DFEEST Annual Report 2007


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The Annual Report represents an overview of DFEEST’s achievements, governance, workforce management and financial performance. It also outlines progress made towards achieving our objectives in South Australia’s Strategic Plan.

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DFEEST Annual Report 2007

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  3. 3. 4 For further copies and enquires please contact: Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) Office of the Chief Executive GPO Box 320 Adelaide SA 5001 Telephone: (08) 8226 3821 Facsimile: (08) 8226 9533 The 2007 Annual Report is available on the DFEEST website at: http://www.dfeest.sa.gov.au ISSN 1449-6437
  4. 4. 5Table of ContentsAgency Role and Governance Page Chief executive’s overview 8 Highlights 10 DFEEST vision, mission and values 14 Legislation, role and structure 15 Boards, committees and authorities 15 Governance 18 Structure of reporting arrangement 20Report On Operations Against DFEEST StrategicPlan And South Australia’s Strategic Plan Goal 1 - Ensure South Australians have the necessary education and skills to 22 participate in the high skill economy Goal 2 - Provide high quality employment and workforce development services 42 Goal 3 - Ensure young people are supported in reaching their full potential and 51 actively engaged in learning, training, work and in their communities Goal 4 - Provide a coordinated, whole of government approach to the development 57 of an innovative community Goal 5 - Build a high performance organisation 64Management of Human Resources Workforce data 69 Workforce diversity 71 Occupational health, safety and injury management 75Financial Report Financial overview 78 Audited general purpose financial report 81 Consultancy expenditure 119 Account payment performance 120 Contractual arrangements 120 Fraud 120
  5. 5. 6 Table of Contents Profile of VET Activity Profile of VET Activity 121 Other Reporting Items Employees’ overseas travel 132 Disability Action Plan reporting 134 Asbestos management 135 Urban Design Charter 136 Freedom of information statement and statistics 137 Greening of Government Operations reporting 138 Carers Recognition Act 142
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  7. 7. 8 Chief Executive’s making, processes and structure to enable TAFE SA to operate more successfully in an increasingly competitive Overview training market. The South Australian VET system continues to support I the skill development needs of many South Australians. On am pleased to present the Annual Report of the the latest data available over 121 000 students participated in Department of Further Education, Employment, VET in 2007 and almost 80 000 of these attended TAFE. Science and Technology for 2007. This year has Apprenticeships and traineeships activity was particularly been an exciting and pivotal one for the department, with a strong. There were an estimated 35 100 apprentices and number of major new initiatives developed together with new trainees in-training in South Australia, 2.3 percent higher business practices which have been introduced to improve than the 34 300 recorded at 30 September 2006. The effectiveness and efficiencies. I would like to acknowledge state’s in-training figure is the highest figure on record for the leadership and direction offered by Minister Caica. this state. The department’s activities continued in an evolving There were an estimated 21 700 commencements in environment of reform, both internally and through the South Australia over the year ending 30 September 2007, Council of Australian Governments in the context of meeting a 9.0 percent increase (or 1800) on the 19 900 apprentices skill challenges facing the state. We continue meeting these and trainees who commenced their training in the preceding challenges by delivering on economic, social and environ- twelve months (to 30 September 2006). Nationally, there mental goals set in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. was an increase of 4.8 percent for the same period. With the imprimatur of the Government, DFEEST There were an estimated 11 600 completions in South commenced a major Skills Strategy project during 2007. Australia, over the year ending 30 September 2007, an The Strategy has now been finalised and published. It will increase of 18.4 percent (or 1800) on the 9800 apprentices enable DFEEST to meet the targets of South Australia’s and trainees who completed their training in the preceding Strategic Plan through the creation of a highly skilled work- twelve months (to 30 September 2006). Nationally, there force that will underpin the state’s economic growth and was an increase of 3.7 percent for the same period. increase employment participation, enhance equity, promote innovation and shape the international competitiveness of In 2007, the South Australian VET system achieved high our economy. levels of student and employer satisfaction: 88.4 percent of employers who had jobs that required vocational qualifica- The Strategy is the result of carefully considered work tions were satisfied, 18.3 percent above the 2005 figure (of in this complex area – offering the promise of reducing 70.1 percent) and the highest in the nation. This compares the cost per hour of vocational education and training to 80.8 percent reported nationally and is a great reflection (VET) in South Australia while at the same time increasing of the system’s response to its students and employers. participation in VET, increasing employment outcomes and increasing the number of people with post-school The number of South Australians in work also rose, taking qualifications. Implementation of these initiatives will result the total to a new record high of 775 000 in December 2007. in an invigorated, dynamic VET system for South Australia This exceeded the previous high of 762 100 at the same time that is highly valued by industry and community and will in 2006. Furthermore, the state’s VET students had excellent respond to South Australia’s burgeoning economy including employment outcomes, with 82.7 percent of graduates and the defence and resources sectors which are demanding 78.7 percent of module completers being employed after many skilled workers into the future. training. Not only was this a 2.0 percent increase on our 2006 graduates figure, but both our graduates and module As part of its role in improving training and employment completers rated higher than the national figures. outcomes for South Australian’s, TAFE SA will find new ways of engaging with industry and communities. The Skills Significant infrastructure was added to TAFE SA’s assets Strategy changes will see greater devolution of decision in 2007 with the completion of the $15 million Veterinary and Agency Role and Governance
  8. 8. 9Applied Science Centre at the Gilles Plains campus. This to 10 gigabits per second – or 20 000 times faster than mostcentre features the only dedicated teaching laboratory in home broadband connections. This metropolitan basedAustralia built to strict industry standards for the containment optical fibre broadband network links multiple sites in theof contaminants, and it provides the first simulated, industry Adelaide region, including universities, TAFE SA campuses,working environment for the training of technicians skilled schools, teaching hospitals, technology parks and govern-in bio-security protocols and the assessment of biological ment research institutions. It allows large quantities of data torisk. The centre also makes available for the first time be transferred between locations across some 90 kilometresin South Australia, full-time training in veterinary nursing of bundled fibre and is a major innovation for the state.to meet growing skill needs in the veterinary and animal The Premier’s Science and Research Fund was increasedindustry sectors. by $1.2 million a year to facilitate commencement of seven A $1.75 million expansion of the Barossa campus of pivotal science research projects which focus on the defenceTAFE SA was also opened in October to help meet the and advanced manufacturing sectors and innovations in theregion’s growing skill needs in the wine, food and hospitality development of renewable energy.industries, community services and health, engineering Early in the year, the department took up occupancytrades and vocational preparation. in the new environmentally friendly ‘City Central’ building. The South Australia Works program had 25 000 people Six hundred and sixty staff from five CBD locations wereparticipate in learning and work programs with almost 8000 relocated in an exercise which brought together many ofpeople gaining employment as a result. In the inaugural our staff, affording opportunities to become more efficientPremier’s Awards, the South Australia Works in the Regions in our operations.component of the project was awarded the best public Internally 50 percent of staff responded to a surveysector program for building communities in South Australia. about job satisfaction and intention. This response rate isThe innovative Whyalla employment program Create Your very pleasing. The information and opinions is reflectiveFuture: Goal 100 became a role model within the state of a broad range of staff and will be used to shape futurefor successfully skilling local people at risk of long-term workforce development.unemployment to win jobs in heavy industry. I thank all staff for their ongoing support and hard work South Australia’s international education industry is throughout 2007. There are significant challenges aheadnow worth $648 million, with record numbers of overseas as we implement the new Skills Strategy for the state butstudents continuing to choose to study in Adelaide. Latest the rewards are enormous. I look forward to us makingfigures show that Adelaide attracted almost 23 000 interna- further progress as we continue to build and maintain a skillstional students in the 10 months to October 2007, a rise of base for the existing and new economy of South Australia3000 students on the same time last year. China and India to ensure our industries are vibrant and competitive, nownow account for 45 percent of all international students to and into the future.Adelaide and our fastest growing markets for 2007 wereVietnam (up 40 percent); India (up 30 percent); China andSouth Korea (both up 19 percent). Education Adelaide has Brian Cunninghambeen a significant influence in promoting Adelaide as aninternational student destination and the pro-activity of the Chief Executiveuniversities, schools, TAFE SA and private registered trainingorganisations in the wider education sector has fuelled thisstrong growth in numbers. Another highlight was the launch of the South AustralianBroadband research and education Network (SABRENet)in March to deliver ultra high-speed connectivity betweenAdelaide’s key research and education precincts – initially up Agency Role and Governance
  9. 9. 10 Highlights 2007 was 4.8 percent • Apprentices and trainees completing qualifications rose by 18.4 percent against a national average of 3.7 percent Awards • The percentage of satisfied employers who required • TAFE SA won the Large Training Provider of the Year vocational qualifications to meet job vacancy criteria in the 2007 South Australian Training Awards increased over the 2005 figure by 18.5 percent • South Australia Works in the Regions program won • Total employment rose to 775 000 people, the ninth the Premier’s Award for the best public sector pro- consecutive monthly rise to a new record level gram for building communities in South Australia • The employment of student graduates and module • Safework SA Employee of the Year was awarded completers increased by 2 percent over 2006 and to Veronica Wilkey, a senior OHS&W consultant also rated higher than national average based at TAFE SA Whyalla campus • Launch of the TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centre, • Satisfac TAFE SA Excellence Award for Educational an initiative to better meet the training needs of the Delivery Management was awarded to Noel Jensen, Aboriginal community and industry the coordinating lecturer in Children’s Services and • ‘Abilities for All’ launched as a state-wide program Community Services at TAFE SA Gawler campus. involving a consortium of employers of people with Noel was recognised for his innovative work in the a disability, modelled on the successful Bedford development of child care learning materials and Industries program and offering accredited training his support of Indigenous cadetships in his train- for over 215 people in their workplace ing programs • TAFE SA Building and Construction Unit donated • Barbara Workman, Manager of Youth Pathways and six roof constructions to the State Emergency Partnerships at TAFE SA Regency campus won the Services (SES) for training and practical experi- Corporate and Education Services Award. Bar- ence in working safely at heights and for simulating bara’s leadership has fostered quality partnerships storm damage between TAFE SA and government, independent • TAFE SA Regency campus hosted several events and Catholic education systems, with effective during Tasting Australia, supporting the initiative results for the students promoting South Australia as a centre for food, • Restaurant and Catering Australia, Fine Wine Part- wine and other beverages ners and Henschke Lifetime Achiever Award was • Adelaide attracted almost 23 000 international presented to Brian Lawes, Educational Manager at students in the 10 months to October this year, a TAFE SA Regency campus, for his contribution to rise of 3000 students on the same time last year, TAFE SA and the industry for more than 30 years representing a 14.5 percent increase • Australia Day Awards 2007, 33 employees were • TAFE SA recorded a 15.3 percent overall growth in recognised for their outstanding service within International students demonstrating the commit- the department in acknowledgement for their ex- ment to SA Strategic Plan target T1.16 ‘Double SA’s emplary effort. share of overseas students within 10 years’. The 894 international students in award courses and Our education and 203 English Language students studying through training achievements English Language Service (ELS) come from over • Over 121 000 people participated in VET; almost 63 source countries 80 000 of these attended TAFE SA • South Australia Works in the Regions Recognition • There was a 2.3 percent increase in apprentice and and Achievement Award was presented to Create trainee numbers over 2006 results Your Future: Goal 100 as the most outstanding • Nine percent increase in commencements of ap- project in assisting unemployed people into train- prenticeships and traineeships. National average ing and jobs Agency Role and Governance
  10. 10. 11• South Australia Works in the Regions support- Regency campus opened. This centre will provide ed employment and training initiatives for re- tradespeople with the skills to install renewable gions affected by the drought. In the Riverland energy systems $200 000 has been re-allocated from 2007-08 funds • Diesel Emissions Training facility at TAFE SA to support drought related initiatives O’Halloran Hill campus opened• South Australia Works for Indigenous People • $15 million redevelopment of the Veterinary and saw 11 Aboriginal apprentices graduate in a Applied Sciences Centre (VASC) completed range of trades. The Aboriginal Apprenticeship • The programs delivered by VASC significantly un- program continues to enjoy great success in retaining derpin the primary industries, biotechnology and apprentices and in achieving completions food production industries across the state• A group of young unemployed South Australians • $1.75 million expansion of TAFE SA, Barossa Valley have turned their dreams of becoming a chef campus completed. The campus has been upgraded into reality through a ‘Jamie Oliver’ type training to meet the region’s growing skill needs in wine, opportunity. The teenagers took part in a joint viticulture, community services and health. $52 000 initiative undertaken by the Hyatt in part- nership with the government, through its highly People successful South Australia Works program and • A Shared Business Services review commenced to TAFE SA meet our challenge of a more cost effective service• Drought Apprenticeship Retention program (DARP) to the community and is part of our goal to build a a $1.5 million program managed by Traineeship high performance organisation and Apprenticeship Services to assist employers in • Staff Survey attracted 50 percent response rate drought designated areas to retain their apprentices and provided valuable information in planning and trainees, delivered needed support DFEEST’s future. The survey reports a committed• South Australia has won $1.2 million in Common- and loyal workforce willing to work hard and see wealth funding for skills development in regional the department succeed areas, the biggest share of any state or territory from a total of $4.1 million • Reduction in the numbers and costs of new workers• ‘Adult Learners’ Week in September was very suc- compensation claims reinforces the efforts under- cessful. Government provided $1.8 million in grants taken to enhance DFEEST’s commitment to providing to organisations across the State to run more than all staff with a safe working environment 80 activities in local communities. The Festival of • DFEEST Executive Leadership Program entered Adult and Community Learning was a community- its third year with development work undertaken based opportunity for people to broaden their on a succession planning strategy to be launched knowledge and skills in 2008• Through additional government funding to the Adult and Community Education (ACE) program, a further • Planning for a revised emerging leaders leader- 8500 South Australians increased their language, ship program for implementation in 2008 com- literacy, numeracy and employability skills over menced. the year through involvement with 100 additional community-learning projects across the state.Assets• Six hundred and sixty employees moved from five sites in the CBD to six floors of the 5 star energy rated City Central building at 11 Waymouth Street• Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence at TAFE SA Agency Role and Governance
  11. 11. 12 Science and Innovation Workforce Development • Seven pivotal science research projects were • Workforce Development Good Practice Project awarded grants from the Premier’s Science and commenced - a joint initiative between DFEEST Research Fund and Industry Skills Boards (ISBs), aims to promote • DFEEST was the major sponsor of National the products, tools and models developed for use Science Week in South Australia. Over 60 events by all stakeholders made available through online were held technology and hard copy and funded in part by the • Work was under taken with the Chief DFEEST Workforce Development Fund (WDF) Scientist and Defence SA to provide support for the • Workforce Information Service (WIS) launched - an establishment of a new Defence Future Capability online tool to support better workforce planning Technology Centre. provides the website presence for information on the ISB projects. Higher Education Quality • Assistance was provided to develop the University • DFEEST led work resulting in an amendment to the of Adelaide’s proposal to introduce a veterinary Commonwealth Education Services for Overseas science program at Roseworthy campus Students (ESOS) Act 2000 enabling providers of • A 12.4 percent increase in Commonwealth funded international hospitality courses to increase overseas places for 2008 resulted from support given to bids student enrolments and assist in achieving South from the state’s universities. Australia’s Strategic Plan target of doubling the state’s share of international student numbers Information Economy • Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) • Work of the Broadband SA team and key partners 2007 came into operation in July. DFEEST led a recognised following months of lobbying and working group of state and territory officials that negotiation in amending in the way the Australian developed these national outcomes based regula- Broadband Guarantee (ABG) is implemented. The tory arrangements. outcome recognised the value of the state’s regional broadband projects which have been developed with strong community involvement • South Australian Broadband Research and Educa- tion Network (SABRE Net) linking the state’s major research and education sites was extended to include six TAFE SA campuses • Funding was provided under the National Skills Shortages Strategy to up skill employees in the Australian Digital Content Industry, mobile tech- nology sector • Work was undertaken with the Department of Health on the use of broadband for population health and wellbeing and Defence SA in commissioning a telecommunications plan for the Maritime Skills Centre. Agency Role and Governance
  12. 12. 13Youth Marketing and International• active8 Premier’s Youth Challenge provided over • Marketing and International focused on providing $500 000 in grants to 51 programs engaging over strategic insights to the business, ensuring key 1100 young people decisions were informed by quality market research.• Forty participants and 18 coordinators took part in Notably, the TAFE SA Product Analysis undertaken the active8 Youth Voice Forum which encouraged provides the empirical basis for reviewing the range continuing networking and further development of programs offered throughout TAFE SA of leadership, decision making and team building • Internal communication throughout DFEEST remained skills a priority with the online newsletter, InsideDFEEST,• Minister for Youth’s Leadership Grants again pro- providing comprehensive weekly updates to staff. A vided financial assistance for innovative projects for program of 16 directorate themed seminars, titled individuals aged 12-25 to promote the development Working Together, gave in-depth information to staff of leadership skills on the operations and priorities of each unit• Two young South Australians as a result of fund- • Marketing and International led the highly successful ing support had the opportunity to take part in an competition and awards programs, WorldSkills and international youth forum held in parallel to the South Australian Training Awards, which identified Asia-Pacific conference outstanding South Australian individuals and busi-• A Youth Parliament was again sponsored by the nesses to showcase at their respective national department and managed by the YMCA. It brings competitions in VET a diverse group of 100 young people together to • A robust promotional schedule, including advertis- learn about parliamentary process and is the only ing, event and media opportunities was undertaken such event in Australia which lets young people with positive results. A combined TAFE SA Open use the chambers of Parliament House Day was conducted on 26 August at Adelaide• Office for Youth delivered record numbers of Duke City campus, and was well received as part of the of Edinburgh award completions with nearly six Universities’ Open Day program      hundred young people receiving their Bronze, Silver • Considerable growth in International students study- or Gold award ing at TAFE SA was achieved through successful• National Youth Week saw 15 000 young South implementation of Marketing and International’s Australians participate. Student Recruitment Plan, as well as product and service enhancements. Initiatives included a dedi- cated website for international students, revised pricing structure, innovative new product offerings and improved front-office service processes such as a new international student database. Agency Role and Governance
  13. 13. 14 Vision, Mission Openness in decision making by: • providing supporting reasons and Values • restricting information only where there is a wider public interest • declaring any relevant private interests • resolving conflicts Our Vision • being transparent South Australia has a highly skilled workforce and maximised employment participation that shapes the state’s economic competitiveness, and is distinguished Striving for excellence in: • using public resources efficiently and effectively by a culture of excellence, innovation, continuous • embedding equality of access and opportunity learning and social inclusion. • fairness in our operations • standards of service Our Mission To optimally match workforce skills, training and participation, with current and future employment, Courage in: working with individuals, community and industry to • challenging and being challenged strategically support the state’s development. This • taking risks mission requires creative and integrated policy that • doing things in different ways delivers effective training, employment programs and • taking responsibility for mistakes and learning services. from them • enforcing our code of conduct. Our Values DFEEST is striving to become a high performance learning organisation, which attracts, develops and retains a highly talented workforce. The department will only achieve its vision through a strong commitment to our people and core values. We will show integrity in our: Respect for: • the values, beliefs, customs and cultures of individuals and our community • others’ rights, responsibilities and professional- ism Responsiveness in: • providing timely and caring services generating creative, shared solutions • embracing change where it is appropriate • recognising and celebrating effort and achieve- ment Agency Role and Governance
  14. 14. 15Legislation, Role Boards, Committeesand Structure and Authorities within theP ortfolio governance for further education, employment, science, technology and youth is managed through a number of councils,boards and committees. These work in conjunction with Minister’s portfoliothe department to advise the Minister for Employment, Institute Councils ITraining and Further Education, the Minister for Science nstitute councils are established by the Minsterand Information Economy and the Minister for Youth for each of the three Institutes of TAFE SA underon key strategic areas. the Technical and Further Education Act 1975. The Hon. Paul Caica MP took responsibility for The councils advise, monitor performance and providethe Science and Information Economy portfolio from supplementary funding for the Institutes’ operation.6 February 2007. Training and Skills CommissionAgency The Training and Skills Commission was establishedThe Department of Further Education, Employment, under the Training and Skills Development Act 2003.Science and Technology. The Act gives authority to the commission in regulating vocational education and training and non-universityActs Administered higher education in the state and in planning and policy• Technical and Further Education Act 1975 advice on employment, vocational training and adult• Training and Skills Development Act 2003 community education. It gives a strong leadership role• Construction Industry Training Fund Act 1993 to industry in workforce development for the state.• Flinders University of South Australia Act 1966 The commission has nine members (plus deputies)• University of Adelaide Act 1971 appointed by the Governor, the majority from industry• University of South Australia Act 1990. and the balance appointed after consultation with employer associations and the United Trades andRegulations Labor Council.• Technical and Further Education Regulations The commission is formally advised by two refer- 1999 ence groups in the areas of quality and adult community• Technical and Further Education (Vehicles) Regula- education. The Act also sets up a Grievance and tions 1998 Disputes Mediation Committee to adjudicate disputes• Training and Skills Development Regulations between apprentices/trainees and their employers under 2003 contracts of training. These groups are all convened by• Construction Industry Training Fund Regulations commission members, but draw on the wider resources 1993 of industry and the community for specialist advice• Public Corporations (Bio Innovation SA) Regula- through their membership and consultation strategies. tions 2001 The Training and Skills Commission reports annually to• Public Corporations (Education Adelaide) Regula- Parliament on its operations, committees and reference tions 1998 groups.• Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996. Agency Role and Governance
  15. 15. 16 Higher Education Council The Premier’s Science The Higher Education Council was established to and Research Council foster collaborative arrangements between the state The Premier’s Science and Research Council was government, universities, industry and the community established to advise the government on strategies for in South Australia to: boosting local science and research capabilities and • expand the size, diversity and influence of the sec- improving levels of innovation. The council is co-chaired tor to contribute to the state’s economy, society by the Premier and the state’s chief scientist and is and culture administratively supported by DFEEST. • provide highly adaptable and skilled graduates The council was responsible for establishing the • improve international recognition of the quality of Premier’s Science and Research Fund in 2003. The higher education in the state fund, through a competitive process has committed • increase research investment and the commer- over $15 million for collaborative science and research cialisation of ideas. projects in South Australia. Austraining International Austraining International Pty Ltd is an international Information Economy development and project management company of Advisory Board the South Australian Government. With the head office The Information Economy Advisory Board provides in Adelaide the company has a registered presence in advice to the Minister on potential benefits of the Asia through its subsidiary company PT Austraining information economy for all South Australians and on Nusantatra, which was established in 1993 in Jakarta, how to maximise these benefits. The board’s member- Indonesia. It has a registered company in Papua New ship brings together prominent individuals from the Guinea and a network of 19 agents throughout Asia and community, academia and industry. It is supported the Pacific region. Austraining is ISO 9001 accredited by, and works closely with, DFEEST to provide advice for a comprehensive range of international development on the state’s current capacity to benefit from the education and training projects. information economy. Education Adelaide Education Adelaide is a subsidiary of the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education established under the Public Corporations (Education Adelaide) Regulations 1998. It operates as a partnership between the City of Adelaide, the state’s universities, the state government and numerous private colleges and schools. Its strategic direction is to accelerate the growth of South Australia’s education export industry to benefit the state’s education providers, the local economy and community. Education Adelaide works closely with DFEEST to achieve targets in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. Agency Role and Governance
  16. 16. 17Bio Innovation SA SABRENet LtdBio Innovation is a subsidiary of the Minister estab- On 9 March 2007 the Premier and the Australianlished by the Public Corporations (Bio Innovation SA) Government Minister for Education, Science andRegulations 2001. Technology officiated at the launch of SABRENet at Mawson Lakes. During 2007 a further extension of Funded by the state government, Bio Innovation the network was constructed, connecting the InstituteSA provides grants to companies and public research of Medical and Veterinary Science and the TAFE SAorganisations to promote company development and Gilles Plains Campus.enable commercialisation of technologies. The organisation also provides mentoring advice on Duke of Edinburgh’s Award,business, product development, financial, marketing State Award Committeeas well as infrastructure development support for the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationallocal bioscience industry. self-development program available to young people Adelaide has one of the fastest-growing biotechnol- aged between 14 and 25. The Minister for Youth is theogy industry clusters in Australia and its global position exclusive licence holder to deliver the Award in Southis growing daily. The biotechnology sector contributes Australia and appoints the State Award Committee$45 million in business research and development to maintain quality and support the delivery of theexpenditure annually and has increased employment by Award.100 people per annum over the past four consecutiveyears. The number of biotech companies has doubled Minister’s Youth Councilsince 2001 with now more than 90 biotechnology The Minister’s Youth Council comprises young peoplecompanies in South Australia, employing about 1 aged 12-25 who provide advice to the Minister for200 people and generating more than $180 million in Youth on issues that affect young South Australians.revenue. The Minister’s Youth Council consults and advises the Minister directly through monthly meetings.Playford CentrePlayford Centre is a subsidiary of the Minister estab-lished by the Public Corporations (Playford Centre)Regulations 1996, to contribute to South Australia’seconomic growth, exports, commercialisation ofresearch and entrepreneurial activity, by facilitating theformation and development of innovative ventures.Playford CaptialIn 2001, Playford Centre formed a subsidiary PlayfordCapital Pty Ltd. Playford Capital uses fundingprovided by the Australian Government’s Building onIT Strengths and ICT Incubators Programs to investin South Australian ICT firms which have the potentialand commitment to become high growth companiesexporting interstate and overseas. This has stimulatedthe inflow of private equity into South Australia andsupported ICT company growth. Agency Role and Governance
  17. 17. 18 Governance T he department’s principal corporate governance obligations are prescribed in the Public Sector Management Act 1995 and the Technical and Further Education Act 1975. These Acts establish general management aims, personnel management and employee conduct standards. The chief executive is responsible for observance of these aims and standards. The department maintains a governance framework that integrates strategic management, leadership and accountability, with the way it manages its people and resources to achieve best performance of its functions. The framework is supported by a governance structure encompassing: MINISTER AUDIT AND RISK CHIEF EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CORPORATE EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE FORUM BUDGET AND TAFE SA EXECUTIVE FINANCE EXECUTIVE ASSET STRATEGY COMMITTEE Key: Reporting & Information Exchange Accountability The Corporate Executive is the key high level decision making and leadership group in the department. Its primary role is to ensure the successful achievement of the department’s strategic planning and portfolio outcomes and it has responsibility for maintaining the effectiveness of these governance mechanisms. The Budget and Finance Executive Committee is an expert committee providing financial governance over the department’s resources. It monitors performance against fiscal targets, reviews financial strategies and the allocation of operating and capital budgets and makes decisions on a range of finance related issues. The Agency Role and Governance
  18. 18. 19committee considers options and advises on the department’s financial strategies and provides detailed adviceon the allocation of operating and capital budgets to the chief executive through the Corporate Executive. The TAFE SA Executive is an expert committee responsible for the review and coordination of activity acrossthe TAFE sector of DFEEST. The Executive Forum is a broadly based group of executive leaders responsible for the collaborative achieve-ment of departmental objectives across all initiatives and programs. The Asset Strategy Committee provides strategic guidance for the integrated planning and managementof all infrastructure requirements across the portfolio and the development of strategic portfolio infrastructureplans for each TAFE region. The Audit and Risk Management Committee is an integral part of the governance framework and is estab-lished to provide assurance to and assist the chief executive in undertaking his statutory and administrativeresponsibilities. Agency Role and Governance
  19. 19. 20 DFEEST Senior Management Structure and Reporting Arrangements As at December 2007Agency Role and Governance
  20. 20. 21Report on Operations Report On Operations
  21. 21. 22 Report on and government plans and projects • helps meet industry’s demand for labour by respond- Operations ing to current and future skills demands • strengthens partnerships between government, Against DFEEST industry, employment and training stakeholders, and the community – resulting in shared responsibility Strategic Plan for outcomes. This learning, training and work package began with seven priority areas – regional people, young people, Goal 1 Ensure South mature-aged people, Aboriginal people, community Australians have the necessary engagement, working with industry, and the public education and skills to participate sector. During 2007 an eighth priority area was added. in the high skill economy South Australia Works to Recognise Skills - provides high quality services to people who seek recognition D of qualifications and skills (whether gained locally FEEST leads the way in skilling South or overseas) for the purpose of finding meaningful Australia by working with industry, employment in South Australia. business, communities and regions to implement workforce plans and skills development In August, DFEEST presented a report to the programs, while building a quality and competitive Training and Skills Commission on the impact of training market. Better Skills. Better Work. Better State – A Strategy for the Development of South Australia’s Workforce Objectives and key initiatives to 2010. The Commission confirmed its view that the 1.1 Accelerate skills take-up for the current Workforce Development Strategy is a valid framework and emerging workforce for action by government, industry and education (Links to South Australia’s and training providers. The robustness of the vision, Strategic Plan (SASP) Target (T) priorities and 10 focus areas in the Strategy is evident 6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) in the way that it encompasses activities across a The department’s program South Australia Works is wide range of arenas, including: training, workplace building South Australia’s workforce for the future by practices, welfare to work programs and so on. The assisting with the retention and upskilling of exist- Strategy has increased South Australia’s research ing workers. In addition a number of South Australia capacity in the field and has resulted in a number of Works programs contribute significantly to the Skills related research projects. Statement – ‘Skills for South Australia, Building on Strong foundations’ initiative. In considering the report, the Commission identified four streams of focussed activity to enable further By collaborating with all levels of government, take-up of workforce development practices and industry and the community, South Australia Works: principles in the state: • provides learning, training and employment oppor- • better engagement with industry tunities for people who are having trouble improving • improved workforce planning their skills or finding a job • better career information for individuals • assists regional communities to address the learn- • better communication of workforce development ing, training and work needs of individuals within messages. their communities • helps maximise the number of jobs from industry Report On Operations
  22. 22. 23 Consideration of the future directions of the Strategy that will contribute to the improvement of their cur-positions it as the central strategic framework for rent practice by streamlining activity and increasingthe role and function of the Industry Skills Boards the uptake of RPL within their organisation.(ISBs). This was supported by the outcomes of an These strategies are designed to ensure the Southindependent evaluation of the nine ISBs. The evaluation Australian training system has sufficient and appropri-was undertaken to determine whether the industry ate high quality people and resources to facilitateadvisory arrangements established in 2004-05 have efficient and cost effective RPL services.been successful in enabling industry to exercise aleading role in workforce development and planning. TAFE SA has reviewed and implemented a range of processes to facilitate the increasing delivery of RPL The Evaluation’s recommendations presented to the which included:Minister of Employment, Training and Further Educationtake the current arrangements to the next level of • provision of RPL staff development opportunitiesindustry leadership and commitment to workforce for staff, particularly in regional South Australiadevelopment. They articulate practical approaches to • targeting innovative projects responding to skillsstrengthening the working relationship between ISBs, shortages in the areas of Hospitality and Com-DFEEST and the Training and Skills Commission. mercial Cookery • introduction and training of staff for the use of ‘Com- The Australian government signed an agreement petency Navigator’ – a software package designedwith the department to fund a program to increase the to assist in mapping an individual’s skills and experi-uptake of recognition of prior learning (RPL) in South ence to competencies in Training PackagesAustralia. RPL is the recognition and documentation • Increased access to online delivery particularly inof experience, learning and skills. The project will Bricklaying and Carpentry and Joinery.target employers in skill shortage areas. South Australia Works in Communities creates learn- DFEEST combined its Trades Recognition Services ing opportunities for people and their communities.and Overseas Skills Recognition Service into a newentity, the Skills Recognition Service (SRS), to be in People with a disability, migrants, and disadvantagedone location with a shop front service and an RPL unemployed or under-employed people between 25referral service. An RPL assessor has been appointed and 39 years were supported to participate in learningto the service to increase the knowledge of service programs. Through a range of programs 3129 peoplestaff and to provide information to clients who access were assisted and 1740 gained employment.the service. The Parents Return to Work Program provided To develop knowledge and skills of VET profession- accredited training to 519 parents under the age of 40als to provide streamlined quality RPL services: years, who wished to return to the workforce. Three hundred and thirty five people gained employment and• Eight coaches and mentors were appointed across 107 000 accredited training hours were delivered. a range of industry areas to develop strategies for engagement with RTOs; to promote effective rec- The Employment Assistance Program supported ognition practices and assist with the development jobseekers who experienced barriers to employment of approaches and tools. to become more competitive in the labour market• Thirteen project grants worth $225 000 were ap- and to move into employment. A total of 670 people proved to improve RPL practice and uptake with were assisted through the program, with 285 gaining both public and private training organisations. employment. Consideration has been given to the learning and DFEEST continued its leadership and management sharing of information from individual projects to the of Reframing the Future. This national workforce larger RPL agenda. The RPL projects provide an development initiative of the Australian, state and opportunity for applicants to undertake an activity Report On Operations
  23. 23. 24 territory governments assists in building the capacity South Australia won $1.2 million in Commonwealth of the VET sector to implement the national training funding for three skill development projects in regional system and the aims of the COAG national reform areas, the biggest share of any state or territory from agenda. Reframing the Future complements other a total allocation of $4.1 million. The three projects to professional development programs provided by state/ receive funding are a: territory bodies, other agencies and RTOs. • World of Work for the northern Adelaide region. The national reference group for Reframing the This project will upskill people at risk of unemploy- Future was chaired by the chief executive and DFEEST ment due to industry restructuring is responsible for hosting the national secretariat. It • regional skills mobility program linking long-tern has developed new nationally agreed arrangements for unemployed to job opportunities in the Limestone the management and strategic direction of Reframing Coast and the Riverland the Future. • Health Workforce Reform project to support a new approach in the health sector across the regions. 1.2 Ensure a ready supply of qualified South In 2007, the State Government announced a $7.7 Australian workers is available for the State’s million package to support farmers and farming growth sectors communities in drought affected areas. This amount (Links to SASP T6.19, T6.20, and T6.21) was part of an overall $60 million drought relief program DFEEST provided funding and in-kind support for a designed to support farmers and rural communities. project involving a collaborative arrangement with the nine ISBs and Department of Trade and Economic Within this package, the department was made Development (DTED) to assess the workforce impacts responsible for administering $1.5 million through of major projects and develop strategies and responses the Drought Apprenticeship Retention Program. to meet these. This program aims to assist employers in drought designated areas retain their trainees and apprentices. The Joint ISB project, Workforce Impacts South Eligible employers receive two instalments of $750 for Australia (WISA), led to the establishment of an initial each trainee/apprentice in their employment. web based, single point of contact within DFEEST for major projects proponents as an initial entry to the Program funds are prioritised on the basis of broader support available through SA Works, TAFE SA, (1) farmers, (2) small business, (3) Group Training Aboriginal Education and Employment Services, ISBs, Organisations, then (4) large employers. ESF networks and practitioners. DFEEST is working In the six months of operation to 31 December with DTED to develop a more systematic approach to 2007, employers of 580 trainees or apprentices have assessing and responding to the workforce impacts been assisted through the Drought Apprenticeship of major projects. Retention Program. The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance South Australia continues to achieve strong employ- (RESA) has developed a range of pilot projects to ment outcomes from training as shown in Table 2. build the skilled workforce for the state’s expanding mineral resource sector. These projects will identify and test innovative approaches to training that can then be used as models to scale up training programs on a statewide basis and include supporting TAFE SA to develop on-line courses and the promotion of careers in the resources industry and using advanced simulation technologies for training tailored to the mining industry. Report On Operations
  24. 24. 25 Training activity was particularly strong in traineeships and apprenticeships. Figure 1 shows that the numberin training continues to grow. At June 2007, the number of trainees and apprentices in training reached arecord high of 35 200. The number of commencing trainees and apprentices has increased, and the numberof trainees and apprentices successfully completing their contract of training has significantly increased overthe past two years. Trainee and apprentice activity, five years ending 30 June 2007* 40000 35000 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 5000 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 In Training Commencements Completions Figure 1 * In training figures are provided at 30 June of each year, while commencement and completion figures are provided for the 12 months ending 30 June of each year. All figures are based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Australian vocational education and training statistics – Apprentices and trainees June quarter (2007). Figures for 2007 are estimated and may be revised by NCVER in the future. Report On Operations
  25. 25. 26 Table 2: Percentage of graduates by key outcome measures, 2005-2007 2005 2006 2007 % % % All TAFE Employed after training 78.5 79.0 80.2 Not employed before commencing the training and employed after (a) 46.4 44.6 47.6 Employed or in further study after training (b) 88.4 87.4 88.7 Enrolled in further study after training (b) 33.0 31.0 31.2 Fully or partly achieved main reason for doing the training 85.1 85.6 86.4 Satisfied with the overall quality of training 87.9 88.1 89.1 All VET providers Employed after training 79.3 79.6 81.1 Not employed before commencing the training and employed after (a) 52.0 51.1 52.8 Employed or in further study after training (b) 88.7 87.8 89.2 Enrolled in further study after training (b) 31.6 30.2 30.8 Fully or partly achieved main reason for doing the training 86.0 86.5 86.7 Satisfied with the overall quality of training 87.1 88.1 88.8 Notes a ‘Not Employed’ is defined as unemployed (looking for full-time or part-time work), not in the labour force, or not employed (no further information). b These questions are not asked of students from community education providers. Therefore, the percentage reported represents the proportion of graduates, or module completers, respectively, excluding those from community education providers. * The estimate has a relative standard error greater than 25 percent and therefore should be used with caution. ** NCVER does not report on estimates based on less than five respondents because the estimates are unreliable. Report On Operations
  26. 26. 27After completing a Master of Engineering in IT Telecommunications at university, Liong Kee Ling turned to TAFESA to study a Vocational Graduate Diploma in Spatial Information Services because of the practical skills hecould gain and the flexibility to learn on and off campus. Report On Operations
  27. 27. 28 1.3 Enhance Adelaide’s reputation as a International student intake has increased in: world class city for education, training and • Nursing and Dental higher education • Cookery (Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20, and T6.21) • Bakery TAFE SA is dedicated to the provision of world class • Hospitality Management quality education and training services to local and • Electronics international students alike. Increasing its share of • Horticulture international students is evident in the steady increase • Wine and Food. in student numbers. International licence agreements are now active Total International Student Enrolments by in 11 overseas institutions servicing approximately Category, Jan-Oct 2002-2007 2500 students. Projects for the next three years are for a continued 1600 growth of international students of approximately 12 percent per annum. 1400 Complementary services provided to international students included: 1200 • packaging of qualifications to promote/support pathways to Higher Education • hosting delegations and study tours across TAFE 1000 SA • attending regional educational expos • working with contracted educational recruitment 800 agents. South Australia’s three state universities: The 600 University of Adelaide; Flinders University and the University of South Australia; along with Carnegie Mellon University and Cranfield University continue 400 to provide world class education and contribute to the state’s economic development through its skilled 200 workforce. Over 69 000 students, including 18 500 overseas students were engaged in higher education in South Australia in 2007. 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 The Higher Education Council which is chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further TAFE SA Programs (including Award, Education and the Higher Education Directorate Non-Award and Degrees) successfully negotiated to revise the higher educa- TAFE SA ELICOS Programs tion target in South Australia’s Strategic Plan relating to university participation for domestic students. A ICHM (International College number of projects have been established to assist of Hotel Management) universities meet this target including strategies to improve student retention and to better involve industry Figure 2 in supporting student placements. Development of the Premier’s vision for the University City is critical Report On Operations
  28. 28. 29to the success of this target. In 2007 SA universities won 12.4 percent of new Australian Government supportedplaces.1.4 Build a fair, quality oriented and competitive training market(Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20, and T6.21)The department provides support for traineeships and apprenticeships via the provision of training subsidies(known as User Choice training subsidies) to registered training organisations. During 2007, 155 registeredtraining organisations (consisting of TAFE SA and privately owned providers) delivered training under User Choicearrangements. A total of $39.13 million was provided by the State Government during the 2006-07 financial yearto support in excess of 25 000 trainees and apprentices undertaking a nationally recognised qualification. As shown in Figure 3 below, the majority of User Choice expenditure occurred in the area of engineeringand mining, whilst the greatest number of trainees and apprentices were supported to undertake business,management, finance and property service qualifications.Figure 3: Expenditure by industry groups Fashion and Footwear Computing and Information Technology Recreation and Sport Arts, Design and Multimedia Hair and Beauty Community Services, Health and Education Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Primary and Allied Industries Food Processing and Wine Business, Management, Finance and Property Service Transport Engineering Building, Furnishing and Plumbing Engineering and Mining 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% 30.0% 35.0% # App/trainees Expenditure Report On Operations
  29. 29. 30 As illustrated in Figure 4 below, apprenticeships Figure 5: Funded Training represented 38 percent of total student numbers in Contracts by AQF level receipt of User Choice assistance, whilst trainee- ship funding represented 62 percent of total student numbers. Figure 4: Distribution of funding amongst Student Numbers traineeships and apprenticeships Level 4/5 369 Level 3 1% Student Numbers 8,730 Level 2 34% 16,313 T/ships 65% A/ships 9,695 38% 15,717 62% Sixty five percent of the trainees and apprentices supported by User Choice funding were undertaking qualifications at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 3 (see Figure 5). This highlights the impor- tance attached to training in higher level qualifications to achieve a more highly skilled workforce. Report On Operations
  30. 30. 31 The delivery of higher education, other than that provided by the state universities, vocational education andtraining, and educational services to overseas students is regulated under the Training and Skills DevelopmentAct, 2003. The Act provides the basis for ensuring the education and training providers and the courses thatthey deliver are quality assured under national education and training standards. In addition to approving providers and courses under the Training and Skills Development Act, 2003, thedepartment is building the capacity and promoting quality outcomes for their clients by:• informing students and consumers of their choices, rights and responsibilities• informing and advising training providers about the relevant national and state standards and legislation with which they must comply• contributing to the design, development and implementation of national qualifications• ensuring standards are met and encouraging continuous improvement through audits of training providers• convening professional development workshops and forums on teaching and learning strategies and educa- tion management issues• working in collaboration with relevant national and interstate bodies to maintain and improve the national training system.Vet Recognition Data For 2006 And 2007 VET REGISTRATION 2006 2007 Summary Total Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) registered in SA for 261a 282 domestic delivery Number of RTOs also delivering Higher Education courses 14 14 RTOs registered in South Australia operating in another State/Ter- 93 93 ritory RTOs who remain suspended 4 3 Number of RTOs with delegated powers 1 1 Approvals Initial registrations 27 31 Renewal of registrations 21 55 Extension to scope of registration 103 93 Number of qualifications TAFESA added to scope of registration 148 70 under delegation Refusals, Cancellations and Suspensions RTOs who voluntary withdrew registration 17 8 RTOs who transferred to interstate registering body 2 0 RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration authority 0 0 RTOs who had registration suspended by registration authority 1 0 RTOs who had registration refused by registration authority: Initial registration 1 3 Extension to Scope registration 0 1 Renewal registration 1 1 Audit Activity: Number of audits conducted Initial registration 26 32 Renewal of registration 22 53 Extension to scope of registration 40 50 Compliance 14 34 Complaint 8 13 a Does not include RTOs whose registration is suspended. Report On Operations
  31. 31. 32 VET ACCREDITATION 2006 2007 Summary Total accredited courses 241 278 Approvals Courses accredited 9 39 Courses accredited (TAFESA under delegated authority) 18 3 Training package qualifications implemented in South Australia 165 335 New qualifications made available through traineeships or ap- 209 124 prenticeships HIGHER EDUCATION REGISTRATION 2006 2007 Summary Higher education providers registered in SA for domestic delivery 27 28 Higher education providers who also deliver VET courses 14 14 Approvals Initial Registration 0 1 Variation to scope of registration 11 10 Refusals, Revocations and Withdrawals Higher education providers who voluntary withdrew registration 2 0 Higher education providers who had registration cancelled by 0 0 registration authority Higher education providers who had registration suspended by 0 0 registration authority Higher education providers who had registration refused by regis- 0 0 tration authority of registration HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION 2006 2007 Summary Total accredited courses 242 253 Approvals Number of courses accredited 123 35 Report On Operations
  32. 32. 33OVERSEAS RECOGNITION 2006 2007SummaryRegistered providers delivering only VET courses to overseas 16 18studentsRegistered providers delivering only higher education courses to 9 9overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and higher education courses 8 8to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only English Language Intensive 4 4Courses (ELICOS) to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and higher education and 3 3English Language Intensive Courses (ELICOS) to overseas stu-dentsRegistered providers delivering English Language Intensive 1 1Courses (ELICOS) and VET courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English Language Intensive Cours- 1 1es (ELICOS) and higher education courses to overseas studentsTotal Registered providers approved to deliver to overseas stu- 42 44dentsApprovalsInitial registration 2 2Renewal of registration 2 3Extension to scope of registration 6 13Refusals, Cancellations and SuspensionsRTOs who voluntarily withdrew registration 0 1RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration authority 0 0RTOs who had registration suspended by registration authority 0 0RTOs who had registration refused by registration authority:Initial registrationExtension to scope registration 0 1Renewal of registration 0 0 0 0Audit Activity: Number of audits conductedInitial registration 2 3Renewal of registration 2 3Extension to scope of registration 6 13Compliance 1 1Complaint 1 1 Report On Operations
  33. 33. 34 In addition to national qualifications in training pack- approved, 10 withdrew from the system and 3 remain ages, vocational education qualifications are accredited suspended. under the Training and Skills Development Act 2003 A total of 28 non-university higher education provid- provided there is an industry or market need not met ers were registered, compared to 27 at the same time by a training package. Forty two vocational education last year, delivering more than 253 higher education courses were approved for initial accreditation or qualifications. renewal of accreditation and 35 higher education qualifications were accredited. A total of 45 education and training organisations were registered to provide education services to over- Changes to improve administrative systems seas students (an increase of two from December 2006). and processes for the management of accredita- Of these, 18 registered training providers delivered only tion took effect from 1 January 2007. Key changes in the vocational education sector, nine only in the included external assessment of courses by a Course higher education sector, five delivered only English Assessment Panel (CAP) convened by DFEEST for the Language Intensive Courses to Overseas Students delegate’s consideration in accreditation decisions. (ELICOS) and 13 providers delivered in two or more Under delegation from the Training and Skills of these three sectors. Commission, DFEEST manages the registration of The majority of vocational education and training training providers to deliver nationally recognised qualifications are developed and endorsed within qualifications and Statements of Attainment. National Training Packages. Each Training Package DFEEST worked with occupational licensing authori- provides a suite of qualifications for a sector of ties for a number of occupations identified by COAG. industry ranging from entry to para-professional This work was undertaken as part of national initiatives levels. The department made available 36 training to support the full mutual recognition of skills across packages containing 335 qualifications. Of these, 124 Australia by building the confidence of licensing bodies qualifications were made available as traineeships or that certificates issued by RTOs meet their regulatory apprenticeships. requirements. DFEEST is formalising agreements with DFEEST hosted a major VET sector capacity building each relevant licensing body on a range of quality forum for the fifth consecutive year which was attended assurance initiatives including the provision of expert by over 250 participants. The forum was designed to advice in the monitoring of RTOs. develop the VET workforce, promote excellence and In line with DFEEST’s commitment to continuous focus on meeting future skill development needs. improvement, an internal assessment of the operation Twenty four professional development workshops to of its higher education registration and accreditation assist training providers meet registration requirements processes was conducted early in 2007. A senior under the Training and Skills Development Act, 2003 official from another jurisdiction was invited to be and national standards were held and quarterly provider part of the internal assessment panel to provide an forums provided opportunities for the wider VET sector opportunity for benchmarking with another jurisdic- to be kept informed traiing issues and directions. A tion and to bring fresh ideas to the directorate. The total of 280 people attended these forums. outcome was very pleasing. It highlighted potential areas for improvement and provided sound evidence The Australian government’s Education Services of South Australia operating within the requirements for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 was amended of the national protocols. to remove doubts about the legality of the practice of ESOS providers making course related work placements The training sector in South Australia continued to interstate. The amendment arose from a departmental grow with the number of RTOs approved to deliver VET initiative supported by the Minister, designed to enable qualifications expanding from 261 in 2006 to 282 by South Australian providers of international hospitality the end of 2007. During the year, 31 new RTOs were Report On Operations