maintenance expenditure is mainly due to the increase in the number of psychological injury claims lodged. This is also reflected in the increase in total claims expenditure reported in Table 4.

Table 4: Total Claims Expenditure and Income Maintenance paid by Divisions 2007-08

Domiciliary Care SA

DFC Central

Disability SA

HomeStart Finance

Families SA

Housing SA

Total paid

2007-08

$858 577

Total paid

2006-07

$476 441

$450 313 $94 256

$5 757 701 $3 962 357

$153 $972

$4 853 917 $2 597 823

$872 267 $343 110

Variation

80%

378%

45%

-84%

87%

154%

Income paid

2007-08

$283 676

Income

2006-07

$222 078

$181 134 $34 033

$1 929 073 $2 004 970

$0 $0

$2 446 249 $1 364 468

$421 092 $162 833

Variation

28%

432%

-4%

0%

79%

159%

Total $12 792 931 $7 474 962 71% $5 261 226 $3 788 383 39%

Comment: There has been an overall increase of 71 per cent in total claims expenditure, which is significantly influenced by a strategic approach to finalise a number of long term workers compensation claims. This approach will reduce the department’s long term liability.

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Table 5: Total New Claims Lodged and Number of New Claims Receiving Income

Maintenance Payments by Divisions 2007-08

Domiciliary Care SA

DFC Central

New claims

2007-08

34

14

New claims

2006-07

52

14

Variation

-34.62%

0%

New income

2007-08

25

13

Disability 5.88%

New income claims

2006-07

Variation

39

3

-35.90%

333.33%

Families SA 117 159 -26.42% 84 59 42.37%

Total

Comment: We have achieved an overall 11 per cent reduction in the number of new claims lodged, and a six per cent reduction to claim numbers where income maintenance was paid.

Effects of Working Conditions on Employees

Significant workplace changes or working conditions relating to a maximum three year period of registration, and the manner in which employee safety and wellbeing is impacted, has been addressed. During the registration period significant changes will occur in regard to employment arrangements as a result of the implementation of shared services across government. This will see the transition of a number of staff to an alternative employer and worksite. It will also result in changes to work systems within the department. A major change management process has begun planning to ensure that staff are effectively consulted on these changes.

During this period, preparation will occur for the next round of enterprise bargaining that may lead to some changes in employment arrangements. This is an across government process, which is closely managed by required industrial consultation procedures.

Views of Registered Associations

Registered associations are consulted through structured arrangements as per Section 3.5.9 of the

Code of Conduct for self-insurers. Our Industrial Liaison Committee, with representation of major unions, senior executive and each division has an industrial relations forum to consult recognised employee representatives and executives about industrial matters, and those affecting staff and the workplace. In addition, individual consultations are established in response to any major changes.

Evaluation Findings and Partnership Plan

WorkCover Partnership Plan and DFC WorkCover Partnership Action Plan 2008-09 were submitted by

WorkCover Evaluator on 2 June 2008.

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Safety Performance Targets

The following safety performance targets, to be achieved by 2010, have been adopted by our department as per the Safety in the Public Sector 2007-2010 strategy: zero fatalities

20 per cent reduction in total new workplace injury claims

20 per cent reduction in new workplace injury claims frequency rate

20 per cent reduction in lost time injury frequency rate

20 per cent reduction in new psychological claims

80 per cent of new claims assessed within two business days of a workplace manager/supervisor being notified of the injury

80 per cent of rehabilitation commenced within five business days of an assessment of rehabilitation required being made

75 per cent returned to work within five business days

75 per cent of new claims determined within ten business days

• three per cent of new claims still to be determined after three months

• injury management payment below the average of previous two years.

To achieve these targets we will: further develop and implement the DFC Injury Management System further develop and implement the DFC OHSW&IM Policy Framework improve treatment to mitigate risks to people’s health, safety and wellbeing improve prevention of occupational injury and illness, in particular psychological health, manual tasks and, slips, trips and falls improve sustained return to work and rehabilitation strategies and a provision of safe work places integrate all divisions of our department into one OHSW&IM system train, support and motivate employees to identify and manage hazards effectively improve communication and consultation processes across our department monitor, review and continuously improve our OHSW&IM systems and programs.

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Health and wellbeing of employees

We have a Health and Wellbeing Program as part of Workforce Health and Safety, which is designed to include programs that encourage a more positive state of physical, mental and social wellbeing amongst employees. The Program focuses on six key elements which make up a person’s wellbeing.

These are financial, caring, creative, community, social and physical.

Our commitment to the health and wellbeing of all employees is reflected through the following programs and initiatives:

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) delivers counselling and support services through the service provider Cognition, to any employee or an immediate family member seeking assistance with a challenging issue or seeking to improve their health and well being. We have also contracted the

Sacred Site Within Healing Centre to provide choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees wanting to access counselling services through EAP.

Voluntary Influenza Immunisation Program

Influenza is a highly contagious virus that disrupts the lives of millions of Australian workers each year.

Between May and the end of June 2008, we offered a free flu vaccination to all employees through our voluntary Influenza Immunisation Program. The total voluntary flu vaccinations taken up by employees were 1548. This figure does not include regional employees as they use their local general practitioners with the respective business units covering the medical gap.

Tour Down Under

During the 2008 Tour Down Under 3403 amateur and recreational cyclists rode Stage 4 from Mannum to Strathalbyn. 36 riders from DFC Corporate, Housing SA, Disability SA, Domiciliary Care SA and

Families SA, supported by our department, participated in the stage as ‘Team Connect’.

Corporate Cup

Our department promotes increased physical activity amongst staff members by encouraging the formation of teams to participate in the annual Corporate Cup. This not only improves personal fitness and wellbeing but can also act as a team building experience.

Gym membership

Staff are provided with the opportunity to access corporate gym offers from the Next Generation Gym,

Choice Fitness at Hyatt Regency Adelaide, or EFM Health Clubs.

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Learning and development

The DFC College for Learning and Development was created to support the ongoing learning for staff employed in our department. Expected outcomes of the College include the development of a highly skilled and productive workforce, increased job satisfaction, retention, succession planning and the ability to issue national qualifications to our staff.

The College has taken responsibility as a one stop shop for all aspects of Contracts of Training in our department to ensure effective monitoring, processing of claims and audit trials are in place.

In September 2006 the College became a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). As an enterprise

RTO the College claimed State User Choice funds as well as Commonwealth Incentives funds. In

August 2007, after consultation with unions, new staff on full time employment offers of longer than 12 months were offered a Contract of Training. Contracts of Training enable us to access State User

Choice funds as well as Commonwealth Incentive funding, which are utilised by DFC to support ongoing strategic business needs.

Since becoming an RTO a total of 862 parchments which align to the strategic business needs of DFC have been issued to staff in the following qualifications:

Certificate II in Community Services Work

Certificate II in Disability Work

Certificate III in Government

Certificate III in Government (specialising in Business Excellence)

Certificate III in Government (specialising in Management)

Certificate III in Government (specialising in Client Information)

Certificate III in Disability Work

Certificate IV in Disability Work

Certificate IV in Community Services (Protective Care)

Certificate IV in Youth Work (Juvenile Justice)

Certificate IV in Community Services (Financial Counselling)

Diploma of Statutory Child Protection

During 2007-08, 653 parchments were issued achieving a 218 per cent result against the target set of

300 parchments.

Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Business (Front Line Management) have been added to our scope of registration. This allows us to deliver programs such as Project Management, Contract

Management and Risk Management, all aligned to DFC policies and practices and critical skills and knowledge required to support DFC business practices.

The College aims to have 610 graduates in 2008-09 from a range of qualifications. Learning programs to meet the strategic business needs of Domiciliary Care SA will be implemented during 2008-09.

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Volunteers

The contribution of volunteers is critical to the successful delivery of services across all areas of our department. We are committed to contributing to the achievement of SASP target T5.6, to maintain the high level of volunteering in South Australia at 50 per cent participation rate or higher. We value the contribution that volunteers make and listen to volunteers to learn how we can best support them in their tasks.

The Volunteers Unit, formed in December 2005, has a facilitating and coordinating role in developing agency wide volunteer policy, operational guidelines and standard recognition and acknowledgement procedures for volunteers. (The Unit has also identified the development of common information collation and retrieval processes as being essential to managing the volunteers who give their time and energy so freely.) As at June 2008, there were 1267 volunteers across Disability SA (942 volunteers), Families SA (210), Domiciliary Care SA (70) and Housing SA (45).

Our volunteers are managed in a manner consistent with the National standards for involving volunteers in not for profit organisations and our volunteering policy and Mutual Obligation Charter apply to all of our funded agencies. We provide volunteers with safe, meaningful tasks and well managed workplaces with clearly stated rules, rights, and responsibilities. The necessary legal safeguards are in place to protect volunteers while carrying out their duties and we trust the sensitivity and discretion of volunteers and their regard for confidentiality requirements. Volunteers are promptly reimbursed where expenses are incurred in the course of their volunteer work.

We are also committed to recognising volunteers for their efforts. Since January 2006 eight major awards ceremonies have been held. Volunteers of Families SA were recognised by His Excellency the

Governor at an awards ceremony at Government House on 6 December 2007. On Tuesday 18 March

2008, 32 Housing SA volunteers received awards presented by the Minister for Housing at the

Housing SA Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, held at Parliament House. The majority of award recipients were Housing SA tenants who participated in the five regional advisory boards. The volunteers support tenants in accessing information and representing customers and their housing issues. Volunteers on the Salisbury North Urban Improvement Project Reference Group were also recognised for their contribution. The most recent ceremony was held for volunteers of Disability SA on 18 May 2008 at the Zoological Gardens.

Similarly, Domiciliary Care SA celebrates the efforts of their volunteers by an annual recognition

Christmas lunch and certificates for long serving members on completion of terms of service.

Domiciliary Care SA also supports five consumer committees with more than 70 volunteer clients and carer members who use their services. Relevant external training is offered to any interested members and all groups receive annual orientation information and regular presentations by senior managers and Executives to inform them about internal policy debates and decisions.

DFC doing more

A volunteer from a Families SA District Centre was pleasantly surprised by how her contribution was acknowledged by the department during the National Volunteer Week. The activities arranged during the week made the volunteer feel appreciated and valued. It made her feel part of the team and provided motivation for her to continue to volunteer with Families SA.

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Governance arrangements

Governance principles

Our department is guided by the following seven governance principles.

The Minister is accountable to the community for the delivery of efficient and effective services that respond to the community’s needs. During 2007-08, our department was responsible to:

Hon Jay Weatherill MP

Minister for Families and Communities

Minister for Housing

Minister for Ageing

Minister for Disability

2. Chief Executive Accountability

Effective governance arrangements are those that ensure an unimpeded accountability chain between the Minister and the Chief Executive, and between the Chief Executive and the department’s executive management.

3. Citizen/Customer Centred Services

The most complex and intractable problems for individuals, families and communities require joined up responses and collaboration across functional boundaries. Effective governance arrangements are those that support seamless partnerships over time between the provider and the customer: a continuum of care and support when needed by individuals and families, with no-one falling between the cracks.

Information on customer needs, including unmet needs, determines the Government’s investment priorities and strategies for the allocation of funds. Good governance keeps service delivery policy, strategy and standards within the accountability chain from the Minister to Chief Executive, that is, under the direct control of the Chief Executive.

4. Voice of the Citizen

Effective governance arrangements are those that give a voice to customers, carers, advocates and other stakeholders. Governments are elected by the citizens, the electoral mandate being the most powerful determinant of government policies, but not the only one.

In the provision of community services, the non-government sector is often well placed to deliver services that are in touch with special needs, are locally and community based, that build individual and community capacity, encourage altruistic and philanthropic endeavour and tap community resources.

Effective governance arrangements are those that clearly define roles and responsibilities in funding arrangements between government agencies and their community sector partners, including accountability for funding outcomes. They enable transfer of responsibility and greater risk sharing between government and non-government partners as the capacity to manage is developed.

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6. Operating Commercially to Deliver Public Value

Commercial public enterprises that deliver social goods need to have the necessary level of independence to foster commercial enterprise and deliver a return on investment. In these cases, the application of sound commercial practices will maximise value to government and to the community without diminishing accountability.

Effective governance arrangements are those that enable public enterprises to deliver on their mandate as determined by the government without undue interference, at arms length, but with transparency and disclosure protocols embedded that mitigate risk and protect the public interest.

Agencies that are responsible for maintaining, acquiring and developing assets, such as housing stock, require funding flexibility to accommodate capital projects, often large and with long lead times.

Flexibility supports the capacity to pursue investment opportunities, often in partnership with the private sector.

Effective governance arrangements are those that ensure that control of the asset is vested in the hands of the asset owner, along with responsibility for asset management strategy and policy. Funding arrangements must be reportable and transparent, but not necessarily tied to annual capital budget cycles.

Internal governance bodies

In 2007-08, there were ten major corporate governance structures. These have scope that are organisation wide or cover substantial parts of the organisation.

Big Group

The Big Group meets every six weeks to share information and knowledge, debate issues and make decisions linked to our strategic directions. Membership of the body includes all Executives, key

Managers and specific functional staff.

Monday Morning Management Meeting (MMMM)

MMMM’s occur every Monday, except in the week following Big Group or on public holidays, to share information and discuss issues. Chaired by the Chief Executive, membership of the body includes

Executives and selected Managers.

Strategic Finance Committee

The Strategic Finance Committee meets monthly to monitor the performance of the department budget, consider new initiatives and determine budget strategies. The Committee’s focus is on both capital and operating budget performance.

Risk Management and Audit Committee

The Risk Management and Audit Committee meets five to six times a year to: determine the internal audit program review internal audit and Auditor-General reports oversee the risk management function and operations of our department.

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Direct Service Executive

The Direct Service Executive meets monthly to:

• lead the strategic directions and style for connected services for our customers and ensure staff are clear about these frameworks

• develop and lead a common service delivery culture increase the level of connected service delivery and sponsor related best practice set privacy and other business process rules and remove barriers to connected services encourage flexibility in connected service delivery models as appropriate to respective communities of interest provide a forum for debate on new or revised program and policy initiatives from DFC central office which impact on major direct service delivery agencies.

Indirect Service Executive

The Indirect Service Executive meets monthly to:

• ensure the strategic directions are integrated and promoted through policy development, service

• planning, modelling and funding promote a culture of partnership with the non-government sector, to develop quality assurance, best practice and community engagement strategies identify and facilitate opportunities for regional ‘joined up’ service planning and delivery across

• program areas, non-government organisations and DFC direct service providers promote developments in program policies, practices, systems and service delivery models ensuring coordination, efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and responsiveness to changing needs connect inter-government relations and reforms in all DFC program areas and other related portfolios engage with the Service Delivery Executive to progress our departmental reform agenda for improved citizen services, including connected service centres for easier and simplified access and assessment.

Accredited Procurement Unit

The Accredited Procurement Unit meets weekly to oversee procurement operations to: ensure a strategic approach to procurement ensure probity, accountability and transparency provide for ethical and fair treatment.

ICT Council and ICT Technical Committee

The ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Council and ICT Technical Committee meets monthly to discuss ICT strategy and program advice and ICT policies, standards and practices.

DFC Peak Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Steering Committee

The Occupational Heath and Safety Steering Committee meets quarterly in relation to the strategic oversight of our department’s workplace safety management plan.

Industrial Liaison Committee

The Industrial Liaison Committee meets bi-monthly to address industrial issues with departmental wide impact and addresses issues that have not been resolved at the Divisional Industrial Liaison

Forums.

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Legislation

Acts and Regulations administered by the department at 30 June 2008:

Families and Communities portfolio

Adoption Act 1988

Adoption Regulations 2004

Carers Recognition Act 2005

Child Protection Review (Powers and Immunities) Act 2002

Children's Protection Act 1993

Children's Protection Regulations 2006

Commission of Inquiry (Children in State Care and Children on APY Lands) Act 2004

Family and Community Services Act 1972

Family and Community Services Regulations 1996

Housing portfolio

Housing Agreement Act 1991

Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) (HomeStart Finance)

Regulations 2007

Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) (South Australian Aboriginal Housing

Authority Dissolution) Regulations 2007

Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) (South Australian Urban Projects

Authority Dissolution) Regulations 1997

Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) Act 1995

Housing Improvement (Section 60 statements) Regulations 2001

Housing Improvement (Standards) Regulations 2007

Housing Improvement Act 1940

South Australian Co-operative and Community Housing (Associated Land Owners) Regulations 2002

South Australian Co-operative and Community Housing (Electoral Procedures) Revocation

Regulations 2007

South Australian Co-operative and Community Housing (General) Regulations 2007

South Australian Co-operative and Community Housing (Housing Associations) Regulations 1996

South Australian Co-Operative and Community Housing (Housing Co-operatives – Investment

Shares) Regulations 2007

South Australian Co-operative and Community Housing Act 1991

South Australian Housing Trust (Abandoned Goods) Regulations 1995

South Australian Housing Trust (General) Regulations 1995

South Australian Housing Trust (Water Rates) Regulations 1995

South Australian Housing Trust Act 1995

Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

Supported Residential Facilities Regulations 1994

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Ageing portfolio

Aged Citizens Clubs (Subsidies) Act 1963

Office for the Ageing Act 1995

Retirement Villages Act 1987

Retirement Villages Regulations 2006

Disability portfolio

Disability Services Act 1993

Julia Farr Services (Trusts) Act 2007

Boards, committees and trusts

Boards, committees and trusts meeting one or more of the following criteria are required to be

• recorded on the Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS), administered by the Boards and

Committees Unit, DPC: the board is established by or under an Act of the Parliament of South Australia one or more members of the board receives remuneration, whether statutory or non-statutory the responsible Minister has expressed a specific desire for the board to be listed on the database.

Our department provided administrative support to the following boards, committees and trusts listed on BCIS, as at 30 June 2008.

Families and Communities portfolio

Board / Committee /

Trust

Function Achievement/s

Charitable and Social

Welfare Fund Board

(Community Benefit SA)

The Charitable and Social Welfare

Fund, also known as Community

Benefit SA (CBSA), was established under Section 73B of the Gaming

Machines Act 1992.

The Charitable and Social Welfare Fund Board, under the direction of the Minister for

Families and Communities, oversees and provides direction for the Fund and approves the funding provided through CBSA. For further information on CBSA refer to page 54.

Five projects were provided total funding of $700 000 per year by the CBSA Special Family Support

Grants to deliver intensive family support services in four high need areas.

Modifications to the CBSA funding guidelines, giving high priority to funding projects that provide support to disadvantaged families with children.

In 2007-08, CBSA funded 258 one off projects for a total of

$3.5 million.

Child Death and

Serious Injury Review

Committee

The Child Death and Serious Injury

Review Committee makes recommendations to the Minister for

Families and Communities which identify legislative or administrative means of contributing to the prevention of death or serious injury to children.

For information on the achievements of the Child Death and

Serious Injury Review Committee, refer to the Committee's Annual

Report accessible at www.cdsirc.sa.gov.au.

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Board / Committee /

Trust

Dame Roma Mitchell

Trust Fund for Children and Young People

Board

State Emergency Relief

Fund Committee

The Council for the

Care of Children

Function Achievement/s

The Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People Board was established to oversee the Dame

Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People. The Board has responsibility for ensuring appropriate procedures are in place for the allocation of grants, including reviewing applications, recommending the level of funding for successful applicants to the Public Trustee and reporting. For further information on the Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People refer to page 53.

The State Emergency Relief Fund

Committee administers the statutory fund (s 37 Emergency Management

Act 2004

) which disburses donated money to victims of emergencies and disasters.

The Council for the Care of Children:

• advises the Government on the rights and interests of children

• reviews and advises the Minister for

Families and Communities on the care and protection of children

• reports on Government progress to keep children safe and healthy and ensure learning and recreational opportunities

• promotes the safe care of children including children in the care of the

Minister, Aboriginal children, and children with disabilities.

• Development of board funding criteria. feedback developed and implemented.

• Trial of web based application.

• Streamlined application and assessment process, including data management.

• Arrangements were finalised, with the assistance of the Public

Trustee, to establish a trust for each of the children of the victims of the Gladstone factory explosion.

• The State Emergency Relief Fund

Committee disbursed publicly donated monies to those who suffered injury, loss or damage as a result of the storm in the

Renmark area in January 2007.

For information on the achievements of the Council for the

Care of Children, refer to the Council's

Annual Report, accessible at www.childrensa.sa.gov.au.

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Housing portfolio

Board / Committee /

Trust

Homes for 100 Project

Committee

HomeStart Finance

Asset and Liability

Committee

HomeStart Finance

Audit Committee

Function Achievement/s

The Homes for 100 Project Committee is a partnership between the State

Government and Bedford Industries in a $10 million joint project to create homes for people with disabilities.

The HomeStart Finance Asset and

Liability Committee is responsible for:

• managing HomeStart’s net interest

• margin monitoring HomeStart’s Treasury policies to ensure their adherence to global practice and their relevance, within Government, to

HomeStart reviewing and approving changes in asset pricing policy and policy setting managing HomeStart’s capital base managing the Risk Transfer

Vehicle, a division of HomeStart established to protect the organisation from residual mortgage default risk arising from loans written since 1 July 2000.

The primary responsibilities of the

Audit Committee include:

• reviewing the financial reporting

• processes and outputs monitoring the risk management plan and framework and the status of risks

• reviewing compliance with relevant laws and regulations

• monitoring the internal and external audit function.

Purchased and modified seven newbuild properties to provide shared supported accommodation for a number of clients with low and moderate support needs.

Identified and quarantined three allotments for development.

Continued to explore innovative application of funds through the development of various models that includes the Bedford Social

Landlords model and the National

Rental Affordability Scheme which aims to increase the supply of affordable rental housing.

For information on the achievements of the HomeStart Finance Asset and

Liability Committee, refer to the

HomeStart Finance Annual Report

2007-08

, accessible at www.homestart.com.au.

For information on the achievements of the HomeStart Finance Audit

Committee refer to the HomeStart

Finance Annual Report 2007-08

, accessible at www.homestart.com.au.

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Board / Committee /

Trust

HomeStart Finance

Board of Management

Housing and Urban

Development Advisory

Committee

Function Achievement/s

Members of the HomeStart Board of

Management are appointed by the

Governor for a term not exceeding three years. Board members are independent of the organisation with the primary responsibility of the board focused on:

• corporate accountability strategic planning monitoring and policy development.

The Housing and Urban Development

Advisory Committee is a joint committee with the Minister for

Housing and the Minister for Urban

Development and Planning. The

Committee:

• promotes in camera discussions between Government and the

• private sector in the housing and development industries jointly advises the Minister for

Housing and the Minister for Urban

Development and Planning on housing and strategic urban development matters.

Housing Appeal Panel

The Housing Appeal Panel:

• hears appeals from public housing customers about decisions made by Housing SA under its

• operational policy and procedures hears applications for appeal from members and member/tenants of

Community Housing Organisations

(CHO) against decisions of the

CHO hears applications for appeal from individuals whose application for membership to a CHO has been

• rejected provides an independent administrative review of decisions makes recommendations to the

Minister for Housing regarding the application for appeal.

For information on the achievements of the HomeStart Finance Board of

Management refer to the HomeStart

Finance Annual Report 2007-08

, accessible at www.homestart.com.au.

Considered issues associated with the Planning Review and implementation of new national initiatives in affordable housing.

Provided advice on proposed definitions for ‘medium’ and ‘high’ density development and South

Australian Growth Areas.

Considered the impact of recent

Supreme Court judgements on development in South Australia.

376 internal appeals were received with 43 per cent of Housing SA decisions upheld.

79 appeals were concluded by the

Panel with 61 per cent of decisions affirmed.

Introduction of amendments to the

South Australian Co-operative and

Community Housing Act 1991.

Development of Fact Sheets and

Guidelines by Housing SA’s Office for Community Housing.

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Board / Committee /

Trust

Minister’s Strategic

Housing Advisory

Committee

South Australian

Affordable Housing

Trust Board of

Management

South Australian

Housing Trust Board of

Management

South Australian

Housing Trust Board of

Management Audit

Sub-committee

and families.

Function Achievement/s

The Minister’s Strategic Housing

Advisory Committee (MSHAC) provides strategic advice to the

Minister for Housing from the nongovernment sector on directions and issues across the whole of housing.

The South Australian Affordable

Housing Trust (SAAHT) Board of

Management was created to help deliver more affordable homes for

South Australians who are locked out of the housing market, by meeting the housing needs of low-income workers

The South Australian Housing Trust

(SAHT) Board of Management undertakes the functions of, and the

Corporate Governance role for, the

South Australian Housing Trust Act

1995

for the Trust on behalf of the

Minister for Housing.

The Audit Sub-committee oversees internal audit, the risk management framework and business review processes on behalf of the South

Australian Housing Trust Board.

A series of consultations were held to gather information from the community to better inform the advice provided to the Minister.

The chair of MSHAC was appointed as a member of the

Housing and Urban Development

Advisory Committee, to provide an interface between the planning and development process and human/social services.

The SAAHT Board of Management met nine times during 2007-08 and oversaw the:

• development of Affordable Housing

Innovations Fund (AHIF)

• progression of large scale affordable housing developments

(over 20 potential renewal sites

• were investigated in 2007-08 with a smaller number of sites undergoing pre-feasibility work) development of affordable housing practice within local government.

During 2007-08, the SAHT Board

• met 11 times entered into a Performance

Agreement with Housing SA to undertake housing services on

• behalf of the SAHT continually monitored the performance of Housing SA under this agreement and the financial position of SAHT approved the budget and Business

Plan.

The Audit Sub-committee met four times during 2007-08 and:

• approved the Internal Audit Plan reviewed the South Australian

Housing Trust’s annual accounts

• addressed Internal Audit and

External Audit management reports

• monitored our department’s strategic risk management process.

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Board / Committee /

Trust

Westwood Urban

Renewal Project

Committee

Function Achievement/s

The Westwood Urban Renewal

Project Committee was established in

1999 in accordance with the Project

Agreement for Westwood, and will continue to meet for the duration of the project.

The role of the project committee is to monitor performance against objectives and the various legal documents which guide the project, namely:

Project Agreement (and subsequent amending

• agreements)

Government Commitment Deed

Council Commitment Deed

Macquarie Bank Limited Deed.

The project committee has a clear and specific role in bringing together the separate obligations and responsibilities, and related interests of the South Australian Housing Trust and Urban Pacific Limited.

The Westwood Urban Renewal

Project Committee continues to fulfill its obligations under the Westwood

Project Agreement.

Ageing portfolio

Board / Committee /

Trust

Ministerial Advisory

Board on Ageing

Function Achievement/s

The Ministerial Advisory Board on

Ageing was established under the

Office for the Ageing Act 1995

to provide the Minister for Ageing with advice on policy, planning and services. This includes monitoring and advising on the impact of government policies on older people and conducting consultations on issues of importance.

Contributed to the administration of annual Grants for Seniors and

Positive Ageing Development

Grants.

Continued to provide support for the implementation of Improving

with Age – Our Ageing Plan for

South Australia

.

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Disability portfolio

Board / Committee /

Trust

Function Achievement/s

Minister’s Disability

Advisory Council

The Minister's Disability Advisory

Council was officially appointed on

3 December 2007 to provide high-level advice to the Minister for Disability on issues affecting people with a disability and to provide input into the development of government policy.

In February 2008 the Council received their first reference from the Minister for Disability on the topic of self-managed funding.

In May 2008 the Council provided the Minister for Disability with strategic advice on ways forward, including a possible consultation process.

Disability Advisory Council of South Australia

The following portfolio boards, committees and trusts concluded in 2007-08:

South Australian Aboriginal Housing Authority Board of Management

South Australian Community Housing Authority Audit Sub-committee

South Australian Community Housing Authority Board

South Australian Community Housing Authority Board of Management

South Australian Community Housing Authority Finance Sub-committee

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Risk management and internal audit

Risk management

Risk Management is critical to the effective management of an organisation’s sound governance and management practice. The ability to effectively manage the potential risks facing an organisation and to exploit opportunities is the difference between a successful organisation and one that stagnates or fails. In recognising this, we have developed the Department for Families and Communities Risk

Management Policy and Framework

which is based on the generic Australian/New Zealand Standard on Risk Management (AS/NZS 4360:2004).

The policy makes all Executives accountable for the effective implementation of the Risk Management

Policy and Framework

which aims to protect and enhance resources while supporting the achievement of our department’s objectives. In addition, the Workplace Safety Management in the SA

Public Sector: 2004-2006 Implementation Plan

outlines the requirement that all Executives and

Managers are trained in the use of the AS/NZS 4360 Risk management, for the purpose of establishing integrated reporting systems.

In 2007-08, the Risk Management and Audit Committee met on six occasions to consider:

• our department’s key strategic and operational risks and associated risk mitigation strategies identified as part of the risk management process the results of internal audits and special investigations completed progress made in implementing outstanding agreed audit actions the financial statements of our department.

Internal audit

The internal audit function is to carry out the analysis and independent appraisal on the adequacy and effectiveness of the departments risk management and internal control systems. The internal audit function is independent to the external audit function.

Internal Audit develops relationships with management to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the operations of the department. Internal

Audit helps the department accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to investigate, evaluate and advise on the effectiveness and efficiency of all mission critical business processes, focussing on process deliverables, risk and knowledge management, key performance indicators, macro and micro control, and governance processes.

Privacy

All divisions and staff of our department are bound by the Code of Fair Information Practice. The Code contains the privacy principles which guide the collection, use, disclosure and handling of personal information. Statutory authorities such as the South Australian Housing Trust are not bound by the

Code. The South Australian Housing Trust is bound by a similar but not identical set of privacy principles which were originally issued by the State Government as Cabinet Administrative Instruction

1/89 and then re-issued on 30 July 1992 as DPC Circular No. 012 Information Privacy Principles

Instruction

.

In addition, there are specific legislative provisions on handling information in relation to specific areas of work or in specific circumstances, for example in the Children’s Protection Act 1993, Adoption Act

1988

or Disability Services Act 1993. These legislative requirements take precedence over the Code or the Cabinet Instruction.

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HomeStart also complies with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth), in particular

Part IIIA (which regulates credit providers and credit reporting) and the Credit Reporting Code of

Conduct

.

Procurement

Procurement involves the management of our purchase of goods, services and works to ensure that

• value for money outcomes are achieved in accordance with Government and State Procurement

Board policies and departmental guidelines. Procurement within the South Australian Government is underpinned by three principles: obtaining value in the expenditure of public money providing for ethical and fair treatment of participants ensuring probity, accountability and transparency in procurement operations.

We operate a robust, responsive and transparent procurement governance regime that supports the objectives of the State Procurement Act 2004. The Procurement and Contract Management Unit

(PCMU) is responsible for managing the procurement of goods and services across our department, including contractors and consultancy services. PCMU staff have a blend of private and public sector experiences and tertiary qualifications.

The PCMU has implemented a comprehensive suite of procurement policies that fully support State

Procurement Board directions. Value for money, ethical treatment and accountability are supported through the PCMU's annual business plan, quarterly activity reports and six monthly updated forward procurement plan.

The Accredited Procurement Unit (APU) is responsible for ensuring transparent and accountable procurement practices, overseeing significant procurement activity and for progressing strategic procurement reform. The APU ensures that procurement delegates are following fair practices, getting best value and making defendable decisions. The APU does this by setting business rules and procedures, reviewing transactions worth $550 000 and above and issuing directions to delegates.

Knowledge and understanding of our procurement policies and procedures is maintained through an ongoing information and learning program delivered by the PCMU. The program includes ongoing account management meetings with key internal customers and regular team workshops on delegations and procurement processes. The PCMU is also furthering the principles of value for money, accountability and transparency through the delivery of accredited contract management training to our staff in conjunction with the Grants Management Unit and the College for Learning and

Development.

Customer service

The department aims to provide world class services to the people of South Australia. As such, we contribute to the achievement of SASP target T1.7, Performance in the public sector – customer and client satisfaction with government services, through our commitment to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction by having our customers at the centre of our operations.

In May 2006, we commissioned a review to identify both strengths and opportunities for improvement to our current customer service operations. As a result of the review a Customer Service Strategy Unit was established in July 2006 to coordinate all process improvement activity, ensuring that there is no a duplication of effort and outcomes are standardised department wide.

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The work of the Customer Service Strategy Unit is guided by target T1.7 of SASP and the DFC

Customer Service Framework which was developed by a Customer Services Champion Group. The

Framework is comprised of six key areas of focus being:

Customer Service Access and Support

Support and promote our Service Offer

Service Culture

Customer Service Delivery Environment

Customer Service Recovery and Customer Relations

Customer Engagement and Knowledge.

The Customer Service Strategy Unit is responsible for reporting on our progress against target T1.7, work in the Customer Service Framework and takes the lead role in developing, implementing and evaluating all new customer service strategies.

Customer Satisfaction Measurement

The Customer Service Strategy Unit is implementing a Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy across our department which will form part of the departmental response on progress being made towards the reporting requirements for SASP Target 1.7.

To simplify and align customer satisfaction measurement practices across the public sector, a set of eight core questions have been adopted, made up of three summary questions and five questions that measure the key drivers for customer satisfaction. The questions are based on the Canadian Common

Measurement Tool and have been benchmarked across Canada and other English speaking countries.

Round 1 of the Customer Satisfaction Measurement Strategy was implemented in Housing SA,

Families SA, Disability SA and Concessions and Anti-Poverty Services. The aggregated result for the department was 90.5 per cent, well above the DFC Key Performance Indicator of 70 per cent.

Planning for Round 2 has been finalised, which also includes a proposal for the trial of the Customer

Satisfaction Measurement with key agencies in the non-government funded sector.

Customer Service Standards

To ensure a stronger customer focused service culture Customer Service Standards have been introduced that detail our commitment to delivering the best services possible to customers. Services are to be delivered in a way that is respectful, friendly, helpful, prompt, efficient and fair. The Customer

Service Standards Practice Guidelines

provide staff with practical advice on how to provide the best possible service to customers.

Six of the eight core questions from the Canadian Common Measurement Tool are aligned to the

Customer Service Standards. The following results were obtained in the Round 1 of the Customer

Satisfaction Measurement Strategy:

82 per cent of our customers were satisfied with the accessibility of our services and products

(Question 2)

92 per cent of our customers were satisfied with the amount of time it took to get the service/product (Question 3)

89 per cent reported that they were treated fairly (Question 4)

85 per cent reported that they were informed of all the information they required to get the service/product (Question 5)

84 per cent reported that staff were knowledgeable and competent (Question 6)

90 per cent indicated that staff went the extra mile (Question 7).

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Complaints Management System

The DFC Complaints Management System has been developed in conjunction with key stakeholders across our department and external bodies such as the Health and Community Services Complaints

Commission (HCSCC). The new process will capture all data within one system through an online reporting mechanism. The reporting system will record a range of factors such as the seriousness of complaints, systemic issues and conduct of staff.

The new system will enable the reporting of trends and key performance indicators and will also highlight opportunities for service improvements. A new DFC Complaints Management Policy is in development.

Outside of our governance arrangements, customers who still experience difficulty resolving a complaint can contact the HCSCC. We have a protocol with the HCSCC which sets out a framework of procedures and timeframes for dealing with complaints to the Commissioner. Further information on the HCSCC is available from www.hcscc.sa.gov.au.

5 Star Rating System for Customer Service Centres

The DFC 5 Star Rating System has been implemented across customer service centres as a self assessment system to help provide improved customer service standards within a customer service friendly environment. Round 2 of the 5 Star Rating System was conducted in early 2008 with the results indicating that a further five customer service centres attained a rating of 5 stars.

Multicultural Audit

A Multicultural Audit of our People, Processes and Programs was completed in 2007-08. A DFC

Cultural Inclusion Framework is in development to implement some of the key recommendations arising from the Audit.

Cultural Reference Tool

The Cultural Reference Tool is an intranet information portal which will enable departmental staff to access ethnic and cultural information on both international and Indigenous cultures representative of the department’s customer base. The tool will assist staff to familiarise themselves with other cultures and provide information on geography, language, health and welfare as well as background and cultural and other useful information.

In addition, the tool will complement staff knowledge leading to an enhanced, more effective delivery of services to customers. This knowledge will assist staff to see the customer within their whole circumstances and to provide services which take this into account.

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Corporate social responsibility

We are aware of the importance of corporate social responsibility reporting and the challenges we face in fully integrating this throughout our work. One of the biggest challenges is developing a culture where staff share responsibility for sustainability.

Workplace

The following programs and initiatives highlight the commitment of our department to the professional development and work life balance of our employees. For information on programs and initiatives to promote the health and wellbeing of all employees refer to page 113.

Flexible Work Practices Policy

Our department supports flexible work practices that maintain our ability to meet business and service opportunities while providing employees with flexible working arrangements to support the balance of work and life responsibilities, including the care of dependents. Flexible work options available to employees to enable a balance of work and life responsibilities include:

• flexitime which is used by many employees to plan for personal responsibilities. Employees can

• carryover up to a maximum of 15 hours into the next accounting period, which can be taken by negotiation between the employee and their line manager time off in lieu which is provided to employees who work outside of normal work hours owing to travel or urgent work needs part-time work and job share arrangements are available to employees and working from home policies are applied across a range of service areas within our department. Employees can also elect to temporarily reduce their working hours to address family or personal circumstances

15 days Special Leave With Pay is available to employees and can be taken for a combination of

• factors including care of family members, bereavement, urgent pressing necessity; moving, volunteering in emergencies and cultural leave paid maternity leave and graduated part-time work on return from such leave is available to women, and parenting leave is provided.

Adopting flexible working arrangements to enable employees to manage the balance of primary care of dependents and work responsibilities have provided opportunities for skilled and experienced workers to contribute at a greater intellectual capacity than if flexible work practices were not available.

Flexible working arrangements have also been highly successful in maintaining motivation and commitment of employees, in addition to reducing stress, sick absenteeism and increased productivity.

Number of employees using voluntary flexible working arrangements by gender 2007-08

Leave Type Male Female Total

Purchased Leave 20 46 66

Compressed Weeks 16 58 74

Part-time Job Share 6 74 80

Working from Home 11 32 43

Employees wishing to access flexible arrangements are able to negotiate one or a combination of flexible arrangements. Decisions made take into account the suitability of work performed, any potential disruption to service delivery, agency resources and possible effects on team work.

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DFC Australia Day Awards

Medallions and Certificates are presented to staff who have made a noteworthy contribution to the work of our department during the last year, or given outstanding service over a number of years. This year our Minister presented individual and team awards for excellence in either Customer Service or

Innovation. Recipients were as follows:

CUSTOMER SERVICE INNOVATION

Individual Awards

-

Helen Cook, Youth Worker, Magill Training

Centre

-

Ros Coppard, Recreation Officer/Holiday Coordinator, Disability SA

-

Mark Downing, PC Support, ICT Services

- Mary Ireland, Senior Community Development

Officer

- Charlie Marshall, Customer Services Officer

-

Sue Nyiro, Research officer, Adoption and

Family Information Service

-

Joanne Poblocki, Supervisor, Antipoverty and

Customer Services, Families SA

-

Sitiveni Rogoimuri, Outreach Access Worker,

Families SA

-

Annette Simpson, Head Cook, Magill Training

Centre

-

Matthew Massy-Westropp, Manager, Domiciliary

Equipment Service, Domiciliary Care SA

-

Lauren Wilkinson, Executive Projects Manager,

Domiciliary Care SA

-

Toni Woehlert, Assistant Project Officer, Office for the Ageing

-

Ruth Ziegeler, Social Worker, Team Manager,

Disability Services

-

Posthumous Award

Catharine May, Supervisor, Murray Bridge

District Centre, Families SA

Individual Awards

-

Marie Farley, Chief Project Officer, Office for the

Ageing

-

Annette Giaretto, Regional Guardianship Service

Co-ordinator, Families SA

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Jacqui Lawson, Senior Co-ordinator APY Lands

– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services

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Lionel Lovell, Supervisor, Special Projects,

Families SA

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David Magor-Hampel, Supervisor, Early

Intervention and Youth Team, Marion District

Centre, Families SA

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Annie O’Connell, Occupational Therapist,

Disability SA

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Aaron Osterby, On-line Information Strategist,

Information and Knowledge Management

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Aldis Putnins, Senior Clinical Psychologist,

Families SA

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Tracy Ritchie, Principal Aboriginal Consultant,

Families SA

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Belinda Trimboli, Principal Policy and Project

Officer, Strategy and Research

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Posthumous Award

Tracy Koci, Principal Program Manager, Child

Protection Directorate, Families SA

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CUSTOMER SERVICE INNOVATION

Team Awards

- Information Resource Unit – Disability SA

Stephanie Edwards, Tania Papas, Yvonne

Pavier

Team Awards

- Geographic Information Systems

Gary Maguire, Stephen Retallack, Leighton

Moulds, Nick Weinmann

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Home and Community Care Minimum Data

Set Team – Office for the Ageing

Katrina Kong, Aurelia Strozik, Heather Pearce

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DFC Library and Information Service -

Disability Collection Staff Group

Karen Hill, Julie Glazbrook, Gabriele Monis, Pam

Bates-Waters

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Special Presentation at Marla

Maria Stewart, Previously Community Support

Office now Acting Disability Coordinator

Brenda Stubbs, Family Home Support

Coordinator

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Special Presentation at Mt Gambier

Customer Service Team – DFC Service

Centre Mount Gambier

Patsy Ruby, Helen Fiegert, Kathleen Duffy,

Erica Richardson, Sarah Wilson,

Andrea Newton, Joylene Close, Monique Ritter,

Maree Townsend, Irene Higgs, Teresa Cain

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Policy, Strategy and Research Team

Lisette Claridge, Rosie Mangan, Caroline

Fogden

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Woodville Life Story Scrap Booking Project,

Families SA

Tracey Skehan, Natasha Giordani, Bonnie Perry

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Affordable Homes Program - Development

Team

Theresa McGinley, Michelle DeNichilo, Adrian

Hall (On-line Services)

Alice Lawson, Jarrod Gitsham (Affordable

Housing)

College for Learning and Development

The College for Learning and Development was created to support the ongoing learning for staff, with the expected outcomes focusing on creating a highly skilled and productive workforce, job satisfaction, staff retention, succession planning and the ability to issue national qualifications to staff. The College has graduated over 800 students with an accredited qualification.

We have established a nationally accredited four day induction program for all new employees. Formal evaluation of the induction program is conducted regularly and learning plans are established for new employees and are monitored by the College for Learning and Development.

Refer to page 114 for further information on the College.

Business Improvement Challenge

The Business Improvement Challenge is a continuous improvement development program open to all employees. The program provides an opportunity for staff of any age, level and profession to work on an improvement project and present their recommendations to the Chief Executive and other key stakeholders.

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Staff undertaking the program participate within a small team which works on an issue of significance to our department. Project topics may be nominated by participants or are provided from a list of

• corporate opportunities for improvement, with participants making recommendations for improvement on their project at the end of the program.

Learning outcomes for participants include: project scoping understanding continuous improvement thinking process thinking and process mapping customer value techniques data gathering and analysis cause and effect analysis prioritisation techniques techniques for resolving conflict awareness of team development and cycles presenting recommendations.

The program aligns to the Certificate III in Government, specialising in Business Excellence

(Continuous Improvement).

Youth Challenge

Staff under the age of 30 participated in the Youth Challenge Program, a unique learning and development experience that involves working offline for one week to deliver solutions to real issues.

Participating staff were assigned a challenge, and working as a team, formulated a solution that was presented to the Chief Executive, Executive Director Organisational Development and other senior staff.

Six rounds of the Youth Challenge Program were conducted during 2007-08. By participating in the

Youth Challenge Program, staff developed project management and presentation skills and by working within a team incorporating new team dynamics, worked outside of their comfort zone.

Environment

Statement of Commitment to the Environment

Our department is committed to reducing the impact of our activities on the environment and contributes to progressing the South Australian’ Government’s Greening of Government (GoGO)

Framework which promotes collaboration and action on greening strategies across State Government agencies. For information on our reporting against GoGO refer to page 159.

As stated in our Statement of Commitment to the Environment, signed in April 2006 by our Minister and Chief Executive, we work within the GoGO Framework to:

• minimise energy use by implementing energy efficiency measures as required under the

Government‘s Energy Action Plan

• minimise greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution in our vehicle fleet, in building accommodation, management, design and maintenance, in procurement and through water conservation reduce our waste to landfill by reviewing waste collection procedures and increasing re-use and recycling gather information, monitor and report in significant environmental impact areas increase environmental awareness and learning among our employees promote and comply with relevant environmental legislation and government policy standards

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• communicate policies and environmental initiatives to our employees, our customers and the broader community.

To maintain a healthy sustainable environment for all members of staff, clients, and the community, we minimise the waste we create and undertake our business operations in a manner that ensures resources are acquired, maintained, used and disposed of responsibly and in a manner that is environmentally sensitive.

Our Statement of Commitment to the Environment has been distributed to work sites for display in a prominent position so that it can be viewed by our employees, customers and the broader community to convey our commitment to sustainability principles and the environment.

Design Guidelines for Sustainable Housing and Liveable Neighbourhoods

The Design Guidelines for Sustainable Housing and Liveable Neighbourhoods were introduced in

2005 as a suite of guidelines for new housing. The guidelines, which now apply to both new and existing housing, address house design, amenity targets, land tilting and service infrastructure, site layouts, housing modifications and generic design guidelines for upgrades.

During 2005-06, the Environmentally Sustainable Design Guide was introduced as part of the suite of guidelines under the Design Guidelines for Sustainable Housing and Liveable Neighbourhoods. This guide addresses issues such as energy efficiency, passive solar design, sun shading, water conservation, urban waste water management and building construction. All Housing SA projects are required to consider this guide and incorporate its practices where appropriate.

The dwellings, constructed as part of the Newbuild and Redevelopment Program are designed to be innovative, affordable and sustainable, and meet the requirements of Housing SA’s rigorous design guidelines with respect to site orientation. Dwellings are also sympathetic to occupants in a group site and neighbouring dwellings. All dwellings meet a minimum five star energy rating requirement with retention tanks used to capture and re-use water.

Waste Management

In the demolition of existing dwellings, all contractors are required to have a recycling strategy for the range of building materials from the sites. This ensures that the amount of demolition materials and construction waste deposited to landfill are minimised through the reuse, recycling or converting of waste to usable products.

Solar Cities Program

Our department, through Housing SA, is working with the successful Adelaide Solar Cities Consortium to implement a community housing solar package under the Australian Government’s Solar Cities program. This program provides energy savings and diversifies the beneficiaries of solar systems in

South Australia.

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Social and community activities

Fundraising

Our department recognises the vital role that charities play in contributing to the social fabric of our community by having a charity calendar of events promoted through the Health and Wellbeing

Program on our intranet site. During 2007-08 our staff participated in a range of charity events including Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and World’s Greatest Shave.

Volunteering

We raise awareness of opportunities, and encourage staff, to participate in volunteering activities. An example of staff volunteering is our membership since February 2008 of the Australian Red Cross

Blood Service corporate blood donation program ‘Club Red’. As a large organisation we can make a big difference, and as at 30 June 2008 we had approximately 155 members.

Finke Desert Race

The Substance Misuse and Youth Program organised a team to participate in the Finke Desert Race held in June 2008. The event required riders to navigate a 460 kilometre multi-terrain course from

Alice Springs to the community of Finke in the Northern Territory over two days.

APY Racing comprises 25 young men aged between 17 and 30 from Amata, Fregon, Mimili,

Ernabella, Indulkana and Watarru communities. Two riders from the APY Racing team finished fourth and fifth in the 0 to 200cc class. The race is an opportunity for the young men to participate in team sports, which promotes leadership. The race also promotes self-esteem and a healthy lifestyle and diverts young people from substance misuse.

Socially responsible procurement

Our department continuously improves social and environmental performance through procurement.

This is achieved through our Social Responsibility in Procurement Policy which guides our department towards socially and environmentally preferred products and services that enhance positive social or environmental outcomes.

The Social Responsibility in Procurement Policy gives preference to environmentally friendly goods where price, performance, quality, suitability and other evaluation criteria are comparable, and encourages the use of life cycle costing. The policy also ensures evaluation criteria regarding social responsibility are incorporated into tender documents when appropriate.

In the selection of products and services we will:

• unless there are valid technical reasons for not doing so, give consideration to energy efficient goods where these provide equal value for money as similar quality goods unless no practical alternative is available, not purchase products known to involve the use of ozone depleting substances, either as a refrigerant or in the production of insulating foams

• unless there are valid technical reasons for not doing so, give consideration to recycled/recyclable goods if they are available at the same value for money as similar quality goods made of virgin materials only procure products and services from organisations that comply with Equal Opportunity

• legislation and Disability Services Act and Standards during procurement processes give consideration to suppliers who demonstrate socially responsible work practices in relation to stakeholder engagement, ethical business behaviour, social accountability and equitable employment processes

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• give recognition to suppliers who employ people with disabilities, people who are Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander and people who are otherwise considered disadvantaged in the community.

To maximise procurement opportunities to address broader social responsibility objectives a social responsibility in procurement action plan was prepared. Procurement policies were also updated to ensure that at least one organisation from our socially responsible organisation register is invited to quote for applicable low value purchases.

Non-government organisations funded by our department have been provided with access to our contracts, such as our department’s stationery and cleaning contracts. Procurement staff are available

• to manage up to three tenders nominated by non-government organisations.

During 2007-08, our stationery provider, Lyreco, provided: back to school packs for children under the Guardianship of the Minister a donation to the Dame Roma Mitchell Fund vehicles to assist with the Government response to the bushfires in Kangaroo Island.

In 2008-09, we will explore opportunities with Lyreco to expand the use of recycled paper. We will introduce further opportunities to partner with organisations that support vulnerable people by facilitating non-government organisations to access across government contracts and provide tendering services to non-government organisations as required.

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Strengthening partnerships

We engage and collaborate with a variety of organisations and other government departments at the

Local Government, State and Australian Government level to deliver integrated effective services and to influence policy.

Objective 1 - Affordable housing choices and communities that prosper

Cross Agency

Partnerships

Contribution to

National Policy

Collaborative partnerships entered into across government and with nongovernment organisations for the development and implementation of the Safe

Tracks Strategy, including project management committees and service delivery protocols.

Partnership with AARD to deliver housing and infrastructure services on Aboriginal

Community Lands through the Indigenous Housing and Community Infrastructure

Agreement.

Partnership with AARD to renegotiate new housing agreements with the

Commonwealth Government.

A MOU was signed with the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Executive

Board to deliver interim housing services on Aboriginal Lands.

In addition we are represented on the:

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Homelessness Inter-Ministerial Committee which is chaired by the Minister for

Families and Communities

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Local Government Association Affordable Housing Working Group.

Membership of the Not-for-Profit Subgroup of the Policy and Research Working

Group which contributed to the development of the national regulatory framework; development of the national capacity development program; review of the national

Community Housing Standards; and provided input into national policy in relation to the development of the National Affordable Housing Agreement.

Indigenous Housing Ten Year Statement - delivery against national policy imperatives under the Australian Housing Ministers ten year statement of new directions for Indigenous housing, Building a Better Future: Indigenous Housing to

2010.

Impact assessments on the affects of the National Indigenous Housing Reform

Strategy highlighted issues at Housing Ministers’ Conference which are proposed to be responded by the Commonwealth Government in providing a transition period for Reform.

In addition to the above we are represented on the following:

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National Affordability Rental Scheme Working Group

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Council of Australian Governments’ Housing Working Group

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Housing Ministers Advisory Committee.

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Objective 2 - High need housing

Cross Agency

Partnerships

During 2007-08, a MOU between Housing SA and the South Australia Police continued to operate. The MOU aims to improve the safety and wellbeing of social housing tenants and their communities and outlines a process for Housing SA and the South Australia Police to work together to address issues of social disorder and crime within social housing, reassure and protect the community from crime and to promote community collaboration.

A MOU between Housing SA and Mental Health Services was developed and implemented during 2007-08 to guide the coordinated delivery of mental health services, psychiatric disability support and general housing services. The MOU has facilitated improved communication between the agencies and supports a collaborative approach towards planning joint programs and practice models. The

MOU promotes the development of early intervention strategies to maximise successful tenancy outcomes.

A MOU between Housing SA and the Department for Correctional Services was signed in early May 2008, with Housing SA committed to providing 60 housing placements for participants in the project and a housing outreach service to correctional facilities. The project is an across government collaboration funded through the Social Inclusion Board, and aims to reduce the incidence of homelessness for people exiting correctional institutions. Non-government organisations are engaged to provide community based support to eligible participants housed within the project.

In conjunction with the Department of Health’s Mental Health Services, the

Returning Home Partnership Program assists long term residents move from

Glenside Campus to reintegrate into the community. MIND (formally The Richmond

Fellowship), Neami and Life Without Barriers are the non-government agencies providing the community-based support to help people with a psychiatric disability successfully sustain housing in the community. Housing SA has committed 30 housing placements for eligible program participants.

Contribution to

National Policy

The Standing Committee on Indigenous Housing provides advice on all areas of

Indigenous housing to the Housing Ministers’ Advisory Council through the Policy and Research Working Group. We represented Aboriginal housing in South

Australia by playing a lead role in advice upon Indigenous housing policy reforms and providing formal responses to the review report of the Community Housing and Infrastructure Program.

DFC doing more

Port Adelaide Community Mental Health has provided the Housing SA Parks Office with excellent feedback about the customer service being provided to a mutual client who was facing eviction. As a result of close collaboration between staff from both agencies an eviction was averted, the tenant is once again receiving medical treatment and a plan is being arranged to administer the client’s finances.

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Partnerships

Objective 3 - Independence and community connection

The Ageing Plan Across Government Working Group includes a representative from each State Government department, and is committed to implementing the

Ageing Plan through policy, planning and program development.

The Whole of Government Carers Implementation Group, established in

November 2006, to oversee and manage the implementation of the SA Carers

Recognition Act 2005

. The Implementation Group helped develop the framework for annual reporting as required by the Carers Recognition Act 2005.

Our Actions to Prevent the Abuse of Older South Australians Reference Group, established to oversee the implementation of the Action Plan. Representatives from Legal Services Commission, Office of the Public Advocate, Public Trustee,

South Australia Police, Department for Health, Advance Directives Review, Office for the Ageing, Council of Aboriginal Elders and Aged Rights Advocacy Service.

Extensive consultation was undertaken with community care service providers, health and government sectors and consumers on South Australia’s Dementia

Action Plan: Facing the Challenges Together. Our department, together with the

Department of Health, will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the

Action Plan in 2008-09.

Through Aged and Community Services – Better Practice Project training and support opportunities have been implemented for all HACC funded agencies to adopt a person centred approach to service delivery that enhances the citizenship and positive roles of older people. The Living as an Older Person competency training package was implemented through the Train-the-Trainer sessions.

Extensive consultation has been undertaken with the Department of Health and

Ageing and the community care sector to establish the SA Community Care

Access Points.

Through the Office for Problem Gambling, we work with the Department of

Treasury and Finance Gambling Policy Unit, the Independent Gambling Authority and the Office for Liquor Gambling and Licensing to develop responsive services for problem gamblers.

Through the Volunteers Unit, we sponsored the development of a draft whole of government policy on volunteering and the development of a draft proposal to increase access by volunteer organisations to underutilised government facilities.

Liaised with the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community

Services and Indigenous Affairs and each State and Territory to progress the

Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program.

Collaborated with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit of the Hampstead

Rehabilitation Centre, a campus of Royal Adelaide Hospital, in relation to supporting and planning transition to the community and the development of a scoping paper to investigate services for people with a brain injury with a view to providing more integrated services.

Disability SA’s Psychiatric Disability Service, the Eastern Mental Health Service, the Felixstow Community Mental Health Team, Anglicare (Central and Northern) and Housing SA (Modbury and Adelaide offices) have collaborated on a 12 month project working intensively with a group of ten high need homeless people with mental illness, multiple disabilities and challenging behaviours who have traditionally been excluded from secure accommodation.

Disability Support Training and Research Tool (D-START), a joint project between

Disability SA and the University of South Australia, is an assessment tool for measuring disability service eligibility which is currently being trialled.

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National Policy

A Memorandum of Administrative Agreement between the Office for Disability and

Client Services and the Department of Health to provide an accommodation service and disability support to people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) encephalopathy, which addresses the individual’s needs and public health concerns.

Funded by AusAid, we worked in collaboration with the Thailand Department of

Social Development and Welfare to assist the Thailand Government to implement community based care within the disability and aged care sectors. This project included an exchange program where Thai workers from within these sectors and visited Adelaide to learn about the South Australian government and nongovernment community based disability and aged care programs.

Memorandum of Administrative Arrangement with SA Water regarding delivery of concessions.

Elder Friendly Communities Project with Local Government, the University of South

Australia and Home and Community Care providers to support older people maintain social connections and expand networks throughout the community.

We are a member of the National Dementia Framework for Action 2006-2010

Working Party.

Through the Office for Problem Gambling, we support the secretariat and are the national chair of the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Advisory Council

(CDSMAC) Gambling Working Party which initiates national improvements for gambling help services.

Liaised with Commonwealth, State and Territory representatives to develop national ACAT protocols and policies regarding the assessment of people under

50 years of age for long term residential aged care facility placements.

Our department is a member of the Disability Policy Research Working Group, a sub-group of CDSMAC.

Negotiation of the next National Disability Agreement and National Policy Priorities.

National network of State Government concessions programs established with links to Commonwealth to ensure information exchange and consideration of national policy issues.

In partnership with the Commonwealth Government, we jointly funded seven projects under the Regional Partnerships Program and conducted joint application workshops and provided individual agency consultations in Adelaide, Ardrossan,

Melrose, Barossa, Mount Barker, Naracoorte, Marion and Tea Tree Gully.

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Partnerships

Objective 4 - Keeping them safe and connected

Priority Setting in Child Protection, a major four year research project funded by the Australian Research Council, that brings together lead researchers from the

University of South Australia, the Australian Centre of Child Protection and the

University of Adelaide to work in partnership with our department, the Social

Inclusion Unit, the Department of Education and Children’s Services, Department of Health and the Children, Youth and Women's Health Service.

The Rapid Response initiative, a whole of government service initiative implemented to provide timely response to the needs of children under

Guardianship of the Minister, including physical health, psychological and emotional health, developmental progress, disability needs, education and housing needs.

Through the Children’s Centres Operations Group we work in partnership with the

Department of Education and Children’s Services and the Department of Health, in the implementation of the Children’s Centres at a strategic, project and operational level. The Children’s Centres initiative will deliver a range of integrated early childhood services providing pre-school education, child care and sustained parenting support and health information for children and families.

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In addition to the above, we are represented on the:

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Absenteeism Task Force (DECS)

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Across Government Guardianship Steering Committee

Agencies Supporting Housing for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

- Break the Cycle Task Force

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Care and Protection Senior Officers Group

Centrelink Multicultural Forum

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Chief Executive Co-ordinating Committee: Child Development

Community Safety Committee

DECS Learning Wellbeing Steering Committee

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DFEEST DFC DECS Employment Young Offenders Task Group

Early Childhood Senior Officers Group

Family Safety Framework Implementation Committee

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Infants at Risk Forums – Riverland, Mallee, Children, Youth and Women's

Health Service, DFC, NGO, Country Health SA and South Australia Police

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Interagency Literacy Project for children and young people under the

Guardianship of the Minister (DECS/Public Libraries group)

Inter-Ministerial Committee Child Development

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Inter-Ministerial Committee: School Retention

MultiAgency Working Group – SA Government Response to Mullighan

(Children in State Care Inquiry)

SA Drug Summit Senior Officers Group

SA Healthy Weight Task Force

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SA Multicultural Settlement Services

SA Refugee Health Network

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School Retention Senior Officers’ Group

State Working Group for Grandparents raising Grandchildren in Informal Care

Suspension, Exclusion, Expulsion Reference Committee (DECS)

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Contribution to

National Policy

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Women’s Safety Strategy – Whole of Government

Reference Group

Youth Justice Senior Officers Group

Youth Sector Network.

Priority Setting in Child Protection project will inform national policy by providing a rigorous economic assessment of a range of child protection interventions; estimating the comparative returns on investment of different options for addressing child abuse and neglect and associated harms.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Informal Care - in 2007-08 we continued to chair meetings with Centrelink, the Commonwealth Government’s Department for

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA),

Medicare Australia, Helping Hand: Aged Care and Grandparents for Grandchildren

SA Inc. During the year these meetings were extended to include a number of other grandparenting support groups, including Anglicare, Time for Kids,

Indigenous Grannies and Northern Carers. Topics discussed at these meetings have included access to the Foster Child Health Care Card, accessibility of information for grandparents, issues regarding Legal Aid eligibility and estate planning.

In addition we are represented on the:

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Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators

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Child Health and Wellbeing Working Group

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COAG Workforce Participation – Early Years Working Party

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Community Services Ministers’ Advisory Council

Cross-Jurisdictional Child Protection Alert Processes Working Group

- Foster Care Working Group

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Inter-Country Adoptions Sub-Committee

Memorial for Forgotten Australians

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National Approach for Child Protection Working Group

National Community Services Information Management Group

National Child Protection and Support Services Data Working Group

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National Juvenile Justice Data Sub-Committee

National MOU for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

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National Standards for Youth Justice

Commonwealth-State Agreement for the Implementation of the Hague

Convention on Inter-Country Adoption

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SA Settlement Planning Committee

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Partnerships

Contribution to

National Policy

Objective 5 - Effective and sustainable business practices

Shared Service Agreement with Department of Health.

Partnership with the Migrant Resource Centre, Multicultural SA and the

Metropolitan Fire Service to deliver initiatives aimed at helping culturally and linguistically diverse communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents, crises and other emergencies.

Membership of the Public Sector Customer Service Network, a cross public sector group established to assist agencies with strategies to improve customer satisfaction via information sharing and the development of shared resources.

Memorandum of Administrative Arrangement for E-Learning program (Child Safe

Environments program) with TAFE, facilitation of student placements in workplace and provision of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment for Volunteer Managers.

Agreement with the University of South Australia and Flinders University for student placements.

Working collaboratively with TAFE, South Australia Police, Flinders University,

Swinburne University of Technology and DPC in the delivery of training programs.

The Chief Executive of our department currently chairs the Disaster Recovery Sub

Committee, an operational sub-committee of CDSMAC.

In addition we are represented on the following:

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Australasian Statutory Child Protection Learning and Development Forum

- Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators Learning and Development sub committee.

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Research

Research is an important underpinning to strategic development and improved service delivery. Our department recognises its importance and has built a strong capability and profile in research.

We can facilitate priority research in many ways: by advocacy at the national and state level; by commissioning and funding important studies; by making a financial or in-kind contribution; by providing access for researchers to information, staff, clients or resources; and through support to post-graduate studies and students. Through the DFC Research Fund we funded a range of high priority projects which directly support the Government’s strategic objectives.

DFC’s Strategic Research Agenda 2006-09

, is proving effective in stimulating an increased volume of high quality, focused and relevant research. Research collaborations are a particular focus for our department as they enable us to leverage the maximum benefit from our research investment.

Relationships and networks have been established with key researchers and research centres around

Australia and we are partners in a number of major Australian Research Council funded studies. This is also generating new research activity for South Australia.

The Research and Analysis Unit is responsible for leading and coordinating our research effort.

Information on the research projects conducted in or funded by our department during 2007-08 is available from the Research section of our internet site at www.familiesandcommunities.sa.gov.au.

In 2008-09, we will allocate funds to a range of projects as determined by strategic objectives. A high priority will be given to critical issues related to out of home care and child protection. We will lead the development of two new major national studies in these areas.

A further priority will be developing new strategies to support the transfer of research findings into action, to ensure evidence-based policy, planning and practice.

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Key events

6 to 8 July Housing SA Display – Building and Home Improvement Expo, Wayville Showground

1 August

14 August

17 August

Signing of the Hawksbury Park (Salisbury North) Stage 5 Agreement between the

South Australian Housing Trust and the City of Salisbury (attended by the Minister for

Housing)

SA Housing Summit

Housing SA Display – Masters Builders Association Builders Excellence Awards

Dinner, Adelaide Convention Centre

12 September DFC College for Learning and Development – Graduation Ceremony, Adelaide

12 September Foster Carer’s Week

28 September DisAbility Expo – Morphettville Racecourse

28 September Launch of the Westwood Community Mural at Centro Arndale by the Minister for

Housing

4 October

4 October

5 October

15 October

Risdon Grove Urban Improvement Project Completion Celebration – Port Pirie

Home and Community Care Triennial Plan Information Session

Myall Place Urban Improvement Project Completion Celebration – Whyalla Norrie

Sector Information Forum hosted by the Minister’s Strategic Housing Advisory

Committee

29 to 31 October Aboriginal Home and Community Care Workers Forum

1 November Official opening of ten upgraded units at Woodville North by the Minister for Housing

15 November World Youth Day Cross and Message Stick visit to Strathmont

22 to 23

November

The Future is Now: Disability SA Conference

23 November Launch of Concessions Finder, Community Engagement Charter and Connecting

Communities internet site at Balcony Room, Parliament House

3 December

6 December

Launch of the South Australian Disability Companion Card

Families SA Volunteer Awards, Government House – presented by His Excellency,

Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AO CSC RANR

7 to 9 January Aboriginal Youth Action Committee Conference – Youth of today are our leaders of

tomorrow

19 February Launch of One in 180 short film – premiere screening as a community event at the

Odeon Cinema Semaphore, officiated by the Minister for Housing

3 March

18 March

Service Excellence Recognition Ceremony

Housing SA Volunteer Awards, Parliament House – presented by the Minister for

Housing

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26 March

30 March

4 April

22 April

23 April

5 May

12 to 16 May

13 May

18 May

20 May

DFC College for Learning and Development – Graduation Ceremony, Adelaide

Launch of the Foster Carers Identification Card

Official opening of an eight unit Community Housing development at Risdon Grove,

Port Pirie by the Minister for Housing, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP

Close the Gap Day

Launch of Hickinbotham Affordable Housing Display Village and visit by the Minister for Housing to Boystown trainees at Hawksbury Park (Salisbury North)

Implementation commenced of the SA Community Access Points for Western

Adelaide and country areas of Gawler, Barossa, Lower North and Yorke Peninsula

Gambling Awareness Week 2008

DFC College for Learning and Development – Graduation Ceremony, Mount Gambier

Disability SA Volunteer Awards, Zoological Gardens – presented by Gay Thompson

MP

Presentation: Engage ,Connect, Communicate – Web 2.0 opportunities and

implications for Government

27 May to 3 June Reconciliation Week

3 June Presentation of Westwood Education Scholarships

3 to 4 June

19 June

Aboriginal Home and Community Care Workers Forum

Signing of the Affordable Housing Program Facilitation Agreement for the Bedford

Homes for 100 Project between the Minister for Housing, South Australian Housing

Trust and Bedford Industries

25 June

25 June

Graduation of Youth Workers (Certificate 3, Certificate 4 and Diploma Certificates) – training conducted by Relationships Australia with the presentation at Coorong

Wilderness Lodge

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Home and Community Care Workers Forum

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Publications

The following publications were produced and released publicly in 2007-08. These, together with a range of facts sheets and brochures, are available from our internet site.

Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2007-2012: Connected, Ethical, Brave and Respectful

After hours Crisis Care (fact sheet)

Certainty for Children in Care

Classification of sub-standard dwellings (brochure)

Community Benefit SA - Funding Guidelines Booklet

Connecting Individuals, Families and Communities (brochure)

Customer Chat (newsletter)

Department for Families and Communities Annual Report 2006-07

Disability Matters (newsletter)

Do you rent privately owned accommodation in poor condition? (brochure)

Engaging Older Volunteers Project

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: An information resource for relative caregivers

Hawksbury Park (brochure)

Health Standards for Children and Young People under the Guardianship of the Minister

Home and Community Care South Australia Triennial Plan 2008-09 to 2010-11

Housing Plan for South Australia: Two Year Report Card

Housing SA Tenant Information (brochure)

Indicators of Community Strength across South Australian Local Government Areas

Julia Farr Services Annual Report 2005-06

Julia Farr Services Annual Report 2006-07

Making a difference to the lives of older South Australians (brochure)

Managing Menstrual Care: A Resource Guide about Managing Menstruation for Women with

Intellectual Disability

My Stuff: Leaving Care Kit

Office for Problem Gambling (brochure)

Our Actions to prevent the abuse of older South Australians 2007

Playford Alive questions and answers

Problem Gambling Services: Action Plan

Rapid Response Progress Report December 2007

Recognising and Supporting Carers

South Australian Aboriginal Housing Authority Annual Report 2006-07

South Australian Community Housing Authority Annual Report 2006-07

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Publications

South Australian Housing Trust Annual Report 2006-07

Standards of Alternative Care in South Australia

The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing: 15 Years of Ageing in South Australia

The HAWKSBURY VOICE (newsletter)

There is no excuse for child abuse: Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility (fact sheet)

Trust in Focus 2006-07

Wandana Gilles Plains (brochure)

When Families SA visits you: information for families about child protection assessments

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Rewards and recognition

In 2007-08, the work of our department and individual staff members was recognised through the presentation of external awards including:

Human Services at Work Awards for Excellence in Workforce Development

The SA Health and Community Services Skills Board Human Services at Work Awards for Excellence in Workforce Development were awarded on 22 May 2008. The awards recognise the achievements of organisations working to ensure an available skilled workforce for the industry.

The DFC College for Learning and Developed was the winner of the Creating a Learning Culture category. Annette Kirby, Dean of the College for Learning and Development, was a finalist in the

Individual Achievement Award category and our department was a finalist in the Strategic Workforce

Planning category.

South Australian Training Awards

The South Australian Training Awards are the peak state awards for vocational education and training.

The awards recognise the achievements of individuals and also reward organisations for innovative approaches to training that develop industries and the workforce. The Care and Protection Team of the College for Learning and Development was a finalist for the awards awarded on 31 August 2007 for the Keeping Them Safe: The statutory child protection training initiative.

Churchill Fellowship

Julie Dini of Disability SA was awarded a 2007 Churchill Fellowship to study specialist and treatment programs developed overseas to assist foster carers of children with autism and/or intellectual disability. These include programs operating in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands and

Finland.

Architecture Week 2007

The South Australian Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects hosted/co-hosted a series of events between 22 and 27 October as part of Architecture Week 2007. This included the unveiling of a 25 Year Award plaque at Dr Kent's Paddock, as recognition of a successful medium density housing project of architectural and historical significance.

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Reconciliation statement

We have an important role to play in addressing the considerable disadvantage experienced by

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in South Australia. We are strongly committed to supporting reconciliation initiatives to improve family and community outcomes for South

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and implementing policies and services that are responsive to their needs and have positive impacts on wellbeing, health and quality of life. The importance of ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a voice in the development of our policies, programs and services is a priority for us.

We have created a Statement of Reconciliation which was endorsed by senior South Australian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders. Our Statement of Reconciliation recognises

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians with unique cultures, languages and spiritual relationships to the land and sea.

The Statement of Reconciliation reflects our commitment to the principles of the South Australian

Government’s Cultural Inclusion Framework, including building a culturally competent workforce, culturally inclusive program and service design and by undertaking culturally inclusive inter-agency collaboration.

In our Statement of Reconciliation we have also committed to:

• developing policies and delivering services that are appropriate, relevant and that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities working in positive and practical ways with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to

• achieve integrated services that provide long term sustainable outcomes identifying champions to promote and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues within our department, across government and in the broader community increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in our department,

• including in decision making positions demonstrating leadership in reconciliation.

Significant activities to promote reconciliation and to support both Reconciliation Week and National

Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week were undertaken during 2007-08.

This included a whole of department event in Reconciliation week, coordinated by Housing SA and sponsored by the DFC Reconciliation Committee. The event focussed on the Close the Gap campaign to raise awareness of the significant health disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience and the important role that our agencies play in delivering programs and services that support reducing the 17 year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal people.

At Ceduna, events were held in both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week as an initiative of the

Ceduna Working Together Group. An initiative of our department, this group was formed three years ago and includes representatives from Commonwealth, State and local government and nongovernment agencies from the Ceduna region.

The past year was very significant for the Reconciliation agenda. The national apology to the stolen generations, delivered by the Prime Minister on 13 February 2008, was an important step towards building a respectful new relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-

Aboriginal Australians. 26 May 2008 also marked the 10 th

Anniversary of the first National Sorry Day.

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During 2007-08, we also celebrated the 40 th

anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which approved two amendments to the Australian Constitution relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

To mark this event, the South Australian Government Reconciliation Reference Committee held a series of nine regional Roundtables on Reconciliation across the State, culminating in a State Forum in Adelaide. The purpose of these roundtables and the state forum was to provide opportunities for public sector employees and communities to be engaged on the topic of Reconciliation and to capture their views on this important social justice agenda. The Mid North Roundtable on Reconciliation was sponsored by our Chief Executive, Sue Vardon. A Partnerships for Reconciliation report was recently released outlining the key themes and areas for action.

The DFC Reconciliation Reference Committee was reviewed during 2007-08 and a new membership established with representation from all business areas of our department. The new Committee revised its Terms of Reference in February 2008 and developed a Reconciliation Action Plan to ensure that we undertake activities to achieve real and tangible progress in Reconciliation and to ensure that the reconciliation agenda of the State Government is supported. The Reconciliation Action

Plan is currently being reviewed as a result of the Partnerships for Reconciliation report to ensure that we are undertaking activities to address key themes, particularly in relation to cultural awareness, executive leadership, access to service delivery, identifying and developing Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander leadership and community engagement in decision making.

During 2007-08, work continued to improve employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander employees of our department culminating in the launch of our Aboriginal Employment

Strategy

in June 2008. The strategy has four goals being: attracting our future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce retaining our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff monitoring and evaluating the strategy.

Initiatives and a range of actions across Families SA, Disability SA, Housing SA and Domiciliary Care

SA to actively promote employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to deliver services in culturally appropriate ways continued throughout 2007-08. The updated SASP targets relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing provide a central focal point for

Aboriginal policy, planning and program development.

Disability action plan

The Promoting Independence: Disability Action Plans for South Australia policy requires all State

Government portfolios to report annually on the implementation of Disability Action Plans. This whole of government disability strategy is entering its eighth year of reporting and now reports against six key outcome areas.

The Seventh Annual whole of Government Progress Report was formally released by the Minister for

Disability on 3 December 2007. The Executive Director of the Office for Disability and Client Services

(ODACS), chairs the Promoting Independence Reference Group which coordinates and monitors the strategy. This group has responsibility for coordinating departmental reports, overseeing the implementation of, and producing annual reports on strategic Disability Action Plans and policy priorities across State Government. ODACS has the central coordination role in continuing the work of the Promoting Independence Strategy in improving access and inclusion across Government.

Our DFC Disability Action Plan Implementation Committee has been in place for just over three years and has undertaken significant work in providing direction in developing strategies and actions to eliminate practices which discriminate against people with disabilities.

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The DFC Disability Action Plan (2007-2009) has been developed to assist us to meet the legislative requirements of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the reporting requirements of the South Australian Government’s disability policy, Promoting Independence: Disability Action

Plans for South Australia

.

The following is a summary of our progress against the six key Outcomes of the Promoting

Independence

strategy.

Outcome 1: Portfolios and their agencies ensure accessibility to their services to people with disabilities

The key strategy to achieve compliance for this outcome is contained in our Disability Action Plan which sets directions for divisions and agencies to audit and redesign policies, programs and facilities to ensure that they are inclusive of people with disabilities and eliminate practices that are discriminatory to people with disabilities.

During 2007-08, we completed the access assessment review for all buildings owned and leased by our department. The process included an assessment of costs associated with upgrades to buildings to ensure accessibility. Our department is currently in the process of drafting a master plan to identify high, medium and low priority upgrades for these facilities.

Outcome 2: Portfolios and their agencies ensure information about their services and programs is inclusive of people with disabilities

Improved information provision and communication strategies have been identified as key priority areas for action in the DFC Disability Action Plan, where it states that the department will establish

policies and protocols to ensure equitable access for people with disabilities to information and communication strategies on its programs and services

.

Corporate Services are responsible for the auditing of information service provisions across our department to ensure they incorporate appropriate considerations of disability access requirements.

Outcome 3: Portfolios and their agencies deliver advice or services to people with disabilities with awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with disabilities

One of the key strategies to achieve this outcome has been the development of a whole of government Disability Awareness and Discrimination Training Framework and we have a lead role in this project.

The Promoting Independence Reference Group identified the need for our department to lead the review of the Disability Awareness and Discrimination Training Framework as a priority in 2007-08, and implement the review changes in 2008-09. This review will ensure the consistency and integrity of disability awareness and discrimination training being delivered to public sector staff.

The purpose of the Disability Awareness and Discrimination Training Framework is to provide staff with the foundation on which to:

• identify and adopt competent practices when relating to people who have a disability and/or their needs

• demonstrate an understanding of the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and avoid practices that discriminate against people who have a disability.

A series of disability fact sheets were developed and published to promote the employment of people with a disability.

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Outcome 4: Portfolios and their agencies provide opportunities for consultation with people with disabilities in decision-making processes regarding service delivery and in the implementation of complaints and grievance mechanisms

A key principle underpinned in the DFC Disability Action Plan is the requirement to consult with people with disabilities on service delivery and mechanisms. These contacts have, and will continue to be, actively involved in all ongoing communication and consultation in decision-making processes to ensure optimal levels of services appropriate to the needs of people with disabilities.

During 2007-08, the Ministerial Disability Advisory Council (MDAC) provided relevant feedback on the

DFC Disability Action Plan and MDAC will continue to be actively involved in the decision-making processes.

Outcome 5: Each Portfolio Chief Executive will ensure that their portfolio has met the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Equal Opportunity Act 1984

The DFC Disability Action Plan is the key strategy to achieve compliance with the Disability

Discrimination Act 1992

and the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. There is commitment to the overall compliance to the development, implementation and monitoring of the DFC Action Plan, including its incorporation into divisional Business Plans.

Outcome 6: Portfolios report on how they are increasing the rate of employment of people with a disability in order to meet South Australia’s Strategic Plan target T6.22, to double the number of people with disabilities employed in the public sector by 2014

SASP includes target T6.22, to double the number of people with disabilities employed in the public sector by 2014. Our department, through ODACS, is the lead reporting government department for this target.

During 2007-08, our department has continued to ensure that target T6.22 is met through working collaboratively with the Public Sector Workforce Division and the Promoting Independence Reference

Group.

A critical component of the implementation plan for T6.22 (Strategy 3) is to overcome the systematic disadvantage historically encountered by people with disabilities. This required the need to develop a range of innovative employment initiatives which enable existing perceptions regarding disability to be explored and false assumptions and negative attitudes to be dispelled. Debunking the myths and promoting the benefits of employing people with disabilities has been a prime feature of all methodology and this has been supplemented with the development of comprehensive information relating to the subsidies and support schemes available.

In addition Chief Executives should comment on how the policy has been integrated into their planning processes and the strategies in place to ensure employment practices and recruiting strategies do not discriminate against people with disabilities

This work has been developed to supplement the Disability Awareness and Discrimination Training

Framework with a module developed for Managers, Human Resource Managers and Human

Resource operatives. The training will be referred to in the Employment Policy. This recommendation links with the Disability Action Plan 3.2–3.6.

In collaboration with Human Resources and Disability Employment Networks, negotiations have commenced to develop performance management strategies for Managers to facilitate for employees with disabilities.

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The DFC Employee Arrangements Policy, which was endorsed in January 2008, addresses the recruitment and selection policy and procedures to provide appropriate practices which prevent direct or indirect discrimination against people with a disability.

Reporting against the Carers Recognition Act

The Carers Recognition Act 2005 (the Act) requires carers to be recognised in their own right. The Act requires carers or their representative to be consulted in policy and program development or in strategic or operational planning which impact upon them and the carer role. The SA Carers Charter is a schedule of the Act. The Principles of the Charter identify specific areas for attention by State

Government departments in providing services to carers or the people they care for.

DFC is one of six ‘applicable’ State Government departments identified to provide relevant services to carers and required to report compliance with the Act annually. Departments of Health; Education and

Children’s Services; Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology; Transport, Energy and

Infrastructure; and the Justice Portfolio including South Australia Police are also required to comply.

In 2006, the Office for Carers was established to lead the implementation of the Carers Recognition

Act 2005

across government, and to administer the legislation and provide policy advice.

Section 6 (1) of the Act requires that applicable State Government organisations and their employees have an awareness and understanding of the Carers Charter and take action in the provision of relevant services to carers to reflect those Principles.

In 2007-08 we:

• distributed more than 3000 Supporting Carers folders which includes the Act, the SA Carers

Charter

and the SA Carers Policy, and other promotional material met DFC divisional representatives to identify ways to implement the requirements of the Carers

Recognition Act 2005

within this department. This Group acts as a conduit for the dissemination of information and awareness raising via team and division meetings; distribution of the Supporting

Carers folders; and promotion of information (e.g. fact sheets available on the intranet) held carer information sessions for all Disability SA regional, program and specialist Managers attended the Disability Expo in September 2007 to meet and talk with carers and the people they care for and to provide information held Carers Week activities which raised the issue of employed carers disseminated a quarterly Office for Carers newsletter to carers, carer services, government and non-government organisations about the activities of the Office, as well as information of services, activities and issues pertaining to carers offered training to 168 Home and Community Care funded agencies in 15 metropolitan and rural

South Australia locations in relation to the Act and the obligations for service providers. Other health service providers were invited to attend at many of the venues informed Housing Services front line staff of the Act and its obligations in a multitude of formats provided information to the Ministerial Strategic Housing Advisory Committee and a number of

Housing SA funded organisations and services have included specific clauses relating to the Carers legislation in current Service Agreements with agencies funded by the department have made information sheets available on our internet for non-government organisations regarding the Act and obligations pertaining to the Act and the Master and Service Agreements provided information regarding the Carers Recognition Act 2005 to all new staff as a component of induction.

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Principle 1 – Carers have choices within their caring role

Carers need information about options, services and supports which is vital to enable carers to make choices for their caring role.

In 2007-08 we:

• launched the ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’ information resource to relative caregivers in conjunction with Grandparents for Grandchildren SA Inc specifically considered the education and training needs of carers during development of the

Strategic Plan for South Australian Carers (2009 -2012) introduced a new service delivery model in April 2008 in Housing SA which explores appropriate ways of identifying customers who are carers. Consideration will be given to involvement of carers in service planning and linking carers to support services if required. provided information on support systems and resources available to carers in Disability Matters, a publication of the Office for Disability and Client Services (ODACS). The Disability SA internet site provides links to information for carers.

Principle 2 - Carers health and wellbeing are critical to the community

Carers health and wellbeing can be significantly and negatively affected by their caring role.

In 2007-08:

• the findings from national and state research specific to carer health and wellbeing was made available and the implications were considered at the government and reference group meetings.

The research will inform policy directions health and wellbeing of carers received specific focus in the Strategic Plan for South Australian

Carers (2009 -2012) in considering support requirements for the continuum of care; respite needs, training and social connection for carers

Community Connect, through funded programs and services, supports carers by providing information on health and wellbeing, and effective future planning.

Principle 3 - Carers play a critical role in maintaining the fabric of society

We have placed significant emphasis on the issues for our employees who also have caring responsibilities, considering workplace flexibility and family friendly policies, but also in promoting an organisational culture which supports and understands the needs and rights of carers. This includes the following:

• generic and specific policies applicable to employees who have caring and family responsibilities

• are available online employees who are carers were the focus of Carers Week 2007. Our Chief Executive, Sue Vardon, hosted a morning tea and subsequent events to consult on issues for working carers. Concerns were expressed by employees about variability in manager and work colleagues understanding and responsiveness to caring requirements. A support and action group was formed by employees/carers from these sessions the staff survey included a series of questions relating to employees who are carers. These questions will be a first step in estimating the number of carers working in our department and help determine strategies to assist carers balance the dual responsibilities

Our Chief Executive hosted a blog on carers which opened discussion across the whole department and identified a range of ideas to be considered in supporting its employees information sessions and support to managers is provided via the human resource network. Issues about carers are integrated in our performance partnerships sessions and respectful treatment workshops, to ensure staff and managers are aware of the diversity of workforce and associated issues.

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Principle 4 - Service providers work in partnership with carers

The Act requires consultation with carers where decisions about care or treatment options have impact on the carer.

Section 6 (2) of the Act requires that applicable State Government organisations consult carers, or persons or bodies that represent carers, in policy or program development; or strategic or operational planning

We have worked in partnership and consulted with carers in 2007-08:

Office for Carers undertook statewide consultation with carers and carer support agencies. This has been used to shape key directions for the framework of the Strategic Plan for South Australian

Carers 2009-12. The Plan represents an important step to addressing the key issues for South

Australian carers and will provide direction for all parts of the sector to work together to improve services for SA carers our Chief Executive, Sue Vardon, chairs the South Australian Carers’ Reference Group. This group provides information and advice to Government on issues affecting carers and the person(s) they

• care for the Housing SA Customer Participation Strategy: 2008-11 (draft) has been developed and aims to strengthen customer participation in planning, policy development, and service delivery through a wide range of consultation and feedback mechanisms and will provide opportunities for customers and stakeholders to participate in forums on policy, planning and service delivery matters the Office for the Ageing (OFTA) has undertaken consultancies which specifically sought carers’ input - Geographic Gaps for Carer Services and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Carers

Analysis

OFTA has undertaken Better Practice training for HACC funded services across the State. The training emphasises consumer and carer involvement in all decision making for all services support for carers is an integral part of the work of Disability SA. Consultation with carers occurred through a variety of avenues.

Principle 5 - Carers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities need specific consideration

This was addressed in 2007-08 through:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers representation on the Carers’ Reference Group

Talking Circles

which sought views on current services and future service needs at the Triennial

Conference for Aboriginal consumers and carers an Aboriginal Standards and Ethics Committee which has been established to ensure services meet the needs of the consumer/carers

• the Aboriginal Disability Network (ADNSA) which is the mechanism used by Disability SA to seek and appoint Aboriginal Carer representation. ADNSA meets quarterly with Disability SA Directors

Housing Services assisting Ngarrindjeri Elders in the Murray and Fleurieu Region participate in a program which aimed to improve communication and information exchange and to demystify

• processes thereby facilitating access to programs

Office for Carers and Office for the Ageing led several consultation sessions with Aboriginal carers and Aboriginal service providers. The sessions informed both the development of the Strategic

Plan for South Australian Carers (2009-2012) and HACC funding directions

OFTA applying for funding to initiate an Aboriginal carers and Grandparents Needs Analysis in

2009. This project will provide the basis for specific funding allocations for Aboriginal carers within the HACC target group.

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Principle 6 - All children and young people have the right to enjoy life and reach their potential

Young people and children who are carers have been considered in policies and practices by:

Carers Reference Group includes representation from young carers. In 2008 this Group gave specific focus to the issues of young carers

• our department has the lead for the South Australian Government in a study funded through the

Australian Research Council exploring issues for young carers. The research undertaken by the

Social Policy Research Centre (University of New South Wales) will provide a knowledge base to inform policy and service responses. In 2007-08 focus groups were held in South Australia as part of this study the Strategic Plan for South Australian Carers (2009 -2012) includes a specific focus on young carers

OFTA currently funds projects in the northern and southern metropolitan areas to respond to young carers in an age appropriate manner, i.e. through educational support and social activities. These projects link with specific respite funding within the Commonwealth Respite Centres for young

• carers

Savings and Loans Credit Union (SA) Ltd approached our department in October regarding their

Corporate Social Responsibility program with a view to assisting young carers by raising awareness of the issues and needs of young carers

Community Benefit SA supports direct service provider agencies to develop programs and services that enable young carers to participate in further education and employment.

Principle 7 - Resources are available to provide timely, appropriate and adequate assistance to carers

Informal carers represent the backbone of the community care system and in the context of a rising number of people in the community requiring care, an increasing proportion of the population are or will become carers. Resource allocation for carers will continue to be a priority.

In 2007-08:

• a statewide Strategic Plan was developed by the Office for Carers to progress the agenda for carers. The Plan will facilitate departments working together to establish an equitable, planned and co-ordinated response to carers

OFTA continued to identify opportunities to improve existing services and develop new services.

This includes:

- statewide respite, providing the opportunity for carers to take time out to address their own emotional, social, physical and health needs

- the Retreat Program, which has a regional focus. Retreats are one component of an integrated service delivery model which will focus on early intervention

- $650 000 funding has been allocated to respond to identified regional gaps in services

(Adelaide Hills, Strathalbyn / Mt Compass, Kangaroo Island and outer southern metropolitan areas)

- $90 000 one-off funding has been allocated to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities in developing carer services. The culturally and linguistically diverse consultancy has provided the basis for funding six communities in the 2008-09 HACC Funding Round.

Disability SA launched the Companion Card in December 2007

Community Benefit SA continues to support carers. In financial year 2007-08 a total of 16 projects, totalling $270 440 were funded, directly relating to carers and their needs.

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Greening of Government Operations (GoGO) Framework

All State Government agencies are required to manage the impacts on the environment which may occur in the course of carrying out their operations, as stated in the Greening of Government

Operations (GoGO) Action Plan. Approved by State Cabinet in February 2006, GoGO builds upon the

Government Energy Efficiency Action Plan and commits agencies to achieve eight strategic milestones within specified timeframes.

GoGO strategic milestones Timeframe

Date Achieved by DFC

Milestone 1: Established Chief Executive

‘Statement of Commitment to greening of agency operations’

Milestone 2: Allocated resources to set up governance and initiate internal review

Milestone 3: Completed initial review of environmental impacts and determined priorities and allocated resources

Milestone 4: Set performance goals/internal targets (informed by SASP targets and/or other targets agreed by Government)

Milestone 5: Approved agency Implementation

Plan and Communication Plan

Milestone 6: Reported on status/progress in reaching performance goals/targets

Milestone 7: Initiated agency Implementation

Plan

30 June 2006

31 January 2007

30 June 2007

30 June 2007

30 June 2007

30 June 2007

30 June 2007 onwards

30 April 2006

31 May 2005

30 June 2005

30 June 2005

1 January 2006

30 June 2006

30 June 2006 onwards

Milestone 8: Undertaking ongoing measuring, monitoring, reporting and, continuous improvement of performance

30 June 2007 onwards 30 June 2006 onwards

The Action Plan contains eight priority areas to ensure that the Government continuously improves its environmental performance. The priority areas and our performance against these for 2007-08 are as follows.

Priority Area 1: Energy Management

In 2006-07, we achieved an overall building energy efficiency improvement of 18.9 per cent below the baseline established in 2000-01. During 2007-08, our department implemented a number of programs to further improve energy efficiency.

Stage 1 of the implementation of the Print Device Consolidation Program, which reduces the number of print devices, was completed. The number of print devices, located in the Riverside

Centre, has been reduced from 318 to 236. This is a reduction of 27 per cent, saving approximately

$113 000 in recurrent and capital costs per annum and an estimated 27.5 tonnes of CO

2

emissions per annum.

The implementation of the Energy Information and Data Gathering System (EIDGS) which tracks energy usage.

The establishment of green pilot programs to provide live examples to staff to follow in energy efficiencies, water consumption, waste management, travel and fleet, and green procurement.

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Changing staff work behaviours and practices to incorporate energy efficiencies and greening cultural change.

Working with Facility Managers and DFC Building Services to improve energy efficiencies in our sites that have been identified as consuming more than 160 Mega Watts of energy per annum. An energy plan has been formatted for this purpose.

Our energy management priorities for 2008-09 are:

Implementation of Stage 2 of the Print Device Consolidation Program which will reduce print devices within Riverside Centre building to 96 devices, an overall reduction of 222 print devices or

70 per cent consolidation. This will result in savings of approximately $183 000 in recurrent and

• capital costs per annum and an estimated saving of CO

2

emissions of 45.14 tonnes per annum.

Commencement in July 2008 of the Print Device Consolidation Program in Highgate Centre,

Disability SA. The number of print devices will be reduced from 90 to 35, a consolidation of approximately 64 per cent. Over a five year period this will result in a savings reduction in recurrent and capital costs from $600 000 to $300 000 and a saving of CO

2

emissions of 100 tonnes.

Further extension of the Print Device Consolidation Program throughout Disability SA, Housing SA and Domiciliary Care SA. Consultation will occur with Families SA regarding the program.

Extending the Green Pilot Program to other areas within our department.

Continuing to implement a culture change in staff work behaviours and work practices to incorporate energy efficiencies and greening principles in making our department carbon neutral.

Continuing to work with Facility Managers and DFC Building Services to reduce energy consumption in sites that have been identified as consuming more than 160 Mega Watts per annum.

Using EIDGS to track energy usage and provide feedback to work sites on energy use.

Identifying any new energy efficiency innovations that will be helpful to achieving our stated targets and goals.

Priority Area 2: Water Conservation and Wastewater Management

Our development of a water efficiency plan relies in the first instance on the identification of water consumption across the whole of our department. The EIDGS program aims to facilitate the implementation of future water saving measures and cost savings. The program gives priority to the reduction of water consumption at the source and helps facilitate improvements.

The EIDGS program will identify water consumption in high use sites and develop plans and

To progress our achievements against this priority area during 2008-09, we will:

• measures in conjunction with SA Water, and expand them to other sites throughout our department.

Until this is program is implemented, we are unable to report on water usage and water cost within the department.

• set targets and goals to reduce water consumption appoint Greening Champions to help facilitate water savings and raise staff awareness in water saving techniques use Facility Managers in conjunction with DFC Building Services to develop a maintenance

• program collect data and information regarding water consumption and water costs develop standards for the refitting of water fixtures and develop an ongoing maintenance program

• optimise the air-conditioning system in all offices and sites through the development of a maintenance program explore the use of recycled water at residential care sites explore the possibility of reducing lawn areas at sites raise staff awareness regarding water restrictions employed at present and in the future include grey water diversion in new buildings, an example of this being the new Connected

Services Centre being built in Mount Gambier.

Our department will liaise closely with SA Water in regards to water conservation to progress the achievement of targets and goals as outlined in Objective 3 Attaining Sustainability, of SASP.

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Priority Area 3: Waste Management

In 2005-06, we implemented a new waste management system in the Riverside Centre which was then implemented during 2006-07 in the EDS Building, occupied by Families SA. The waste management system relies on separating wet waste to landfill, recycling milk cartons, bottles and cans and recycling all photocopying paper, newspapers and cardboard.

Staff participation remains high with approximately 54 per cent recycled waste and 46 per cent wet waste being recorded (figures supplied by SITA Environmental Solutions, Waste Provider). The majority of the recycled waste is achieved by photocopying paper waste and there is still room for improvement in the amount of wet waste going to landfill, and the amount of commingled wet waste that is going to landfill. By making changes to the present system, significant dollar savings can be achieved and substantial waste can be diverted from landfill than at present.

The improved waste management system in Riverside Centre was implemented in June 2008. The monthly report for June indicated that 68 per cent of waste was recycled and 32 per cent of wet waste had been sent to landfill which is a significant overall improvement (figures supplied by SITA

Environmental Solutions, Waste Provider).

Paper purchased from our major paper supplier for standard office use including white A4, recycled and coloured paper was 57 615 reams at an estimated cost of $269 060. The distribution of usage was Families SA 32 per cent, DFC Corporate 22 per cent, Housing SA (including HomeStart) 21 per cent, Disability SA 16 per cent and Domiciliary Care SA nine per cent. The increased use of double sided printing has contributed towards reduction in paper usage.

Priority Area 4: Built Facilities Management

Work has commenced on the new 5 Star Green Star Connected Services Centre in Mount Gambier, with the new building expected to be fully operational by August 2009. The building will have many innovations attached to the project including trombie walls, in-slab heating/cooling coils, solar heating/cooling, geothermal storage, solar flues, and underfloor displacement ventilation. The

Connected Services Centre will be amongst a handful of 5 Star Green Buildings in South Australia.

We have also commenced work on the fit-out of the Mount Barker Connected Services Centre which will include eco lighting, a new waste management system, print device consolidation and an energy management plan. The building is expected to be fully operational by August/September 2008.

We have adopted a New Lease Approvals Checklist which is now operational and will raise sustainability and greening standards in our offices and sites. The checklist details a number of

• greening standards as follows:

Is there an energy management plan in place?

Is there a water efficiency plan in place?

Is there a waste management plan in place?

Is there an office recycling program in place?

Is there secure bicycle storage on site?

Has an environmental management plan been sighted?

Is there a formal client feedback mechanism in place?

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Priority Area 5: Travel and Fleet Management

The DFC Greening of the Fleet initiative has continued through 2007-08, under the management of

DFC Fleet Management Services. The original target set in 2005 was for all passenger vehicles to be low emission fuelled (i.e. one third Hybrid and two third LPG capable) by 2008-09, resulting in 25 per cent savings in CO

2

emissions and a reduction in fuel costs. Based on the fleet at that time, the current mix is 21 per cent Hybrid and 61 per cent LPG capable, which equates to 82 per cent of the passenger fleet or 58 per cent of the total DFC fleet.

It is estimated that this initiative has resulted in a ten per cent decrease in CO

2

emissions across the

2006-07 and 2007-08 financial years for the vehicles included in the original initiative. Savings in fuel costs are difficult to estimate given the fluctuation in fuel pricing, although it is to be addressed in

2008-09.

On 1 July 2007, Domiciliary Care SA was transferred to our department and brought with them a fleet of 263 vehicles with a relatively small content of low emission fuelled vehicles, compared with our department. As a result, the original targets outlined will not be met by the target date. However, even with the inclusion of the Domiciliary Care SA fleet, 51 per cent of our fleet is low emission fuelled which is above the 50 per cent target set by the Tackling Climate Change initiative for 2019, and it is

emissions from passenger vehicles decreased by four per cent in 2007-08. estimated that CO

2

As at the end of May 2008, the State Government had 252 Hybrid vehicles in its fleet, of which 135 were in our department’s fleet. This amounts to 53 per cent of the total government fleet.

During 2008-09 the DFC Greening of Fleet targets and fleet mix will be reviewed to reflect the overall numbers of vehicles now in the fleet.

Priority Area 6: Green Procurement

To support our Social Responsibility in Procurement Policy, the Procurement and Contract

Management Unit worked to incorporate sustainability and greening procedures into its procurement processes.

Priority Area 7: Human Resources Management

Human Resources in our department continue to support sustainability and greening processes by incorporating a greening statement in the Job and Person Specifications of all employees.

Priority Area 8: Government Administrative Policies and Guidelines

Our department continues to reflect sustainability and greening in our administrative policies, procedures and guidelines.

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Energy efficiency action plan report

Performance against Annual Energy Use Targets

During 2007-08, Metropolitan Domiciliary Care was integrated into our department and began operations as Domiciliary Care SA. As a result of the additional staff transferring to our department, our energy management portfolio baseline and portfolio targets have changed given the increased energy usage. While we have experienced a decrease in energy efficiency we remain on track to achieve the final target of a 25 per cent decrease from the baseline by 2014.

Energy Use (GJ)

1

GHG Emissions

2

Business Measures

6

Base Year 2000-01

3

:

DFC Central

Housing SA

Disability SA

Dom Care SA

Families SA

Portfolio Total

5 659

7 063

30 664

7 122

18 945

69 453

1 533

1 913

8 305

1 929

5 131

18 811

435

766

1 781

656

1 458

5 096

Base Year 2000-01

3

:

DFC Central

Housing SA

Disability SA

Dom Care SA

Families SA

Portfolio Total

Year Being Reported:

DFC Central

Housing SA

Disability SA

Dom Care SA

Families SA

Portfolio Total

5 659

8 499

22 569

4 327

22 569

63 623

Energy Efficiency (Mega Joules per FTE)

13 009

9 221

17 217

10 856

12 994

63 297

1 831

2 302

6 112

1 172

6 112

17 529

654

830

1 790

587

1 641

5 502

Portfolio Target

4

(for Year Being Reported)

11 764 MJ per FTE (-19.01% from the baseline)

Final Portfolio Target

(for 2014)

5

10 221 MJ per FTE (-25% from the baseline)

Notes:

1

Energy use data will be expressed in gigajoules (GJ) and will be the sum of all fuel types used in each agency

(i.e. electricity, natural gas, bottled gas, etc.) for that period. This data will have been collected at a site level and aggregated up to agency level by the portfolio Reference Group member.

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2

Many portfolios are pursuing a ‘triple bottom line’ reporting approach. It is therefore an optional extra that portfolios may wish to include Greenhouse Gas Emissions (in CO

2

) as a means of quantifying a significant aspect of environmental performance. Greenhouse gas coefficients differ for fuel types. Please contact Energy Division,

Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure to obtain these coefficients for South Australia.

3

It is acknowledged that portfolio structures change over time. Therefore the Portfolio baseline will represent the structure of the portfolio in the given reporting period.

4

The Portfolio target for the current year is based on an agreed methodology and can be obtained through the portfolio Reference Group member.

5

The Portfolio target in 2014 should equal a 25% energy efficiency improvement from the base year 2000/01.

6

Business measures are also known as normalisation factors. A key performance indicator for energy efficiency is energy intensity, i.e. the energy consumed per unit of a given business measure. Some typical business measures are the number of employees (FTEs) and the square metres of floor area of a building. The energy intensity therefore becomes the energy used per unit defined by the business measure such as MJ/m

2

and

MJ/FTE.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1991 gives members of the public a legally enforceable right of access to information held by agencies, subject to certain restrictions.

Structure and functions of the Department for Families and Communities

Our department provides a range of services to those who are vulnerable or economically and socially disadvantaged. Our services are provided both at a metropolitan and regional level at district centres and offices throughout South Australia.

The structure and functions of our department, including divisional reporting to the Chief Executive, are outlined on page 14 of this annual report.

The direction of our department is also influenced by the input of the advisory boards and committees listed on page 120.

Functions of the Department for Families and Communities affecting the public

The functions of our department directly impact on the public by assisting and enhancing families and communities’ wellbeing through services directed to the areas of ageing, child protection and adolescents at risk, family assistance, disability, domiciliary care, housing, Indigenous affairs and social inclusion. These integrated services are provided statewide to respond to those families and individuals in need of assistance.

Our work with families and communities aims to drive change to make improvements in peoples’ quality of life, creating opportunities for South Australians who may be facing difficulties.

Public participation in agency policy development

There are a number of ways the public can contribute to policy development as we often seek external expertise comprising both government and non-government representatives.

Policy advice is sought through statutory and non-statutory advisory committees, comprising peak organisations and board representatives. In connecting with the community, consultative advice may be undertaken in the planning, development and implementation of policy. We consult with our major interest groups, circulate discussion papers, call for submissions on particular topics and convene public meetings on legislative reform and policy initiatives.

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These processes ultimately allow the community to have a significant input on services they require, resulting in the directing of resources to the areas identified as most in need.

Types of documents held

Our department holds various types of documents principally divided into the categories of administrative, policy and client files comprising:

• internal administrative instructions for functions associated in the areas of financial management, human resources, property management and practice procedures general publications including books, discussion and background papers, reports, reviews, serial publications, pamphlets, posters, surveys, guidelines, policies, programs, strategies, directories,

• evaluations, assessments and proposals other documents such as administrative circulars on general management and industrial circulars.

The DFC Library keeps information on where publications are stored and whether they are free, for sale, or accessible for inspection. Our Library is located at:

Riverside Centre

North Terrace

Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8413 9028

Access to documents

Applications for access to documents and policies including purchase costs, or amendment of personal records held by our department should be addressed to:

Departmental Liaison Officer (Freedom of Information)

Department for Families and Communities

GPO Box 292

Adelaide SA 5001

Telephone: 8413 9050

Applications for access should be made between 9 am and 5 pm.

Departmental policy documents

Department for Families and Communities

Building the Capacity of People

SA Carers Policy

Informal Relative Caregiver’s Statutory Declaration Policy

Code of Fair Information Practice

Connecting to the Future: the Strategic Agenda for the Department of Families and Communities

2005-2008

DFC: Community Engagement Charter

DFC: The Next Steps

Procurement: Forward Procurement Plan

Reconciliation: Statement of Reconciliation

Refugees: Services for People of Refugee Backgrounds

Strategic Research Agenda 2006-2009

Volunteering Policy

Volunteering: Customer Service Standards

Volunteers: DFC and Volunteers: Our Charter of Mutual Obligation

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Office for the Ageing

Ageing: Improving with Age: Our Ageing Plan for South Australia

Home and Community Care

Home and Community Care: Consumer Survey Instrument and Guidelines

Reconciliation: Office for the Ageing Statement of Reconciliation

Retirement Villages

Disability SA

Disability Awareness and Discrimination Training Framework

Supported Accommodation Strategy

Promoting Independence

Families SA

Child Safe Environments: Principles of Good Practice

Families SA Customer Service Standards

Foster Carers Charter

Keeping Them Safe: The SA Government's Child Protection Reform Program

My Stuff: Leaving Care Kit

Privacy and Your Personal Information - Families SA

Resolving Your Complaint - Families SA

There is No Excuse for Child Abuse

Rapid Response: Whole of Government Services for Children and Young People under the

Guardianship of the Minister

Housing SA

Housing Plan for South Australia

Freedom of Information – statistical reporting

The Information Statement does not require reporting on Freedom of Information statistics as our annual statistics have been provided to State Records for the compilation of a whole of government

Freedom of Information statistical report.

Regional Impact Assessment Statements

Under the Regional Impact Assessment Statements Policy, agencies must prepare and publish

Regional Impact Assessment Statements prior to implementing significant changes to existing South

Australian Government services to rural and regional areas. Our department did not undertake any

Regional Impact Assessment Statements during 2007-08.

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Urban Design Charter

Housing SA leads the way in the promotion of good urban design outcomes. The Design Guidelines

for Sustainable Housing and Liveable Neighbourhoods

capture existing corporate knowledge and design philosophy for the development and acquisition of rental housing, and provide guidance on the shape and form of future housing. The guidelines provide information on site layouts and house designs, land titling and service infrastructure, amenity targets, adaptable housing, housing modifications and upgrades and environmental sustainability.

These guidelines are used by Housing SA Asset Services Division for capital projects and are included in tendering and contract documentation. The guidelines are accessible through our department’s internet site at www.familiesandcommunities.sa.gov.au

.

Asbestos management in government buildings

The State Government has adopted guidelines for asbestos management in government buildings, which includes the requirement that agencies must report on their asbestos risk reduction programs.

As part of our asset management, through the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure

(DTEI), we undertake an annual asbestos inspection of our sites. Any works required as a result of the inspections are carried out by relevant approved providers through DTEI.

During 2007-08, asbestos was removed by a specialist contractor in two buildings at the Strathmont

Centre Campus. This involved damaged air conditioning sheets in roof light wells.

Asbestos management report (excluding Housing SA)

Number of Sites

Category

At start of year

At end of year

Category

Description

Interpretation

One or more items at these sites …

1 0 0 Remove should be removed promptly should be scheduled for removal at a practicable time may need removal during maintenance works

No asbestos asbestos has been removed

(All asbestos identified as per

OHS&W 4.2.10(1) has been removed)

(These sites not yet categorised)

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Definitions:

Category: The site performance score, determined by the lowest item performance score at each site.

Number of Sites in Category: A count of how many sites have the corresponding site performance score, with separate counts done at the start and the end of each year.

Category Description: Indicates the recommended action corresponding to the lowest item performance score

(recorded in the asbestos register by a competent person, as per OHS & W Regulations (SA) 1995, 4.2.10).

Interpretation: A brief real-world example of what each category implies for a site.

Housing SA asbestos management report

Housing SA, through the Responsive Maintenance Program, allocates funds for the inspection, testing and, where it is deemed necessary, removal, of asbestos products from residential properties. Any works required as a result of the inspections are carried out by relevant approved providers through

DTEI.

Properties used for commercial residential or non-residential purposes, such as group homes and boarding houses through the High Needs Housing programs, are required to have an Asbestos

Register located on the property. During 2007-08, the removal of asbestos in areas comprising floor coverings replacement, roof eaves, porches, external cladding, sleep outs, kitchens and wet areas was addressed. These properties fall into Categories 2, 5 and 6.

The following table shows the total number of residential sites owned by the South Australian Housing

Trust, with the number of locations within those sites shown in brackets, which had asbestos removed.

Category

Number of

Housing

SA Sites

At start of year

At end of year

Category

Description

Interpretation

One or more items at these sites …

1 304 (480) N/A N/A Remove

No asbestos should be removed promptly should be scheduled for removal at a practicable time may need removal during maintenance works has asbestos present. Inspect according to legislation and policy

(All asbestos identified as per

OHS&W 4.2.10(1) has been removed) d asbestos has been removed

Further information required

(These sites not yet categorised)

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Definitions:

Category: The site performance score, determined by the lowest item performance score at each site.

Number of Sites in Category: A count of how many sites have the corresponding site performance score, with separate counts done at the start and the end of each year.

Category Description: Indicates the recommended action corresponding to the lowest item performance score

(recorded in the asbestos register by a competent person, as per OHS & W Regulations (SA) 1995, 4.2.10).

Interpretation: A brief real-world example of what each category implies for a site.

Fraud

There have been no new instances of confirmed employee related fraud during 2007-08. In relation to outstanding employee related fraud from previous years, all cases have been referred to the South

Australia Police with investigations and hearings continuing.

Improvements are currently being implemented to enhance fraud management, including the establishment of a Fraud Control Framework that outlines the department’s approach to prevention, detection and reporting of fraud and a control self assessment questionnaire on fraud.

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Overseas travel

We are required to provide a summary of overseas travel undertaken by employees during 2007-08.

This section of the annual report satisfies this requirement.

Overseas travel is defined in the Commissioner’s Public Sector Management Standard 3.2, ‘Travel’, which states that travel within Australasia (including visits to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and

Australian Territories) is not subject to the overseas travel requirements of this standard, unless it forms part of a more extensive itinerary encompassing other overseas destinations

.

Number of

Employees

Destination/s Reason for Travel

Total Cost to

Agency *

World Conference on Disaster Management – integrate the research agenda of the Disaster

Recovery Sub Committee of the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Advisory

Council (CDSMAC) with initiatives running within Canada and USA.

Conference - identify community resilience strategies being implemented in other countries.

Meet with a range of people involved in recovery of Greensburg Kansas (destroyed by a tornado in 2007).

$14 327

2 Italy

1 Ethiopia

1 Netherlands

Conference - Assessing the Evidence-base of

Intervention for Vulnerable children and their families.

Participate in the Australian Central Adoption

Agency delegation to Ethiopia.

Inaugural global academic conference on internal audit and governance sponsored by Institute of

Internal Auditors from USA, UK and Europe.

5 Thailand

AusAid Public Sector Linkages Program - intensive training and site visits to assist the

Thailand Department of Social Development and

Welfare to improve the delivery of disability and aged care services. Travel funded through AusAid grant.

* costs to the agency exclude employee related expenses

$8 660

$5 160

$3 100

Nil

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Contractual arrangements

In 2007-08, there were 25 contracts with a value greater than $4 million (GST inclusive) which extended beyond a single year.

Organisation Description

Duration of arrangements

Value ($)

Aged Care and

Housing Group

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2010

4 084 960

City of Port

Adelaide Enfield

Community

Accommodation and Respite Agency

Incorporated ***

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Berri–

Riverland Health

Service

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Clare

District Hospital

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Funding to run community services through the Parks Community Centre

Community Accommodation and Respite

Agency provides accommodation support and respite to children and adults with a disability. Funding is on an annual basis and will continue in 2008-09 under a revised contract

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Flexible Options for Home Living

1 October 2007 –

30 September 2010

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2008

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

1 July 2005 –

30 June 2009

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

6 577 528

11 716 657

6 126 000

3 930 320

7 854 000 Country Health SA

Incorporated through Mount

Gambier and

Districts Health

Service

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Mount

Barker and Districts

Health Service

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Murray

Bridge Soldiers'

Memorial Hospital

Incorporated

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

5 299 900

4 158 600

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Organisation Description

Duration of arrangements

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Port Pirie

Regional Health

Service

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

Country Health SA

Incorporated through Victor

Harbour–South

Coast District

Hospital

Incorporated

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

Electrolux Supply of cookers

1 April 2004 –

31 March 2009

John Hindmarsh

(South Australia)

Pty Ltd

Leveda

Incorporated ***

Meals on Wheels

(SA) Incorporated

Manage the delivery of programmed and responsive maintenance work

Leveda provides accommodation support to adults and children with a disability. Funding is on an annual basis and will continue in

2008-09 under a revised contract

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Minda Incorporated Minda provides accommodation support, community support, community access and respite services, enabling children and adults with an intellectual disability to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities. Funding is on an annual basis and will continue in 2008-09 under a revised contract

29 June 2001 – present **

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2008

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2010

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2008

Multi Agency

Community Housing

Association

(MACHA)

Incorporated

Novita Children's

Services

Incorporated ***

Development in partnership with MACHA on

Logan Street in Adelaide city to provide 16 affordable housing outcomes

Novita Children’s Services provide community support, including case management, therapy support, early childhood intervention and behaviour specialist intervention to children up to the age of 18 years with a physical and/or neurological disability or acquired brain injury. Funding is on an annual basis and will continue in 2008-09 under a revised contract

30 November 2007 –

August 2008

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2008

Value ($)

6 185 160

5 955 800

7 259 594

8 859 136

4 907 431

6 005 670

34 337 554

4 500 000

9 430 972

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Organisation Description

Duration of arrangements

Programme

Maintenance

Services, Tungsten

Group Pty Ltd

Manage the delivery of programmed and responsive maintenance work

29 June 2001 – present **

Reece Pty Ltd

Resthaven

Incorporated

Supply of hot water units

5 June 2006 –

4 June 2009

1 October 2007 –

30 June 2010

Royal District

Nursing Service of

SA Incorporated

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

Home and Community Care Services including meal services to enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all

1 July 2005 –

30 June 2008

Sarah Constructions

Pty Ltd

Contractual agreement between the South

Australian Housing Trust and Sarah

Constructions to redevelop Afton House

Spastic Centres of

South Australia

Incorporated ***

UnitingCare Wesley

Spastic Centres of South Australia

Incorporated – CSTDA. Funding is on an annual basis and will continue in 2008-09 under a revised contract

Provision of services and management of the Maintenance Centre

June 2005 –

October 2008

1 July 2007 –

30 June 2008

1 October 2000

– present **

Value ($)

7 728 059

4 426 356

4 628 234

48 974 310

14 300 000

5 245 354

10 094 672 *

Urban Pacific Ltd

(UPL)

Contractual agreement between the South

Australian Housing Trust and UPL for the

Westwood Urban Renewal Project

1999 – 2011

340 000 000

(estimated)

* Payment for the period 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2008

** Contracts are currently being renegotiated

*** Contracts are renewed each year – funding will be expected to continue into the 2008-09 financial year

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Consultants

Consultancies below $10 000

There were seven consultancies in 2007-08 that cost below $10 000, with a total expenditure of

$39 638.

Consultancies between $10 000 and $50 000

There were nine consultancies in 2007-08 that cost between $10 000 and $50 000, with a total expenditure of $226 910. The consultancies and the project on which each worked are outlined below.

Fresbout Consulting

Gibson Quaii - ASS Pty Ltd

Monica Redden

Monica Redden

Square Holes Pty Ltd

Strategic Matters

Trevor Armstrong

University of Adelaide

University of South Australia

Develop a nationally agreed set of data item definitions that provide opportunities to develop consistent data collection across jurisdictions in the future. Determine which of the data item definitions should be included as primary data items, such as basic demographic data and secondary data items such as gambling intervention outcome data.

Data test and publish completed National Data Dictionary for

Gambling Help Services.

Review recent developments in Housing SA call centres; review the

Maintenance Centre and

Telephone Customer Service Centre

; review and analyse total costs of service delivery; review hours of operation,

KPIs, staffing and structure; provide a comprehensive written report on findings including cost/benefit analysis and recommendations.

Review of HACC funded Aged Care North project and report on strengths, weaknesses, areas for improvement, impact on the region and cost effectiveness of the model.

Detail and recommend the preferred service model(s), service and/or auspicing arrangements for the provision of carer support relating to

Home and Community Care funded services in SA.

Undertake a quantitative telephone survey of randomly selected respondents in relation to Foster Care perceptions, analyse data obtained and provide information in report format at completion of project.

Identify issues impacting on customers of Office for the Ageing, research and recommend best practice engagement and feedback strategies. Develop and provide a report on a procedure for customer complaints and feedback mechanisms.

Undertake a needs analysis in regards to each HACC agency's capacity to govern its own affairs; collate the information and report on a training plan for each agency and deliver governance training for the agencies.

To provide the background data and variables to develop a number of scenario planning tools to assist and influence policy and service directions in the future and provide a framework for monitoring the wellbeing of the older population of South Australia.

Review of ‘Programs in Secure Care’ in South Australia and other

Australian jurisdictions. Analysis of likely effectiveness of the programs currently offered.

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Consultancies above $50 000

There were five consultancies in 2007-08 that cost over $50 000, with a total expenditure of $383 131.

The consultancies and the project on which each worked are outlined below.

Community Business Bureau

Multicultural Communities

National Council on Crime and

Delinquency

University of South Australia

To examine and report on the financial and administrative infrastructure of HACC funded carer support services and make recommendations on areas for improvement. The information will be used to contribute to the development of equitable funding arrangements across carer support services.

Identify those services providing carer support, which are responsive to the needs of carers from culturally diverse communities; summarise the outcomes of consultations with existing carers and recommend the most appropriate carer support service delivery models to respond to these needs.

Review current Families SA decision making intake tools, conduct a series of meetings, develop basic training materials, assist to train and implement structured decision making processes and provide ongoing assistance and follow up.

Develop and deliver cultural and linguistic diversity competence training for approximately 1800 HACC funded agency staff from around the state. One session type catering for people that have received some cultural competence training previously, one session type for those who have not received any such training.

University of South Australia Outline necessary steps to, and develop an Elder Abuse Prevention

Action Plan that outlines key areas for action such that responses to elder abuse can be developed. Develop a strategy to promote and distribute the action plan amongst key stakeholders and for implementation of the plan.

Account payment performance

Treasurer’s Instruction 11 Payment of Creditors’ Accounts requires all undisputed accounts to be paid within 30 days of the date of the invoice or claim, unless there is a discount or a written agreement between the public authority and the creditor. During 2007-08, our department was able to pay 94.73 per cent of all invoices by the due date.

Number of accounts paid

% of accounts paid (by number)

Value of $A of accounts paid

% of accounts paid by value

204 819 94.73% $1 201 139 335 98.61% Paid by due date

Paid late, but within

30 days of due date

Paid more than 30 days from due date

8 960

2 427

4.14%

1.12%

$13 127 157

$3 800 312

1.08%

0.31%

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Financial statements

Financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2008 for the Department for

Families and Communities

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Financial statements

Certified statements by the Chief Executive and principal finance officer

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Financial statements

Audit certificate

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Financial statements

INCOME STATEMENT for the year ended 30 June 2008

Note

2008

$’000

2007

$’000

Expenses

Employee benefit expenses

Supplies and services

Depreciation and amortisation

Grants, subsidies and client payments

Net loss from disposal of non-current assets

Other expenses

Total expenses

Income

Rent, fees and charges

Dividends – HomeStart Finance

Commonwealth revenues

Interest revenue

Net gain from disposal of non-current assets

Other revenues

Total income

Net cost of providing services

Revenues from/payments to SA Government

Revenues from SA Government

Grants from SA Government agencies

Total revenue from SA Government

Net result before restructure

394 688

166 946

3 403

600 678

757

201

1 166 673

106 941

-

280 157

442

-

8 043

395 583

(771 090)

744 035

16 080

760 115

(10 975)

2.8

12

13

14

15

11

8

9

14

10

6

7

16.1

16.2

Net result from restructuring

Net (expenses)/revenues from administrative restructure 32 (4 213)

Net result after restructure

(15 188)

The net result after restructure is attributable to the SA Government as owner.

The above Income Statement should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

290 905

105 108

3 045

642 135

-

93

1 041 286

98 260

5 000

247 862

12

90

3 481

354 705

(686 581)

656 228

22 581

678 809

(7 772)

39 708

31 936

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BALANCE SHEET as at 30 June 2008

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

Receivables

Total current assets

Non-current assets

Receivables

Property, plant and equipment

Capital works in progress

Intangible assets

Total non-current assets

Total assets

Current liabilities

Payables

Employee benefits

Provisions

Other liabilities

Total current liabilities

Non-current liabilities

Payables

Employee benefits

Note

18

19

21

22

23

19

27

28

24

25

24

25

2008

$’000

44 929

21 967

67 243

14 131

210 240

8 822

167

233 360

300 603

32 314

45 226

7 451

115

85 106

4 519

46 954

2007

$’000

18 496

26 868

45 649

13 651

163 080

6 080

-

182 811

228 460

19 423

36 643

4 716

111

60 893

4 822

33 426

Provisions

Total non-current liabilities

Total liabilities

Net assets

Equity

Contributed capital

Asset revaluation reserve

Retained earnings

Total equity

29

29

29

27 19 023

70 781

155 887

144 716

26 991

49 452

68 273

144 716

144 716

Total equity is attributable to the SA Government as owner

Unexpected funding commitments

Unrecognised contractual commitments

17

31

Contingent assets and liabilities 33

The above Balance Sheet should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

12 666

51 199

112 092

116 368

19 474

13 433

83 461

116 368

116 368

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STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY for the year ended 30 June 2008

Note

Balance at 30 June 2006

Changes in accounting policy

Error correction

Restated balance at 30 June 2006

Net result after restructure for 2006-07

Total recognised income and expense for 2006-07

Equity contributions from the SA Government

Balance at 30 June 2007

Gains (Loss) on revaluation of property, plant and equipment during 2007-08

Net income/expense recognised directly in equity for 2007-08

4

4

29

Net result after restructure for 2007-08

Total recognised income and expense for 2007-08

Equity contribution from the SA Government

Balance at 30 June 2008

29

All changes in equity are attributable to the SA Government as owner.

Contributed

Capital

$’000

10 763

10 763

-

-

-

8 711

19 474

-

-

7 517

26 991

Asset

Revaluation

Reserve

$’000

13 433

13 433

-

-

-

-

13 433

36 019

-

-

49 452

Retained

Earnings

$’000

Total

$’000

51 175 75 371

(8 090) (8 090)

8 440 8 440

51 525

31 936

75 721

31 936

- 8 711

83 461 116 368

-

-

36 019

36 019

(15 188) (15 188)

- 7 517

68 273 144 716

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CASH FLOW STATEMENT for the year ended 30 June 2008

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

Cash Outflows

Employee benefit payments

Supplies and services

Grants and subsidies

GST payments on purchases

GST paid to the ATO

Other payments

Cash used in operations

Cash Inflows

Fees and charges

Receipts from Commonwealth

Dividends received

Interest received

GST receipts on receivables

GST recovered from the ATO

Other receipts

Cash generated from operating activities

Cash Flows from SA Government

Receipts from SA Government

Grants from SA Government Agencies

Cash generated from SA Government

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

Cash Outflows

Purchase of property, plant and equipment (including WIP)

Cash used in investing activities

Cash Inflows

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

Cash generated from investing activities

Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities

Note

34

(4 257)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Cash Inflows

Capital Contributions from Government

Proceeds from restructuring activities

Cash generated from financing activities

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities

Net Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

7 517

4 371

11 888

11 888

26 433

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the financial year 18 496

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the financial year

Non-cash transactions

18

18

44 929

The above Cash Flow Statement should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

2008

$’000

(382 502)

(161 349)

(600 037)

(40 655)

(2 190)

-

(1 186 733)

107 048

287 477

-

446

2 171

40 189

8 089

445 420

744 035

16 080

760 115

18 802

(4 301)

(4 301)

44

2007

$’000

(285 400)

(109 914)

(646 060)

(43 583)

(2 018)

(4)

(1 086 979)

96 095

240 542

5 000

279

2 125

49 074

3 364

396 479

651 336

27 473

678 809

(11 691)

(4 057)

(4 057)

235

(3 822)

8 711

1 359

10 070

10 070

(5 443)

23 939

18 496

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NOTES TO AND FORMING PART OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the year ended 30 June 2008

1. Objectives and functions of the Department

The Department for Families and Communities (the Department) was established on 5 March 2004 and commenced operating on 1 July 2004, to provide a clear focus for the South Australian Government’s goals for the protection of our children and young people and to help build the resilience and well-being of families and communities. The vision of the Department is to be an innovative, effective and responsive leader in improving the quality of family and community life in South Australia. The Department has a broad mandate to work with those in need who, through circumstance, may be poor, vulnerable, at risk of harm or isolated and disconnected.

To achieve this vision, the Department will actively work towards a community where:

• enhanced wellbeing is a fundamental right

• everybody shares the responsibility for building and supporting stronger families and communities

• everybody benefits from improved wellbeing.

The Department serves the Minister for Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing and Disability. The

Department has the responsibility for delivery of specific programs to the public with respect to activities assigned to the Department under various Acts as delegated, by the respective Ministers, to the Chief Executive of the

Department.

The Department also functions as a service provider to the South Australian Housing Trust. The financial affairs of the South Australian Housing Trust does not form part of the Department's financial report.

The Department administered certain revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities on behalf of other government agencies and non government entities. They are not controlled by the Department and are consequently not recognised in the Department's financial statements. They are regarded as significant and disclosed in a separate set of financial statements.

2007-08

Julia Farr Services (JFS) was incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976. Effective 1

July 2004, the Minister of Health delegated responsibility for JFS to the Minister for Disability. On 28 June 2007, the Governor proclaimed to dissolve JFS in accordance with reforms to the governance arrangements for the management of the provision of disability services. Effective 1 July 2007, the Board of JFS dissolved and the assets and liabilities of JFS were transferred, assigned or vested in the Minister for Disability.

Metropolitan Domiciliary Care (MDC) was incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976.

On 28 June 2007, the Governor proclaimed to dissolve MDC in accordance with reforms to the governance arrangements for the management of the provision of health services. Effective 1 July 2007, the Board of MDC dissolved and the assets and liabilities of MDC were transferred, assigned or vested in the Minister for Ageing

(refer Note 32).

Prior to 1 July 2007, the Department of Health (DH) provided general accounting, financial accounting, financial systems and accounting policy advice to the Department. The provision of these services was covered by a

Service Level Agreement. Effective 1 July 2007, the Department became the provider of these services to DH. A revised Service Level Agreement reflects that the Department is now the provider. The liabilities transferred from

DH are employee liabilities.

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2006-07

The Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) and the Independent Living Centre (ILC) were incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976. Effective 1 July 2004, the Minister of Health delegated responsibility for IDSC and ILC to the Minister for Disability. On 29 June 2006, the Governor proclaimed to dissolve IDSC and ILC in accordance with reforms to the governance arrangements for the management of the provision of disability services. Effective 1 July 2006, the Boards of IDSC and ILC dissolved and the assets and liabilities of IDSC and ILC were transferred, assigned or vested in the Minister for Disability.

The Office for Women was transferred from the Department for Families and Communities to the Attorney-

General's Department on 1 April 2007.

1.3

Funding for the Department

Funding for the Department comes mainly from appropriation funding from State and Commonwealth

Government sources. These funds are applied to both controlled and administered activities.

The Department also receives amounts from other sources including rent, fees, and charges, and dividends from portfolio housing agencies.

2.

Summary of significant accounting policies

2.1

Basis of accounting

The financial report is a general purpose financial report. The accounts have been prepared in accordance with:

• applicable Australian Accounting Standards

• Treasurer's Instructions (TIs) and Accounting Policy Statements (APS) promulgated under the provision of the

Public Finance and Audit Act, 1987

• other mandatory professional reporting requirements in Australia.

Statement of compliance

Australian Accounting Standards include Australian equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards and AAS 29, Financial Reporting by Government Departments.

The preparation of the financial report requires the use of certain accounting estimates, where management is required to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Department's accounting policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgments or where assumptions and estimates are significant to the financial statements are outlined in the applicable notes.

The preparation of the financial report also requires compliance with accounting policy statements issued pursuant to section 41 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987, by authority of Treasurer's Instruction 19,

Financial Reporting

. In the interest of public accountability and transparency the accounting policy statements require the following note disclosures that have been included in this financial report:

• revenues, expenses, financial assets and financial liabilities where the counterparty/transaction is with an entity within the SA Government as at reporting date, classified according to their nature

• expenses incurred as a result of engaging consultants (as reported in the Income Statement)

• employee target voluntary separation packages

• employees whose normal remuneration is $100 000 or more (within $10 000 bandwidths) and aggregate remuneration paid or payable or otherwise made available, directly or indirectly by the Department to those employees, and

• board/committee member and remuneration information, where a board or committee member is entitled to receive income from membership other than direct out of pocket reimbursement.

The Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Changes in Equity have been prepared on an accrual basis and are in accordance with the historic cost convention, except for certain assets that were valued in accordance with the valuation policy applicable.

The Cash Flow Statement has been prepared on a cash basis.

The financial report has been prepared based on a twelve month operating cycle and presented in Australian currency.

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The existence of the Department and the ongoing delivery of current programs and services are dependent on

Government policy and on continuing appropriations by Parliament.

Early adoption of accounting standards

The Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations that have been recently issued or amended but are not yet effective, have not been adopted by the Department for the reporting period ending 30 June 2007. The

Department has assessed the impact of new and amended standards and interpretations and considers that there will be no impact on the accounting policies or financial report of the Department.

The Department's financial statements include both departmental and administered items. The Department's financial statements include assets, liabilities, income and expenses controlled or incurred by the Department in its own right. The Administered financial statements include assets, liabilities, income and expenses which the

Department administers on behalf of the SA Government, but does not control. A separate set of financial statements is produced as these administered items are regarded as significant in respect to the Department's operations.

The presentation and classification of items in the financial report are consistent with prior periods except where a specific Accounting Policy Statement or an Australian Accounting Standard has required a change.

Where presentation and classification of items in the financial report have been amended, comparative amounts have been reclassified unless reclassification is impracticable. Any restated comparative amounts do not replace the original financial report for the preceding period.

2.4 Rounding

All amounts in the financial statements have been rounded to the nearest thousand dollars ($'000).

2.5 Taxation

The Department is not subject to income tax. The Department is liable for payroll tax, fringe benefits tax, goods and services tax (GST) and the emergency services levy. Income, expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of GST except:

• where the amount of GST incurred by the Department as a purchaser is not recoverable from the Australian

Taxation Office, GST is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of an asset or is part of an item of expenses

• where appropriate, receivables and payables are stated with the amount of GST included.

The net amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to, Australian Taxation Office is included as part of receivables or payables in the Balance Sheet.

Cash flows are included in the Cash Flow Statement on a gross basis. The GST component of cash flows arising from investing and financing activities, which is recoverable from or payable to the Australian Taxation Office, is classified as part of operating cash flows.

Commitments and contingencies include the amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to the Australian Tax

Office.

2.6

Income and expenses

Income and expenses are recognised in the Department's Income Statement when and only when the flow or consumption or loss of future economic benefits has occurred and can be reliably measured. Income and expenses have been classified according to their nature and have not been offset unless required or permitted by a specific accounting standard or where offsetting reflects the substance of the transaction.

The notes to the financial statements disclose revenues, expenses, financial assets and financial liabilities where the counterparty/transaction is with an entity within the SA Government as at the reporting date.

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Fees and charges

Revenues from fees and charges are derived from the provision of goods and services to other SA government agencies and to the public. This revenue is recognised upon delivery of the service to the clients or by reference to the stage of completion.

Disposal of non-current assets

Income from the disposal of non-current assets is recognised when control of the asset has passed to the buyer and determined by comparing proceeds with carrying amount. When revalued assets are sold, the revaluation increments are transferred to retained earnings.

Resources received/provided free of charge

Resources received/provided free of charge are recorded as revenue and expenditure in the Income Statement at their fair value. Resources provided free of charge are recorded in the expense line items to which they relate.

Grant contributions received

Grants that are received from other entities by the Department for general assistance or a particular purpose may be for capital or recurrent purposes and the name of the category reflects the use of the grant. These entities may be other SA Government agencies or the Commonwealth Government. The grants given are usually subject to terms and conditions set out in the contract, correspondence, or by legislation. The contribution is recognised as an asset and income when the Department obtains control of the contributions or the right to receive the contribution.

Grants paid

Grants that are paid to other entities by the Department for general assistance or a particular purpose may be for capital or recurrent purposes and the name of the category reflects the use of the grant. These entities may be other SA Government agencies, Non Government Organisations or the public. The grants given are usually subject to terms and conditions set out in the contract, correspondence, or by legislation. For contributions payable, the contribution will be recognised as a liability and expense when the entity has a present obligation to pay the contribution.

2.7

Revenues from SA Government

Appropriations are recognised as revenues when the Department obtains control over the funding. Control over appropriations is normally obtained upon their receipt.

Where money has been appropriated in the form of an equity contribution, the Treasurer has acquired a financial interest in the net assets of the Department and the contribution is recorded as contributed equity.

2.8 Dividends

In 2006-07 dividends were received by the Department from HomeStart Finance, in compliance with Section

26(8) of the Housing and Urban Development (Administrative Arrangements) Act, 1995 and redistributed to portfolio housing entities consistent with Departmental strategic plans. In 2007-08, dividends were paid directly to the Department of Treasury and Finance.

2.9

Current and non current items

Assets and liabilities are characterised as either current or non-current in nature. The Department has a clearly identifiable operating cycle of 12 months. Therefore assets and liabilities that will be realised as part of the normal operating cycle will be classified as current assets or current liabilities. All other assets and liabilities are classified as non-current.

2.10 Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents as reported in the Balance Sheet includes cash on hand, deposits held at call and other short-term, highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less that are readily converted to cash and which are subject to insignificant risk of changes in value. Cash and cash equivalents in the Cash Flow

Statement comprise cash and cash equivalents as defined above. Cash is measured at nominal value.

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Financial statements

In October 2003 the Government introduced a policy with respect to aligning agency cash balances with the appropriation and expenditure authority. During the 2007-08 and 2006-07 financial years the Department was not required to transfer any of its cash balance to the Consolidated Account.

2.11 Receivables

Receivables include amounts receivable from trade, prepayments, and other accruals.

Trade receivables arise in the normal course of selling goods and services to other agencies and to the public.

Trade receivables are receivable within 30 days after the issue of an invoice or otherwise in accordance with relevant contractual arrangements.

Other debtors arise outside the normal course of selling goods and services to other agencies and to the public.

Collectability of trade receivables is reviewed on an ongoing basis. Debts that are known to be uncollectible, after all reasonable attempts have been made to collect the debt, are written off when identified. An allowance for doubtful debts is raised when there is objective evidence that the Department will not be able to collect the debts.

2.12 Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and their net realisable value. Inventories held for use by the

Department are measured at cost, with cost being allocated in accordance with the first-in, first-out method.

2.13 Non current asset acquisition and recognition

Assets are initially recorded at cost plus any incidental cost involved with the acquisition. Where assets are acquired at no value, or minimal value, they are recorded at their fair value in the Balance Sheet. Where the assets are acquired at no or nominal value as part of a restructuring of administrative arrangements then the assets are recorded at the value recorded by the transferor prior to transfer.

The Department capitalises all non-current physical assets with a value of $10 000 or greater.

Assets held for sale are separately disclosed and measured at the lower of carrying amount and fair value less cost to sell.

Works in progress are projects physically incomplete as at reporting date.

2.14 Revaluation of non-current assets

In accordance with APF III, Asset Accounting Framework:

• all non-current physical assets are valued at written down current cost (a proxy for fair value), and

• revaluation of non-current assets or groups of assets is performed when its fair value at the time of acquisition is greater than $1 million and estimated useful life is greater than three years.

Land and buildings at fair value

The Department revalues its land and buildings every three years. However, if at any time management considers that the carrying amount of the asset materially differs from the fair value, then the asset will be revalued regardless of when the last valuation took place. Non-current physical assets that are acquired between revaluations are held at cost until the next valuation, where they are revalued to fair value.

The Department's land and buildings were due to be revalued as at 30 June 2009. During the 2007-08 financial year, management considered that prices had materially appreciated and a desktop valuation was carried out on land and buildings by a Professional Valuer. The fair value valuation methodology was used by the Valuer in conducting the desk top valuation. As a result of the desktop valuation, asset values were adjusted to be in accordance with the fair value as determined by the Valuer.

The Professional Valuer engaged to perform the independent desk top valuation was:

• Martin Burns - M.B.A., B.App.Sc. Property Resource Management, Associate Australian Property Institute

(AAPI), Certified Practising Valuer (CPV), Liquid Pacific Limited

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Financial statements

Land and Buildings transferred from JFS and MDC on 1 July 2007, were transferred at the value recorded by JFS and MDC prior to the transfer. As at 30 June 2008 these asset values were adjusted in accordance with the outcome of the desk top valuation.

Assets deemed to be at fair value

For those classes of non-current assets where an independent revaluation has not been undertaken, the criteria which require revaluation within APF III Asset Accounting Framework have not been met. For these classes of non-current assets, written down cost is deemed to be at fair value as determined by APF III Asset Accounting

Framework.

Asset classes where written down cost is deemed to be fair value, include:

• Leasehold Improvements

• Buildings and Improvements in Progress (WIP)

• Computing Equipment

• Motor Vehicles

• Other Plant and Equipment.

2.15 Impairment

All non-current assets are tested for an indication of impairment at each reporting date. Where there is an indication of impairment, the recoverable amount is estimated. An amount by which the asset's carrying amount exceeds the recoverable amount is recorded as an impairment loss. An impairment loss is recognised immediately in the Income Statement, unless the asset has been revalued. For revalued assets an impairment loss is offset against the revaluation reserve for that same class of assets, to the extent that the impairment loss does not exceed the amount in the asset revaluation reserve for that class of asset.

2.16 Depreciation and amortisation of non current assets

All non-current assets, having a limited useful life, are systematically depreciated/amortised over their useful lives in a manner that reflects the consumption of their service potential. Amortisation is used in relation to intangible assets, while depreciation is applied to physical assets such as property plant and equipment. The useful lives of all major assets held by the Department are reassessed on an annual basis.

The value of leasehold improvements is amortised over the estimated useful life of each improvement, or the unexpired period of the relevant lease, whichever is shorter. Land and assets held for sale are not depreciated.

Depreciation/amortisation for non-current assets is determined as follows:

Class of asset Depreciation method Useful life (years)

• Buildings and Improvements

• Leasehold Improvements

• Computing Equipment

• Motor Vehicles

• Other Plant and Equipment

• Intangible Assets - computer software

Straight Line

Straight Line

Straight Line

Straight Line

Straight Line

Straight Line

25-50 years life of lease

3 years

10 years

3-15 years

3 years

2.17 Intangibles

An intangible asset is an identifiable non-monetary asset without physical substance. Intangible assets are measured at cost. Following initial recognition, intangible assets are carried at cost less any accumulated amortisation and any accumulated impairment losses.

The acquisition or internal development of software is capitalised when the expenditure meets the asset definition criteria (identifiability, control, and the existence of future economic benefits) and the asset recognition criteria

(probability of future economic benefit and cost can be reliably measured) and when the amount of expenditure is greater than or equal to $10 000.

All research and development costs that do not meet the capitalisation criteria outlined in AASB 138 Intangible

Assets are expensed.

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2.18 Payables

Payables include creditors, accrued expenses and employment on-costs. Creditors represent the amounts owing for goods and services received prior to the end of the reporting period that are unpaid at the end of the reporting period. Creditors include all unpaid invoices received relating to normal operations of the Department.

Accrued expenses represents goods and services provided by other parties during the period that are unpaid at the end of the reporting period and where an invoice has not been processed or received.

All payables are measured at their nominal amount and are unsecured. Invoices are normally settled promptly in accordance with TI 11 Payment of Creditors' Accounts after the Department receives an invoice.

Employment on-costs include superannuation contributions and payroll tax with respect to the outstanding liabilities for salaries and wages, long service leave and annual leave.

The Department makes contributions to several superannuation schemes operated by the State Government.

These contributions are treated as an expense when they occur. There is no liability for payments to beneficiaries as the Department of Treasury and Finance centrally recognises the superannuation liability in the whole of government financial statements. The only liability outstanding at balance date relates to any contributions due but not yet paid to the superannuation schemes.

These benefits accrue for employees as a result of services provided up to the reporting date and remain unpaid.

Long term employee benefits are measured at the present value and short term employee benefits are measured at nominal amounts.

Sick leave

A provision has not been made for sick leave as all sick leave is non-vesting and the average sick leave taken in future years is estimated to be less than the annual entitlement of sick leave.

Annual leave

The liability for annual leave is measured as the amount unpaid at the reporting date at remuneration rates expected to be paid at reporting date. The annual leave liability is expected to be paid within twelve months and is measured at the undiscounted nominal amount.

Long service leave

The liability for long service leave was determined through an actuarial assessment undertaken by Mercer

(Australia) Pty Ltd, in accordance with AASB 119 Employee Benefits. The following assumptions were made by the actuary when performing the assessment:

• salary increases of 3.5 per cent per annum based on the current enterprise bargaining agreement and shortterm forecasts

• discounting of 6.4 per cent per annum based on the gross ten year Commonwealth Government bonds rate at

30 June 2008.

Accrued salaries and wages

The liability for accrued salaries and wages is measured as the amount unpaid at the reporting date at remuneration rates current at reporting date.

2.20 Provisions

Insurance

The Department is a participant in the State Government's Insurance Program. The Department pays a premium to South Australian Government Financing Authority, SAICORP Division (SAICORP) for professional indemnity insurance and general public liability insurance and is responsible for the payment of claim amounts up to an agreed amount (the deductible). SAICORP provides the balance of funding for claims in excess of the deductible.

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Financial statements

The provision for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance represents liabilities for outstanding claims in respect of incidents that have occurred. The liabilities include claims incurred and reported but not paid, claims incurred but not reported (IBNR), claims incurred but not enough reserve (IBNER) and the anticipated costs of settling those claims. The claims liabilities are measured as the present values of the expected future payments.

Claims incurred but not paid and claim settlement costs that can be directly attributed to particular claims are assessed by reviewing individual claim files.

In respect of IBNR and IBNER claims, an amount of $50 000 has been set aside for both the Public Liability

Claims and Professional Indemnity Claims. These amounts are based upon historical claims activity, with allowance for prudential margins and are reviewed annually. Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Claims relating to periods prior to the restructuring of the former Department of Human Services, effective 1 July 2004, are the responsibility of the Department of Health.

The provision for property claims represents outstanding payments for incurred damage to property. An allowance is also included for (IBNER) claims. This provision is based upon historical claims activity and with allowance for prudential margins and is reviewed annually.

Workers compensation

The Department is an exempt employer under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. Under a scheme arrangement the Department is responsible for the management of workers rehabilitation and compensation.

The workers compensation liability recognised for the employees of the Department is based on an apportionment of an actuarial assessment of the whole of government workers compensation liability conducted by Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries based on 30 April 2008 data. Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries extrapolate this data to 30 June 2008. For the 2007-08 financial year the Department has reflected a workers compensation provision of $25.49 million (2007 $16.55 million) (Refer Note 27.2).

The actuarial assessment conducted by Taylor Fry Consulting Actuaries is based on the Payment Per Claim

Incurred (PPCI) valuation method. The assessment has been conducted in accordance with AASB 137

Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets

and the Work Cover Guidelines for Actuarial

Assessments

. The liability covers claims incurred but not yet paid, incurred but not reported and the anticipated direct and indirect costs of settling those claims. The liability for outstanding claims is measured as the present value of the expected future payments reflecting the fact that all the claims do not have to be paid out in the immediate future.

2.21 Leases

The Department has not entered into any finance leases. The Department has entered into some operating leases.

Operating leases

In respect of operating leases, the lessor retains substantially the entire risks and benefits incidental to the ownership of the leased items. Operating lease payments are recognised as an expense on a basis which is representative of the pattern of benefits derived from the leased assets.

The Department has complied with APF II General Purpose Financial Reporting Framework where the

Department must disclose by way of note whether transactions are with entities that are within or external to the

South Australian Government. These transactions are classified by their nature and relate to income, expenses, financial assets and financial liabilities.

The Department has non-interest bearing assets in the form of cash on hand and receivables, and non-interest bearing liabilities in the form of payables. The Department's exposure to market risk is minimal and cash flow interest risk is minimal. From 1 July 2006, as a result of policy changes, the Department does not receive interest on cash balances in the Departmental operating account. This balance comprises the majority of the

Department's controlled cash.

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The Department has no significant concentration of credit risk. The Department has policies and procedures in place to ensure that transactions occur with customers with appropriate credit history.

In relation to liquidity/funding risk, the continued existence of the Department in its present form and with its present programs, is dependent on Government policy and on continuing appropriations by Parliament for the

Department's administration and programs.

4.

Change in accounting policy

2007-08

Accounting Error- Change in Accounting for Employee Related Services Recoverable

Employees of the Department provide services to the South Australian Housing Trust (SAHT). The Department recognises as a liability, all employee entitlements for these staff. As these amounts are recoverable from SAHT, a receivable is also recognised. In past years, the Department has recognised a receivable for only part of the value of entitlements for employees assigned to the SAHT. The SAHT is however, meeting the full employment costs of these employees. The accounting treatment of the recovery of employee entitlement was reviewed in

2007-08. As a result it was established that prior year financial reports had understated the receivable by $8.44 million. In accordance with AASB 108 ‘Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors’ this error has been corrected by increasing the value of the receivable in the current and prior year to reflect the full cost of Departmental employees providing services to the SAHT. Opening equity has also been adjusted to reflect the impact of the correction on earlier years.

2006-07

Change in asset threshold

Effective 1 July 2006, the asset capitalisation threshold for the Department was increased to $10 000. The previous asset capitalisation threshold was $5 000. The increase in the asset capitalisation threshold will ensure that there is consistency in the asset capitalisation threshold across various entities within the portfolio. The increase is in accordance with Accounting Policy Framework III Asset Accounting Framework issued by the

Department of Treasury and Finance where assets with a fair value at the time of acquisition of less than $10 000 need not be recognised (capitalised) as an asset. The change in accounting policy was accounted for by adjusting the balance of retained earnings for 2006 by $0.165 million for DFC, and by an adjustment of $8.090 million directly to equity in 2006-07 for the former ILC and IDSC (ILC $7.955 million, and IDSC $0.135 million).

5.

Programs of the Department

In achieving its objective the Department provides a range of services classified into the following programs:

Program 1: Affordable Housing Choices and Communities that Prosper

To work with others to expand and improve affordable housing choices across the state and help build communities that prosper.

This program encompasses the management of grants for housing services to low-income households. This includes grants for the provision of private rental services, public, Aboriginal and community managed housing, the funding and regulation of community housing.

Program 2: High Need Housing

To develop and implement better high need housing and service responses for people at risk or in high need.

This program encompasses the management of grants for housing services for people in high need and supported accommodation assistance for people in crisis as well as providing other services and programs related to high need housing.

Program 3: Independence and Community Connection

To enable people to take charge of their lives and ensure community connection opportunities are available to all.

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Financial statements

This program encompasses the provision of services related to supporting people with disabilities to live in the community, managing grants and providing advice to the Minister for the promotion of health, social wellbeing and quality of life of the community, implementing strategies and programs to promote the participation and support of older people in the community.

Program 4: Keeping Them Safe and Connected

Providing services that ensure children, young people and families are safe, supported and connected to the future.

This encompasses child protection, alternative care for those children and young people not able to be cared for by their own families, case management and support for young people under the Guardianship of the Minister, adoption and post adoption services, youth justice services as directed by the Youth Court (e.g. remand, bail orders, Community Service Orders, Supervision and Home Detention), provision of secure care facilities for young people who are detained, emergency financial assistance, domestic violence assistance, anti-poverty preventative programs and recovery services for victims of disasters.

Program 5: Effective and Sustainable Business Practices

To establish and maintain efficient, effective and accountable business practices to underpin delivery of the

Connecting to the Future

strategic agenda.

Services provided include strategic and overarching support services such as policy development, reporting and advice, strategic planning, continuous improvement tools and quality management, research and evaluation, financial services, legal services, information management, workforce and infrastructure development, for the entire Portfolio.

2006-07 Programs Reported:

In 2006-07 the Department reported on an additional program:

Program 7: Office for Women

Pursuit of the full and equal participation of women in the social and economic life of the State by providing innovative and balanced public policy advice to government. Providing high quality statewide information, support and referral services through the Women's Information Service. This program was transferred to the Attorney-

General's Department on 1 April 2007.

6.

Employee benefit expenses

Salaries and wages

Long service leave

Annual leave

Superannuation

Workers compensation

Payroll tax

Other employee related expenses

Note

2008

$'000

282 901

9 209

28 941

31 971

15 631

19 457

6 578

2007

$'000

212 553

5 924

20 725

24 472

7 272

14 903

5 056

Total employee benefit expenses 394 688 290 905

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Remuneration of Employees

The number of employees whose remuneration received or receivable falls within the following bands:

2008

$100 000 – 109 999

$110 000 – 119 999

$120 000 – 129 999

$130 000 – 139 999

$140 000 – 149 999

$150 000 – 159 999

$160 000 – 169 999

$170 000 – 179 999

$180 000 – 189 999

$190 000 – 199 999

$200 000 – 209 999

$210 000 – 219 999

$220 000 – 229 999

$230 000 – 239 999

$240 000 – 249 999

$250 000 – 259 999

$260 000 – 269 999

$270 000 – 279 999

$280 000 – 289 999

$290 000 – 299 999

$300 000 – 309 999

$310 000 – 319 999

$320 000 – 329 999

$330 000 – 339 999

-

-

5

-

2

-

2

5

9

2

5

4

77

33

15

10

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

Total number of employees

171

113

The table includes all employees who received remuneration of $100 000 or more during the year.

Remuneration of employees reflects all costs of employment including salaries and wages, superannuation contributions, fringe benefits tax and any other salary sacrifice benefits. The total remuneration received by these employees for the year was $21.7 million (2007 $14.9 million).

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

1

1

-

3

2

3

4

2007

43

20

8

11

4

7

4

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Financial statements

Accommodation and property related

Advertising and promotions

Brokerage fees

Client related expenses

Communication and computing

Contractors and agency staff

Drugs and medical supplies

2008

$'000

27 213

380

46 882

4 408

18 373

19 931

4 615

2007

$'000

22 792

539

18 298

5 142

16 917

8 563

962

Interpreter and translator fees

Managed payments

Minor equipment

Motor vehicles

Printing, stationery, postage and periodicals

Seminars, courses and training

Travel and accommodation

Other administration

Total supplies and services (excluding audit fees)

Audit fees paid / payable to the Auditor General's Department *

85

3 097

7 950

10 534

3 604

1 911

2 367

13 387

166 583

363

21

2 716

5 130

7 109

3 025

1 350

2 118

8 784

104 831

277

Total audit fees

363 277

105 108

Total supplies and services (including audit fees)

166 946

* Other services: There were no other services provided by the Auditor-General's Department

Supplies and services provided by entities within SA Government $'000

Accommodation and property related

Advertising and promotions

Brokerage fees

Client related expenses

Communication and computing

Contractors and agency staff

18 460

7

107

176

6 669

679

$'000

15 491

47

-

287

8 036

2 635

Interpreter and translator fees

Managed payments

Minor equipment

Motor vehicles

Printing, stationery, postage and periodicals

Repairs and maintenance

Seminars, courses and training

Travel and accommodation

Other administration

Total supplies and services - SA Government (excluding audit fees)

Audit fees paid / payable to the Auditor General's Department *

Total audit fees – SA Government

Total supplies and services - SA Government (including audit fees)

1

2 751

229

9 895

106

-

71

11

1 636

41 786

363

42 149

-

2 466

260

6 661

128

457

90

12

2 210

39 648

277

39 925

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The number and dollar amount of consultancies paid/payable (included in supplies and services) that fell within the following band:

No

2008

$'000

No

2007

$'000

Below $10 000

Between $10 000 and $50 000

Above $50 000

Total paid/payable to the consultants engaged

7

9

5

40

227

383

11

13

3

29

299

180

Depreciation

Buildings and improvements

Computing equipment

Motor vehicles

ILEP equipment

Other plant and equipment

Total depreciation and amortisation

9. Grants, subsidies and client payments by Program

2008

$’000

1 868

148

5

597

235

2007

$’000

1 733

52

5

540

142

Total depreciation 2 853 2 472

Amortisation

Leasehold improvements 493 573

Computer Software

Total amortisation

57

550

-

573

3 403 3 045

Recurrent funding to Julia Farr Services

Capital funding to Julia Farr Services

Aboriginal Community Benefit Grants

Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement Grants

Community Connect Grants

Supported Accommodation (Commonwealth State Housing Agreement)

Julia Farr Association Establish Grant

Supported Residential Facility

Commonwealth State Housing Agreement

Housing SA -Tax Equivalent Regime

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

Home and Community Care

Children's Payments

Family and Community Development

Alternative Care

Emergency Financial Assistance

Concessions - SA Spectacle Scheme

Aged Care Grants (formerly Funds for Seniors)

Parks Community Centre (Local Government Grant)

Strathmont Centre Devolution Grant

Other

Total Grant, Subsidies and Client Payments

2008

$'000

-

-

1 477

115 801

2 227

2 738

1 396

8 176

112 837

135 766

31 314

96 418

44 015

8 610

22 030

3 559

880

4 487

1 969

5 465

1 513

600 678

2007

$'000

57 363

31

1 332

109 556

2 687

3 561

-

7 953

106 312

123 062

27 819

113 930

38 233

8 394

17 573

3 085

1 027

7 675

1 921

6 264

4 357

642 135

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Financial statements

Grants, Subsidies and Client Payments by Program Paid/Payable within SA Government

Recurrent funding to Julia Farr Services

Capital funding to Julia Farr Services

Aboriginal Community Benefit Grants

Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement Grants

Community Connect Grants

Supported Accommodation (Commonwealth State Housing Agreement)

Supported Residential Facility

Commonwealth State Housing Agreement

Housing SA -Tax equivalent regime

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

Home and Community Care

Children's Payments

Family and Community Development

Alternative Care

Emergency Financial Assistance

Aged Care Grants (formerly Funds for Seniors)

Strathmont Centre Devolution Grant

892

111 505

135 766

1 214

25 829

904

-

935

2008

$'000

-

-

40

1 962

1 109

-

35

2 395

5 465

Total Grant, Subsidies and Client Payments - SA Government 288 722 349 169

Grants and Subsidies by Recipient Type

SA Govt Entities

SA Health Units

Non Government Organisations (NGO's)

Local Government

Universities

Grant -Commonwealth & Other State/Territory Gov.

Children’s Payments and Emergency Financial Assistance* Gov.

Children’s Payments and Emergency Financial Assistance* Non Gov.

9.1

2008

$'000

256 754

31 029

247 289

17 044

542

446

939

46 635

2007

$'000

291 778

56 747

235 224

16 262

374

432

644

40 674

Grand Total

600 678 642 135

*Small Payments are made to numerous providers in accordance with the Departmental client payment policies.

366

97 791

123 062

1 148

49 937

550

5

355

2007

$'000

57 363

31

5

2 024

614

1 400

94

6 059

6 264

198

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Financial statements

9.1 Funding to Non-Government Organisations

Minda Incorporated

Royal District Nursing

NOVITA Childrens Services Inc

Anglicare SA

Community Accommodation Respite Agency

Centacare Catholic Family

Aged Care & Housing Group Inc

Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide Inc

Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Inc

Spastic Centres Of SA Inc (formerly Community Access Services of SA Inc)

Leveda Incorporated

Anglican Community Care Inc

Aboriginal Family Support

The Salvation Army (SA)

Southern Junction Community

Julia Farr Association Inc

Life Without Barriers

Baptist Community Services

Resthaven Inc

Uniting Care Wesley Port Pirie Inc

Lifes for Living

Royal Society for the Blind

Orana

Helping Hand Aged Care

Autism Association of SA Inc

Meals on Wheels Inc

Community Lifestyles Inc

Community Living Options

Guide Dogs Association

St Johns Youth Services Inc

Catherine House Inc

Community Living For Disabled

Carers Assoc of SA Inc

Country Home Advocacy

Paraquad SA (formerly The Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Assoc of SA Inc)

Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Services Inc

Central Eastern Domestic

Individual Supported Accommodation Services

Hills Community Options

Barkuma Inc

Community Living and Support Services Inc

Aboriginal Elders and Community Care Services Inc

Community Living Project Inc.

Northern Carer's Network Inc

Lifestyle Assistance and Accommodation Service Inc

Bedford Industries

Alabricare(SA)

Other

1 983

1 928

1 852

1 734

1 646

1 573

1 560

1 410

1 375

1 360

1 339

1 329

1 306

1 293

1 283

1 271

1 217

1 192

1 132

1 118

1 109

1 104

1 097

1 020

2008

$'000

31 332

16 696

14 318

11 387

11 321

6 885

5 465

5 211

4 918

4 770

4 592

3 968

3 909

3 906

3 673

3 556

3 519

2 969

2 884

2 723

2 620

2 427

3 322

5 434

4 932

4 486

4 245

3 135

3 210

3 989

2007

$'000

30 669

16 161

11 898

9 309

10 966

6 226

3 208

2 920

3 191

3 310

2 249

2 301

2 298

2 158

Total funding to Non-Government Organisations

* Payments to Non SA Government Organisations, where total payments to an organisation are greater than $1.0 million are individually disclosed above.

1 214

1 350

1 318

1 350

1 273

1 214

1 277

1 216

1 546

1 715

1 838

1 473

1 399

1 629

1 518

1 374

1 127

1 266

1 135

1 083

1 146

1 056

713

1 015

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Financial statements

Payments less than $1.0 million are in Other. This excludes payments for Childrens' Payments and Emergency

Financial Assistance.

Bad and doubtful debts

Transferred assets

Other

Total other expenses

Other expenses paid/payable to entities within the SA Government

Bad and doubtful debts

Transferred assets

Total other expenses - SA Government

11.

Rent, fees and charges received/receivable

2008

$'000

171

30

-

2007

$'000

89

-

4

201

$'000

(118)

30

(88)

93

$'000

84

-

84

Employee services *

Insurance recoveries

Recoveries

Business services

Fees, fines and penalties

Rent

Patient and client fees

2008

$'000

59 448

1 593

18 101

16 314

887

9 861

Total rent, fees and charges

Rent, fees and charges received/receivable from entities within SA

Government

Employee services *

Insurance recoveries

Recoveries

Business services

Fees, fines and penalties

Rent

Patient and client fees

106 941

2008

$'000

59 448

909

12 365

15 052

784

-

Total rent, fees and charges - SA Government 89 158

* Represents the recovery of costs for the provision of employee related services to Housing SA

2007

$'000

55 543

808

11 606

15 699

742

13 253

98 260

2007

$'000

55 543

190

9 064

15 235

163

128

80 783

Housing Assistance

Commonwealth State Disability Agreement

Home and Community Care

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

Aged Care Assessment Program

FBT Transitional Compensation from ATO

Other

Total Commonwealth revenues

2008

$'000

73 739

79 563

85 407

17 263

6 316

10 434

7 435

280 157

2007

$'000

72 539

68 506

78 952

17 121

7 522

-

3 222

247 862

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Financial statements

Interest on funds held

Total interest revenue

14. Net (loss)/gain from disposal of non-current and other assets

Land and buildings

Proceeds from disposal

Less net book value of assets disposed

Net (loss)/gain from disposal of land and buildings

Plant and equipment

Proceeds from disposal

Less net book value of assets disposed

Net (loss) from disposal of plant and equipment

Total assets

Total proceeds from disposal

Less total value of assets disposed

Total net (loss)/gain from disposal of assets

2008

$'000

442

442

2008

$'000

-

(749)

(749)

44

(52)

(8)

44

(801)

(757)

Assets received for nil consideration

Other

Total other revenues

Other Revenue received/receivable from entities within SA Government

15.1

2008

$'000

-

8 043

8 043

2008

$'000

-

1 884

Assets received for nil consideration

Other

15.1

Total other revenues - SA Government

15.1 Assets received for nil consideration

1 884

During the reporting period the Department received the following assets free of charge or for nominal consideration.

2008

$'000

Land & buildings

Plant & equipment

-

-

Total assets received for nil consideration -

2007

$'000

12

12

2007

$'000

235

(145)

90

-

-

-

235

(145)

90

2007

$'000

181

3 300

3 481

2007

$'000

181

1 281

1 462

2007

$'000

166

15

181

Department for Families and Communities Annual Report 2007-08 201

Financial statements

16.

Revenues from SA Government

16.1 Revenues from SA Government

Appropriations from Consolidated Account pursuant to the Appropriation Act

General appropriation

Department of Treasury and Finance - Contingency Funds

Tax Equivalent Regime Reimbursement - HomeStart Finance

Tax Equivalent Regime Reimbursement - Housing SA

State Housing Assistance Funds

Total SA Government appropriations

16.2 Grants from SA Government Agencies

2008

$'000

584 244

692

1 250

134 103

23 746

744 035

2007

$'000

499 809

4 892

1 500

123 347

26 680

656 228

Community Development Fund

Social Inclusion

Other

2008

$'000

3 413

5 561

7 106

2007

$'000

3 489

5 923

13 169

Total Grants from SA Government agencies

Total revenues from SA Government

16 080

760 115

22 581

678 809

17.

Unexpended funding commitments

The Department is engaged in a variety of funding programs involving State and Commonwealth sources who provide monies to the Department on the premise that these funds are expended in a manner consistent with the terms of the program. As at 30 June 2008, the Department had outstanding funding commitments to the following programs:

2008

$'000

2007

$'000

Home and Community Care Program 4 022 3 568

CSHA Projects

Young People in Nursing Homes

3 515

2 000

6 071

-

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

Office for the Ageing - Common Arrangements

Aged Care Assessment Program

Community Care Innovation Fund

The Way Forward

Water Remissions Funding

Social Inclusion Program

Domiciliary Care SA - Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)

Post Care Services (AFIS)

SRF Fire Safety Program

Families SA Commonwealth Programs

Social Inclusion - Homelessness Grants

WECAN Aboriginal Schools Program

National Child Protection and Support Service

Maria Daysh - Bequest

Total operating

892

576

351

282

200

142

132

53

17

-

-

-

-

-

-

12 182

449

-

123

-

-

-

-

228

-

386

196

59

40

10

12 582

202

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Financial statements

Tregenza Avenue - Office Redevelopment

Case Management System

Families SA - Residential Care Units

Reorganisation of services relating to I&CC

Youth Training Centre Sustainment

SACOSS Children Facility

Strathmont Centre

Youth Detention Centre Project Team

Families SA Accommodation

Child Protection Review - Staff Accommodation

Total capital

Total unexpended funding commitments

18. Cash and cash equivalents

Special Deposit Account with the Treasurer

Advance Account

Other Deposits

Cash on Hand

Total cash and cash equivalents

Cash deposits are recognised at their nominal amounts.

19. Receivables

Current

Debtors

Less

allowance for doubtful debts

Employee related services recoverable

Overpaid salaries

Sundry

Grant receivables

Prepayments

Goods and Services Tax receivable

Total current receivables

Non-current

Sundry

Employee related services recoverable

Total non-current receivables

Total receivables

3 984

3 572

2 805

1 000

575

310

284

121

111

48

12 810

24 992

-

2 614

-

-

607

310

145

-

341

5 168

17 750

2008

$'000

44 291

329

295

14

44 929

2007

$'000

17 397

304

753

42

18 496

2008

$'000

10 184

(282)

8 165

136

124

-

160

3 480

21 967

2007

$'000

7 536

(399)

6 947

118

179

2 554

26 868

569 449

13 562 13 202

14 131 13 651

36 098 40 519

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Financial statements

Receivables from SA Government entities

Debtors

Less

allowance for doubtful debts

Employee related services recoverable

Sundry

Prepayments

Goods and Services Tax receivable

Drug Supplies

Stores

Medical, surgical and laboratory supplies

Food and hotel supplies

Other

Total inventories

2008

$'000

7 983

(65)

21 727

-

-

-

2007

$'000

4 433

(70)

20 149

546

157

Total receivables - SA Government

Interest rate and credit risk

29 645 27 769

Receivables are raised for all goods and services provided for which payment has not been received.

Receivables are normally settled within 30 days. Trade receivables, prepayments and accrued revenues are noninterest bearing. Other than recognised in the allowance for doubtful debts, it is not anticipated that counterparties will fail to discharge their obligations. The carrying amount of receivables approximates net fair value due to being receivable on demand. In addition, there is no concentration of credit risk.

Maturity and analysis of receivables - please refer to note 30.

Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - please refer to note 30.

Bad and doubtful debts

The Department has recognised a bad and doubtful debt expense of $0.171 million in the income statement.

Movement in allowance for doubtful debts

The allowance for doubtful debts (allowance for impairment loss) is recognised when there is objective evidence that a receivable is impaired.

An allowance for impairment loss has been recognised in "Other Expenses" in the Income Statement for specific debtors and debtors assessed on a collective basis for which such evidence exists.

Movements in the allowance for doubtful debts (impairment loss) $'000

Carrying amount at the beginning of the period

Transfer from administrative restructure

Decrease in the allowance

Amounts written off

Amounts recovered during the year

Increase/(decrease) in allowance recognised in profit or loss

Carrying amount at the end of the period

20. Inventories

399

79

(189)

(394)

217

170

282

2008

$'000

57

73

70

347

2007

$'000

61

14

58

285

204

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Financial statements

21.

Property, plant and equipment

Land and buildings

Vacant land (fair value)

Site land (fair value)

Vacant buildings (fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - vacant buildings

Buildings and improvements (fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - buildings and improvements

Total land and buildings

Leasehold improvements

Leasehold improvements at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

accumulated amortisation - leasehold improvements

Total leasehold improvements

Plant and equipment

Computing equipment at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - computing equipment at cost

Motor vehicles at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - motor vehicles at cost

ILEP equipment at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - ILEP equipment at cost

Other plant and equipment at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - other plant and equipment at cost

Total plant and equipment

Total property, plant and equipment at valuation (fair value)

Total property, plant and equipment at cost (deemed fair value)

Less

total accumulated amortisation

Less

total accumulated depreciation

2008

$'000

5 312

139 581

-

-

71 697

(11 050)

205 540

7 916

(6 657)

1 259

778

(486)

320

(230)

3 506

(1 876)

3 332

(1 903)

3 441

216 590

15 852

(6 657)

(15 545)

Total property, plant and equipment 210 240 163 080

21.1 Reconciliation of land, buildings and leasehold improvements

The following table shows the movement of land, buildings and improvements, and leasehold improvements during 2007-08.

2007

$'000

4 360

109 051

-

-

58 106

(12 856)

158 661

7 980

(6 300)

1 680

418

(133)

138

(114)

2 877

(1 279)

1 941

(1 109)

2 739

171 517

13 354

(6 300)

(15 491)

Carrying amount at the beginning of the year

$’000

4 360

Purchases -

Disposals -

Revaluation increment/(decrement)

Depreciation and amortisation for the year

Acquisition/(disposal) through administrative restructure

Other movements

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

952

-

-

-

5 312

Vacant land

$'000

109 051

-

(749)

24 609

-

6 670

-

139 581

Site land

Buildings and

Improvement s

$'000

45 250

-

-

10 459

(1 868)

6 806

-

60 647

Leasehold

Improvements

Total land, buildings and leasehold imp.

$'000 $'000

1 680 160 341

-

(493)

38

(45)

1 259

36 020

(2 361)

13 514

(45)

206 799

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Financial statements

The following table shows the movement of plant and equipment during 2007-08.

Computing equipment

Motor vehicles

ILEP equipment

Other plant and equipment

Total plant and equipment

$'000 $'000 $'000

1 598 832 2 739 Carrying amount at the beginning of the year

$'000

285

Purchases 114

Assets disposed for nil consideration -

Disposals

Depreciation and amortisation for the year

-

(148)

41

-

292 Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

22. Capital works in progress

$'000

24

71

-

-

(5)

-

-

90

- (30) (30)

- (36) (36)

(597) (235) (985)

- 502 543

- (5) (5)

1 630 1 429 3 441

Buildings and improvements in progress at cost (deemed fair value)

Total capital works in progress

Reconciliation of capital works in progress

The following table shows the movement of capital works in progress during 2007-08

Carrying amount at the beginning of the year

Purchases

2008

$'000

8 822

8 822

2007

$'000

6 080

6 080

Total capital works in progress

$'000

6 080

(129)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

Computer software

Less accumulated amortisation - computer software

2008

$'000

2007

$'000

167 -

- -

Total Intangible Assets

The department has no contractual commitments for the acquisition of intangible assets.

Reconciliation of intangible assets

The following table shows the movement of intangible assets during 2007-08

Carrying amount at the beginning of the year

Purchases

Depreciation and amortisation for the year

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

167 -

Total intangible assets

$'000

-

57

167

(57)

167

206

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Financial statements

24. Payables

Current

Creditors

Disability Health Service workers compensation

Disability Health Service budget under-runs

Grants to SAHT - Tax Equivalent Regime

Other accrued expenses

Employee benefit on-costs

Other

Total current payables

Non-current

Disability Health Service workers compensation

Grants to Non-Government Organisations

Employee benefit on-costs

Total non-current payables

Total payables

Payables to SA Government entities

Creditors

Disability Health Service workers compensation

Disability Health Service budget under-runs

Grants to SAHT - Tax Equivalent Regime

Other accrued expenses

Employee benefit on-costs

Other

2008

$'000

14 725

-

-

5 591

4 000

7 739

2007

$'000

7 515

381

891

34

3 170

6 409

32 314

-

621

3 898

4 519

19 423

902

743

3 177

4 822

36 833

2008

$'000

24 245

2007

$'000

2 575

-

-

2 666

1 283

891

5 591

404

34

729

11 550 8 542

- -

Total Payables - SA Government 20 120 14 145

Interest rate and credit risk

Creditors and accruals are raised for all amounts billed but unpaid. Sundry creditors are normally settled within 30 days. Employment on-costs are settled when the respective employee benefit that they relate to is discharged. All payables are non-interest bearing. The carrying amount of payables approximates net fair value due to the amounts being payable on demand.

Maturity and analysis of payables - please refer to note 30.

Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - please refer to note 30.

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Financial statements

Current

Annual leave

Long service leave

Accrued salaries and wages

Total current employee benefits

Non-current

Long service leave

Total non-current employee benefits

2008

$'000

27 931

9 046

8 249

45 226

46 954

46 954

26. Borrowings

Total employee benefits 92 180 70 069

The total current and non-current employee expenses (i.e. aggregate employee benefit plus related on costs) for

2008 is $52.95 million (2007: $43.052 million) and $49.68 million (2007: $36.60 million) respectively.

2007

$'000

20 660

10 527

5 456

36 643

33 426

33 426

Non-current

Advance - Treasury Imprest Account

Total non-current borrowings - SA Government

Total borrowings

27. Provisions

2008

$'000

285

285

2007

$'000

285

285

285 285

Current

2008

$'000

2007

$'000

Workers compensation

Total current provisions

Non-current

27.2 7 135

7 451

4 465

4 716

Workers compensation

Total non-current provisions

27.2 18 354

19 023

12 089

12 666

Total provisions 26 474

A liability has been reported to reflect unsettled workers compensation claims. The workers compensation provision is based on an actuarial assessment performed by the Public Sector Workforce Division of the

Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

17 382

The following table shows the movement of insurance during 2007-08

Public liability Property

Carrying amount at beginning of financial year

$'000

805

Total

$'000 $'000

23 828

Increase to provision due to revision of estimates

Reduction due to payments

Net revision of estimates

297

(90)

(79)

51

(31)

9

348

(121)

(70)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008 933 52 985

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The following table shows the movement of insurance during 2006-07

Carrying amount at beginning of financial year

Increase to provision due to revision of estimates

Reduction due to payments

Net revision of estimates

Carrying amount at 30 June 2007

27.2 Reconciliation of workers compensation

Public liability

$'000

780

103

(50)

(28)

805

Property Total

$'000 $'000

The following table shows the movement of workers compensation during 2007-08

Carrying amount at beginning of financial year

Transfers in at 1 July

Increase to provision due to revision of estimates

Reduction due to payments

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

The following table shows the movement of Workers Compensation during 2006-07

43

-

(20)

-

23

2008

$'000

16 554

7 142

14 948

(13 155)

25 489

823

103

(70)

(28)

828

2007

$'000

Carrying amount at beginning of financial year

Transfers in at 1 July

Increase to provision due to revision of estimates

Reduction due to payments

Carrying amount at 30 June 2007

8 466

9 770

5 122

(6 804)

16 554

Current

Unclaimed monies

Unearned revenue

Total current other liabilities

Total other liabilities

Other liabilities with SA Government entities

2008

$'000

115

-

2007

$'000

69

42

115 111

115 111

2008

$'000

-

2007

$'000

- Total other liabilities - SA Government

29. Equity

Contributed capital

Retained earnings

Asset revaluation reserve

2008

$'000

26 991

68 273

49 452

2007

$'000

19 474

83 461

13 433

Total equity 144 716 116 368

The Asset Revaluation Reserve is used to record increments and decrements on the revaluation of Non Current

Assets.

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Financial statements

30.1 Categorisation of financial instruments

Financial Assets

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Receivables

Total Financial Assets

Financial Liabilities

Payables

Interest bearing liabilities

Note

18, 34

19

24

26

Carrying amount

2008

$'000

44 929

32 618

77 547

36 833

285

Fair value

2008

$'000

44 929

32 618

77 547

36 833

285

Carrying amount

2007

Fair value

2007

$'000 $'000

18 496 18 496

37 965 37 965

56 461 56 461

24 245

285

24 245

285

Total Financial Liabilities 37 118 37 118 24 530 24 530

The amount of receivables and payables disclosed above, excludes statutory receivables and payables such as

GST input tax credit payable and recoverable.

Credit risk arises when there is the possibility of the Department's debtors defaulting on their contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Department.

The Department has minimal concentration of credit risk. The Department does not engage in high risk hedging for its financial assets

30.3 Ageing analysis of financial assets

The following table discloses the ageing of financial assets, past due including impaired assets past due.

Past due by

2008

Not Impaired

Receivables

Other financial assets

Overdue for

< 30 days

$'000

1 013

-

Impaired

Receivables -

Other financial assets -

1 013

Overdue for

30 - 60 days

$'000

156

-

-

-

156

Overdue >

60 days

-

Total

$'000 $'000

477 1 646

-

-

195

-

1 364

2007

Other financial assets

Overdue for

< 30 days

Not Impaired

$'000

Receivables 123

-

Impaired

Receivables -

Other financial assets -

Overdue for

30 - 60 days

$'000

33

-

Overdue >

60 days

Total

$'000 $'000

-

-

-

123 33 (95) 61

The amount of receivables and payables disclosed above, excludes statutory receivables and payables such as

GST input tax credit payable and recoverable.

-

-

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30.4

Maturity analysis of financial assets and liabilities

Contractual Maturity

2008

Financial Assets

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Receivables

Other Financial Assets

Carrying amount

$'000

44 929

32 618

-

< 1 Year

$'000

44 929

18 487

-

63 416

1 - 5 Years > 5 Years

$'000 $'000

- -

5 994

-

8 137

-

5 994

4 519

8 137

- 32 314

-

-

-

32 314

-

-

4 519

-

-

285

2007

Financial Assets

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Receivables

Other Financial Assets

Carrying amount

$'000

18 496

37 965

-

Total Financial Assets

56 461

Financial Liabilities

Payables 24 245

Borrowings 285

Finance lease liability

Other financial liabilities

-

-

< 1 Year

$'000

18 496

24 314

-

42 810

19 423

-

-

-

1 - 5 Years > 5 Years

$'000 $'000

- -

5 729

-

7 922

-

5 729

4 822

7 922

-

-

-

Total Financial Liabilities

24 530 19 423 4 822

Maturity analysis of receivables and payables excludes statutory receivables and payables such as GST receivables and payables.

-

-

285

Liquidity risk arises where the Department is unable to meet its financial obligations as they fall due. The continued existence of the Department is dependent on State Government policy and on continued appropriations by Parliament for the Department's administration and programs delivery. The Department settles undisputed accounts within 30 days from the date of the invoice or the date the invoice is first received.

31.

Unrecognised contractual commitments

Capital expenditure contracted at the reporting date, but not recognised as liabilities in the financial report, are as follows:

2008

$'000

2007

$'000

Within one year

Later than one year but not later than five years

Later than five years

Total capital commitments

5 822

9 255

-

15 077

164

-

-

164

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Financial statements

Included in capital expenditure commitments above is $1.37 million (2007: $13 000) which is the GST component of the capital expenditure commitments.

31.2 Operating lease commitments

Commitments under non-cancellable operating leases at the reporting date not recognised as liabilities in the financial report, are payable as follows:

Not later than one year

Later than one year but not later than five years

Later than five years

2008

$'000

15 059

31 835

41 719

2007

$'000

14 317

27 401

-

Total operating lease commitments (including GST) 88 613 41 718

Included in the operating lease commitments above is $8.06 million (2007: $3.70 million) which is the GST component of the operating lease payments.

The Department has many lease agreements. These leases are for administrative purposes and vary in length.

Lease payments are monthly and predominantly paid in advance. Each lease agreement has renewal options for a determined period, exercisable by both the lessor and lessee.

32.

Net revenues from restructure

32.1 Net revenues from restructure for 2007-08

Transfers into the Department

Metropolitan Domiciliary Care (MDC) was incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976.

On 28 June 2007, the Governor proclaimed to dissolve MDC in accordance with reforms to the governance arrangements for the management of the provision of health services. Effective 1 July 2007, the Board of MDC dissolved and the assets and liabilities of MDC were transferred, assigned or vested in the Minister for Ageing.

Julia Farr Services (JFS) was incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976. Effective

1 July 2004, the Minister of Health delegated responsibility for JFS to the Minister for Disability. On 28 June 2007, the Governor proclaimed to dissolve JFS in accordance with reforms to the governance arrangements for the management of the provision of disability services. Effective 1 July 2007, the Board of JFS dissolved and the assets and liabilities of JFS were transferred, assigned or vested in the Minister for Disability.

Prior to 1 July 2007, the Department of Health (DH) provided general accounting, financial accounting, financial systems and accounting policy advice to the Department. The provision of these services was covered by a

Service Level Agreement. Effective 1 July 2007, the Department became the provider of these services to DH and relevant staff were transferred from DH to the Department. The Chief Executive of DH and the Chief Executive of the Department approved the transfers in accordance with the requirements of the Public Sector Management Act

1995.

A revised Service Level Agreement reflects that the Department is now the service provider. The liabilities transferred from DH are employee liabilities.

2007-08

MDC

Assets

Liabilities

Net Assets

Increase/(decrease) in net assets due to transfers into the Department

$'000

18 876

15 478

3 398

$'000 $'000 $'000

5 963 -

24 839

13 017

(7 054)

557

(557)

29 052

(4 213)

(4 213)

Increase/ (decrease) in net assets due to Administrative Restructure in 2007-2008

Net revenues/ (loss) from restructure

MDC

$'000

3 398

$'000 $'000 $'000

(7 054) (557) (4 213)

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32.2

Net revenues from restructure for 2006-07

Transfers into the Department

The Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) and the Independent Living Centre (ILC) were incorporated under the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976. Effective 1 July 2004, the Minister of Health delegated responsibility for IDSC and ILC to the Minister for Disability. On 29 June 2006 the Governor proclaimed to dissolve IDSC and ILC in association with reforms to the governance arrangements within the South Australian

Government with respect to the management of the provision of disability services. Effective 1 July 2006, the

Boards of IDSC and ILC dissolved and the assets and liabilities of IDSC and ILC were transferred, assigned or were vested in the Minister for Disability.

2006-07

Assets

Liabilities

Net assets

$'000 $'000 $'000

63 355 10 551

73 906

32 641

30 714

1 565

8 986

34 206

39 700

Increase in net assets due to transfers into the Department

Transfers out of the Department

On 22 March 2007, the Governor proclaimed the transfer of the employees of the Office for Women (OFW) from the Department for Families and Communities (DFC) to the Attorney-General's Department. It is taken that the proclamation also means the transfer of assets and liabilities of OFW to the Attorney-General's Department. In accordance with APF II General Purpose Financial Reporting Framework, for financial accounting and reporting purposes the transfer is taken to occur as at 1 April 2007.

2006-07

Assets

Liabilities

Net assets

Increase in net assets due to transfers out of the Department 8

Increase in net assets due to administrative restructure in 2006-2007

$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000

Net revenues from restructure

33.

Contingent assets and liabilities

30 714

The Department does not have any known contingent assets and liabilities.

8 986 8 39 708

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Financial statements

34. Cash

reconciliations

Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents - cash at year end as per:

Cash Flow Statement

Cash and cash equivalents disclosed in the Balance Sheet

2008

$'000

44 929

44 929

2007

$'000

18 496

18 496

Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to net cost of providing services:

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

Less revenues from SA Government

Less grants from SA Government agencies

Add/less non cash items

Depreciation

Amortisation

Assets transferred

Assets received for nil consideration

Impairment of non-current assets

Gain/loss from disposal of non-current assets

Revaluation increments/decrements

Bad and doubtful debts

WIP Adjustment

Changes in assets and liabilities

Increase/(decrease) in receivables

Increase/(decrease) in inventories

Decrease/(increase) in payables and provisions

Decrease/(increase) in employee benefits

Decrease/(increase) in other liabilities

18 802

(744 035)

(16 080)

(741 313)

(2 853)

(550)

(30)

-

-

(757)

-

(171)

(129)

(10 097)

(93)

(10 328)

(4 765)

(4)

Net cost of providing services (771 090) (686 581)

35.

Remuneration of Directors and Related Party Disclosure

There are various committees, forums, groups, panels and councils that have been created to assist the

Department in meeting its objectives. In addition, there are committees that have been created by the Minister.

Where any of the members are remunerated, certain disclosures are required under the Accounting Policy

Frameworks issued by the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Members of the Board/Committees during the financial year were:

Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee

William "Brian" Butler

Roger Byard

Linda Dore

Dymphna Eszenyi

Dianne Gursansky

Diana Hetzel

Samantha Laubsch

Christopher Shakes

Nigel Stewart

Alison Tucker

John Venditto

Fiona Ward

Richenda Webb

Helen Wighton

Peter Woite

(11 691)

(651 336)

(27 473)

(690 500)

(2 472)

(573)

-

181

-

90

2 256

59

8 214

(3 536)

(300)

-

-

-

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Charitable and Social Welfare Board (Community Benefit SA)

Declan Andrews

Letitia Ashworth

Christina Birch

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Council for the Care of Children

Fiona Arney

Peter Bicknell

Jane Chapman

Juliet Haslam

Diana Hetzel

Mellita Kimber

Jayne Lehmann

Joslene Mazel

Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing

Sue Balde

Brian Butler

Janice Cass

Rosemary Crowley

James Giles

Minister's Disability Advisory Council

Susan Andrews

Katharine Annear

Monika Baker

Jackie Beard

Maurice Corcoran

Mikaila Crotty

Silvana Gant

Michelle Hagarty

Lorna Hallahan

Miriam High

Risk Management and Audit Committee

Peter Bull

David Caudrey

Jamie Dreckow

Elizabeth Durward

Michael J B Evans

Phil Fagan-Schmidt

Supported Residential Facilities Advisory Committee

Maxine Ashton

Phillip Beddall

Jane Chapman

Dianne Chapple

Deidre Cope

Marilyn Crabtree

Michael Livori

Keith Moorman

Paul Pledger

Peter Smith

Sue Whitington

Mark Henley

Michelle Jones

Elizabeth Kosmala

Cody Morris

Daryle Rigney

Chris Robinson

Emily Rozee

Simon Schrapel

Anthony Sherbon

Suzanne Vardon

Patricia Greethead

Graeme Hugo

Gerard McEwen

Theadora Papadopoulos

Joan Stone

Sharon Holmes

Evdokia Kalaitzidis

Neil Lillecrapp

Gaelle Mellis

Sandra Miller

Jane Mussared

Tony Starkey

Michael Taggart

Michael Wilson

Dennis Huxley

Geoff Lamshed

Mary Patetsos

Jane Pickering

Joseph Ullianich

Christopher Wurm

Alison Creaser (D)

Kevin Duke (D)

Elizabeth Evans (D)

Lloyd Evans (D)

Kathryn Farr (D)

Val Hall (D)

Jeanette Linn (D)

Suzanne Marshall (D)

Neville Stephens (D)

Department for Families and Communities Annual Report 2007-08 215

Financial statements

(D) denotes a deputy member. Deputies listed may or may not have attended a committee meeting during the financial year.

Total income received, or due and receivable, by Members was $0.093 million.

The number of Members whose income from the entity falls within the following bands is:

2008

$0

$1 - $9 999

$10 000 - $19 999

$20 000 - $29 999

No. of Members

35

60

-

-

Total

95

In accordance with Department of the Premier and Cabinet Circular No. 16, government employees did not receive any remuneration for board, committee or forum duties during the financial year.

Benefits given by the Department to superannuation funds or otherwise in connection with the retirement of members were $0.006 million.

During the financial year, no loans were made to members. At the reporting date, no outstanding loans exist with

Members.

Transactions between related parties are on conditions no more favourable than those which it is reasonable to expect the entity would have adopted if dealing with the related party at arm's length in the same circumstances.

36.

Events after balance date

Shared Services SA is the agency within Government that has been set up to provide corporate services at a whole of government level. During 2008-09, staff from the Department will transfer to Shared Services SA.

The revenues, expenditures, assets and liabilities that were administered but not controlled by the Department have not been included in the financial statements. These administered transactions and balances are regarded as significant in relation to the Department's overall financial performance and in accordance the APF II, General

Purpose Financial Reporting Framework

, separate consolidated administered financial statements and notes to the accounts have been prepared.

38.

Residential Aged Care Sector Reporting

The former Julia Farr Services (JFS) was an approved provider of residential aged care (RAC) with 62 places licensed by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. Effective 1 July 2007, the Governor proclaimed the dissolution of Julia Farr Services and all assets and liabilities vested in or held by Julia Farr Services were transferred or assigned to or vested in, the Minister for Disability. Certain assets held by the former Julia Farr

Services are subject to the terms and conditions of the Home for Incurables Trust and the Minister for Disability has been appointed as trustee. The trust assets are administered but not controlled by the Department, hence they are not included in the accounts of the Department.

The former Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) was also an approved provider of residential aged care with 32 places licensed by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging. On 29 June 2006 the Governor proclaimed to dissolve IDSC in association with reforms to the governance arrangements within the South

Australian Government with respect to the management of the provision of disability services. Effective 1 July

2006, the Board of IDSC dissolved and the assets and liabilities of IDSC were transferred, assigned or were vested in the Minister for Disability.

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Financial statements

INCOME STATEMENT

for the year ended 30 June 2008

Commonwealth Aged Care Provider ID:

Expenses

Employee benefit expenses

Supplies and services

Depreciation and amortisation

Grants, subsidies and client payments

Net loss from disposal of non-current assets

Other expenses

Total expenses

Income

Rent, fees and charges

Commonwealth revenues

Interest revenue

Other revenues

Total income

Net cost of providing services

Revenues from/ payments to SA Government

Revenues from SA Government

Grants from SA Government agencies

Total revenue from SA Government

Net result before restructure

Net result from restructuring

Net revenues from administrative restructure

Net result after restructure

RAC - JFS RAC - IDSC

$'000 $'000

1021 3051

3 275

2 486

4

-

(1)

1

5 765

1 088

1 728

-

-

2 816

(2 949)

-

(2 949)

-

-

-

(2 949)

2 934

496

115

-

-

1

3 546

593

1 581

-

-

2 174

(1 372)

(1 372)

-

(1 372)

-

-

-

Non RAC

$'000

388 479

163 964

3 284

600 678

758

199

1 157 362

105 260

276 848

442

8 043

390 593

(766 769)

744 035

16 080

760 115

(6 654)

(4 213)

(10 867)

Total

394 688

166 946

3 403

600 678

757

201

1 166 673

106 941

280 157

442

8 043

395 583

(771 090)

744 035

16 080

760 115

(10 975)

(4 213)

(15 188)

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Financial statements

BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 June 2008

Commonwealth Aged Care Provider ID:

RAC - JFS RAC - IDSC

$'000 $'000

1021 3051

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents*

Receivables

-

13

Inventories -

Total current assets 13

-

8

-

8

Non-current assets

Receivables

Property, plant and equipment

Capital works in progress

Intangible assets

Total non-current assets

Total assets

-

18

18

31

-

-

10 188

-

10 188

10 196

Current liabilities

Payables

Employee benefits

Provisions

Other liabilities

Total current liabilities 497

Non-current liabilities

Payables

Employee benefits

37

401

Borrowings -

Provisions 270

Total non-current liabilities

Total liabilities

52

338

107

-

708

1 205

Net assets

(1 174)

1 100

9 096

48

312

90

-

450

36

386

-

228

650

Non RAC

$'000

44 929

21 946

18 525

69 423

153 582

136 794

Equity

Contributed capital

Asset revaluation reserve

Retained earnings

-

-

(2 949)

-

1 646

(1 372)

26 991

47 806

72 594

Total equity

(2 949) 274 147 391

* Cash deficits in residential aged care are funded by contributions from SA Government.

32 214

44 576

7 254

115

84 159

4 446

46 167

67 222

14 131

200 034

8 822

167

223 154

290 376

Total

$'000

44 929

21 967

67 243

14 131

210 240

8 822

167

233 360

300 603

32 314

45 226

7 451

115

85 106

4 519

46 954

19 023

70 781

155 887

144 716

26 991

49 452

68 273

144 716

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ADMINISTERED ITEMS INCOME STATEMENT for the year ended 30 June 2008

Administered Income

Grants and contributions

Rent, fees and charges

Interest

Client Trust Fund Receipts

Total

Revenues from/ Payments to SA Government

Revenues from SA Government

Total Revenues from (payments to) SA Government

Total Administered Income

Administered Expenses

Employee benefit costs

Supplies and services

Grants, subsidies and client payments

Depreciation and amortisation

Client Trust Fund Payments

Total Administered Expenses

Operating Surplus/(Deficit)

Operating Surplus/(Deficit) is attributable to the SA Government as Owner.

The accompanying notes form part of these statements.

A6

Note

A4

A5

A7

148 648

266

1 235

134 882

645

10 889

147 917

2008

$'000

9 644

506

546

12 293

113

23 102

125 546

125 546

124 457

238

1 424

128 057

-

7 269

136 988

2007

$'000

9 645

43

154

8 048

152

18 042

106 415

106 415

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Financial statements

ADMINISTERED ITEMS BALANCE SHEET as at 30 June 2008

Current Assets

Cash

Other

Non-Current Assets

Property, Plant and Equipment

Investment Property

Total Assets

Current Liabilities

Payables

Employee Benefits

Total Current Liabilities

Non-Current Liabilities

Total Non-Current Liabilities

Total Liabilities

Net Assets

Equity

Retained Earnings

Asset Revaluation Reserve

Total Equity

The accompanying notes form part of these statements.

2008

Note

2007

$'000 $'000

23 393 15 716

A9.1

A9.2

-

25 313

27 067

1 139

2 264

17 999

-

-

53 519

2 424

12

17 999

2 863

9

2 458

-

2 458

51 061

31 677

19 384

51 061

2 893

2 893

15 106

-

15 106

-

15 106

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ADMINISTERED ITEMS

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY for the year ended 30 June 2008

Balance at 1 July 2006

Restructure-transfer into Department

Operating (Deficit)/Surplus for 2006-07

Total recognised income and expense for 2006-07

Balance at 30 June 2007

Restructure-transfer into Department

Operating (Deficit)/Surplus for 2007-08

Asset

Contributed

Note Capital

$'000

-

Revaluation Retained

- 21 440 21 440

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

19 384

-

19 384

6 202

(5)

(12 531)

(6 334)

15 106

15 840

731

31 677

6 202

(5)

(12 531)

(6 334)

15 106

35 224

731

35 955

51 061

Total recognised income and expense for 2007-08

Balance at 30 June 2008

-

-

Total Equity is attributable to the SA Government as Owner.

The accompanying notes form part of these statements.

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Financial statements

ADMINISTERED ITEMS CASH FLOW STATEMENT for the year ended 30 June 2008

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Employee benefit payments

Concessions

Other grants, subsidies and client payments

Supplies and services

Client Trust Fund Payments

Cash used in operations

Receipts from SA Government

Taxes, fees and charges

Grants and contributions

Interest received

Client Trust Fund Receipts

Other receipts

Cash generated from operations

NET CASH PROVIDED BY/(USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

NET CASH PROVIDED BY/(USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Restructuring activities

NET CASH PROVIDED BY/(USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Net (Decrease)/Increase in Cash Held

Cash at the beginning of the Financial Year

Cash at the end of the Financial Year

The accompanying notes form part of these statements.

A10

$’000 $'000

(263)

(111 543)

(238)

(106 922)

(23 370)

(1 279)

(10 889)

(147 344)

(20 144)

(1 555)

(7 269)

(136 128)

2 474

7 677

15 716

23 393

125 546

2

9 815

546

12 293

445

148 647

1 303

3 900

3 900

2 473

1

106 415

2

9 746

154

8 048

83

124 448

(11 680)

-

-

6 202

-

6 202

(5 478)

21 194

15 716

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Financial statements

NOTES TO ADMINISTERED ITEMS FINANCIAL STATEMENTS for the year ended 30 June 2008

A1. Background

The Revenues, Expenditures, Assets and Liabilities that were administered but not controlled by the Department have not been included in the financial statements of the Department. These administered transactions and balances are regarded as significant in relation to the Department's overall financial performance and in accordance with APF II, General Purpose Financial Reporting Framework, separate consolidated administered financial statements and notes the accounts have been prepared.

The accounting policies pertaining to the administered items for the Department are contained in Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for the Department.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents as reported in the Balance Sheet includes cash on hand, deposits held at call and other short-term, highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less that are readily converted to cash and which are subject to insignificant risk of changes in value. Cash and cash equivalents in the Cash Flow

Statement comprise cash and cash equivalents as defined above. Cash is measured at nominal value.

A3.

Programs of Administered Items

• Gamblers Rehabilitation

• Charitable and Social Welfare

• Home for Incurables Trust**

• Supported Residential Facilities Indemnity Fund

• Client Trust Accounts

• Minister's Salary

• CRC Trust

• Concessions

• Community Service Obligations

• State Emergency Relief Fund

** Effective 1 July 2007, the Minister for Disability became the trustee of the Home for Incurables Trust by virtue of the vesting of assets and liabilities of the former Julia Farr Services. Separate financial information pertaining to the Home for Incurables Trust is in Note A12.

Client Trust Accounts

The Department of Families and Communities acts as trustee of client trust accounts, relating to clients of the former Intellectual Disability Services Council Incorporated (IDSC) and from 1 July 2007, the former Julia Farr

Services (JFS). The balance of the client trust accounts at 30 June 2008 was $8.25 million (2007 $6.84 million).

These amounts cannot be used by the Department for Families and Communities to achieve its own objectives, and accordingly are not included in the controlled financial statements.

Opening Balance 1 July

Add Receipts

Less Expenses

2008

$'000

6 844

12 293

(10 889)

2007

$'000

6 065

8 048

(7 269)

Closing Balance 30 June

8 248 6 844

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Financial statements

A4.

Grants and contributions

Gamblers Rehabilitation

Charitable & Social Welfare

Minister's Salary

Total Grants, Subsidies and Client Payments

A5.

Rent, Fees and Charges

Rental Income

Total Rent, Fees and Charges

A6.

Revenue from SA Government

Concessions

Community Service Obligations

Total Revenue from SA Government

2008

$'000

5 345

4 000

241

9 644

2008

$'000

411

506

2008

$'000

110 272

15 274

125 546

2007

$'000

5 345

4 000

227

9 645

2007

$'000

-

43

2007

$'000

96 211

10 204

106 415

Gamblers Rehabilitation

Charitable & Social Welfare

Concessions

Community Service Obligations

State Emergency Relief Fund

2008

$'000

5 319

3 856

111 502

14 171

34

2007

$'000

4 512

5 743

107 913

9 801

88

Total Grants, Subsidies and Client Payments 134 882 128 057

A8. Consultancies

The number and dollar amount of Consultancies paid/payable (included in supplies and services) that fell within the following bands:

Below $10 000

Between $10 000 and $50 000

Above $50 000

Total Paid/Payable to the Consultants Engaged

-

1

-

1

-

18

-

18

-

1

1

2

-

14

82

96

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Financial statements

A9.

1.

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment

Land and buildings

Site land (fair value)

Buildings and improvements (fair value)

Less

accumulated depreciation - buildings and improvements

2008

$'000

6 911

21 445

(1 289)

2007

$'000

-

-

-

Total land and buildings

Reconciliation of Land and Buildings

27 067 -

The following table shows the movement of land, buildings and improvements, and leasehold improvements during 2007-08.

Site land

Buildings and

Improvements

Total

Land,

Buildings

Carrying amount at time of transfer through Administrative Restructure

Depreciation and amortisation for the year

6 911

-

20 801

(645)

27 712

(645)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

6 911 20 156 27 067

Investment Building

Revaluation increment/(decrement)

Fair Value at 30 June 2008

2008

$'000

560

-

560

2008

$'000

579

-

579

Investment Land

Revaluation increment/(decrement)

Fair Value at 30 June 2008

3.

Non -current classified as held for sale

Ringwood Land and Building carrying amount at time of transfer through

Administrative Restructure

Settlement of the sale of the Ringwood Land and Building 31 August 2008

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

2008

$'000

3 900

(3 900)

-

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Financial statements

Reconciliation of Cash - at year end as per:

Cash Flow Statement

Balance Sheet

Reconciliation of Net Cash Inflows/(Outflows) from Operating

Activities to Net (Deficit)/Surplus

Net Cash Provided By / (Used In) Operating Activities

Add/Less non cash items

Depreciation and Amortisation

Correction of prior period error

Changes in Assets and Liabilities

Increase/(Decrease) in Receivables

Increase/(Decrease) in Other Assets

Decrease/(Increase) in Payables

Decrease/(Increase) in Employee Benefits

Net (Deficit)/Surplus

A11. Administered contingent assets and liabilities

The Department has no administered contingent assets and liabilities.

2008

$'000

23 393

23 393

-

1 303

(645)

1 901

-

(2 264)

439

(3)

731

2007

$'000

15 716

15 716

-

(11 680)

-

4

1

454

(1 305)

(5)

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Financial statements

A12.

Home for Incurables Trust

As part of wide ranging reforms relating to the delivery of disability services by the Department, effective 1 July

2007, Julia Farr Services was dissolved and all assets and liabilities vested in or held by Julia Farr Services were transferred or assigned or vested with the Minister for Disability. Certain assets held by the former Julia Farr

Services are subject to the terms and conditions of the Home for Incurables Trust. The Original Trust was established in June 1879 and was varied by the Supreme Court on 7 November 1997.

The former Board of Julia Farr Services was trustee of the Home for Incurables Trust and on dissolution, the

Board of Julia Farr Services resolved to resign as trustee of the Home for Incurables Trust. The Minister for

Disability is the trustee for the Home for Incurables Trust.

The role of the Trust is " …to apply property vested in it for the purpose of providing for persons whose ability to

live independently is temporarily or permanently impaired or in jeopardy as a consequence of an acquired brain injury or degenerative neurological condition or a physical condition resulting in disability including but not limiting the foregoing in any way whatsoever, the following services and facilities;

(a) by providing for them, in a variety of residential, centre and community based settings

(i) accommodation

(ii) nursing, medical, allied health and attendant care service

(iii) personal and community support services

(iv) technical and personal support aids

(v) rehabilitation, respite and recreational services

(vi) out patient and day care services

(vii) measures and services to enhance their quality of life;

(b) by providing facilities for education research with respect to such persons; and

(c) by providing any services and facilities ancillary or in relation to the foregoing or by providing additional services and facilities that may be appropriate from time to time."

The following Income, Expenditures, Assets and Liabilities of the Home for Incurables Trust have been included in the administered items financial statements, but are separately disclosed in the following schedules in accordance with the governance requirements of the Trust.

Schedule of Income and Expenses - Home for Incurables Trust 2008

Expenses

Property expenses

Depreciation and amortisation

$'000

88

645

Total Expenses

Income

Rental income

Interest

Total Income

Net Operating Surplus/(Deficit)

733

411

414

825

92

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Financial statements

Schedule of Assets and Liabilities - Home for Incurables Trust

Current Assets

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Deposits with the Treasurer

Deposits with SAFA

Total Cash and Cash Equivalents

Total Current Assets

Non Current Assets

Property, Plant and Equipment

Investment Properties

Total Non Current Assets

Total Assets

Total Liabilities

Net Assets

Schedule of Changes in Equity - Home for Incurables Trust

$'000

452

6 658

7 110

7 110

27 067

1 139

28 206

35 316

-

35 316

Balance on transfer at 1 July 2007

Net income/expense recognised directly to equity

Net operating result/deficit

Total recognised income and expense for the period

Balance at the end of the reporting period

Asset

Revaluation

Reserve

Retained

Earnings

Total

$'000 $'000 $'000

19 384 15 840 35 224

- 92 92

19 384 15 932 35 316

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Schedule of Administered Cash Flows - Home for Incurables Trust

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Cash Inflows

Interest Revenue

Rental Revenue

Total Cash Inflows

Cash Outflows

Property expenses

Total Cash Outflows

Net Cash Inflows/(Cash Outflows)-Operating Activities

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Cash Inflows

Proceeds sale of property, plant and equipment

Total Cash Inflows

Net Cash Inflows/(Cash Outflows)-Investing Activities

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Transfer on 1 July 2007

Total Cash Inflows

Net Cash Inflows/(Cash Outflows)-Financing Activities

737

3 900

3 900

3 900

2 473

2 473

2 473

2008

$'000

414

411

825

(88)

(88)

Net Increase / (Decrease) in cash held

Cash at the beginning of the reporting period

Cash at the end of the reporting period

7 110

-

7 110

Accounting Policies

The accounting policies pertaining to the administered items for the Department are contained in Note 2 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for the Department.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents as reported in the Balance Sheet includes cash on hand, deposits held at call and other short-term, highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less that are readily convertible to cash and which are subject to insignificant risk of changes in value. Cash and cash equivalents in the Cash Flow

Statement comprise cash and cash equivalents as defined above. Cash is measured at nominal value.

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Financial statements

Reconciliation of Property Plant and Equipment - Home for Incurables Trust

Property, plant and equipment

Land and buildings

Site land (fair value)

Buildings and improvements (fair value)

Less accumulated depreciation - buildings and improvements

Total land and buildings

Reconciliation of Land and Buildings - Home for Incurables Trust

2008

$'000

6 911

21 445

(1 289)

27 067

The following table shows the movement of land, buildings and improvements, and leasehold improvements for the HFI Trust during 2007-08.

Site land

Buildings and lmprovements

Total

Land,

Buildings

Carrying amount at time of transfer through Administrative Restructure

Depreciation and amortisation for the year

6 911

-

20 801

(645)

27 712

(645)

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

Investment Property - Home for Incurables Trust

6 911 20 156 27 067

Investment Building

Revaluation increment/(decrement)

Fair Value at 30 June 2008

Investment Land

Revaluation increment/(decrement)

Fair Value at 30 June 2008

Non -current classified as held for sale - Home for Incurables Trust

2008

$'000

560

-

560

2008

$'000

579

-

579

2008

$'000

Ringwood Land and Building carrying amount at time of transfer through

Administrative Restructure

Settlement of the sale of the Ringwood Land and Building 31 August 2008

Carrying amount at 30 June 2008

3 900

(3 900)

-

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Our sites and contact details

Housing SA

Metropolitan Country

Adelaide

120 Flinders Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 131 299

Gawler

4 Seventh Avenue

Gawler South SA 5118

Telephone: 131 299

Elizabeth

1st Floor, Raleigh Chambers

Elizabeth City Centre SA 5112

Telephone: 131 299

Marion

235 Sturt Road

Sturt SA 5047

Telephone: 131 299

Modbury

100 Reservoir Road

Modbury SA 5092

Telephone: 131 299

Noarlunga

1st Floor Noarlunga House

Noarlunga Centre SA 5168

Telephone: 131 299

The Parks

Building 4, The Parks Community Centre

2-46 Cowan Street

Angle Park SA 5010

Telephone: 131 299

Port Adelaide

296 St Vincent Street

Port Adelaide SA 5015

Telephone: 131 299

Salisbury

1 Ann Street

Salisbury SA 5108

Telephone: 131 299

Berri

29 Vaughan Terrace

Berri SA 5343

Telephone: 131 299

Ceduna

22 McKenzie Street

Ceduna SA 5690

Telephone: 8625 2896

Coober Pedy

Lot 334 Hutchinson Street

Coober Pedy SA 5723

Telephone: 8672 3797

Murray Bridge

Mobilong House

Seventh Street

Murray Bridge SA 5253

Telephone: 131 299

Port Augusta

13 Mackay Street

Port Augusta SA 5700

Telephone: 131 299

Port Lincoln

10 Hallett Place

Port Lincoln SA 5606

Telephone: 131 299

Port Pirie

76 Florence Street

Port Pirie SA 5540

Telephone: 131 299

South East

4 James Street

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Telephone: 131 299

Whyalla

173 Nicolson Avenue

Whyalla Norrie SA 5608

Telephone: 131 299

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Families SA

Metropolitan

Southern Metropolitan Region

Adelaide

219 Morphett Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8304 0120

Marion

233 Sturt Road

Sturt SA 5043

Telephone: 8298 0800

Onkaparinga District Centre

5 Alexander Kelly Drive

Noarlunga Centre

Telephone: 8207 3000

Onkaparinga District Centre

(Aberfoyle Park Office)

Shop 15

Hub Shopping Centre 5159

Telephone: 8374 6111

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is an outreach location of Woodville District Centre

Location: shop front within the

Port Adelaide Community Health Building,

Corner of Dale and

Church Streets, Port Adelaide

Business hours: Monday, Wednesday and

Friday 1pm – 4pm

Telephone: 8240 2277

Woodville

824-826 Port Road

Woodville SA 5033

Telephone: 8406 2777 (social work and administration)

Telephone: 8406 2700 (financial support)

Victor Harbor

Branch office of Mount Barker DC

3/10 Crozier Road

Victor Harbor SA 5211

Telephone: 8552 2011

Northern Metropolitan Region

Elizabeth

18 Langsford Drive

Elizabeth SA 5112

Telephone: 8207 9000

Gawler

Shop 9 Northern Market Shopping Centre

Cowan Street (corner Murray Street)

Gawler SA 5118

Telephone: 8521 4444

Mount Barker District Centre

23 Mann Street

Mount Barker SA

North East District Centre

995 North East Road

Modbury SA 5092

Telephone: 8407 4999

North East District Centre (Enfield Office)

350 Main North Road

Blair Athol SA 5084

Telephone: 8407 4999

Salisbury

16-18 Ann Street

Salisbury SA 5108

Telephone: 8209 4910

Virginia

An outreach service of Gawler District Centre

Virginia Institute, Old Port Wakefield Road,

Virginia

A walk in service for Emergency Financial

Assistance, Financial Counselling, Concessions and Information

Friday 10 am to 3 pm

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Ceduna

O'Loughlin Terrace

Ceduna SA 5690

Telephone: 8626 2444 (Freecall 1800 330 032)

Coober Pedy

Hutchison Street

Coober Pedy SA 5723

Telephone: 8672 4555 (Freecall 1800 032 205)

Kadina (branch office of Port Pirie)

10 Digby Street

Kadina SA 5554

Telephone: 8821 3065

Mount Barker (branch office of Murray Bridge)

27 Hutchison Street

Mount Barker SA 5251

Telephone: 8391 0488 (Freecall 1800 330 042)

Limestone Coast

4 James Street

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Telephone: 8724 4844 (Freecall 1800 800 747)

Murray Bridge

1-5 Seventh Street

Murray Bridge SA 5253

Telephone: 8535 6200 (Freecall 1800 330 042)

Port Augusta

5 El Alamein Road

Port Augusta SA 5700

Telephone: 8648 5060 (Freecall 1800 100 118)

Port Lincoln

71 Tasman Terrace

Port Lincoln SA 5606

Telephone: 8688 3344 (Freecall 1800 018 331)

Port Pirie

75 Gertrude Street

Port Pirie SA 5540

Telephone: 8638 4311 (Freecall 1800 804 550)

Riverland

14 Kay Avenue

Berri SA 5343

Telephone: 8595 2400 (Freecall 1800 800 195)

Whyalla

163 Nicholson Avenue

Whyalla Norrie SA 5608

Telephone: 8648 8880 (Freecall 1800 245 242)

Southern Metropolitan Region

District Centres - Adelaide, Marion, Mount Barker,

Onkaparinga

Building 2 Netley Commercial Park

300 Richmond Road

Netley SA 5037

Telephone: 8124 4301

Northern Metropolitan Region

District Centres - Elizabeth, Gawler, North

Eastern, Salisbury, Woodville

Module 6 Endeavour House

Fourth Avenue

Mawson Lakes SA 5095

Telephone: 8360 4700

Country Regional Office

District Centres - Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Mount

Gambier, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Port

Lincoln, Port Pirie, Riverland, Whyalla

Tintara House

2-4 Henley Beach Road

Mile End SA 5031

Telephone: 8150 8103

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Disability SA

Information, Enquiries and Referrals

Telephone: 1300 786 117

Email: [email protected]

Internet: www.disability.sa.gov.au

Disability SA Central Office

103 Fisher Street

Fullarton SA 5063

Telephone: 8272 1988

Office for Disability and Client Services

Level 3, Citi Centre Building

11 Hindmarsh Square

Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8226 6052

Email: [email protected]

TTY: 8226 6245

Companion Card

Telephone: 1800 667 110

TTY: 1800 898 888

National Relay Service: 13 36 77

Speech to Speech Relay Service: 1300 555 727

DFC Library and Information Service

(Disability Collection) c/- Strathmont Centre

696-710 Grand Junction Road

Oakden SA 5086

Opening hours: 9-5 Monday to Friday

Telephone: 8266 8556

Service Coordination Metropolitan

North

Salisbury

46 Commercial Road

Salisbury SA 5108

Telephone: 8282 5500

Salisbury

57 Park Terrace

Salisbury SA 5108

Telephone: 8182 1560

Gilles Plains

31 Blacks Road

Gilles Plains SA 5086

Telephone: 8366 7300

Central

Regency Park

171 Days Road

Regency Park SA 5010

Telephone: 8348 6000

Gilles Plains

21 Blacks Road

Gilles Plains SA 5086

Telephone: 8266 5260

TTY: 8366 7333

South

Fullarton Campus (Highgate Park)

103 Fisher Street

Fullarton SA 5063

Telephone: 8272 1988

Daw Park

180 Daws Road

Daw Park SA 5041

Telephone: 8277 8566

Christies Beach

98 Beach Road

Christies Beach SA 5165

Telephone: 8384 7299

Residential Facilities

Highgate Park

103 Fisher Street

Fullarton SA 5063

Telephone: 8272 1988

Strathmont Centre

696-710 Grand Junction Road

Oakden SA 5086

Telephone: 8266 8511

Northgate Aged Care Service

78-96 Dumfries Avenue

Northgate SA 5076

Telephone: 8266 8000

Trinity Court

11-15 Heritage Court

Oakden SA 5086

Telephone: 8261 6777

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Service Coordination Country

Country North

Ceduna

c/- Ceduna Community Health Centre

3 Eyre Highway

Ceduna SA 5690

Telephone: 8626 2138

Port Lincoln

75 Liverpool Street

Port Lincoln SA 5606

Telephone: 8683 0499

Whyalla c/- 5th Floor, Whyalla Hospital

20 Wood Terrace

Whyalla SA 5600

Telephone: 8648 8686

Port Augusta

40 Flinders Terrace

Port Augusta SA 5700

Telephone: 8641 1600

Port Pirie

c/- Community Health Building

Alexander Street

Port Pirie SA 5540

Telephone: 8632 4222

Kadina

15 Taylor Street

Kadina SA 5554

Telephone: 8821 2511

Clare

Clarevale Office Precinct - Office 1

17 Lennon Street

Clare SA 5453

Telephone: 8842 3744

Coober Pedy

Hutchinson Street

Coober Pedy SA 5723

Telephone: 8672 4555

Country South

Murray Bridge

6 Verdun Road

Murray Bridge SA 5253

Telephone: 8532 4503

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Berri

28 Kay Avenue

Berri SA 5343

Telephone: 8582 2400

Naracoorte

c/- Naracoorte Community Health

Cedar Avenue

Naracoorte SA 5271

Telephone: 8762 8160

Mount Gambier

4 James Street

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Telephone: 8725 5633

Greater Adelaide

Gawler

10 Adelaide Road

Gawler SA 5118

Telephone: 8521 4700

Angaston c/- Barossa and Area Community Health Service

29 North Street

Angaston SA 5353

Telephone: 8563 8544

Mount Barker

22 Druids Avenue

Mount Barker SA 5251

Telephone: 8391 3022

Victor Harbor

c/- Southern Fleurieu Health Service

Harbour View Terrace

Victor Harbor SA 5211

Telephone: 8552 0600

Kangaroo Island

(Wednesday to Friday third week each month) c/- Kangaroo Island Health Service

Cook Centre, Esplanade, Kingscote

Kangaroo Island SA 5223

Telephone: 8553 4231

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Community Lifestyle Support

Interact Campbelltown

57c Acacia Avenue North

Campbelltown SA 5074

Telephone: 8337 7388

Cheltenham

975 Port Road

Cheltenham SA 5014

Telephone: 8447 7933

Clovelly Park

1130 South Road

Clovelly Park SA 5042

Telephone: 8277 3922

Kadina

15 Taylor Street

Kadina SA 5554

Telephone: 8821 3521

Mount Gambier

4 James Street

Mount Gambier SA 5290

Telephone: 8725 5633

Mitchell Park

Telephone: 8177 1296

Northlink, Oakden

c/- Strathmont Centre

696-710 Grand Junction Road

Oakden SA 5086

Telephone: 8266 8511

Para Hills

5 Wilkinson Road

Para Hills SA 5096

Telephone: 8265 8888

Respite Services

19 Austral Terrace

Morphettville SA 5043

Telephone: 8294 1771

Equipment, Aids, Continence Resource

Centre

11 Blacks Road

Gilles Plains SA 5086

Telephone: 8266 5260

General enquiries (SA and NT only)

Telephone: 1300 885 886

ASSIST

ASSIST Central

Telephone: 8266 5260

ASSIST North

Telephone: 8266 8950

ASSIST South

Telephone: 8372 1495

Other Useful Contacts

Centre for Disability Health

Telephone: 8397 8100

Exceptional Needs Unit

Telephone: 8448 4610

Child and Youth Specialist Service

Telephone: 8348 6500

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Domiciliary Care SA

General Enquiries and Client Referrals

(Metropolitan Access Team)

Telephone: 8193 1234

Central Administration

18 Fullarton Road

Norwood SA 5067

Telephone: 8132 6000

Client Service Offices

Elizabeth Office

Cnr Mark Road and Oldham Road

Elizabeth Vale SA 5112

Telephone: 8256 8500

Hampstead Office

207 Hampstead Road

Northfield SA 5085

Telephone: 8304 6200

Mawson Lakes Office

First Floor Innovation House

First Avenue, Technology House

Mawson Lakes SA 5095

Telephone: 8256 8599

Netley Office

Buildings 2 and 4, 300 Richmond Road

Netley SA 5037

Telephone: 8193 1234

Noarlunga Office

Noarlunga Health Centre, Alexander Kelly Drive

Noarlunga SA 5168

Telephone: 8384 9277

Park Holme Office

670 Marion Road

Park Holme SA 5043

Telephone: 8277 3366

Woodville Office

19-21a Belmore Terrace

Woodville SA 5011

Telephone: 8440 6700

Domiciliary Equipment Service

Telephone: 8193 1232

Manual Handling Australia

Telephone: 8275 0768

Therapy Solutions

Telephone: 8256 8600

Tregenza Avenue Aged Care Service

21 Tregenza Ave

Elizabeth South SA 5112

Telephone: 8182 1900

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Metropolitan Office Sites

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Country Office Sites

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Glossary

AARD

ABS

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division

Australian Bureau of Statistics

AHIF Affordable Housing Innovations Fund

APY Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara

ATSIS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services

BCIS

CBSA

Boards and Committees Information System

Community Benefit SA

CDSMAC Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Advisory Council

CHO Community Housing Organisations

CHRIS Complete Human Resource Information System

CSHA

CSTDA

DANSA

DECS

Commonwealth State Housing Agreement

Commonwealth/State Territory Disability Agreement

Disability Advisory Network of South Australia

Department of Education and Children’s Services

DFC Department for Families and Communities

DFEEST Department of Education, Employment, Science and Technology

DH Department of Health

DPC

DTEI

DTF

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure

Department of Treasury and Finance

EIDGS Energy Information and Data Gathering System

FaHCSIA Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

GJ Gigajoules

GST

HACC

HCSCC

Goods and Services Tax

Home and Community Care

Health and Community Services Complaints Commission

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Glossary

ICT

IDSC

Information and Communication Technology

Intellectual Disability Services Council

JFS

KPI

MACHA

MDAC

Julia Farr Services

Key Performance Indicator

Multi Agency Community Housing Association

Ministerial Disability Advisory Council

MOU

MSHAC

NAIDOC

Memorandum of Understanding

Minister’s Strategic Housing Advisory Committee

National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee

ODACS

OFTA

OFW

OHS&W

PCMU

PRLO

Office for Disability and Client Services

Office for the Ageing

Office for Women

Occupational Health Safety and Welfare

Procurement and Contract Management Unit

Private Rental Liaison Program

RTT

SAAHT

SAAP

SAHT

Residential Tenancies Tribunal

South Australian Affordable Housing Trust

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

South Australian Housing Trust

SIPS Safety in the Public Sector

VERIS

VIMS

WACA

WIC

WIP

YPIRAC

Volunteer Emergency Recovery Information System

Volunteer Information Management System

Workforce Analysis and Comparison Application

Workforce Information Collection

Buildings and Improvements in Progress

Younger People in Residential Aged Care

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