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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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  • 2. FOR FURTHER COPIES AND ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACTDepartment of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyOffice of the Chief ExecutiveGPO Box 320Adelaide SA 5001ABN: 16692317206Telephone: (08) 8226 3821Facsimile: (08) 8226 9533The 2008 Annual Report is available on the DFEEST Website at:http://www.dfeest.sa.gov.auISSN: 1449-6437
  • 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSAGENCY ROLE AND GOVERNANCEChief Executive’s Overview ................................................................................................. 9Highlights 2008.................................................................................................................. 11Vision, Mission and Values ................................................................................................ 14Legislation, Role and Structure ......................................................................................... 16Boards, Committees and Authorities ................................................................................ 17Governance ..................................................................................................................... 21REPORT ON OPERATIONS AGAINST THE DFEEST STRATEGIC PLANGoal 1 Ensure South Australians have the necessary education and skills to participate in the high skills economy .......................................................... 27Goal 2 Provide high quality employment and workforce development services .... 40Goal 3 Ensure young people are supported in reaching their full potential and actively engaged in learning, training, work and in their communities......... 47Goal 4 Provide a coordinated, whole of government approach to the development of an innovative community ................................................... 52Goal 5 Build a high performance organisation ........................................................ 59MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCESWorkforce data.................................................................................................................. 65Workforce diversity............................................................................................................ 68Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management ....................................................... 74FINANCIAL REPORTFinancial Overview ............................................................................................................ 79Audited general purpose financial report .......................................................................... 83Account payment performance ....................................................................................... 118Contractual arrangements............................................................................................... 118Fraud .............................................................................................................................. 118Consultancy expenditure................................................................................................. 119
  • 4. PROFILE OF VET ACTIVITYProfile of VET Activity ...................................................................................................... 125Training Package Activity ................................................................................................ 127OTHER REPORTING ITEMSEmployee’s Overseas travel ............................................................................................ 135Reconciliation Statement report...................................................................................... 137Disability Action Plans ..................................................................................................... 138Reporting against Carers Recognition Act 2005 ............................................................. 138Freedom of Information ................................................................................................... 138Asbestos Management.................................................................................................... 141Urban Design Charter...................................................................................................... 142Sustainability Report ....................................................................................................... 143
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  • 7. Chief Executive’s OverviewI am pleased to present the 2008 Annual Report for the Department of FurtherEducation, Employment, Science and Technology.2008 has been an exciting and challenging year for the economy as it has been forDFEEST.The year commenced with an increasing focus on meeting the skills needs ofindustry and finished with concerns about rising unemployment arising from theglobal financial crisis.Despite changing economic circumstance what hasn’t changed is the Government’scommitment to increasing training, improving employment participation andboosting productivity through innovation, science and technology.A significant focus of the Department’s activities in 2008 was implementing theGovernment’s new Skills Strategy aimed at delivering a more effective, responsiveand cost effective training system for South Australia including significant increasesin work place based training and e-learning.As part of this strategy a new Training and Skills Development Act (2008) wasenacted, strengthening the legislative role of the Training and Skills Commission. Anew Training and Skills Commission was appointed on 1 September 2008 led byEmeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC. One of the first tasks of the Commission isto develop a five year Skills and Workforce Development Plan for South Australiareflecting the needs of industry. A new state purchasing plan will then be producedin 2009 to better direct funding for training in line with industry needs as outlined inthe Skills Plan.Significant changes to the TAFE SA network were implemented in 2008 with thefurther establishment of three connected institutes TAFE SA Adelaide South,TAFE SA Adelaide North and TAFE SA Regional. A key focus in the future will bethe establishment of Lead Industry Centres, five Lead Centres will be established in2009 aimed at developing closer working relationships with industry and keystakeholders to enable TAFE SA to be more responsive to the rapidly changingneeds of the business environment.The South Australian vocational education and training system continued tooutperform the rest of the nation in 2008. The National Centre for VocationalEducation Research Ltd (NCVER) Student Outcomes Survey 2008 showed SouthAustralia’s training sector was the most effective in Australia from a clientperspective, with92 per cent of graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training, the highestof all states and territories. Students also reported excellent employment outcomes,with 86 per cent of students employed after training, outranking all other states andterritories and significantly higher than the national average of 81 per cent.As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprenticesand trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeshipcommencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent increase compared tothe preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007. 9
  • 8. The Commonwealth and State Government significantly increased funding fortraining in 2008 through the new Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers.The Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Government(90 per cent) and industry (10 per cent). In 2008 a total of 2 821 South Australianworkers have secured training under this new program in areas of skill need withtotal funding of $14.1 million.Delivery on the Governments 10 Year Vision for Science, Technology and Innovation(STI10) continued in 2008 with the rollout of 11 new science infrastructurefacilities across the State as part of the National Collaborative ResearchInfrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) representing an investment of some $92 million inthe States research capabilities.The Premiers Science and Research Council (PSRC) welcomed a new co-chair, thenew Chief Scientist for South Australia, Dr Ian Chessell, replacing outgoing ChiefScientist Professor Max Brennan AO. Development of the States capabilitiesin water and renewable energy were the top priorities of the PSRC in 2008 as werestrategies to increase the study of science and maths.It is also pleasing to see that the first Veterinary Science students began studies atthe University of Adelaide in 2008 following State Government support of $5 milliontowards the building of the new Veterinary Science Centre in addition to a$15 million contribution from the Commonwealth and in excess of $10.5 million fromthe University.DFEEST also continued to support the objective of making broadband widelyavailable and affordable for South Australians. The Broadbanding Yorke Peninsulaproject provided broadband to households and business premises in YorkePeninsula through WiMAX broadband connections – the first time in Australia wherea whole community has been connected using this technology. A similar broadbandproject in the Coorong District also converted to the high quality WiMAX services.During the year Office for Youth A-Teams provided an opportunity for young peopleto work with industry mentors and hear from experts to research and investigate keypolicy issues to prepare innovative policy recommendations for Government.Over 1 000 young South Australians voiced their opinion on a range of issues linkedto South Australia’s Strategic Plan during the Tell It Like It Is youth consultations, inpartnership with the Community Engagement Board.DFEEST commenced a review of its Strategic Plan in late 2008 with industry andstakeholder consultation and the revised Strategic Plan will be released in 2009.I would like to give my thanks to Brian Cunningham, previous Chief Executive of theDepartment from January 2005 to August 2008 and express my thanks to all stafffor their commitment and hard work during the year. I would also like to thankMinister Caica for his leadership and direction during 2008.Raymond GarrandChief Executive 10
  • 9. Highlights 2008 South Australia outranked all Australian states in terms of its performance on training. The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER), Student Outcomes Survey 2008 reported that: - The quality of TAFE SA training was showcased in the South Australian Training Awards and WorldSkills Australia National Competitions. TAFE SA trained the South Australian Apprentice of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and won the enterprise Training Initiative Award within the South Australian Training Awards. TAFE SA students also claimed 11 medals of excellence at the WorldSkills national competition in Sydney in July 2008. The Government’s new Skills Strategy was endorsed in March 2008. The strategy aims to reform the delivery of training in South Australia by being more cost effective and responsive to industry demands. Key changes will include: - a significant increase in work-based training and e-learning - establishing a number of lead industry centres to provide a single point of contact for industry - embedding case management to support learners from disadvantaged groups - increasing the Recognition of Prior Leaning to help focus resources on filling training gaps and increasing qualifications - increasing efficiencies in the publicly funded training sector to be able to significantly increase training. The revised Training and Skills Development Act (2008) was proclaimed on 1 September 2008. Key changes include establishing a simpler, faster dispute resolution process for apprenticeship / traineeship arrangements; appointing for the first time the Training Advocate as an independent arbiter; and putting in place a faster more efficient process for approving training contracts. A new Training and Skills Commission was established headed by Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC - the Commission will focus on developing a five year workforce development plan and providing advice to Government on future workforce and training needs. In 2006, the State Government committed to funding an additional 2 600 apprentices and trainees over four years (2006-10) at a cost of $14.5 million. This target was exceeded before the end of 2008. As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprentices and trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200 recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending 30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeship commencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to the preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007. 11
  • 10. The Department’s South Australia Works Program has helped many SouthAustralians gain employment or access further training:- South Australia Works learning, training and work programs expended $33.08 million 2007-08 including $4.7 million of Australian Government and other State Government agencies funds.- South Australia Works in the Regions assisted over 8 000 people in the regions with over 3 140 gaining employment.- South Australia Works for Mature Aged People - 3 780 participated in work programs and 1 659 gained employment.- South Australia Works with Industry - 4 970 people participated in industry programs, with 2 546 gaining employment.- South Australia Works programs involved 1 688 Aboriginal people and 806 gained employment.- The South Australia Works Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program supported 150 apprentices, and 55 new apprentices commenced an apprenticeship.- Sixty Aboriginal people gained a public sector traineeship, cadetship or apprenticeship via the South Australia Works CareerStart SA program.- South Australia Works for Aboriginal People won the Premier’s Award for the best public sector program for Growing Prosperity, a back to back achievement following last year’s South Australia Works in the Regions winning submission.The State Government negotiated two new funding agreements for vocationaleducation and training funding with the Commonwealth Government. Thisagreement covers skills and workforce development and the new nationalpartnership agreement for the Productivity Places Program.The Productivity Places Program aims at providing a significant boost totraining for jobseekers and existing workers as part of the AustralianGovernment’s Skilling Australia for the Future initiative.The Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers was formally launchedas a pilot program on 9 September 2008 with the aim of funding 1 800 higherlevel qualifications.In November 2008, the South Australian Government held an InnovationConference for 200 people including university leaders, industry players andgovernment in response to the Cutler Review into the National InnovationSystem which was completed in September 2008 with the release of theVenturous Australia report.The Department worked with Dr Michael Keating AC from the EconomicDevelopment Board on the Board’s Review of Skills and WorkforceDevelopment in South Australia. The review made wide rangingrecommendations for enhancement of the training system in South Australiato meet skills in demand; DFEEST is now implementing theserecommendations. 12
  • 11. TAFE SA’s new Dental Clinic was opened at Gilles Plains Campus. Theredeveloped training facility has created an internationally competitive trainingenvironment which provides a unique facility for collaboration between TAFESA, the SA Dental Service and the University of Adelaide’s School ofDentistry. By working closely with industry, the program delivers leading edgetraining and education opportunities to support and expand South Australia’sskills base.A new SA Food Centre was opened within the Regency International Centreat TAFE SA Regency Campus. Principal partners in the project include TAFESA, the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA and SARDI. TheCentre provides a “one stop shop” for the food industry to access a full rangeof support from the key government agencies that provide services to thefood industry.The TAFE SA Victor Harbor Campus Relocation Project was approved byGovernment and involves the construction of a new building that will enabledoubling of the training levels offered in the Fleurieu region. The newinfrastructure will include teaching, administrative and lecturer preparationspace and will include solar panels, water tanks and a high efficiency lightingsystem.The Department secured a $5 million grant for the University of Adelaidetowards the establishment of a new veterinary science school at theUniversity’s Roseworthy Campus.The project Broadbanding Yorke Peninsula achieved its goal whenhouseholds and business premises were provided with WiMAX broadbandconnections during 2008. 13
  • 12. Vision, Mission and ValuesOur VisionSouth Australia has a highly skilled workforce and maximised employmentparticipation that shapes the State’s economic competitiveness, and isdistinguishedby a culture of excellence, innovation, continuous learning and social inclusion.Our MissionTo optimally match workforce skills, training and participation, with current andfuture employment, working with individuals, community and industry to strategicallysupport the State’s development. This mission requires creative and integratedpolicy that delivers effective training, employment programs and services.Our ValuesDFEEST is striving to become a high performance learning organisation, whichattracts, develops and retains a highly talented workforce. The Department will onlyachieve its vision through a strong commitment to our people and core values. Wewill show integrity in our:Respect for: the values, beliefs, customs and cultures of individuals and our community others’ rights, responsibilities and professionalismResponsiveness in: providing timely and caring services generating creative, shared solutions embracing change where it is appropriate recognising and celebrating effort and achievementOpenness in decision-making by: providing supporting reasons restricting information only where there is a wider public interest declaring any relevant private interests resolving conflicts being transparent 14
  • 13. Striving for excellence in: using public resources efficiently and effectively embedding equality of access and opportunity fairness in our operations standards of serviceCourage in: challenging and being challenged taking risks doing things in different ways taking responsibility for mistakes and learning from them enforcing our code of conductTo view the 2007 – 2010 DFEEST Strategic Plan go tohttp://www.dfeest.sa.gov.au/Portals/2/downloads/dfeeststratplan07_10.pdf 15
  • 14. Legislation, Role and StructurePortfolio governance for further education, employment, science, technology andyouth is managed through a number of councils, boards and committees. Thesework in conjunction with the Department to advise the Minister for Employment,Training and Further Education, the Minister for Science and Information Economyand the Minister for Youth on key strategic areas.AgencyThe Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyActs AdministeredTechnical and Further Education Act 1975Training and Skills Development Act 2003 (until repealed by the Training and SkillsDevelopment Act 2008 which came into operation on 1 September 2008)Construction Industry Training Fund Act 1993Flinders University of South Australia Act 1966University of Adelaide Act 1971University of South Australia Act 1990RegulationsTechnical and Further Education Regulations 1999Technical and Further Education (Vehicles) Regulations 1998Training and Skills Development Regulations 2003 (until repealed by the Trainingand Skills Development Regulations 2008 which came into operation on4 September 2008)Construction Industry Training Fund Regulations 1993 (until repealed by theConstruction Industry Training Fund Regulations 2008 which came into operation on1 September 2008)Public Corporations (Bio Innovation SA) Regulations 2001Public Corporations (Education Adelaide) Regulations 1998Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996 16
  • 15. Boards, Committees and Authorities within the Minister’s portfolioTraining and Skills CommissionThe Training and Skills Commission was initially established under the Training andSkills Development Act 2003. On 1 September 2008 a new and strengthenedCommission was appointed under the new Training and Skills Development Act2008. The Act gives authority to the Commission in regulating training providers andapprenticeships and traineeships. The Commission advises and makesrecommendations to the Minister on matters relating to the development, funding,quality and performance of vocational education and training, adult communityeducation, and higher education sectors.Under the 2008 Act, the Commission will provide advice and recommendations onthe priorities and actions needed to increase the skills base of the workforce to theSouth Australian Government. A key task for the Commission is to develop a fiveyear Skills and Workforce Development Plan for South Australia in conjunction withthe Economic Development Board, the Social Inclusion Board, Industry SkillsBoards, and regional, community and industry groups.The Commission has nine members and two deputy members appointed by theGovernor, the majority from industry, with two appointed after consultation withemployer associations and the United Trades and Labour Council. The Commissionis chaired by Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC.The Act also establishes two reference groups, the Adult Community EducationReference Group and the Training Regulation Reference Group, to advise and assistthe Commission. These groups are convened by Commission members, but drawon the wider resources of industry and the community for specialist advice throughtheir membership and consultation strategies.The Training and Skills Commission provides its own annual report to Parliament onits operations and reference groups.Institute CouncilsThe Institute Councils are established by the Minister for Employment, Training andFurther Education for each of the three Institutes of TAFE SA under the Technicaland Further Education Act 1975. The Councils advise, monitor performance andprovide supplementary funding for the Institutes’ operation.Higher Education CouncilThe Higher Education Council was established in order to bring together universityvice-chancellors and other key players in the higher education sector in recognitionof the central role that education, training and research and development has to thefuture development of the South Australian economy and community. The Councilis chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education and isadministratively supported by DFEEST. 17
  • 16. Austraining InternationalAustraining International was formed in 1991 and is wholly owned by theGovernment of South Australia. Austraining is focussed on the delivery of trainingoffshore for the overseas development market. Austraining employs around 85 staffwith 13 in country offices across the Asia-Pacific.For more information regarding Austraining International go tohttp://www.austraining.com.au/CompanyInfo/AboutUs/tabid/54/Default.aspxEducation AdelaideEducation Adelaide is a subsidiary of the Minister for Employment, Training andFurther Education established under the Public Corporations (Education Adelaide)Regulations 1988. It operates as a partnership between the City of Adelaide, theState’s universities, the State Government and numerous private colleges andschools. Its strategic direction is to accelerate the growth of South Australia’seducation export industry to benefit the State’s education providers, the localeconomy and community. Education Adelaide works closely with DFEEST toachieve targets in South Australia’s Strategic Plan.For more information on Education Adelaide go tohttp://www.studyadelaide.com/about-us.aspxOffice of the Training AdvocateThe Training Advocate responds to questions or concerns about the vocationaleducation and training system in South Australia and can assist by: Providing information about vocational education and training Listening to student and Registered Training Organisation concerns Investigating complaints or referring them to another authority who can deal with them Continually looking for ways to assist the State Government to improve the training system.The Office of the Training Advocate comes under the Training and SkillsDevelopment Act 2008 and reports directly to the Minister for Employment, Trainingand Further Education and tables a separate Annual Report.The Office of the Training Advocate Website can be found athttp://www.trainingadvocate.sa.gov.au/The Premier’s Science and Research CouncilThe Premier’s Science and Research Council was established to advise theGovernment on strategies for boosting local science and research capabilities andimproving levels of innovation. The Council is co-chaired by the Premier and theState’s Chief Scientist and is administratively supported by DFEEST.During 2008 the Council initiated work on improving science and maths skills in theSouth Australian workforce, as well as projects on water and renewable energy. TheCouncil membership was increased during 2008 to include members withexperience in mineral resources, climate change and water and natural resourcemanagement. The South Australian Scientist of the Year and South Australian YoungTall Poppy were also invited to join the Council. 18
  • 17. Information Economy Advisory BoardThe Information Economy Advisory Board provides advice to the Minister forScience and Information Economy on potential benefits of the information economyto all South Australians and on how to maximise the benefits. Membership bringstogether prominent individuals from the community, academia and industry. It issupported by, and works closely with, DFEEST.Bio Innovation SABio Innovation SA is a subsidiary of the Minister for Science and InformationEconomy established by the Public Corporation (Bio Innovation SA) Regulations2001. South Australia has a dynamic bioscience industry based on a strongtradition of medical and agricultural research that drives commercial opportunities.To build on these opportunities, the South Australian Government establishedBio Innovation SA, a bioscience industry development organisation that providesbusiness development, finance, infrastructure and marketing assistance.For more information on Bio Innovation SA go tohttp://www.bioinnovationsa.com.au/Playford CentrePlayford Centre is a subsidiary of the Minister for Science and Information Economyestablished by the Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996, tocontribute to South Australia’s economic growth, exports, commercialisation ofresearch and entrepreneurial activity, by facilitating the formation and developmentof innovative technology ventures.Playford CapitalIn 2001, Playford Centre formed a subsidiary Playford Capital Pty Ltd. PlayfordCapital uses funding provided by the Australian Government’s Building on ITStrengths and ICT Incubator Programs to invest in South Australian ICT firms whichhave the potential and commitment to become high growth companies exportinginterstate and overseas. This has stimulated the inflow of private equity into SouthAustralia and supported ICT company growth.For more information on Playford Capital go to www.playford.com.auSABRENet LtdSABRENet Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with the three local universitiesand the Government of South Australia as members. It is a not for profitorganisation which has as its objective to further the use of advanced datanetworking for the conduct of research and education in South Australia. SABRENetLtd owns a dark fibre optical cable telecommunications network linking the majorhigher education Campuses and research precincts, as well as some schools andTAFE Campuses in metropolitan Adelaide. 19
  • 18. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award State Award CommitteeThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an international self-development programavailable to young people aged 14-25. The Minister for Youth is the exclusivelicence holder in South Australia and appoints the State Award Committee tomaintain quality and support the delivery of the Award.Minister’s Youth CouncilThe Minister’s Youth Council comprises young people aged 12-25 who provideadvice to the Minister for Youth on issues that affect young South Australians. TheMinister’s Youth Council consults and advises the Minister directly through monthlymeetings. 20
  • 19. GovernanceThe Department’s principal corporate governance obligations are prescribed in thePublic Sector Management Act 1995 and the Technical and Further Education Act1975. These Acts establish general management aims, personnel management andemployee conduct standards. The Chief Executive is responsible for observance ofthese aims and standards.The Department maintains a governance framework (Figure 1) that integratesstrategic management, leadership and accountability, in the way it manages itspeople and resources to achieve best performance of its functions.Figure 1 Minister Audit and Risk Chief Executive Management EXECUTIVE FORUM Corporate Executive DCE ETS DCE PPI Budget and Finance Executive Other Reference Groups TAR Exec TAN Exec TAS Exec Business Services Strategic Reference Group TAFE SA Network Executive Asset Strategy Committee Other reference Groups Aboriginal Action Committee Workforce Development Executive Information AccountabilityThe framework is supported by a governance structure encompassing the following:Corporate Executive is the high level decision making and leadership group in theDepartment. Its primary role is to ensure the successful achievement of theDepartment’s strategic planning and portfolio outcomes and it has responsibility formaintaining the effectiveness of these governance mechanisms.The Budget and Finance Executive Committee is an expert committee providingfinancial governance over the Department’s resources. It monitors performanceagainst fiscal targets and tracks allocation of operating and capital budgets andmakes decisions on a range of finance related issues. The Committee provides 21
  • 20. advice on the best use of operating and capital budgets to the Chief Executivethrough Corporate Executive.The Business Services Strategic Reference Group provides leadership, advice andthe strategic vision for business services across DFEEST. The Group is a subcommittee of Corporate Executive and reports to Corporate Executive as required.The Asset Strategy Committee provides strategic guidance for the integratedplanning and management of all infrastructure requirements across the portfolio andthe development of strategic portfolio infrastructure plans for TAFE SA.The Aboriginal Action Committee provides leadership within DFEEST to improveaccess to, and outcomes from education, training and employment programs forAboriginal people in South Australia.The Workforce Policy Development Executive brings together the leadership of allrelevant policy units of DFEEST and the Office of the Training and Skills Commissionto ensure a coordinated and connected approach to workforce planning and policyactivities across the Department and to build more focussed and collaborativerelationships with external stakeholders on policy and workforce developmentissues.Executive Forum is a broadly based group of executive leaders responsible for thecollaborative achievement of departmental objectives across all initiatives andprograms.The TAFE SA Network Executive is a peak decision making body for all strategicissues relating to the TAFE SA Network. It will lead the implementation of the SkillsStrategy and standardise services across a range of Institute operational areasacross TAFE SA.The Audit and Risk Management Committee is an integral part of the governanceframework and provides assurance to, and assists the Chief Executive inundertaking his statutory and administrative responsibilities. 22
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  • 25. GOAL 1 Ensure South Australians have the necessary education and skills to participate in the high skill economy1.1 Accelerate skills take-up for the current and emerging workforce (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP) Target (T) 6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)A key strategy for accelerating and increasing training has been to increaseRecognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL involves recognising knowledge and skillsfrom life and work experience, previous courses and training, or self-taughtknowledge and skills. Candidates must provide evidence of relevant skills andknowledge to gain recognition for all or part of a course/qualification at TAFE SA.RPL processes undertaken by TAFE SA include: Refrigeration program for workers to gain Certificate II in Electrotechnology – Split Systems for the purpose of gaining a national Refrigerant Handling licence The Building, Construction and Furnishing program commenced assessment and delivery to apprentices on site and on location during 2008. This resulted in providing recognition of current competencies and RPL to a number of existing workers The School of Plumbing Services worked closely with SA Water to develop a technical competency framework for implementation across its workforce to increase skills transfer and the number of staff with nationally accredited qualifications The Aboriginal Access Centre (AAC) conducted an RPL project with Aboriginal staff across government agencies to promote completion of Certificates III and above. The AAC provides case management and learning support to Aboriginal students in mainstream TAFE SA courses to assist in completion higher level qualification completions The TAFE SA Community Services and Health program has continued to work in partnership with the Community and Neighbourhood House Association to deliver an RPL mentoring and assessment program for Neighbourhood House coordinators. This program leads to the completion of the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Community Services Management.A similar model of mentoring community and Government leaders through an RPLprocess has been highly successful across the State, leading to more than 70workers completing the Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Community ServicesManagement. More than 40 of these participants have been Indigenous.Other initiatives to accelerate skills take-up include: A joint program developed with TAFE SA and CMI (Toyota) to fast track apprentices enrolled in Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Specialising in Light Vehicle) 27
  • 26. TAFE SA Hospitality, Food and Wine Program at Barossa Campus delivered a ‘Taste of Hospitality’ training program to 57 participants during 2008 with 39 gaining employment. This program was funded by South Australia Works, Mid North Development Board, Barossa Lower North Futures Inc. and has received in-kind sponsorship from the Clare/Mid North Hospitality and Tourism enterprises The TAFE SA GetSET 50 Program at Port Augusta Campus continued in 2008. GetSET 50 targets young people between 16-19 years who have been disconnected from education. The program produced 40 successful graduates in 2008, 22 of whom were Indigenous Goal 100 (Mark III), an initiative of One Steel, TAFE SA and the Whyalla Economic Development Board continued to provide an opportunity in 2008 for more than 100 local unemployed people to win jobs in the expanding heavy vehicle industry sector, including the mining industry.1.2 Ensure a ready supply of qualified South Australian workers is available from the State’s growth sectors (Links to SASP T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)Results to be achieved by June 2010 unless otherwise statedIncrease by 5 per cent the number of young people aged 15-24 in traineeships andapprenticeships from 19 900 at June 2006 to 20 900.Progress to date: As at 30 June 2008, the number of young people aged 15-24 intraineeships and apprenticeships was 19 700. 1Trainee and Apprentice ActivityThe Department is responsible for the regulation of the traineeship andapprenticeship system in South Australia under the delegation of the Training andSkills Commission. Traineeships and apprenticeships remain a key strategy throughwhich a ready supply of skills are made available to South Australian businesses andindustry.As at 30 September 2008, NCVER data estimates there were 33 500 apprenticesand trainees in-training in South Australia, 4.2 per cent higher than the 32 200recorded a year earlier, at 30 September 2007. In the 12 months ending30 September 2008, there were an estimated 21 800 traineeship and apprenticeshipcommencements, representing an increase of 2.7 per cent increase compared tothe preceding twelve months to 30 September 2007.Over 10 000 trainees and apprentices completed their training in each of the pastthree years, with 11 200 completions recorded in the 12 months ending June 2008.1 Source: NCVER data cubes, July 1994 to June 2008. NCVER has revised its June 2006 estimates down to 19 600, thebenchmark used for this target 28
  • 27. Trainee and apprentice activity, five years ending 30 June 2008* 40000 35000 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 5000 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 In training Commencements CompletionsIn training figures are provided at 30 June of each year, commencement and completion figures are provided for the 12 monthsending 30 June of each year.All figures are based on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Australian vocational education andtraining statistics – Apprentices and trainees June quarter (2008). All figures are estimated for 2008 and in training figures areestimated for 2007. The NCVER may revise these figures in the future.The South Australian Government has a strong commitment to industry leadershipand has strengthened the role of the Industry Skills Boards (ISBs) as theDepartment’s primary source of industry advice. The ISBs work with industry,enterprise, community and Government to identify workforce trends and emergingskill needs, and facilitate the update of workforce development strategies byindustry to improve the attraction, retention and development of a skilled workforce.Additional funding resources will support the Boards.A number of TAFE SA programs are continuing to work with the ISBs and industryassociations to meet skill shortages being experienced in various industries. Twoexamples of TAFE SA initiatives during 2008 include industry partnerships withClipsal for the delivery of training for Electrical Prevocational students and theElectrical Apprenticeship Program (Certificate III in Electrotechnology – SystemsElectrician).Marketing students at Adelaide City Campus are training in a purpose-built, fullyequipped simulated office environment made possible through a donation ofequipment from retailer Harvey Norman. The ‘Harvey Norman Centre for Innovation’was launched in 2008.South Australia Works Skills Recognition Services (SRS) was established in theAdelaide CBD to assist people with the recognition of qualifications and skills(gained locally or overseas) in order to gain employment. The service opened as ashop front at 55 Currie Street, Adelaide in March 2008. The service primarily workswith newly arrived skilled migrants and also assists anyone needing help with 29
  • 28. information on pathways to recognition of qualifications and skills; recognition ofprior learning; career changes; and/or pathways to gaining skilled employment.2006-08 Pre-Apprenticeship / Traineeship ProgramThe Department awarded grants to six registered training organisations (RTOs) forthe delivery of the Pre-Apprenticeship/Traineeship Program in June 2007. Theprogram seeks to increase the supply of apprentices and trainees in occupationsand industries experiencing skill shortages that are considered to be of strategicimportance to South Australia’s economy.The 2006-08 Program concluded on 30 June 2008, with 70 per cent of the 176commencing participants gaining employment. Forty-four per cent of commencingparticipants gained an apprenticeship or traineeship while further education andtraining outcomes were achieved by other participants.The Department has formal processes through which grievances and disputes canbe raised by trainees, apprentices or their employers. In the 12 months toJune 2008, 74 disputes and/or grievances were referred to the Training and SkillsCommission’s Grievances and Disputes Mediation Committee (GDMC) fordetermination.Since the enactment of the Training and Skills Development Act 2008, on1 September 2008, parties to a training contract can now take grievances anddisputes directly to the South Australian Industrial Relations Committee.At the COAG meeting on 29 November 2008 all State and Territory Governmentsand the Australian Government agreed to sign a new National Skills and WorkforceDevelopment Agreement. This Agreement covers the Specific Purpose Paymentsmade by the Commonwealth to the State for Vocational Education and Training. It issubject to the provisions of the broader Intergovernmental Agreement on FederalFinancial Relations. This new Agreement significantly reforms the nature of therelationship between the States and Territories and the Commonwealth. TheAgreement emphasises national skills and workforce development targets and theassociated outcomes and outputs for which the States and Territories are expectedto achieve.The Agreement also clarifies individual and joint State, Territory and Commonwealthresponsibilities within the national training system. The Agreement defines the baselevel of funding nationally and the distribution of that funding between jurisdictions.Special Purpose Payments from the Commonwealth are no longer provided asindividual grants to agencies direct from the Commonwealth but rather will be paidto State Treasury and transferred to DFEEST on an agreed basis. The newarrangements commence on 1 January 2009.The other important agreement reached by COAG in relation to the VET system isthe National Partnership Agreement on Productivity Places Program. ThisPartnership provides significant additional investment in vocational education andtraining for both Existing Workers and Job Seekers. South Australia piloted theExisting Worker component of the program in 2008 through an MOU with theCommonwealth. Implementation of the full Existing Worker and Job Seekerprograms will commence in 2009. 30
  • 29. It is expected that national policy development and reform of the VET system willcontinue through COAG and the Ministerial Council for Vocational Education andTechnical Education (MCVTE).1.3 Enhance Adelaide’s reputation as a world class city for education, training and higher education (Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20 and T6.21In South Australia overseas student enrolments peaked at a record 27 967, up by20.1 per cent on 2007 numbers and representing 5.1 per cent market share of thenational total. Australian Education International estimates that overseas studentsdirectly contributed $741 million to the South Australian economy and $13.73 billionto the Australian economy, making international education Australias third largestexport industry. 2The Department continued to provide financial support to Education Adelaide tolead the Study Adelaide marketing initiative in overseas markets. Along with theDepartment of the Premier and Cabinet’s University City Project and the AdelaideCity Council, the Department assisted the development of Education Adelaide’sIndustry Development Plan, which provides the blueprint for positioning Adelaide asa city for high quality education and accessible support infrastructure.There has been a significant increase in the number of providers offering educationservices to overseas students, in particular in the vocational education sector. Thetotal number of providers delivering to overseas students has increased from 45 to62. Fifteen of the 17 new education and training organisations were registered toprovide education services to overseas students in the VET sector. These 15providers were approved for a total student enrolment capacity of 2 250 students.This higher level of activity has sharpened the Department’s focus on its regulatoryand quality assurance activities for this sector.TAFE SA was presented with the Hong Kong Australia Business Association Judges’Award for excellence in bilateral trade and building strong educational ties withHong Kong and mainland China.The Department continues to work closely with the University City Project in theDepartment of the Premier and Cabinet on measures to attract high qualityinternational universities to Australia and to improve international research.In their 2007 Annual Reports, South Australia’s universities reported the followingachievements: The University of South Australia saw an increase in its total research income of 13 per cent to $45.7 million It won Federal Government funding to establish a national centre for student equity in higher education and the University was named an Employer of Choice for Women for a fifth consecutive year The University of Adelaide signed formal agreements with the United Kingdom’s Cranfield University for research and courses in defence and security 2 Source: Australian Education International (AEI), subscribers Marketing Information Package (MIP), detailed December 2008 Pivot table, accessed online 26 February 2009 31
  • 30. It won more than $57 million in new federal grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, highlighting the University’s research experience It has been awarded 235 new Commonwealth-supported places, more new places than any other university in the country Flinders University commenced the construction of the new $45 million Health Sciences and Education buildings It renewed formal agreements between the university, DFEEST and TAFE SA for a further five years, providing increased cooperation with the VET sector Flinders University was nominated as the lead University for the South Australian Government in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) consortium.The quality of TAFE SA training was showcased in the South Australian TrainingAwards and WorldSkills Australia National Competitions. TAFE SA trained the SouthAustralian Apprentice of the Year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student ofthe Year, Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year and won the enterpriseTraining Initiative Award within the South Australian Training Awards. TAFE SAstudents also claimed 11 medals of excellence at the WorldSkills nationalcompetition in Sydney in July 2008.1.4 Build a fair, quality oriented and competitive training market (Links to SASP T1.16, T6.20 and T6.21User Choice training subsidiesThe Department provides support for traineeships and apprenticeships through theprovision of training subsidies (known as User Choice training subsidies) toregistered training organisations.During 2008, 176 registered training organisations (consisting of TAFE SA andprivately owned registered training providers) established User Choice agreements.A total of $39.87 million was provided by the Department during the 2007-08financial year to support in excess of 22 000 trainees and apprentices undertaking anationally recognised qualification.As illustrated in the figure below, 44 per cent of students who attracted User Choiceassistance were apprentices, while funding for traineeships represented 38 per centof expenditure. Student numbers Funding T/ ships T/ ships A/ ships $14,203,229 12,814 9,951 38% A/ ships 56% 44% $23,130,872 62%Funding for traineeships and apprenticeships does not equal total expenditure for User Choice, as other expenses associatedwith User Choice are included in the total expenditure for the program. 32
  • 31. Review of User Choice policy and pricing structureThe Department commenced a review of the current User Choice policy and pricingstructure in 2008.It is anticipated that the review will be finalised by early 2009.Travel and accommodation allowances for apprentices and traineesA departmental review of travel and accommodation allowances for apprentices andtrainees resulted in a number of policy changes. This included the rationalisation oftravel allowances on the basis of distance travelled to the nearest training provider.The outcome has increased allowances for the majority of eligible apprentices andtrainees.The annual travel and accommodation budget increased from $0.875 million to$1.775 million, in July 2008, to support the policy amendment.Quality in TrainingThe Department manages the assessment of registrations of training providers todeliver nationally recognised qualifications and Statements of Attainment underdelegation from the Training and Skills Commission.A total of 31 non-university higher education providers are registered in SouthAustralia, delivering 208 higher education qualifications. There were three neworganisations approved in 2008.The vocational education and training sector in South Australia continued to growwith 24 new providers registered making a total of 290 registered providers in thissector. The registration of TAFE SA was renewed for a further five years following acomprehensive assessment process across delivery sites that demonstratedcompliance with all registration requirements. During the year, 16 providerswithdrew from the system.The Department investigates complaints about registered providers. Thirty sevenwritten complaints were received during the year.The majority of vocational education and training qualifications are developed andendorsed within National Training Packages. Each Training Package provides a suiteof qualifications for a sector of industry ranging from entry to para-professionallevels. The Department made available 36 training packages containing 335qualifications. Of these, 124 qualifications were made available as traineeships orapprenticeships.In addition to national qualifications in Training Packages, vocational educationqualifications are accredited provided there is an industry or market need not met bya Training Package. A total of 13 vocational education courses were approved forinitial accreditation or extension of accreditation. Eight of these courses wereaccredited under delegation by TAFE SA.Twenty six professional development workshops to assist training providers meetregistration requirements were attended by 334 participants. Three Training ProviderForums conducted by the Department attracted over 180 managers andpractitioners from private and public RTOs in 2008. 33
  • 32. The Department also: informed students and consumers of their choices, rights and responsibilities informed and advised training providers about the relevant national and state standards and legislation with which they must comply contributed to the design, development and implementation of national qualifications ensured standards are met with continuous improvement through audits of training providers convened professional development workshops and forums on teaching and learning strategies and education management issues worked in collaboration with relevant national and interstate bodies to maintain and improve the national training system.RECOGNITION DATATable 1 VET REGISTRATION 2007 2008 Summary Total Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) registered in SA for 282 290 a domestic delivery RTOs also delivering Higher Education courses 14 14 RTOs registered in South Australia operating in another State/Territory 93 122 RTOs who remain suspended 3 0b RTOs with delegated powers 1 1c Approvals Initial registration 31 24 Renewal of registration 55 51 Extension to scope of registration 93 139 TOTAL 179 214 Qualifications added to TAFE SA scope of registration under 70 77 delegation Refusals, Cancellations and Suspensions RTOs who expired or voluntarily withdrew registration 10 16 d RTOs who transferred to interstate registering body 0 0 RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration authority 0 0 RTOs who had registration suspended by registration authority 0 0 RTOs who had registration refused by registration authority: Initial registration 3 3 Extension to scope registration 1 1 Renewal of registration 1 0 TOTAL 15 20 Audit Activity: Number of audits conducted Initial registration 32 29 Renewal of registration 53 52 Extension to scope of registration 50 37 Compliance 34 33 Complaint 7 8 TOTAL 176 159 a 2 RTOs have their auditing and registration managed by National Audit and Registration Agency (NARA) b Registration period for all 3 suspended RTOs has lapsed c TAFESA d Includes 3 RTOs who were previously suspended 34
  • 33. Table 2VET ACCREDITATION 2007 2008SummaryTotal accredited courses 278 159ApprovalsCourses accredited 39 5Courses accredited (TAFESA under delegated 3 8authority)Training Package qualifications implemented in South 335 335AustraliaNew qualifications made available through 124 124traineeships or apprenticeshipsTOTAL 501 472Table 3HIGHER EDUCATION REGISTRATION 2007 2008SummaryHigher education providers registered in SA for 28 31 domestic deliveryHigher education providers who also deliver VET 14 14 coursesApprovalsInitial Registration 1 3Variation to scope of registration 10 2TOTAL 11 5Refusals, Revocations and WithdrawalsHigher education providers who voluntarily withdrew 0 0 registrationHigher education providers who had registration 0 0 cancelled by registration authorityHigher education providers who had registration 0 0 suspended by registration authorityHigher education providers who had registration refused by registration authority 0 0Initial registration 0 1Variation of registration 0 0Renewal of registrationTOTAL 0 1Table 4HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION 2007 2008SummaryTotal current accredited courses 253 208ApprovalsCourses accredited 35 20 35
  • 34. Table 5OVERSEAS RECOGNITION 2007 2008SummaryRegistered providers delivering only VET courses to 18 32overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only higher education 9 10courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and higher 8 9education courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only EnglishLanguage Intensive Courses (ELICOS) to overseas 5 6studentsRegistered providers delivering VET and highereducation and English Language Intensive Courses 3 3(ELICOS) to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses (ELICOS) and VET courses to 1 1overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses (ELICOS) and higher education 1 1courses to overseas studentsTotal Registered providers approved to deliver to 45 62overseas studentsApprovalsInitial registration 2 17Renewal of registration 3 5Extension to scope of registration 13 10TOTAL 18 32Refusals, Cancellations and SuspensionsRTOs who voluntarily withdrew registration 1 0RTOs who had registration cancelled by registration 0 0authorityRTOs who had registration suspended by registration 0 0authorityRTOs who had registration refused by registrationauthority:Initial registration 1 1Extension to scope registration 0 1Renewal of registration 0 0TOTAL 2 2Audit Activity: Number of audits conductedInitial registration 3 19Renewal of registration 3 5Extension to scope of registration 13 9Compliance 1 3Complaint 1 2TOTAL 21 38 36
  • 35. 1.5 Continue to develop fresh approaches to skills development and system reforms (Links to SASP T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)A TAFE SA e-learning strategy was launched in June 2008. The strategy integratesthe approach to e-learning across TAFE SA, increases access to quality learning,increases capacity to deliver quality education and contributes to a systems andbusiness oriented approach.TAFE SA Business Administration program secured funding from the AustralianFlexible Learning Framework to undertake the Virtual Administration TraineeAdventures (VATA) project. VATA will explore the educational opportunities of usingvirtual worlds as an e-learning platform by trialling the methodology with a pilotgroup of Aboriginal trainees who are employed by the Department of Education andChildren’s Services (DECS).TAFE SA Hairdressing Program has partnered with local schools and key industryemployers in the Riverland to develop e-learning strategies to assist with delivery ofCertificate II in Hairdressing. This allows the local community retain young people todevelop skills for the community.TAFE SA conducted two successful pilot programs at Bower Place, a FamilyTherapy Centre in Gawler Place for delivery of the Certificate IV in CommunityServices Work. Students were exposed to learning in an on-job environment withsupport and direction from Bower Place and TAFE SA staff, with access tointeractive learning materials online.The South Australia Works Skills Recognition Services gave free one hour interviewsto over 150 members of the public. Participants experienced the benefits ofidentifying their existing skills and knowledge to help them gain a nationallyrecognised qualification, engage in further training and improve their opportunities inthe job market. Each participant received a report they could use to present to atraining organisation if they wished to seek formal assessment or further training.1.6 Promote community learning for the benefit of the individual, the economy and social health of the State (Links to SASP T6.19)The Alternative Learning Options Program (ALOP) delivered by TAFE SA is fundedby South Australia Works, promoting community learning to assist disengagedyoung people to either return to school, pursue further TAFE SA studies or gainemployment. Participants from four southern metropolitan high schools developedtheir confidence and gained valuable skills.During 2008 the Horse Skills Centre collaborated with Balaklava High School,Balaklava Racing Club and Barossa Lower North Futures Board to further develophorse industry training programs for school students within the region.A community program during Adult Learners’ Week called ‘the upside of retirement’was attended by 70 people, with ‘Cookery for Retired Men’ a strongly attendedprogram.TAFE SA Abilities for All program worked closely with the Disability Sector toincrease basic skill levels across the community. In 2008, the program involved key 37
  • 36. partners from Barkuma, Orana, Balyana, Barossa Enterprises, Minda and theBedford Group. Accredited training programs were offered to 168 employees acrossthese organisations at Certificate II level.The South Australia Works Adult Community Education Program (ACE) supportedover 90 projects delivering 10 000 accredited and 300 000 hours of non-accreditedlearning to over 11 000 people.Implementation of Community Learning: learn, live, grow, prosper during 2008included Adult Learners Week activities in September and the Australian LearningCommunities Conference in October. A website that promotes all communitylearning activity, sponsored by South Australian and Local Government is beingdeveloped by DFEEST.Making Literacy Everybody’s Business was launched in September 2008, promotingnew ways of communicating ideas and information to increase all forms of literacy,including workplace, health, financial and information technology.1.7 Specially focus on disadvantaged members of societySouth Australia Works in Communities creates learning opportunities for people andtheir communities. People with a disability, migrants and disadvantagedunemployed or under-employed people between 25 and 39 years were supported toparticipate in learning programs. Through a range of programs 4 646 people wereassisted and 1 835 gained employment. The Employment Assistance Programsupported 2 010 jobseekers facing barriers to employment of which 835 gainedemployment. The Parents Return to Work program provided accredited training to590 parents with 225 gaining employment.South Australia Works for Aboriginal People won the Premier’s Award for the bestpublic sector program for Growing Prosperity.South Australia Works in the Regions Recognition and Achievement Award waspresented to Riverland Drought Recovery Initiative - Mining, which assisted workersaffected by the continuing impact of the drought.In 2007, the State Government announced a $7.7 million package to supportfarmers and farming communities in drought affected areas. This amount was partof an overall $60 million drought relief program designed to support farmers andrural communities.During 2007-08 the Department administered $1.5 million of this total packagethrough the Drought Apprenticeship Retention Program to assist employers indrought designated areas through payments of $1 500 for each apprentice ortrainee retained in their employment, allowing 980 apprentices and trainees toremain in employment.A group of young unemployed South Australians participated in the Dare to Dreamproject, a joint initiative between TAFE SA Hospitality Studies, South AustraliaWorks, Hyatt Regency Adelaide, Save the Children Australia (SA) and HospitalityGroup Training. The project comprised a short training program provided byTAFE SA in which participants were given an introduction to the knowledge and 38
  • 37. skills required to be a chef, including cooking techniques, nutrition, kitchen hygiene,and occupational health and safety.TAFE SA Workplace Education is working closely with Families SA and MindaIncorporated to deliver positive learning outcomes for youth at risk and learners withdisabilities through the Labs n Life project with the learning outcomes from theCertificate I in Introductory Vocational Education Certificate (IVEC).TAFE SA implemented the first GetSet For Your FUTURE program in themetropolitan area for 80 disengaged young people. Managed through NorthernFutures and in partnership with OneSteel.The Equity Fee Assistance Scheme continued during 2008. The scheme assistsstudents who hold a pensioner concession card or health care card.TAFE SA supported disadvantaged members of the community, particularly thosewho have no academic results, to gain access to government subsidised trainingplaces through Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) testing. The testing demonstratesessential minimum literacy and numeracy skills required to be successful in TAFESA courses. In 2008 streamlining of TABS processes occurred with applicants ableto access their results via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre website.TAFE SA English Language Services, Home Tutor Scheme matches volunteers withmigrants or refugees to provide one on one tutoring in English language skillsdevelopment. The Home Tutor Scheme provides nationally accredited training andsupport to volunteers who help migrants learn English.TAFE SA won the 2008 Fair Go Award from Deaf Australia in recognition ofexceptional efforts to give deaf people a fair go in education.TAFE SA Community Services and Health provided accredited training in the APYLands with 12 students graduating in 2008 in various Certificate II and III CommunityServices qualifications. A VET in Schools program provided Certificate II inCommunity Services Work with a child care focus. Thirty five residents in the APYLands have been involved in Community Services and Health studies. Studentswere engaged through active, hands on delivery through culturally appropriate andlocally relevant learning materials and activities.TAFE SA has worked collaboratively with Pika Wiya Learning Centre to gain fundingfor a Certificate II in Health Support Services, resulting in 10 successful participantsincluding three students on Australian School Based Apprenticeships.A pilot program at TAFE SA Barossa Valley Campus integrated an engineeringcourse with literacy/numeracy. Overall there were 60 participants in the programwith 41 Indigenous participants who completed Access Training (Numeracy andLiteracy), Certificate I Resources and Infrastructure Operations and Certificate II inMetalliferous Mining Operations (Open Cut).The state-wide Aboriginal Access Centre initiative was established to facilitateincreased participation and engagement of Aboriginal people in VET andemployment through individualised Case Management Services, Certificate I and IIlevel qualifications, marketing, Cultural Awareness Training and fee assistancegrants. 39
  • 38. GOAL 2 Provide high quality employment and workforce development servicesResults to be achieved by 2010 and how DFEEST is trackingIncrease the number of participants in South Australia Works learning andwork programs to 25 000 or more per annumIn 2007-08, over 29 000 participants were engaged in South Australia Worksprograms, with over 8 500 gaining employment.Maintain the number of Aboriginal apprentices in training above 170 with afurther 1 300 participants in South Australia Works for Indigenous people perannumThe total number of Aboriginal apprentices in training peaked at 170. Theapprentices in training contributed to the 1 688 Aboriginal people in South AustraliaWorks programs.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes for the total number ofparticipants in South Australia Works from 28 per cent in June 2006 to 33 percentIn 2008, 49 per cent of participants in work programs gained employment.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works formature-aged people from 30 per cent in June 2006 to 44 per centIn 2008, 44 per cent of participants in work programs gained employment.Increase in the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Worksfor Indigenous people from 29 percent in June 2006 to 41 percentIn 2008, 48 per cent of Aboriginal participants in work programs gainedemployment.Increase the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works forLabour Market Adjustment Program from 65 per cent in June 2006 to 67percentWorkers retrenched from organisations facing closure or restructure are providedwith training and employment assistance on demand. Fifty eight per cent ofparticipants of the Labour Market Adjustment Program gained employment.Increase the proportion of work outcomes for South Australia Works in theRegions from34 percent in 2006 to 41 percentFifty one per cent of participants in South Australia Works in the Regions projectsgained employment. $8.6 million was provided to assist over 6 780 participants inSouth Australia Works in the Regions projects, with a total of 3 463 employmentoutcomes achieved. 40
  • 39. 2.1 Provide access to high quality employment (Links to SASP T1.10 T1.11 T1.12 and T1.26South Australia Works links people to skills and jobs by: Working in partnership with industry, the three tiers of government, education and training providers, regional organisations and the community, the South Australia Works initiative focuses on eight priority areas - young people, mature-aged people, Aboriginal people, public sector, industry, regions, communities and skills development addressing the needs of individuals who face barriers to participating effectively in their communities and the paid workforce by providing learning, skills development, training and employment opportunities.Expenditure on South Australia Works learning, training and work programs was$33.08 million in 2007-08 including $4.7 million of Australian Government funds andother State Government agencies.South Australia Works in the Regions assisted over 8 000 people in the regions withover 3 140 gaining employment. People from a range of target groups includingyoung, Aboriginal and mature aged people were assisted through 220 SouthAustralia Works in the Regions projects.South Australia Works for Mature Aged People continued to develop earlyintervention strategies by providing training, up skilling and employment programsfor people 40 years and over. A total of 3 780 mature-aged people participated inwork programs and 1 659 gained employment.South Australia Works with Industry identified new employment and trainingpossibilities, helped people to develop the skills required by a changing anddynamic economy, and assisted in meeting current and emerging workforce needs.A total of 4 970 people participated in industry programs, with 2 546 gainingemployment.South Australia Works programs provided opportunities for Aboriginal people toparticipate in learning, training and employment across the private and publicsectors. In 2007-08: South Australia Works programs involved 1 688 Aboriginal people and 806 gained employment an additional 517 Aboriginal people undertook accredited or non accredited training at the Tauondi Aboriginal College The South Australia Works Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program supported 150 apprentices, and 55 new apprentices commenced an apprenticeship Sixty Aboriginal people gained a public sector traineeship, cadetship or apprenticeship via the South Australia Works CareerStart SA program.The TAFE SA Mechanical Engineering and Transport Program, in partnership withCavPower and Wilpena Pty Ltd, signed an agreement with the intention to supportthe employment of 350 retrenched Mitsubishi and Electrolux workers over a fiveyear period. This agreement provides an accelerated adult apprenticeship programas well as on the job training with host employers over a five year period. The 41
  • 40. program will see participants complete a Certificate III in Automotive MechanicalTechnology (specialising in Heavy Vehicle Mobile Equipment suited to the miningindustry).TAFE SA Veterinary and Applied Science Centre continues to have a high level ofcredibility with the industry that it services. The Centre works closely withenterprises to ensure the skills of graduates are of a high calibre and meet the needsof the employers. Over 85 per cent of students within the program obtainemployment within the industry.In a collaborative working relationship between TAFE SA and Thiess Australia, theCaterpillar Rigid Dump Truck driving simulator was located at the Port AugustaCampus for the delivery of industry required skills training. The simulator was loanedto TAFE SA for the re-training of 53 farmers from drought affected areas into skillsshortage areas. In addition, a further 21 people accessed the training throughEmployment Agencies and private funding.A Safety Training Centre was opened in Whyalla in August 2008. The Centre is acollaborative venture between TAFE SA and OneSteel to offer critical safety trainingwhich has been tailored to suit the requirements of industry. The training isstructured using the expertise and knowledge of OneSteel personnel with TAFE SAdelivering training.A joint initiative of the Australian and State Governments, the Labour MarketAdjustment Initiative is a responsive, demand driven program which providesassistance to retrenched workers. Workers retrenched from nine companiesreceived job search assistance, career counselling and case management,recognition of prior learning and training and skill development activities. Ninehundred retrenched workers accessed training and employment services, with 520individuals gaining employment.2.2 Increase and improve workforce participation in learning and work (links to SASP T1.12, T6.20 and T6.21)The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Aboriginal Workforce Development continued itswork on increasing Indigenous participation in education and employment in orderto provide widespread economic and social benefits for communities. TheCommittee is chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and FurtherEducation.TAFE SA continued its relationships with both SA Water and Wyndham RichardsonInvestments Pty Ltd to secure funding for scholarships for TAFE SA students.SA Water provided scholarships for students of the Certificate IV and Diploma ofEnglish Proficiency. A total of 10 scholarships valued at $1 000 each were awardedduring 2008.Wyndham Richardson Investments Pty Ltd provided scholarships for students whostudied full time in any Certificate IV or higher level qualification. Ten scholarships,valued at $1 000 each were awarded in 2008.The Women’s Employment Participation Initiative, led by DFEEST in conjunctionwith the Office for Women and SafeworkSA, has identified specific opportunities for 42
  • 41. increasing the participation of women in employment and is gathering broadindustry support through the Premier’s Council for Women’s Economic Statusroundtable series.2.3 Foster career development (Links to SASP T6.15 and T6.19)Career Development Services were established in Northern Adelaide, Adelaide Hills,Port Augusta and Whyalla, complementing the Career Development Servicesalready established in Mt Gambier and Murray Bridge. The Northern AdelaideCentre is a partnership between the Department of Education, Employment andWorkplace Relations (DEEWR) and DFEEST.Industry Skills Boards have developed a range of career information materials thatare being used to link with Trade Schools for the Future, Future SACE and otheragencies. These materials provide up to date information on specific industrysectors, linking business users and the general public to a variety of information andresources. School students can access these materials to complete their personallearning plans and make decisions about their futures. These materials are availableon DFEEST’s Workforce Information Service website:www.workforceinfoservice.sa.gov.auOver 400 young people who were at risk of leaving school before completing Year12 or engaging in education and/or employment have received individualisedsupport through the Youth Pathways Program. A case management model wasused to successfully retain them within the school sector or engage them in a TAFESA course or a mix of school and TAFE studies.TAFE SA Community Services and Health program developed a partnership with theUniversity of South Australia for joint delivery of the Graduate Certificate inEducation, specialising in Career Development.The program also delivered the Certificate IV in Career Development to 75participants in the Riverland region. This was the first delivery of this qualification inAustralia and participants came from Commonwealth Career’s Advice Australiaagencies as well as the South Australian and Northern Territory school sector.Training was also delivered in the Australia Careers Development Studies to morethan 150 teachers and school counsellors in DECS, the Independent SchoolsAssociation and Catholic Education.2.4 Provide high quality workforce development services to industry and the community (Links to SASP T1.10, T1.11, T1.12 and T 1.26)A high level report on skills and workforce development in South Australia wasproduced by Dr Michael Keating from the Economic Development Board with thesupport of DFEEST and the Department of Trade and Economic Development(DTED). The Review of Skills and Workforce Development in South Australia: theChallenge for the Next Decade found that based on economic forecasts, at the timeof writing the report, an estimated 133 000 additional workers will be required 43
  • 42. between now and 2017-18 with a further 20 000 workers needed to replace peopleleaving the workforce.Some actions in response to these issues include: Productivity Places Program For Existing Workers – a four year program assisting workers already in the labour force to update or upgrade existing skills Productivity Places Program For Job Seekers – assisting those looking for work to acquire skills and gain lasting employment Productivity Places Program For Structural Adjustment - the Structural Adjustment places are being made available to support displaced workers in the automotive and manufacturing industries as part of structural adjustment processes. These workers will be eligible for significant retraining opportunities to meet skills in demand in growing sectors of the economy Industry Partnerships Program Specific Purpose Workforce Development and Training initiatives will also be funded through the Industry Partnerships Program (IPP). IPP is a $2 million program with matching funding sought from industry on a project by project basis. In collaboration with the South Australian Industry Skills Boards, strategic training and workforce development projects will be developed that recruit, retrain and retain unemployed and under employed people in South Australia Delivery commenced in the Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Rural and Remote Health stream) aimed at up-skilling and addressing the need for specialist skills amongst regional health workers Local links in the industry and community ensure TAFE SA is engaged to provide high quality workforce development services to both industry and the community. Outcomes for 2008 include: - the establishment of a Trade Training Centre based at TAFE SA Port Pirie Campus, involving four schools from Port Pire, Gladstone, Jamestown and Peterborough - increased industry pathways developed between Southern Flinders Ranges Regional Development Board, John Pirie Secondary School and TAFE SA Port Pirie Campus as a conduit into employment - several Alternative Learning Option Programs (ALOP) established across the State - Learn2Earn programs operating on a number of Campuses increased employability outcomes for students. As at June 2008, approximately 3 500 apprentices and trainees were employed by 16 group training organisations funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments through the Joint Group Training Program. These organisations received $2.25 million collectively to support commencement, retention and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships.The Department operates an information service to promote traineeships andapprenticeships and provide information and advice to trainees, apprentices, their 44
  • 43. employers, and the broader community. An average of 445 enquiries are handledeach week.The Workforce Development Showcase is available on DFEESTs WorkforceInformation Service Online www.workforceinfoservice.sa.gov.au. It provides arange of practical industry level tools and resources that may assist industries andbusinesses to develop their workforce to better match their business directions. Theshowcase displays six themes: career information; up skilling of workers; skillsrecognition; current and future workforce issues and planning; training linkages andmethodologies; and attraction and retention of workers.2.5 Improve workforce planning and information (Links to SASP T1.10, T1.11, T1.11 and T1.26)A new Training and Skills Commission was established in September 2008. TheCommission commenced the process in 2008 of consulting with industry,businesses and communities on the drafting of a comprehensive Five Year Plan forSkills and Workforce Development. The Plan will identify the type and quantity ofskills that are needed from industry’s perspective and outline clear priorities andstrategies to meet training and employment goals.The Workforce Policy Development Executive formed in 2008 to bring together theleadership of all relevant policy units of DFEEST and the Office of the Training andSkills Commission. It ensures a coordinated and connected approach to workforceplanning and policy activities and builds a more focussed and collaborativerelationships with external stakeholders on policy and workforce developmentissues.The Workforce Planning and Policy directorate supports the State’s workforceplanning system by developing and promoting well researched, fully consultedpolicy positions and strategy options which will enhance South Australia’s efforts tobuild its workforce capacity.Workforce Planning and Policy supports the Training and Skills Commission,Government, industry and the community including education and training providersin developing South Australia’s workforce. The directorate provides the Minister forEmployment, Training and Further Education with high quality and timely analysis ona range of workforce and industry matters.Workforce Planning and Policy promotes a common understanding of the WorkforcePlanning System through a network of agencies by refining the analytical processesused and providing tools and resources to assist industry in developing workforceplans to ensure South Australians have the education and skills needed byemployers to drive a higher skilled economy. This is achieved through skills andworkforce demand assessments, industry and regional profiles and through industrypartnerships specifically with the nine Industry Skills Boards, the Defence TeamingCentre and the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance.The Directorate facilitates the development of Industry Workforce Action Plans in sixpriority areas including Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction,Defence, Health and Community Services (including Correctional Services) andResources (Minerals). 45
  • 44. Workforce Planning and Policy is responsible for the ongoing development andmaintenance of WIS (Workforce Information System) Onlinehttp://www.workforceinfoservoce.sa.gov.au/ – a widely used (locally, interstate andinternationally) web based tool that strives to provide high quality information acrossfive areas of content – workforce and industry information, strategy information,e-alert, and downloadable resources/tools. 46
  • 45. Goal 3 Ensure young people are supported in reaching their full potential and actively engaged in learning, training, work and in their communitiesResults to be achieved by 2010 and how DFEEST is trackingIncrease the proportion of employment outcomes in South Australia Works foryoung people from 41 per cent in June 2006 to 46 per centIn 2008, 50 per cent of young people in work programs gained employment.Increase by 31 percent the number of young people in public sectortraineeships, apprenticeships and cadetships from 520 at June 2007 to 680participantsAnnual targets of approximately 600 per annum were set to ensure an accumulativetotal of 1 950 over three years. A total of 437 public sector traineeships,apprenticeships and cadetships were achieved. Of these, 383 were young people.In addition, 54 young people gained a traineeship, apprenticeship, cadetship with anot-for-profit community sector organisation.The Government’s Skills Recruitment Strategy, ‘CareerStart SA’ and the SkillsRegister programs facilitated a workforce planning approach to the recruitment oftrainees, apprentices and cadets across public sector agencies. State Governmentdepartments developed an annual Skills Recruitment Plan which guided the activityof the CareerStart SA program.Maintain the number of young people volunteering in their local communitiesthrough youth programs at 4 200 volunteersAs at 30 June 2008, 4 396 young people had volunteered in their local communitythrough youth programs; an increase of 33 per cent from 2007.Maintain the minimum level of Office for Youth grant funding to supportinitiatives which engage disadvantaged young people at 30 per centAs at 30 June 2008, 61 per cent of funding was directed to disadvantaged groups.Increase the number of young people involved in government and communitydecision-making processes from 1 400 in 2007-08 to 2 000As at 30 June 2008, 2 835 young people were involved in government andcommunity decision making processes. One thousand of these were involved in thestate-wide youth consultations for the development of YouthCONNECT.3.1 Ensure South Australians aged 15 to 24 have the skills and opportunities to make successful transitions from school or unemployment to education, training or work (Links to SASP T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21)TAFE SA delivers a range of programs for young people to increase and enhancelearning and pathways into employment. 47
  • 46. Ongoing programs delivered included TAFEstart, apprentice and traineeshipprograms and Alternative Learning Options Program (ALOP). TAFE SA continues toprovide students with learning support, counselling and information services toenable young people to be well informed.During 2008, TAFE SA attended approximately 80 career events, includingparent/teacher evenings and school presentations. TAFE SA publications and careerguides were developed specifically for use in schools.Growth in the number of South Australians entering apprenticeships andtraineeships continues to be strong, recording an 8.3 per cent rise incommencements, above the national rise of 6.9 per cent. Traditionalapprenticeships during 2008 totalled 12 900.TAFEstart targets young people who have left school before completing year 12studies, to re-engage them in learning and expand their career and study options toenable successful transition to training and or employment.South Australia Works assisted 8 060 young people by providing them with the skillsand opportunities to move successfully from school, further education and trainingor unemployment into work, with 4 003 gaining employment.Youth Conservation Corps projects provided 250 young people with practical workexperience on a range of conservation projects, with 150 gaining employment.Learn2Earn provided training to 75 disadvantaged young people and 22 gainedemployment.Four hundred and twenty two school aged students participated in two SocialInclusion Initiative programs, the ALOP and Adult Community Education YouthWorks Program, with 261 young people returning to school, and 21 proceeding ontofurther training.The South Australian Government Traineeship and Apprenticeship Skills Registerprovided support to 326 young people who had completed a traineeship with 47gaining an ongoing government employment placement through the register.3.2 Ensure many more young people are engaged in political and civic life in their communitiesYOUTH PARLIAMENTThe thirteenth Office for Youth, Youth Parliament, involving 72 young people fromacross South Australia, was held in Parliament House during September/October2008.YouthCONNECTThe Office for Youth is developing YouthCONNECT, a new policy framework forSouth Australia that will replace the Youth Action Plan 2005-07. YouthCONNECT willfoster a collaborative approach between young people, government and thecommunity to address issues facing young South Australians. 48
  • 47. Office for Youth A-TeamsTo build the skill level and to increase young people’s understanding of policy anddecision making, the Office for Youth delivered a number of successful A-Teamsinvolving 39 young people. The A-Team initiative provides young people with theopportunity to work with industry mentors, hear from experts in the field and workwith a support team to research and investigate key policy issues in order to prepareinnovative policy recommendations for Government. The A-Teams are designed tobuild confidence, develop leadership skills and networks, and improve generalemployability. In 2008 the following policy issues were addressed: Social Innovation Sustainable value chains Supporting new and emerging communities to reach their full potential.Minister’s Youth CouncilThe Office for Youth supports the Minister’s Youth Council, a group of youngpeople, aged 14-25, who provide advice direct to the Minister for Youth about howyoung people are engaging with a range of issues. In 2008 the Council put forwardsubmissions for the SACE Review, the Review of Australian Higher Education andthe Graduated Licensing Scheme Discussion Paper. It also developed a series ofposition and issue papers on mobile services, credit traps, antisocial behaviourorders and lowering the voting age.Youth Advisory Committees (YACs)In 2008 the Office for Youth provided $174 000 in grants to 58 local councils tosupport the Youth Advisory Committees (YAC) program, designed to assist localcouncils work with young people aged 12-25. The committees plan and manageactivities and projects that encourage young people’s active engagement in theirlocal communities. A further $30 000 YAC Diversity Funds were allocated to 27councils to help engage marginalised young people in the program.A state-wide forum titled YACfest took place in November 2008. YACfest broughttogether over 150 young people and local councils from across the State to networkand share information, ideas and experiences.active8 Premier’s Youth ChallengeThe active8 Premier’s Youth Challenge is a school based youth developmentprogram that supports young people’s engagement with their community. As a partof the program each active8 participant undertakes first aid training and at leasteight hours of volunteering. As a result, the active8 program participants volunteeredfor approximately 10 000 hours in 2008. In addition, the participants undertake awide range of activities such as outdoor adventure activities, environmental work,surf lifesaving and leadership training.Duke of Edinburgh’s AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award engages young people in a range of activities thatencourage physical activity, community service and skill development. The Awardconsists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Young people receive formalrecognition for their achievements at each stage with the gold award taking up totwo years to complete. 49
  • 48. In 2008, a total of 1 531 young people commenced the Award and 644 youngpeople completed their Gold, Silver or Bronze Award.During 2008, the Reach Your Dreams initiative provided $100 000 in grants tosupport 733 disadvantaged young people to commence their Duke of Edinburgh’sAward.Minister for Youth’s Leadership GrantsIn 2008, Minister for Youth’s Leadership Grants of $19 562 were provided to 41young people aged 12-25. Funding is provided to support and encourage youngpeople’s contribution to their local community and develop or enhance theirleadership skills. Activities funded included; attending and presenting at theAdolescent Health 2008 conference; producing a theatre show for the AdelaideFringe 2009 to participate in the Parliament House education program in Canberra;and; attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeConference in Poland.Youth Participation GrantsTwelve Youth Participation Grants of $1 000 each were provided to government andnon-government agencies to support young people’s participation in youthconsultations and involvement on boards and committees.National Youth WeekNational Youth Week (NYW) is one of the largest youth events in Australia. Itcelebrates the contribution young people’s make to Australian lives andcommunities and is delivered through collaboration between DFEEST, the AustralianGovernment and local councils. In 2008, through their local councils, 1 120 youngpeople were involved in planning and organising NYW events which attracted 17000 South Australians.Youth Engagement GrantsDuring 2008, $220 000 was committed to 11 organisations to deliver on YouthEngagement Grant funding commitments. Projects funded through the YouthEngagement Grants are highly diverse and include an integrated personaldevelopment sail-training program for young people disengaged from the schoolsystem; a project to establish a sustainable peer education project for Aboriginalyouth in the Parks region; a project to assist young people from refugeebackgrounds to gain employment through a series of job readiness workshops andone-on-one support; and a structured weekly program focusing on living skills,kitchen skills and advocacy skills for young Sudanese people in South Australia.Targeted Youth GrantsDuring 2008, the Office for Youth introduced Targeted Youth Grants to supportcommunity organisations to develop and deliver targeted initiatives in response tospecific issues identified by young people and the youth sector through the Officefor Youth consultation processes. These grants of up to $10 000 are available on aone-off basis. 50
  • 49. There are two Targeted Youth Grant rounds per financial year, the first occurred inNovember 2008 and the second will be in 2009. The two issues targeted for theNovember round were: the development of problem solving skills, self-esteem and confidence in young people mentoring and personal support systems for young people to successfully negotiate their lives. 51
  • 50. Goal 4 Provide a coordinated, whole of government approach to the development of an innovative community4.1 Build science, technology and innovation capability and infrastructure (Links to SASP T4.6, T4.9, T4.10, T4.11)Constellation SA, an initiative to enhance collaboration and knowledge transfer fromresearchers to end-users, serves as a decision and investment framework to focusresources on research capabilities that help drive innovation in areas of statestrategic priority.Seven key alliances have been identified under Constellation SA: Defence andAdvanced Manufacturing; Health and Medical Science; Minerals and Energy;Agriculture Food and Wine; Natural Resource Management and Climate Change;Social Innovation and the Arts.Achievements in 2008 included: detailed mapping of university/industry research and development capabilities in defence, advanced manufacturing and climate change support for the Medical Device Partnering Program through Flinders University support of the Healthy Development Adelaide cluster and planning for the Centre for Intergenerational Health, along with help to establish a Compensation Outcomes Research Collaboration investment in the Wine Innovation Cluster and investment in resources to help establish the Livestock and Cereal clusters support for the establishment of the Natural Resource Management Research Alliance investment in planning studies for Marine Industries and Bio Innovation preliminary scoping work in relation to the development of social innovation clusters.During 2008 The Premiers Science and Research Council’s (PSRC) working group(established 2007) consulted widely with internal and external stakeholders withingovernment, and a public consultation in September 2008 on STEM (school basedscience, technology, engineering and mathematics education). The report wasendorsed by the PSRC in December 2008.The Mathematics and Science Skills Steering Group will produce a whole ofgovernment strategy to deliver significantly greater numbers of mathematics andscience skills for South Australia to match the demands of relevant industry sectorsin early 2009.National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy is a $542 million five-yearCommonwealth-funded national program, operating from 2006-07 until 2010-11, toestablish major scientific research infrastructure for Australia’s research community.Over four years, the South Australian Government is committing almost $22 million,along with $30 million in Commonwealth funding and a further $40 million from localinstitutions and industry, for new science infrastructure facilities in South Australia.Investments include: 52
  • 51. the national node of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility at the Waite Precinct. Known as the Plant Accelerator, it will streamline the identification of drought and disease-resistant crop, vine and vegetable varieties by the application of state-of-the-art spectral imaging a specialised Microfluidics Nanofabrication Facility at the Ian Wark Research Institute will provide major research support to the states minerals processing and optical industry sectors a mass spectrometer for the Food and Beverage Node of the Australian Metabolomics Facility at the Australian Wine Research Institute, Waite Precinct the South Australian Regional Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility, will provide a versatile, high-end characterisation and fabrication platform. The facility will provide all three local universities with access to strategic microscopy equipment including: - high frequency radar equipment to support the SA Integrated Marine Observing System - support for Hospira Adelaide Ltd’s cell manufacturing facility to pursue US Food and Drug Administration compliance - a biofuels pilot plant to demonstrate micro-algal biodiesel capability - support for the Mouse Phenomics and Large Animal Research Imaging Facility - development of a Virtual Core Library of mining core samples, as part of a national geo-science database.In 2008, from the second stage of National Collaborative Research InfrastructureStrategy, South Australia received an extra $2.6 million in Commonwealth funding toestablish an Adelaide-based Population Health Data Linkage Unit. This will form partof a national population health research network, with South Australia focusingincreasing research capacity in areas of Indigenous health and wellbeing, earlychildhood health and development, healthy ageing and chronic diseasemanagement.The Department also extended the States international research collaborations byinvesting in three joint projects worth $1.2 million with Manitoba, Canada. The threeprojects are: Functional foods and nutriceuticals for a changing world through the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, University of South Australia and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutriceuticals, University of Manitoba. The project will seek to identify the effectiveness of dairy-based proteins in reducing human body fat composition Medical research targeting processes involved in spread of cancer and inflammatory diseases through the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide and the Manitoba Centre for Proteomics and Systems Biology, University of Manitoba. The project seeks to increase the understanding of cellular processes and component molecules involved in 53
  • 52. cancer, arthritis and inflammation and could also benefit the understanding of wound repair and tissue remodelling Development of crops for new markets and climate change through the Innovative Plant and Food Division, South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and the Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba. The project will seek to identify faster and more reliable methods to breed new crop varieties to cope with climate change variation as well as addressing new market needs for value-added crops.Five major science research initiatives designed to be of strategic and sustainablevalue to South Australia have won State Government backing through the Premier’sScience and Research Fund: $1.2 million for a project designed to pioneer a sustainable South Australian biofuels industry from microalgal biodiesel feedstock and value-added products $1.3 million to identify climate change vulnerability and adaptation options for South Australian landscapes. This project will look at how to facilitate robust environments, incomes and communities under a warmer, drier climate $1.1 million to develop material engineering solutions for treatment of water sourced from the Murray-Darling Basin $198 000 for a project designed to benefit people with spinal cord injuries by using exercise to promote neural recovery Seed funding of $25 000 will support a high-efficiency, small-scale wind turbine system for stand-alone and grid-connected applications.During 2008, work continued to connect (SABRENet) TAFE SA Campuses,specifically Gilles Plains and Tea Tree Gully with plans to build the network to theTechport precinct. Negotiations are continuing regarding the connection of anumber of independent schools.4.2 Support the implementation of the Information Economy Agenda (Links to SASP T4.6, T4.9, T4.10, T4.11)The Information Economy Agenda for South Australia (IE Agenda) was written in2005 and officially launched in 2006. This document was reviewed in 2008, and thenew version will be launched in 2009.The IE Agenda supports South Australia’s Strategic Plan by representing the State’sstrategic response to the opportunities presented by the global informationeconomy. This review of the IE Agenda recognises that a healthy informationeconomy ecosystem brings social, environmental and economic benefits.The IE Agenda identifies three key inter-related elements of the informationeconomy as connectivity, capability and content – the three Cs. It recognises thatconnecting to high-speed broadband, building a confident, educated and digitally-literate population and supporting our local creative content and ICT industry areingredients necessary to succeed in the global economy. 54
  • 53. Connectivity - as well as having access to high speed broadband connectivity athome, it is important to ensure that there are alternatives such as communityaccess.Capability - all people should be confident in their ability to access and use on-linetechnologies: the Outback Connect program offers basic skills and general interest training to all people in regional and remote South Australia, using a virtual classroom to address the problem of distance and isolation as at 31 December 2008, 1 561 people living in regional and remote South Australia have been registered as part of this program, 881 of them during 2008. During 2008, 240 sessions and 1 496 hours of on-line training in basic and practical uses of ICT were delivered digital literacy, knowledge and competency in basic computer concepts and skills is increasingly seen as a core competency in today’s society, and the Digital Bridge Unit commissioned research into the digital literacy needs of some distinct groups, including newly arrived Somalian people, and senior citizens from cultural and linguistically diverse communities in conjunction with an academic researcher, an investigation into literacy development through the use of synchronous technology was facilitated. This project with the Ngarrindjeri people of Point Pearce was supported by the community and provides word and digital literacy, and a vehicle for cultural recognition and understanding.Content - The digital economy requires on-line content, information and services tobe appropriate and accessible to meet each individual’s needs. In 2008achievements (through the DFEEST Digital Bridge Unit) included: web design which was easy to navigate accessible web sites which conform to W3C international requirements and meet the needs of the 20 per cent of people in our population with a disability on-line service delivery which is comprehensive, simple and transparent content which is appropriate to the needs of the user and which encourages participation in the digital economy aspects of e-business to encourage individuals and small businesses to consider the benefits of the digital economy.The Industry Blueprint, titled Information and Communications Technology – DrivingGrowth for South Australia, was developed under the guidance of the InformationEconomy Advisory Board, in consultation with a wide range of industry and researchstakeholders in response to the economic development challenges of SouthAustralia’s Strategic Plan. Released in December 2007, it proposes actions tostrengthen the role of ICT in ensuring the continuing growth of all South Australianindustry. A priority activity in 2008 has been the development of the ICT InnovationPartnerships grant program which aims to promote business innovation in the SouthAustralian Government through ICT and accelerate the development of ICTcompanies in South Australia. 55
  • 54. Through investment by the South Australian Government and the local ICT industry,small grants are being made available to South Australian ICT companies through acompetitive, merit-based process to help them undertake a pilot project involvingthe implementation of an innovative product or service through a partnership with aSouth Australian Government agency.Digital BridgeThe role of the DFEEST Digital Bridge Unit is to ensure that all South Australianshave the capacity to benefit from the opportunities of the information economy.In the past, this was focussed on marginal or disadvantaged communities. In 2008,the focus has shifted, recognising that participation in the digital economy is asignificant contributor to social inclusion and a pathway to economic opportunity forall citizens.ICT SkillsIn conjunction with the Information Economy Advisory Board, the Department isworking to address issues relating to ICT skills.These issues include miss-matches between supply and demand of jobs andpotential employees, the decline in the number of students choosing ICT-relatedcourses and the gender imbalance.An analysis of the supply/demand for ICT skills was undertaken in 2008 andfocussed on two main areas: analysis, evaluation and interpretation of likely supply of, and demand for, ICT skills in the immediate future (to end 2010) examination of the difference between employer and (potential) employee perceptions of the characteristics required for ICT work.The next steps are to develop and implement strategies to address the issues incollaboration between education, industry and Government.The ICT sector is a major contributor to South Australia’s economic growth both asan industry in its own right and as an enabler for other industry sectors. TheDepartment provided funding under a performance-based contract with theElectronics Industry Association (which, in September 2008, merged with the ICTCouncil to become the Electronics and ICT Association) for its education initiative.The e-Business Program (eBizSA) aims to increase the effective use of onlinetechnologies by South Australian small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).The program provides funding support on a dollar-for-dollar basis to help ensurethat South Australian SMEs remain competitive within an increasingly globaleconomy.4.3 Stimulate the State’s economy through better application researchThe Department, in co-operation with the Centre for Innovation mapped theadvanced manufacturing research capabilities of the three local universities againstthe capabilities and needs of local industry. 56
  • 55. For the first time the SA Young Tall Poppy of the Year was awarded at the SouthAustralian Science Excellence Awards recognising our State’s top younger scientistsin the same forum as the State’s more experienced scientists. Scientist of the Yearwas Professor John Hopwood. South Australian Young Tall Poppy of the Year wasDr Tamath Rainsford.The Trans Tasman Commercialisation Fund was established - a $30 million jointinitiative of South Australias three universities together with Monash University andthe University of Auckland with State Government contribution of $1.25 million.4.4 Exploit advanced communication technologies to benefit learning, skills and training for all South Australians (Links to SASP T4.8)Clever Networks funding of approximately $1.1 million has enabled accessibility to: video-streaming (pod-casting) for all TAFE SA staff video-streaming for students from home or office (internet connection) video-conferencing from TAFE SA to other organisations with a videoconference network (classroom to classroom) PC to PC communication (See and Share) implemented for both meetings and class delivery videophone links to videoconferencing classrooms and DFEEST Central Office.The Mobile Enterprise Growth Alliance (MEGA) is a collaborative skills and industrydevelopment program to increase the size and capability of the mobile content andapplications industry. It is led by industry and supported by DFEEST, TAFE SA,universities, the Department for Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Tradeand Economic Development.The program includes an industry-led incubator workshop program for students,professionals and companies where participants work in cross-discipline teams,supported by an industry mentor, to develop entrepreneurial skills and new businessideas for mobile platforms. The participants are supported by the use of Web 2.0technologies for online collaboration and learning.The program also includes forums for industry and education to share information tosupport the development of industry-ready graduates and a career event to promoteemployment opportunities in the industry for secondary school students.The workshop program has been accredited from 2008 as an elective in film, mediaand information technology at all South Australian universities in undergraduateprograms and in post graduate programs at the University of South Australia.In 2008, the program received funding from the Australian Government’sDepartment of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations (DEEWR) andraised matching funds to manage the implementation of the program in New SouthWales and Victoria. Australian Government funds have again been awarded toassist implementation of the program in three states in 2009. 57
  • 56. 4.5 Improve accessibility of broadband to improve quality of work and life for all South AustraliansWithin DFEEST the Broadband SA team continued to support the objective of widelyavailable, affordable broadband connections for South Australians.The project Broadbanding Yorke Peninsula achieved its goal when households andbusiness premises were provided with WiMAX broadband connections during 2008.A similar broadband project in the Coorong District also converted to the highquality WiMAX services.Both projects were exemplar instances of the collaborative approach adopted bythe South Australian Government to coordinate the efforts of local communities,telecommunications industry and all levels of government. An event held at Minlatonon 19 August 2008 to celebrate the success of the project demonstrated this jointapproach when the audience was addressed by the Hon Paul Caica, Minister forScience and Information Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, Australian GovernmentMinister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Mr Ray Agnew,Mayor of the District Council of Yorke Peninsula and Mr Simon Hackett, ManagingDirector of Internode.For the Yorke Peninsula celebration, DFEEST coordinated a highly informative seriesof presentations on a diverse range of topics covering e-commerce, internet safety,entertainment, and online services for school education and TAFE SA.Services to other regions were supported through the Broadband SA team throughthe activities of the Clever Networks program, co-funded with the AustralianGovernment. Workshops and road shows in regional areas were organised jointlywith local councils, regional development boards and the AustralianTelecommunications Users’ Group.Broadband SA contributed to national policy through submissions to the AustralianBroadband Guarantee (ABG) program and the Regional TelecommunicationsIndependent Review Committee. The ABG program, a subsidy program forbroadband connections to households and small business, adopted the suggestionfrom Broadband SA that the Guidelines for ABG funding should make explicitreference to support for region-wide infrastructure projects with communitycollaboration and support.Broadband SA worked with the Department of Premier and Cabinet to develop thebroadband section for the South Australia Strategic Plan’s household survey andhas used the data from that survey to further analyse the distribution of broadbandaccess across South Australia’s regions.The Outback Connect program has registered 1 561 people living in regional andremote South Australia. During 2008, 240 sessions and 1 496 hours of on-linetraining in basic and practical uses of information and communication technologies(ICT) were delivered to 881 people. This innovative and collaborative programdemonstrates and increases the value of the digital economy to individuals and thecommunity. 58
  • 57. Goal 5 Build a high performance organisation5.1 Provide all staff with a safe working environmentThe Department achieved excellent results in Occupational Health, Safety and InjuryManagement (OHS&IM).DFEEST’s new injuries continue to decline with 84 occurring during the 2007-08financial year. This represents 15 less workplace injuries than the set target of 99.Sprains and strains were the most frequent injuries and during 2008 a sprain/strainproject was implemented across the Department. As a result DFEEST has had a60 per cent reduction in sprains and strains during the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year.Injuries resulting from psychological distress were targeted during 2008 with thedevelopment of the Improved Prevention of Psychological Injuries project withextensive investigation and research into contributing factors to identify causes ofpsychological injury and the project will continue in 2009.Injury management costs for the 2007-08 financial year rose slightly after a two yearreduction. Total workers compensation expenditure rose by $0.6 million, howeverhalf of this was spent on redeeming cases where it was identified this would providea better outcome for the individual employee and DFEEST.Injury management continues to be a key business consideration with DFEEST’scontract with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet Injury ManagementServices. Improvement processes were identified during 2008 and wereimplemented during the second half of the year.The OHS&IM management system was reviewed in 2008 and resulted in thedevelopment of a new OHS&IM competency learning (on-line). The tool waslaunched by the Chief Executive and Responsible Officer in November 2008 tocoincide with the launch of SafeWork Week 2009.The DFEEST OHS&IM Central Consultative Committee changed its name to theDFEEST Strategic OHS&IM Consultative Committee during 2008 to reflect itsimproved mode of operation. The DFEEST Strategic OHS&IM ConsultativeCommittee updated the DFEEST OHS&IM Corporate Strategic Plan to reflectchanging business needs/challenges and preparation for the 2009 WorkCover audit.On 15 August 2008, over 560 people attended the 2008 Self Insurers of SouthAustralia OH&S and Injury Management Award event. Veronica Wilkey, OHS&WConsultant, TAFE SA Regional won the ‘Best Practitioner Award’.TAFE SA has adopted a program ‘Hands on Occupational Health’ which utilises aworkgroup level risk management approach to the application of the OHSW&IMManagement System. The program has helped improve work group awareness andownership of OHSW&IM Management.Managers across TAFE SA received a summons to appear in mock court in October2008. The trial was an informative and interesting insight into organisational andpersonal liability under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act. Managerstook the stand to give evidence in what was quite an adversarial trial. The mockcourt highlighted the importance of ongoing commitment to OHS&W and the needfor vigilance of systems and practices. 59
  • 58. 5.2 Develop the people within DFEEST and improve working conditionsThe professional development of staff continued in keeping with the strategicleadership, management and succession planning requirements of the Departmentthrough the Leadership and Management Development Programs. More on thistopic can be found under Human Resource Management section in this Report.5.3 Strengthen the publicly owned TAFE SA systemThe implementation of the Skills Strategy has provided clear goals and targets tostrengthen all facets of the TAFE SA system including increased use of blendedmethodologies such as e-learning and on the job training to provide greater accessto training.A review of TAFE SA services to the Building, Construction and Furnishing Industryresulted in recommendations representing the views of TAFE SA clients. A FutureStrategies Framework was developed by TAFE SA staff in consultation with clientsand will be implemented under continuing consultation with industry, communityand students.TAFE SA provides training which aligns with the National Training Agenda andstandards to meet industry needs and shortages now and into the future. In 2009-10new national training packages will provide for further flexible training opportunitiesfor apprentices.TAFE SA continues to develop and review a suite of policies and procedures toensure compliance with the Australian Quality Training Framework and provides asupportive learning environment for its students. Examples of reviewed and/orupdated policies include Parchment Policy, Student Conduct Policy, and HigherEducation Policy.TAFE SA’s new Dental Clinic was opened at Gilles Plains Campus. The redevelopedtraining facility has created an internationally competitive training environment whichprovides a unique facility for collaboration between TAFE SA, the SA Dental Serviceand the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry. By working closely withindustry, the program delivers leading edge training and education opportunities tosupport and expand South Australia’s skills base.A new South Australia Food Centre was opened within the Regency InternationalCentre at TAFE SA Regency Campus. Principal partners in the project includeTAFE SA, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources South Australia(PIRSA) and the South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI). Thepurpose of the partnership is to provide a central location for the food industry toaccess a full range of support from the key government agencies that provideservices to the food industry. The Centre is attracting considerable interest fromuniversities and major research projects in seafood, meat and other key foodproducts.5.4 Increase the flexibility and responsiveness of business systems, processes and practicesThe TAFE SA Training Resources Register supports students, particularly those ruraland remotely located to access on-demand resources required for their study. TAFE 60
  • 59. SA has worked with the TAFE SA Nursing Program at Port Augusta to enablestudents undertaking Diploma of Nursing studies externally to logon to the registerand access the resources they require. The process for ordering online isautomated to the supplier so that students receive delivery within 24 hours ofpurchase, while the program saves substantial goods and services costs onadministration and distribution. https://products.tafesa.edu.au/LOR/Home.aspxPhase one Centrelink Deduction and Confirmation Services was implemented. It isa look up service which will enable confirmation of the concession status of astudent at the point of enrolment.Concession Confirmation is available to organisations to confirm whether aCentrelink Customer holds a health care card or pension card (with their consent).An upgrade to the TAFE SA Training Resources Register enables staff to accessnon-commercial resources for print and distribution; these resources are notavailable publicly. This has improved the cost efficiency on print costs and freightwith over 50 per cent of savings directly benefiting TAFE SA.5.5 Improve the cost effectiveness of DFEEST’s servicesDFEEST has continued to deliver significant business efficiencies. As part ofongoing efforts to cut red tape, DFEEST has introduced changes to its procurementprocess for suppliers and extended funding arrangements for one to three years forcommunity-based organisations carrying out adult education and training.The successful implementation of DFEEST Shared Services for ICT Shared ServiceDesk and Accounting Transaction Services in 2007 was the spring board for anumber of technology enhancements in 2008. Initiatives of note include: Implementation of the Scanning Workflow Accounts Payable System (SWAP) designed to replace the labour intensive paper based process with an electronic workflow to improve business efficiency and tighten up the accountability framework Implementation of Infra Customer Portal to manage job requests to the ICT Service Desk. The Workflow Management Module will better automate Service Desk Requests and resolution Implementation of Q-Master - ICT Service Desk Call Management and Reporting System to enable full visibility of the traffic of calls to the ICT Service Desk and manage workload distribution among staff.The Department’s forward financial strategy procedures were revised and financialplanning targets for the full forward estimates for each of the Department’s businessunits.5.6 Improve environmentally sustainable and eco-efficient practices in DFEEST’s operationsThe Department is committed to reducing its environmental impact and, as part ofthe South Australian Government, is actively collaborating with other governmentagencies to meet relevant goals as outlined in South Australia’s Strategic Plan.More information on the Department’s activities in this area can be found under‘Other Reporting Items in this Report’. 61
  • 60. 5.7 A high focus on customer serviceAs part of the Department’s customer service strategy for ongoing sustainability andcontinuous improvement, customer service is monitored, evaluated, reviewed andintegrated into the way daily business is conducted.The Department has an active Customer Service Reference Group and during 2008an interactive Customer Service CD was produced for online training for all TAFE SAstaff and new employees. An interactive internal website is available for all staffincluding a charter, standards, good practice models, hints and tips, andachievements.A telephone queuing system was introduced for TAFE SA Information Services 1800free call number to reduce waiting times and provide a more efficient level ofcustomer service.TAFE SA staff were encouraged to attend customer service training sessions during2008 to provide an even greater level of customer service to clients.Students have an opportunity to provide regular feedback to staff during teacherassessments and ‘tell us what you think’ brochures located on all TAFE SACampuses.The TAFE SA Training Resources Register provides personalised service to over1 000 customers ordering learning materials/products online.The Phoenix project will develop a departmental electronic information managementsystem for training regulation, funding and contract management that aims tosignificantly improve the service delivery experience for clients as well as reducered-tape. The project supports the realisation of the targets in South Australia’sStrategic Plan including the Ask Just Once Strategy.The system will utilise web-enabled technology to interface with otherCommonwealth and State Government information management systems and, forthe first time, give participants within the training system electronic access to theirown training contract information via the Internet. Other potential benefits includeincreased transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and enhanced data integrity.DFEEST undertakes customer satisfaction surveys from a sample of trainees,apprentices and their employers to ascertain their level of satisfaction with theDepartment’s client service relating to the traineeship and apprenticeship system.The latest survey of trainees, apprentices and employers, undertaken in April 2008,revealed that 89 per cent of trainees and apprentices are satisfied with the servicethey receive, while 88 per cent of employers indicated their satisfaction.As a result of the new requirements under the Training and Skills Development Act2008, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services in DFEEST registers all employerswho have not previously undertaken a training contract. Registration prior to thecommencement of a training contract provides early advice to employers of theirrights and obligations under the legislation and enables prompt provision ofinformation on the services available to employers, apprentices and trainees. 62
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  • 63. During 2008 DFEEST made considerable progress in meeting the objectives of its2007-2010 Strategic Plan which aims to build a sustainable workforce anddemonstrate leadership in workforce development.One of the major initiatives undertaken in 2008 was to develop a program toincrease the numbers of Aboriginal trainees within DFEEST.Significant work has been undertaken across the Department to increase thenumber of employees participating in Performance Management processes.Leadership Management and Development Programs were conducted across theagency with 72 employees participating.Workforce dataThe following data is based on records from the Human Resource InformationSystem - Empower for persons identified as being employed on 30 June 2008.Hourly Paid Instructors (HPIs) are excluded from the data tables as they areemployed under different conditions and reported accordingly. To combine HPIdata with regular staff information would result in data distortion.Employee numbers, gender and status (excluding HPIs)All data has been sourced from Employer records. Unless otherwise stated, datarelates to the final pay period in June 2008.Casuals, (PSM Act and award workers) and HPIs (TAFE Act) are persons paid on anhourly basis and are not identified in the following data.The following table depicts the total number of employees including persons and fulltime equivalent employees (FTEs). Total Number of Employees Workforce Persons 3,676 FTEs 3,371.9The following table depicts the total staff and gender composition ofDFEEST employees. A person is the head count and FTE is the full time equivalentof full time and part-time staff. Gender Persons % Persons FTEs %FTEs Male 1,442 39.23 1,404.83 41.66 Female 2,234 60.77 1,967.08 58.34 Totals 3,676 100.00 3,371.91 100.00The following table depicts the total staff who separated from and who wererecruited to the agency during 2007 – 2008. This data excludes Casuals and HPIs. Number of Persons who were recruited to and separated from DFEEST during the Financial Year 2007 - 2008 Separated from DFEEST 541 Recruited to DFEEST 446 #71 of these people were recruited and separated within 2007. 65
  • 64. Number of Persons on Leave Without Pay On Leave Without Pay 151Hourly Paid InstructorsDFEEST augments its teaching force by employing HPIs to provide specialist andback up support to lecturers. In total, 876 individual HPIs (At 253.1 Full TimeEquivalent) provided 265 143 teaching hours at a cost of $13 038 416.Number of employees by salary bracket (excluding HPIs)This graph depicts the total staff by gender and salary bracket. Num ber of Em ployees by Salary Bracket Females Males 800 600 400 200 0 02 - $46 400 to 58 03 - $59 000 to $75 04 - $75 500 to $94 05 - $95 000 and 01 - $0 to $46 399 999 499 999 above Females 747 476 707 251 53 Males 176 255 689 264 58Status of Employees in current position (Excluding Casuals and HPIs)The following two tables show the total staff and the full time equivalent staff byemployment status in their current position. Short term contracts are under twoyears; long term contracts are over two years. Persons Ongoing Short-Term Contract Long-Term Contract Total Male 1,094 287 61 1,442 Female 1,751 461 22 2,234 Total 2,845 748 83 3,676 *Some staff have more than one part time position therefore are counted more than once in the head count but are not double counted in the FTE figure.` 66
  • 65. FTEs Ongoing Short-Term Contract Long-Term Contract Total Male 1,074.6 270.0 60.3 1,404.9 Female 1,563.7 381.8 21.6 1,967.1 Total 2,638.2 651.8 81.9 3,372.0 Status of Employees in Current Position 2,000 1,500 Males Females F T Es 1,000 500 0 Ongoing Short Term Long Term Contract Casuals HPIs Contract StatusExecutive ProfileThis table shows the number of employees receiving $95 648 per annum or more intheir current positions. This year, the basis of reporting executive numbers has beenchanged in accordance with revised Department of Premier and Cabinetrequirements. Number of Executives by Gender, Classification and Status This table shows the number of executives receiving $95 648 per annum or more in their current positions Classification Tenure Female Male DSO-3 Ongoing 1 EM-A Ongoing 2 EM-B Ongoing 29 33 EM-B Temporary 1 1 EM-C Ongoing 6 4 EXEC A Tenured 1 EXEC A Untenured 1 1 EXEC B Tenured 1 1 EXEC B Untenured 1 EXEC C Untenured 1 EXEC E Untenured 1 EXMINAPP Ongoing 2 EXMINAPP Temporary 1 SAES-1 Untenured 8 9 SAES-2 Untenured 2 3 50 60 67
  • 66. Leave ManagementThe following table depicts the average days taken per FTE (excluding HPIs). Leave Management as at 30 June 2008 - total leave taken for the year expressed as FTE (Average Days) 2006 - Leave Type 2003 -2004 2004 -2005 2005 -2006 2007-2008 2007 Sick Leave 6.79 7.10 6.44 7.26 7.59 Family Carers Leave Special Leave with Pay 0.91 0.93 1.29 2.10 2.29 *Note: Family Carers Leave may be taken as part of an employees entitlement to Sick Leave or Special Leave with Pay. Thus it cannot currently be reported upon as a separate leave type.Workforce diversityDFEEST recognises the value of workforce diversity and the benefits inherent in aworkforce that is representative of the broader community. The following sectionoutlines the Department’s profile.Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander employeesAn Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is someone who: Is of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Is accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.This table depicts the staff who reported being of Aboriginal and/or Torres StraitIslander descent with comparison to the target in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees Male Female Total % of Agency %Target* 26 50 76 2.25% 2.10% *Target set by South Australia Strategic Plan Percentage of Number of Aboriginal Salary Bracket Aboriginal Staff in Staff each salary bracket $0 - $46,399 30 27% $46,400 - $58,999 28 21% $59,000 - $75,499 8 6% $75,500 - $94,999 7 5.25% $95,000 + 2 1.5% 68
  • 67. Workforce PlanningAboriginal Employment StrategyThe strategy continues to develop and implement new programs for Aboriginal staff.The following projects have been developed: Aboriginal Traineeship Program DFEEST commenced a project in July 2008 for the training and development of Aboriginal Trainees in the workplace in Certificate III in Business Administration. Twenty positions have been identified in TAFE SA and DFEEST Corporate with an uptake of approximately 18 to begin in 2009. Aboriginal Mentoring Program To complement the Aboriginal Traineeship Program, a project has been developed to mentor and assist DFEEST staff to mentor an Aboriginal trainee during their placement. The mentoring program commences in January 2009. Aboriginal Contact Officers In accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the Department has developed a program to facilitate the placement of Aboriginal Contact Officers across DFEEST. The Aborignal Contact Officer are existing DFEET Aboriginal Employees who will provide cultural support to new Trainees. Employee Assistance Program A new provider has been appointed for the provision of employee assistance services. The provider has organisational specialist services for Aboriginal people, including the services of an Aboriginal psychologist. Aboriginal Scholarship Program DFEEST, continued with the Aboriginal Scholarship Program. In 2008, two recipients were awarded grants through the program.Number of employees by age bracket and genderThis table shows the total staff by gender and age bracket. The age bracket total isexpressed as a percentage of total staff and compared to the State’s workforcebenchmark.Current statistics reveal a significant difference between the DFEEST workforce andthe workforce benchmark for those employees aged 45 years and over. DFEEST iscurrently addressing this disparity through its workforce development strategy whichaims to ensure a balance in its age profile. Age Bracket Female Male Total % of Total Workforce Benchmark % 15 - 19 years 7 2 9 0.24% 6.7% 20 - 24 years 79 41 120 3.26% 10.50% 25 - 29 years 158 68 226 6.15% 10.20% 30 - 34 years 205 109 314 8.54% 9.90% 35 - 39 years 258 110 368 10.01% 11.20% 40 - 44 years 274 136 410 11.15% 11.90% 45 - 49 years 362 235 597 16.24% 12.30% 50 - 54 years 403 273 676 18.39% 11.30% 55 - 59 years 316 277 593 16.13% 8.60% 60 - 64 years 149 157 306 8.32% 5.00% Over 65 Years 23 34 57 1.55% 2.40% 2,234 1,442 3,676 100.00% 100.00% 69
  • 68. Em ployees by Age Bracket Female Male 12 - >= 65yrs 10 - 55<=59yrs Age Brackets 08 - 45<=49yrs 06 - 35<=39yrs 04 - 25<=29yrs 02 - 15<=19yrs 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Num ber of Em ployeesCultural and linguistic diversityThis table depicts the number of staff who reported being born overseas or whospeak a language other than English at home.The variation between the departmental figure and the general community figure canbe attributed to the fact that these fields are not mandatory fields to be completed instaff surveys. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity % of % SA Male Female Total Agency Community* Number of employees born overseas 161 243 404 9.1% 20.3% Number of employees who speak language(s) other than English at home 83 89 172 4.7% 15.5% *Benchmarks from ABS Publication Basic Community Profile (SA) Cat No. 2001.0Number of employees with ongoing disabilities requiring workplace adaptationThis table depicts the number of staff who reported having an ongoing disability.DFEEST is reviewing how it records information on the number of workplaces thatmay need adaptation to assist those with disabilities being able to undertake theirwork responsibilities. Number of Employees with Ongoing Disabilities Male Female Total % of Agency 28 33 61 1.66% Note: Unable to state whether they need Workplace Adaptation 70
  • 69. People and Cultural developmentVoluntary Flexible Working ArrangementsAs part of DFEEST’s commitment to attracting and retaining the best possible staffand to assist employees to balance work and family life, a number of voluntaryflexible working arrangements were made available to DFEEST employees.A recent staff survey indicated that most staff within DFEEST access variouscomponents of the voluntary flexible working arrangements. Voluntary Flexible Working Arrangements by Gender Male Female Total Purchased leave 4 8 12 Flexitime 357 623 980 Compressed Weeks 5 8 13 Part-time Job Share 93 871 964 Working from Home 3 9 12Workforce DevelopmentThe 2007 Employee Climate survey (known as BULB) shows that there have beensignificant improvements in the area of Performance Management from when thesurvey was last conducted (2005).A summary of the results relating specifically to Performance Management are asfollows: 65 per cent of respondents indicated that they had had a performance review in the last 12 months compared to 61 per cent in 2005 (+ 4 per cent) 70 per cent of respondents reported that the review focussed on their strengths compared to 53 per cent in 2005 (+ 17 per cent) 47 per cent of respondents reported that the review focussed on their career prospects compared to 26 per cent in 2005 (+ 21 per cent) 53 per cent of employees reported that their manager placed a strong emphasis on specific suggestions for improvement compared to 32 per cent in 2005 (+ 21 per cent) 55 per cent said their manager also placed a strong emphasis on skills to develop in the future compared to 31 per cent in 2005 (+ 24 per cent).Using the above results a project was completed focusing on performancemanagement and accountability. A number of recommendations have been madethat will be progressed in 2009.Funding of $260 000 was allocated to corporate leadership and managementprograms. Both programs commenced in May 2008 and will conclude in January2009. A total of 72 employees participated across the two programs. A largecomponent of both programs comprised projects that covered agency wide topics. 71
  • 70. Leadership ProgramThe second emerging Leader’s Program for DFEEST was conducted in 2008. Theprogram was six months in duration and was completed in partnership with theTeleran Group and TAFE SA. The program had 43 employees participate in a pre-selection phase and a final 30 participants (two groups of 15) were chosen tocomplete the program. The participants included lecturers, advanced skillslecturers, educational managers and a range of administration services officers fromacross DFEEST. Participants represented a wide range of the Department’sfunctions and included two Indigenous participants, 18 women and one youth(defined by DFEEST as a person under the age of 30).Management ProgramThe Management Program focussed on essential management skills required to bea manager within DFEEST, and was aligned to the Diploma in Government. Whilstthe competencies delivered were nationally accredited, the content of the programwas based on DFEEST policies and practices. The program, run in partnership withTAFE SA, was supported by guest presenters from within DFEEST as topic experts.This was an intensive six month program aimed at employees currently inmanagement positions at the ASO5 equivalent and above. There were 29participants split into two groups. The participants comprised one Indigenousemployee, 17 women and three youths.Equal employment opportunity programsThis table depicts the number of apprentices and trainees within DFEEST. Apprentices, Trainees and Cadets as at 31 December 2007 Male Female Apprentices 0 1 Trainees 7 6 7 7Human resources and industrial relationsEnterprise Bargaining – the preparation, approval by Government and negotiation ofthe management agenda for the next TAFE Act Staff Enterprise Bargaining Process,began in 2008.A revised DFEEST Complaints Policy for staff was implemented in October 2008.Systems being developedThe Performance Management Module on Empower (payroll system) was developedduring 2008 to capture performance development data. 72
  • 71. Employee Assistance ProgramThe Employee Assistance Program continued to be available to staff. It offersconfidential, impartial and culturally sensitive counselling support to employees andtheir families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A total of 112 new referrals were made to the service which provided 162 hours of counselling. Ninety seven per cent of the time was dedicated to new referrals and 2.9 per cent was dedicated to ongoing cases. Services used were trauma services, manager assistance, mediation, and consultancy advisory services; approximately 93 per cent of clients were staff members and 7 per cent were family members.Child ProtectionDFEEST is responsible for the administration of a range of programs and services tothe South Australian public and often provides these services to children under 18years. DFEEST will not recruit any person who has been convicted of any childrelated offence, including sex offences, and provides all relevant employees andvolunteers with a mandated notification training program which is approved byChild, Youth and Family Services.Criminal History Checks are undertaken for all staff who are in contact with childrenunder the age of 18 to maximise a child safe environment for young peopleparticipating in services and programs provided by TAFE SA.TAFE SA Justice and Policing Studies program has worked collaboratively with theDepartment of Families and Communities to develop an online training productcalled Child Safe Environments – Reporting Abuse and Neglect. TAFE SA is licensedas the sole provider of this online training and it has been trialled with a number ofrelevant government agencies with positive feedback being received fromparticipants. 73
  • 72. Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management(OHS&IM) (Table – Financial Year costings) 2007 / 2008 2006 / 2007 2005 / 2006^1 OHS Legislative Requirements (includes incidents with students not included in 2005 figures) Number of notifiable occurrences pursuant to OHS&W 8 (2 from 4 (1 from Regulations Division 6.6 students and 2 student) from contractors) Number of notifiable injuries pursuant to OHS&W 3 (2 from 7 (2 from Regulations Division 6.6 students and 1 students) from contractor) Number of notices served pursuant to OHS&W Act s35, 6 (1 from 2 s39 and s40 student and 2 from contractors)2 Injury Management Legislative Requirements Total number of new claimants who participated in the 17 26 41 rehabilitation program Total number of employees rehabilitated and reassigned to 0 1 3 alternative duties Total number of employees rehabilitated back to their 6 12 33 original work3 WorkCover Action Limits Number of open claims as at 30 June 2008 178 176 181 Percentage of workers compensation expenditure over 0.0112 0.0159 gross annual remuneration4 Number of Injuries Number of new workers compensation claims in the 84 95 105 (4 financial year withdrawn) Number of fatalities, lost time injuries, medical treatment only 0 0 0 (F) 16 30 36 (2 (LTI) withdrawn) 68 65 69 (2 (MTO) withdrawn) Total number of whole working days lost 7,969 7,679 9,6595 Cost of Workers Compensation Cost of new claims for the financial year $513,927.00 $329,072.21 $377,798.87 Cost of all claims excluding lump sum payments $2,337,784.00 $2,039,529.31 $2,357,033.57 Amount paid for lump sum payments (s42, s43, s44) $644,973.00 $338,865.38 $1,308,079.72 Total claims expenditure $2,982,757.00 $2,378,394.69 $3,665,113.29 Total amount recovered from external sources (s54) $745.00 $0.00 $8,391.12 Budget allocation for workers compensation $3,000,000.00 $3,000,000.00 $3,750,000.00 Actuarial (Outstanding) Liability $9,151,328.00 $8,830,931.00 $9,265,194.00 74
  • 73. 6 Trends **Injury frequency rate for new lost-time injury/disease for 5.30 11.50 each million hours worked Most frequent cause (mechanism) of injury Body Stressing Body Falls, Trips and Stressing Slips Most expensive cause (mechanism) of injury Mental Stress Mental Mental Stress Stress^ From 2006 all future OHS&IM Reporting will be based on financial year as determined by the Australian Standard. Previousreporting was based on Calendar Year as determined by the TAFE Act.** Based on Lost Time Flag (i.e. ≥ 1day or shift). Improved process for recording hours worked. 75
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  • 77. Financial OverviewOn a comparative basis to 2006-07, expenses increased in 2007-08 by 7.49 percent; made up of a 4.11 per cent increase in salaries, 10.84 per cent increase fordepreciation, 42.54 per cent increase for grants and subsidies and decreases of0.31 per cent for goods and services.DFEEST revenue increased by 7.20 per cent during 2007-08 driven predominantlyby increases in Commonwealth revenue (5.42 per cent), other grants andcontributions (21.32 per cent) and agency fees and charges (11.05 per cent).The tables provided in this section set out a summary of the actual results for the2007-08 financial year. The detailed financial statements reflecting actual results for2007-08 are presented under ‘Financial Information’.Summary of Financial Information Actual Actual 2007-08 2006-07 $’000 $’000 Financial Performance: Operating Expenses 504,754 469,589 Operating Revenues 204,866 191,113 Net Cost of Providing Services 299,888 278,476 Revenues from Government 281,394 285,372 Net Result (18,494) 6,896Net ResultThe deterioration in the Net Result from 2006-07 to 2007-08 is principally due tolower revenue from the SA Government relating to the impact of carryovers and acash alignment payment and higher depreciation expenses relating to library assets.Operating RevenuesActual operating revenues for 2007-08 were $486.3 million. The principal source offunding for the Department is State Government appropriation which totalled $281.4million. Other operating revenues included Commonwealth grants of $106.3 millionand $85.0 million from student and other fees and charges. 79
  • 78. The chart below depicts an overview of revenue sources for 2007-08 State Government Funding $281.4 million Commonwealth Grants $106.3 million Student Enrolment Fees & Charges $29.8 million Sales/Fee for Service $55.2 million Other Grants and Contributions $8.6 miilion Other $4.9 millionOperating ExpensesActual Employee benefits of $267.8 million for 2007-08 constituted 53 percent of thetotal operating expenses of $504.8 million. Grants and subsidies expenses totalled$81.7 million including $29.7 million for science and technology programs, $19.2million for employment programs, $12.8 million for VET programs and $9.2 millionfor Tertiary Student Transport Concessions.The other major component of operating expenses (Supplies and Services)amounted to $135.2 million. Included in this category were $19.8 million for fundingto non-TAFE providers for VET, $19.2 million for fees for contracted services, $18.7million for information technology infrastructure and communication, $16.4 millionfor minor works, maintenance and equipment and $14.6 million for printing andconsumables. A further $20.0 million was charged to depreciation expense.The chart below depicts an overview of operating expenses for 2007-08 Employee Benefits $267.8 million Supplies and Services $134 million Grants and Subsidies $81.7 million Depreciation $20 million Other $1.2 million 80
  • 79. Overview of Operating Expenses 2007-08The following table depicts how expenditure was applied to programs in accordancewith approved strategic priorities:Employment and Skills Formation – VET $413.4 millionProvision of vocational education and training (VET) by TAFE SA andother registered training organisations including: resource allocation of contestable and non-contestable funds funding of apprenticeships and traineeships support for post secondary training and education providing state and national policy advice.Employment and Skills Formation – Learning, Workforce $42.2 millionDevelopment and EmploymentAddressing the State’s economic development and social inclusionobjectives by: providing opportunities for people to participate in employment, training, skills development, adult community education meeting the current and future skills needs of industry providing state and national policy advice.Science, Technology and Innovation – Science and Innovation $21.5 millionProvision of high level strategic advice to the Minister for Science andInformation Economy on maximising economic, environmental andsocial benefits from the State’s scientific research and innovation by: identifying strategic priorities for State Government investment raising awareness and understanding of the importance and benefits of science and innovation amongst government, business and the community facilitating coordinated and strategic bids for Commonwealth grants facilitating coordination of education and research activity with end- user (industry) requirements to maximise the benefits for South Australia.(Includes funding for Premier’s Science and Research Fund)Science, Technology and Innovation - Bioscience Industry $7.5 millionDevelopmentDevelopment of the bioscience industry by providing assistance tobioscience development, finance, infrastructure and marketing.Employment and Skills Formation – International and Higher $6.7 millionEducation Supporting the development of Adelaide as a centre for education, international education and South Australian education exports including the provision of marketing services, analysis and student and community support Provision of high-level strategic policy advice to the Minister for Employment, Training and Higher Education on higher education policy and planning.Science, Technology and Innovation – Information Economy $3.7 millionProvision of high level strategic policy advice to the Minister for Scienceand Information Economy and Government on the information economy 81
  • 80. and the ICT sector that: raises awareness and greater understanding of the information economy among government, business, industry and education providers develops strategy and facilitates programs and projects relevant to promoting the information economy facilitates bids for significant Commonwealth grants.(Includes funding for Broadband Development)Employment and Skills Formation – Regulatory Services $3.6 millionRegulating the State’s further education and training system through: provision of registration, accreditation and approval services for registered training organisations oversight of the State’s regulation and administration of apprenticeships and traineeships providing state and national policy advice.Science, Technology and Innovation – Technology Investment $1.8 millionProvision of seed capital and business guidance to start-up and earlystage technology companies.Office for Youth – Young People’s Engagement $1.8 millionSupport for young people to be actively engaged in their communities inlearning and decision-making and specific support to engagedisadvantaged young people.Office for Youth – Strengthened Partnerships $1.5 millionStrengthen partnerships across government, the Department and theyouth sector to support young people’s engagement within theircommunity.Office for Youth – Creative LeadershipPromotion of creative leadership opportunities for young people,celebration of young leaders’ achievement, encouragement of innovative $1.1 millioncommunity leadership and support for equity and diversity amongstemerging leaders.Total $504.8million 82
  • 81. Audited general purpose financial reportIncome Statement for the Year Ended 30 June 2008 Note 2008 2007 $000 $000EXPENSESEmployee Benefits 5 267,814 257,238Supplies and Services 6 133,978 134,400Grants and Subsidies 7 81,695 57,313Depreciation 8 20,020 18,062Net Loss from the Disposal of Non-Current Assets 15 673 367Other Expenses 9 574 2,209Total EXPENSES 504,754 469,589INCOMECommonwealth Grants 11 106,323 100,858Student and Other Fees and Charges 12 85,039 76,575Other Grants and Contributions 13 8,615 7,101Interest 14 28 77Other Income 16 4,861 6,502Total INCOME 204,866 191,113NET COST OF PROVIDING SERVICES 299,888 278,476REVENUES FROM/PAYMENTS TO SA GOVERNMENTRevenues from SA Government 17 286,764 285,372Less Payments to SA Government 17 5,370 -Total REVENUES FROM/PAYMENTS TO SA GOVERNMENT 281,394 285,372NET RESULT (18,494) 6,896THE NET RESULT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SAGOVERNMENT AS OWNER 83
  • 82. Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2008 Note 2008 2007 $000 $000CURRENT ASSETSCash and Cash Equivalents 18 73,602 58,960Receivables 19 17,307 19,724Inventories 23 923 928Non-current assets held for sale 21 788 -Total CURRENT ASSETS 92,620 79,612NON-CURRENT ASSETSReceivables 19 223 262Investments 20 2,574 1,849Property, Plant and Equipment 22 477,767 491,204Total NON-CURRENT ASSETS 480,564 493,315TOTAL ASSETS 573,184 572,927CURRENT LIABILITIESPayables 24 37,783 25,493Employee benefits 25 22,808 17,321Provisions 26 2,568 2,325Other Current Liabilities 27 12,416 11,505Total CURRENT LIABILITIES 75,575 56,644NON-CURRENT LIABILITIESPayables 24 1,979 1,711Employee benefits 25 45,558 44,845Provisions 26 6,691 6,356Other Non-current Liabilities 27 499 499Total NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 54,727 53,411TOTAL LIABILITIES 130,302 110,055NET ASSETS 442,882 462,872EQUITYRetained Earnings 29 367,964 386,459Asset revaluation reserve 29 74,918 76,413Total EQUITY 442,882 462,872The Total Equity is attributable to the SA Government asowner.UNRECOGNISED CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENTS 30CONTINGENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 31 84
  • 83. Statement of Changes in EquityFor the Year Ended 30 June 2008 Asset Note Revaluation Retained No. Reserve Earnings Total $000 $000 $000Balance at 30 June 2006 24,023 396,681 420,704Library Adjustments 28 (2,439) (12,886) (15,325)Non-Current Asset Adjustments 28 - (4,202) (4,202)Restated balance at 30 June 2006 21,584 379,593 401,177Gain on revaluation of land during 2006-07 9,059 - 9,059Gain on revaluation of buildings during 2006-07 45,770 - 45,770Net Result for 2006-07 - 7,328 7,328Balance at 30 June 2007 76,413 386,921 463,334Library Adjustments 28 - (2,476) (2,476)Employee oncost adjustment 28 - 2,301 2,301Non-Current Asset adjustments 28 - (288) (288) 85
  • 84. Restated balance at 30 June 2007 76,413 386,458 462,871Gain on buildings during 2007-08 520 - 520Loss on revaluation of library during 2007-08 (2,015) - (2,015)Net Result for 2007-08 - (18,494) (18,494)Balance at 30 June 2008 74,918 367,964 442,882All changes in equity are attributable to the SA Government asowner. Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 30 June 2008 2008 2007 Note $000 $000 Inflows Inflows (Outflows) (Outflows)CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES CASH OUTFLOWS Employee benefits (258,785) (251,267) Supplies and services (141,419) (152,589) Grants and subsidies (81,695) (57,313) GST paid to the ATO (3,998) (6,454) Other (275) (279) Cash used in Operating Activities (486,171) (467,902) CASH INFLOWS Commonwealth grants 106,323 100,858 Student and other fees and charges 91,458 82,547 Other grants and contributions 8,615 4,239 Interest received 28 77 GST recovered from the ATO 17,440 14,109 Other 5,095 8,990 86
  • 85. Cash generated from Operating Activities 228,959 210,820 CASH FLOWS FROM SA GOVERNMENT: Receipts from SA Government 286,764 285,372 Payments to SA Government (5,370) - Cash generated from SA Government 281,394 285,372 Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 33 24,182 28,290CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Cash Outflows Purchase of property, plant and equipment (9,647) (16,618) Cash Inflows Proceeds from property, plant and equipment 107 18 Net Cash used in Investing Activities (9,540) (16,600)NET INCREASE IN CASH HELD 14,642 11,690CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT 1 JULY 2007 58,960 47,270CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT 30 JUNE 2008 18 73,602 58,960 87
  • 86. Program Schedule - Expenses and Income for the year ended 30 June 2008 Employment and Skills Formation Office for YouthExpenses/Income Vocational International Regulatory Learning, Science, Technology and Innovation Total Workforce Creativ Education and Higher Services Dev Strengthene Young e and and Science Informatio Bioscience d Peoples Leader Training Education Employment and n Economy Industry Technolog Partnerships Engagement ship Innovatio Developme y n nt Investment $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000ExpensesEmployee benefits 247,485 1,032 2,946 10,898 1,487 1,829 0 0 881 628 628 267,814Supplies and services 124,879 637 637 5,592 406 919 0 0 413 283 212 133,978Grants and subsidies 19,853 5,014 22 25,666 19,632 944 7,450 1,778 163 893 280 81,695Depreciation 20,020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20,020Net Loss on disposal ofassets 673 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 673Other expenses 531 2 9 22 2 4 0 0 2 1 1 574Total Expenses 413,441 6,685 3,614 42,178 21,527 3,696 7,450 1,778 1,459 1,805 1,121 504,754IncomeCommonwealth grants 104,382 0 0 1,808 0 133 0 0 0 0 0 106,323Student and other feesand charges 85,039 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 85,039Other grants andcontributions 7,646 0 0 856 66 0 0 0 30 17 0 8,615Interest income 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28Other income 3,670 0 425 324 145 109 0 0 128 40 19 4,861Total Income 200,765 0 425 2,988 211 242 0 0 158 57 19 204,866Net Cost of ProvidingServices 212,676 6,685 3,189 39,190 21,316 3,454 7,450 1,778 1,301 1,748 1,102 299,888 88
  • 87. Revenuesfrom/payments toSA GovernmentRevenues from SAGovernment 200,836 6,804 3,129 38,163 21,282 3,104 7,450 1,778 1,294 1,807 1,117 286,764Payments to SAGovernment (5,370) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (5,370)Net Result (17,210) 119 (60) (1,027) (34) (350) 0 0 (7) 59 15 (18,494)Program Schedule - Expenses and Income for the year ended 30 June 2007 Employment and Skills Formation Office for Youth Science, TechnologyExpenses/Income Vocational Higher Regulatory Learning, and Innovation Total Workforce Science Strengthe Young Education Education Services Dev and Informati ned Peoples Creative and and Innovatio on Partnersh Engagem Leadershi Training Employment n Economy ips ent p $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000ExpensesEmployee Expensesbenefits 240,942 483 5,140 5,535 1,256 1,794 863 621 604 257,238Supplies and services 127,497 88 974 3,265 673 869 452 328 254 134,400Grants and subsidies 23,813 3 1 15,178 15,434 1,280 328 938 338 57,313Depreciation 18,062 - - - - - - - - 18,062Net Loss on disposal ofassets 367 - - - - - - - - 367Other expenses 2,082 3 33 48 11 15 7 5 5 2,209Total Expenses 412,763 577 6,148 24,026 17,374 3,958 1,650 1,892 1,201 469,589IncomeCommonwealth grants 100,060 - - 470 206 122 - - - 100,858Student and other feesand charges 76,575 - - - - - - - - 76,575 89
  • 88. Other grants andcontributions 5,670 - - 1,326 66 - 20 19 - 7,101Interest income 77 - - - - - - - - 77Other income 5,298 15 391 112 82 224 249 93 38 6,502Total Income 187,680 15 391 1,908 354 346 269 112 38 191,113Net Cost of ProvidingServices 225,083 562 5,757 22,118 17,020 3,612 1,381 1,780 1,163 278,476Revenuesfrom/payments toSA GovernmentRevenues from SAGovernment 231,260 616 5,019 22,650 17,877 3,871 1,182 1,791 1,106 285,372Net Result 6,177 54 (738) 532 857 259 (199) 11 (57) 6,896 90
  • 89. Notes to the Income Statement for the Year Ended 30 June 2008 2008 20075 Employee Benefits $000 $000 Salaries and Wages (including Annual Leave) 215,137 208,656 Superannuation 23,728 23,451 Payroll Tax 12,887 11,490 Long Service Leave 11,046 10,154 Workers’ Compensation 3,584 2,132 Other Employee Related Costs 1,432 1,355 267,814 257,238 Remuneration of Employees The number of employees whose remuneration received or receivable falls within the following bands: 2008 2007 Number of Number of Employees Employees $100,000 - $109,999 86 67 $110,000 - $119,999 30 33 $120,000 - $129,999 13 12 $130,000 - $139,999 6 5 $140,000 - $149,999 9 6 $150,000 - $159,999 2 3 $160,000 - $169,999 2 4 $170,000 - $179,999 2 3 $180,000 - $189,999 3 1 $190,000 - $199,999 0 1 $200,000 - $209,999 1 1 $210,000 - $219,999 1 0 $220,000 - $229,999 1 2 91
  • 90. $230,000 - $239,999 1 2 $260,000 - $269,999 2 0 $280,000 - $289,999 1 0 $290,000 - $299,999 0 1 $320,000 - $329,999 1 0 161 141 The table above reflects all employees who received remuneration of $100,000 or more during the year. For 2008, it includes 4 employees (1 in 2007) who resigned or retired during the year. Remuneration of employees includes salaries, salary sacrifice amounts, superannuation contributions and fringe benefits tax. The total remuneration received or receivable by the employees included in the above table for 2008 was $19.7 million (included in employee benefits), ($17.2 million in 2007). 2008 2007 $000 $0006 Supplies and Services Total Supplies and Services Funding to Non-TAFE Providers for VET 19,813 19,194 Printing and Consumables 14,570 14,959 Minor Works, Maintenance and Equipment 16,421 17,982 Information Technology Infrastructure and Communication 18,712 23,673 Fees - Contracted Services (Including Consultants) 19,182 14,937 Trainee and Apprenticeship Reimbursements 504 1,543 Utilities 6,414 6,634 Cleaning 8,728 7,529 Vehicle and Travelling Expenses 7,259 6,562 Rentals and Leases 5,570 5,226 Other 16,805 16,161 Total Supplies and Services 133,978 134,400 Supplies and Services Provided by Entities Within the SA Government Minor Works, Maintenance and Equipment 12,304 13,398 Information Technology Infrastructure and Communication 3,431 8,852 Fees - Contracted Services (Including Consultants) 6,774 4,347 Utilities 1,201 1,009 92
  • 91. Cleaning 7,521 6,459 Vehicle and Travelling Expenses 2,772 2,708 Rentals and Leases 4,028 3,630 Other 472 516 38,503 40,919 The total supplies and services amount disclosed includes GST amounts not-recoverable from the ATO due to the Department not holding a valid tax invoice or payments relating to third party arrangements. Consultancy The number and dollar amount of Consultancies paid/payable (included in supplies and services) that fell within the following bands: 2008 2007 Number $000 Number $000 Below $10,000 4 22 7 16 Between $10,000 and $50,000 6 142 5 86 Above $50,000 1 183 0 0 Total paid/payable to the consultants engaged (GST exclusive) 347 102 2008 20077 Grants and Subsidies $000 $000 Total Grants and Subsidies Employment Programs 19,151 16,980 VET Programs 12,782 11,331 Science and Technology Programs 29,683 16,710 Tertiary Student Transport Concessions 9,175 7,834 Skill Centre Programs 3,259 2,497 Other Specific Grants 7,645 1,961 Total Grants and Subsidies 81,695 57,313 93
  • 92. Grants and Subsidies Paid/Payable to Entities Within the SA Government Employment Programs 3,445 3,835 VET Programs 3,385 1,751 Science and Technology Programs 13,747 8,605 Tertiary Student Transport Concessions 9,175 7,834 Skill Centre Programs 440 283 Other Specific Grants 5,766 572 35,958 22,880 2008 20078 Depreciation $000 $000 Buildings and Improvements 15,347 13,247 Plant and Equipment 2,197 2,339 Library 2,476 2,476 Total Depreciation 20,020 18,062 2008 20079 Other Expenses $000 $000 Audit Fees 275 237 Allowance for Doubtful Debts and Debt Write-offs 299 1,763 Asset Revaluation Decrement - 209 Total Other Expenses 574 2,209 2008 2007 $000 $00010 Auditors Remuneration Audit Fees Paid/Payable to the Auditor-Generals Department 240 223 Other Audit fees 35 14 Total Auditors Remuneration Paid/Payable 275 237 No other services were provided by the Auditor-General’s Department. 2008 2007 94
  • 93. 11 Commonwealth Grants $000 $000 Recurrent Grants VET Funding 81,086 77,850 Specific Purpose 8,638 7,641 89,724 85,491 Capital Grants VET Funding 13,600 13,600 Specific Purpose 2,999 1,767 16,599 15,367 Total Commonwealth Grants 106,323 100,858 2008 2007 $000 $00012 Student and Other Fees and Charges Total Fees and Charges Received/Receivable Sales/Fee for Service Revenue 52,562 44,670 Student Enrolment Fees and Charges 29,836 29,769 Other User Fees and Charges 2,641 2,136 Total Fees and Charges Received/Receivable 85,039 76,575 Fees and Charges Received/Receivable from Entities Within the SA Government Sales/Fee for Service Revenue 1,139 1,436 Student Enrolment Fees and Charges 529 956 Other User Fees and Charges 132 116 1,800 2,508 2008 2007 $000 $000 95
  • 94. 13 Other Grants and Contributions Grants and Subsidies Revenue 3,416 2,795 Miscellaneous Contributions 474 1,330 Donations 98 114 Grants from Entities Within the SA Government 4,627 2,862 Total Other Grants and Contributions 8,615 7,101 2008 2007 $000 $00014 Interest Interest from Entities Within the SA Government - 43 Interest from Entities External to the SA Government 28 34 Total Interest 28 77 2008 200715 Net (Loss)/Gain on Disposal of Non-Current Assets $000 $000 Land and Buildings Proceeds from Disposals 23 - Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (34) (82) (11) (82) Plant and Equipment Proceeds from Disposals 84 18 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (746) (303) (662) (285) Total Assets Total Proceeds from Disposal 107 18 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (780) (385) (673) (367) 2008 2007 $000 $000 96
  • 95. 16 Other Income Share of Net Gains from Investments 725 407 Sundry Income 4,136 6,095 Total Other Income 4,861 6,502 2008 2007 $000 $00017 Revenues from/Payments to SA Government Revenues from SA Government Appropriations from Consolidated Account Pursuant to the Appropriation Act 271,864 268,802 Accrual Appropriation 4,772 1,137 Appropriation Transfers from Contingency 10,128 15,433 286,764 285,372 Payments to SA Government Return of Surplus Cash Pursuant to Cash Alignment Policy 5,370 - 5,370 - Total Revenues from/Payments to SA Government 281,394 285,372 97
  • 96. Notes to the Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2008 2008 200718 Cash and Cash Equivalents $000 $000 Deposits with the Treasurer 36,814 32,042 Special Deposit Account with the Department of Treasury and Finance 36,213 25,902 Imprest Account/Cash on Hand 555 554 External Bank Account 20 462 Total Cash and Cash Equivalents 73,602 58,960 Deposits with the Treasurer Includes funds held in the Accrual Appropriation Excess Funds Account. The balance of this fund is not available for general use (funds can only be used in accordance with the Treasurers/Under Treasurers approval). External Bank Account Interest is calculated based on the average daily balances. The account earned a floating interest rate of 3.0%. Interest rate risk Interest is not earned on the special deposit account and deposits with the Treasurer. The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents represents fair value. Credit standby arrangements The Department has a $3.8 million ($3.3 million) credit card facility with ANZ bank. The unused portion of this facility as at 30 June 2008 was $2.8 million ($2.7 million). 2008 200719 Receivables $000 $000 Current Fees and Charges Receivable 13,923 16,727 Less: Allowance for Doubtful Debts (2,264) (2,112) Prepayments 1,353 2,009 GST Recoverable from ATO 4,174 2,971 Other Receivables 121 129 98
  • 97. Total Current Receivables 17,307 19,724Non-CurrentWorkers compensation receivable 223 262Total Non-current Receivables 223 262Total Receivables 17,530 19,986Receivables from SA Government EntitiesReceivables 1,211 630Workers Compensation Receivable 223 262Prepayments 51 - 1,485 892Receivables from Non SA Government EntitiesReceivables 10,448 13,985Prepayments 1,302 2,009GST Recoverable from ATO 4,174 2,971Other 121 129 16,045 19,094Receivables are raised for all goods and services provided for which payment has not been received. Receivables are normally settled within30 days. Trade receivables, prepayments and accrued revenues are non-interest bearing.Other than as recognised in the allowance for doubtful debts, it is not anticipated that counterparties will fail to discharge their obligations. Thecarrying amount of receivables approximates net fair value due to being receivable on demand. There is no concentration of credit risk.(a) Maturity analysis of receivables - Please refer to table 34.3 in Note 34.(b) Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - Please refer to note 34.Movement in the allowance for doubtful debtsThe allowance for doubtful debts is recognised when there is objective evidence that a receivable is impaired. 99
  • 98. An allowance for doubtful debts 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. 2008 2007 Movement in the allowance for doubtful debts $000 $000 Carrying amount at the beginning of the period 2,112 474 Increase in the allowance 299 1,762 Amounts written off (147) (124) Carrying amount at the end of the period 2,264 2,112 2008 200720 Investments $000 $000 Non-Current Shares in Associated Company 2,574 1,849 2,574 1,849 Associated Company Austraining Austraining International International Pty Ltd Pty Ltd $000 $000 Interest in associated company 400 400 Share of retained profit 2,174 1,449 Equity accounted amount of investment in associated company 2,574 1,849 Retained profits attributable to associated company: Balance at 1 July 1,449 1,042 Share of operating profit/(loss) after income tax 725 407 Balance at 30 June 2,174 1,449 100
  • 99. Austraining International Pty Ltd Austraining International Pty Ltd, which has a reporting date of 30 June, is controlled by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education. Its principal activity is to secure international contracts for work in vocational education and training. The current investment value is based on unaudited financial statements as at 30 June 2008. 2008 200721 Non-Current Assets Held for Sale $000 $000 Land at Fair Value 56 - Buildings and Improvements at Fair Value/Cost 732 - 788 - During 2007-08 land and buildings at Loxton were identified as surplus to requirements. It is anticipated that the land and buildings at Loxton will be sold by 30 June 2009. 2008 200722 Property, Plant and Equipment $000 $000 Land and Buildings Land at Fair Value 58,738 58,794 Buildings and Improvements at Fair Value/Cost 745,663 741,002 Accumulated Depreciation (358,433) (343,944) Construction Work in Progress 2,485 1,206 448,453 457,058 Plant and Equipment Plant and Equipment at Cost (Deemed Fair Value) 31,024 33,690 Accumulated Depreciation (15,790) (18,115) 15,234 15,575 Libraries Libraries at Valuation 28,603 46,873 Accumulated Depreciation (14,523) (28,302) 14,080 18,571 101
  • 100. Total Property, Plant and Equipment at fair value 866,513 881,565 Total Accumulated Depreciation at the end of the period (388,746) (390,361) Total Property, Plant and Equipment 477,767 491,204 Impairment There were no indications of impairment of property, plant and equipment assets at 30 June 2008. 2008 200723 Inventories $000 $000 Inventories Held for Sale 562 680 Inventories Held for Distribution 361 248 Total Inventories 923 928 2008 200724 Payables $000 $000 Current Creditors 25,981 16,882 Accrued Expenses 5,636 5,126 Employment on-costs 6,111 3,424 Other 55 61 Total Current Payables 37,783 25,493 Non-Current Employment on-costs 1,979 1,711 Total Non-current Payables 1,979 1,711 Total Payables 39,762 27,204 Payables to SA Government Entities Creditors 6,055 3,511 Accrued Expenses 2,871 2,223 Employment On-costs 8,090 5,135 17,016 10,869 102
  • 101. Payables to Non-SA Government Entities Creditors 19,926 13,371 Accrued Expenses 2,765 2,903 Other 55 61 22,746 16,335 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 represents fair value due to the amounts being payable on demand. Maturity analysis of payables - Please refer to table 34.3 in Note 34. (b) Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - Please refer to note 34. 2008 200725 Employee Benefits $000 $000 Current Annual Leave 9,219 8,313 Long Service Leave 6,570 3,064 Accrued Salaries and Wages 2,369 1,479 Non-Attendance Days 4,650 4,465 Total Current Employee Benefits 22,808 17,321 Non-Current Long Service Leave 45,558 44,845 Total Non-Current Employee Benefits 45,558 44,845 Total Employee Benefits 68,366 62,166 The current and non-current employee expense (aggregate employee benefit plus related on costs) for 2007-08 is $28.9 million and $47.5 million respectively. In the 2007-08 financial year, the long service leave benchmark has been revised from 8.5 years to 7.5 years based on an actuarial assessment performed by the Department of Treasury and Finance. 103
  • 102. 2008 200726 Provisions $000 $000 Current Workers Compensation 2,568 2,325 2,568 2,325 Non-Current Workers Compensation 6,691 6,356 6,691 6,356 Total Provisions 9,259 8,681 Carrying amount at 1 July 8,681 9,012 Additional provisions recognised 578 (331) Carrying amount at 30 June 9,259 8,681 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. 2008 200727 Other Liabilities $000 $000 Current Deposits 4,034 2,754 Unearned Revenue 6,593 7,952 Other Liabilities 1,789 799 12,416 11,505 Non-Current Advances 499 499 499 499 Total Other Liabilities 12,915 12,004 104
  • 103. Asset Revaluation Retained 200728 Adjustments to Equity Reserve Earnings Total $000 $000 $000 Balance at 1 July 2006 78,852 404,009 482,861 Buildings - (2,948) (2,948) Improvements - (501) (501) Plant and Equipment - (1,040) (1,040) Library collection adjustments (2,439) (15,362) (17,801) Payroll oncost adjustments - 2,248 2,248 Leave Liability Adjustments - 53 53 Total Equity as at 30 June 2007 76,413 386,459 462,872 Non current asset adjustments These adjustments reflect buildings, improvements and plant and equipment that have been recognised in the 2007-08 financial year, where errors have been previously reported in association with addition, disposal or valuations. The adjustments are a result of more accurate and complete information being recorded in subsidiary asset systems, which better reflects the Departments asset base. Library collection adjustments These adjustments reflect the de-recognition of library assets that occurred in previous years, the correction of previous years asset revaluations and the recognition of depreciation expenses that relate to previous years. Employee oncost adjustments This adjustment reflects the overstatement of the 30 June 2007 employment oncost liabilities.29 Equity 2008 2007 $000 $000 Retained earnings 367,964 386,459 Asset revaluation reserve 74,918 76,413 Total Equity 442,882 462,872 The asset revaluation reserve is used to record increments and decrements in the fair value of land, buildings and libraries to the extent that they offset one another. 105
  • 104. 30 Unrecognised Contractual Commitments Remuneration Commitments Commitments for the payment of salaries and other remuneration under fixed-term employment contracts in existence at the reporting date but not recognised as liabilities are payable as follows: 2008 2007 $000 $000 Within one year 5,086 4,150 Payable later than one year and not later than five years 11,814 9,015 Total Remuneration Commitments 16,900 13,165 Amounts disclosed include commitments arising from executive contracts. The Department does not offer remuneration contracts greater than 5 years. Capital Commitments Capital expenditure contracted for at the reporting date but not recognised as liabilities in the financial reports are payable as follows: 2008 2007 $000 $000 Within one year 846 1,077 Total Capital Commitments 846 1,077 The Departments capital commitments relate to the construction of an Atrium at a TAFE Campus. Other Commitments 2008 2007 $000 $000 These amounts are due for payment: Within one year 851 216 106
  • 105. Later than one year and not later than five years 992 954 Later than five years 853 1,116 Total Other Commitments 2,696 2,286 The Departments other commitments relate to agreements for cleaning contracts and other procurement commitments. There are no purchase options available to the department. Operating Leases Commitments Commitments in relation to operating leases contracted for at the reporting date but not recognised as liabilities are payable as follows: 2008 2007 $000 $000 Within one year 4,936 5,169 Payable later than one year and not later than five years 20,114 16,673 Payable later than five years 19,899 18,396 Total Operating Lease Commitments 44,949 40,238 The Departments operating leases are for office accommodation and equipment. Office accommodation is leased from the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. The leases are non-cancellable with some leases having the right of renewal. Rent is payable in arrears.31 Contingent Assets and Liabilities The Department is not aware of any items which meet the definition of contingent assets. There are, however, a number of outstanding personal injury and common law claims not settled as at 30 June 2008 with an estimated settlement value of $91,350. In addition, the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education has provided a $3 million guarantee to Austraining International Pty Ltd which has not been invoked as at 30 June 2008. 107
  • 106. 32 Remuneration of Board and Committee Members Members that were entitled to receive remuneration during the 2007-08 financial year were: Training and Skills Commission P Wright H Winchester A Smith K Thiele G Peak B Mowbray I Curry D Frith T Phillips S MacDonald-Taylor (Resigned 31 Dec 2007) C Hudson (Appointed 1 Jan 2008) Grievances Dispute Mediation Committee B Mowbray S Frazer D Jeffries (Appointed 1 July 2007) P Johns E Thornton K Thiele I Curry G Peak P Wright Adult Community Education Reference Group P Wright M Smith S Schrapel K Daniel (Appointed 1 July 2007) 108
  • 107. Quality Reference GroupP WrightD FrithI CurryK ThieleG PeakInformation Economy Advisory BoardProf S Richardson (Appointed Aug 2007)A Cannon (Appointed 1 July 2007)S Ayer (Appointed 1 July 2007)T WhitingProf C MarlinPremiers Science Research CouncilProf T MunroM DavisDr L ReadProf C MarlinDr R HeadDr P CrookProf J RalstonMinisters Youth CouncilR BarryK GblaL DeBoerT SwansonS ScottA Solomon-BridgeM Deane (Appointed Oct 2007)M R Thompson (Appointed Oct 2007)E Moulds (Appointed Oct 2007)D Wilkins (Resigned 30 Jan 2008) 109
  • 108. H McEwen (Resigned 31 Oct 2007)J McCafferty (Resigned 30 June 2008)K Klein (Resigned 30 June 2008)S Lee (Resigned 30 June 2008)D Daw (Resigned 28 Nov 2007)S Ireland (Appointed 31 Oct 2007)I Mawa (Resigned 31 Aug 2007)J McKenzie (Resigned 27 Aug 2007)R Dixon (Resigned 30 July 2007)Budget and Finance CommitteeI McLachlanAudit and Risk Management CommitteeI McLachlanThe number of members whose income from the entity falls within the following bands is: 2008 2007 No. of No. of members members$1 - $9 999 41 45$10 000 - $19 999 4 2$20 000 - $29 999 1 1$30,000 - $39,999 - 1 46 49Remuneration of board members reflects all costs of performing board/committee member duties including sitting fees, superannuationcontributions, fringe benefits tax and any other salary sacrifice arrangements. The total remuneration received or receivable by members was$168,000 ($164,000).Amounts paid to a superannuation plan for board/committee members was $9,000.Unless otherwise disclosed, transactions between members are on conditions no more favourable than those that it is reasonable to 110
  • 109. expect the entity would have adopted if dealing with the related party at arms length in the same circumstances. 2008 200733 Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents - cash at year end as per: $000 $000 Cash and cash equivalents disclosed in the Balance Sheet 73,602 58,960 Balance as per the Cash Flow Statement 73,602 58,960 Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Net Cost of Providing Services Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 24,182 28,290 Depreciation (20,020) (18,062) Investments - share of operating gains 725 407 Loss on Sale of Assets (673) (367) Asset Revaluation Decrement - (209) (Increase) in Employee Benefits (6,200) (6,677) (Decrease)/Increase in Receivables (2,456) 5,309 (Decrease) in Inventories (5) (1,024) (Increase)/Decrease in Payables (12,558) 4,282 (Increase) in Other Liabilities (911) (5,383) (Increase)/Decrease in Provisions (578) 331 Revenues from Government (286,764) (285,372) Payments to Government 5,370 - Net Cost of Providing Services (299,888) (278,476) 111
  • 110. Notes to The Balance Sheet as at 30 June 200822 Reconciliations Reconciliations of the carrying amount of each class of non-current assets at the beginning and end of the current financial year are set out below: 30 June Net revaluation 2008 1 July 2007 Carrying Increment/ Carrying amount Additions Disposals (decrement) Other Movements Depreciation amount $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 2008 Land at fair value 58,794 - - - (56) - 58,738 Buildings and improvements 397,058 5,731 - 520 (732) (15,347) 387,230 Plant and Equipment 15,575 2,602 (746) - - (2,197) 15,234 Construction work in progress 1,206 7,548 (34) - (6,235) - 2,485 Libraries at valuation 18,571 - - (2,015) - (2,476) 14,080 Total 491,204 15,881 (780) (1,495) (7,023) - (20,020) 477,767 30 June Net revaluation 2007 1 July 2006 Carrying Increment/ Carrying amount Additions Disposals (decrement) Other Movements Depreciation amount $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 2007 Land at fair value 49,735 - - 9,059 - - 58,794 Buildings and improvements 342,597 22,230 (82) 45,560 - (13,247) 397,058 Plant and Equipment 14,601 3,616 (303) - - (2,339) 15,575 Construction work in progress 10,307 350 - - (9,451) - 1,206 Libraries at valuation 21,047 - - - - (2,476) 18,571 Total 438,287 26,196 (385) 54,619 (9,451) (18,062) 491,204 112
  • 111. 34 Financial instrumentsTable 34.1 Categorisation of financial instrumentsDetails of significant accounting policies and methods adopted including the criteria for recognition, the basis of measurement, and the basis on which income andexpenses are recognised with respect to each class of financial asset, financial liability and equity instrument are disclosed in Note Summary of Significant AccountingPolicies 2008 2008 2007 Carrying Fair Carrying 2007Category of Financial Asset and amount Value amount FairFinancial Liabilities Balance Sheet line item Note $000 $000 $000 Value $000Financial AssetsCash and Cash Equivalents Cash and cash equivalents 18 73,602 73,602 58,960 58,960Receivables Receivables 19 17,530 17,530 19,986 19,986Held to maturity investments Investments 20 2,574 2,574 1,849 1,849Financial LiabilitiesFinancial Liabilities at cost Payables 24 39,762 39,762 27,204 27,204 Other liabilities 27 12,915 12,915 12,004 12,004 Total Net Financial Assets 41,029 41,029 41,587 41,587All amounts recorded are carried at cost (not materially different from amortised cost) except for employee oncost which are determined via reference to the employeebenefit liability to which they relate.Credit RiskCredit risk arises when there is the possibility of the Department’s debtors defaulting on their contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Department. TheDepartment measures credit risk on a fair value basis and monitors risk on a regular basis.The Department has minimal concentration of credit risk. The Department has policies and procedures in place to ensure that transactions occur with customers withappropriate credit history. The Department does not engage in high risk hedging for its financial assets.Allowances for impairment of financial assets is calculated on past experience and current and expected changes in client credit rating. Currently the Departmentdoes not hold any collateral as security to any of its financial assets. Other than receivables, there is no evidence to indicate that the financial assets are impaired. 113
  • 112. Refer to Note 19 for information on the allowance for impairment in relation to receivables.The following table discloses the ageing of financial assets, past due, including impaired assets past due.Table 34.2 Ageing analysis of financial assets Past due by Overdue for Overdue Overdue Total < 30 days for 30 – for > 60 60 days days2008 $’000 $’000 $’000 $’000Not impairedReceivables 12,780 940 3,810 17,530Other financial assets - - 2,574 2,574ImpairedReceivables - - - -Other financial assets - - - -2007Not impairedReceivables 15,338 1,361 3,287 19,986Other financial assets - - 1,849 1,849ImpairedReceivables - - - -Other financial assets - - - -The following table discloses the maturity analysis of financial assets and financial liabilities.Table 34.3: Maturity analysis of financial assets and liabilities Contractual Maturities 114
  • 113. Carrying < 1 year 1-5 years > 5 years amount ($’000) ($’000) ($’000) ($’000)2008Financial assetsCash and cash equivalent 73,602 73,602 - -Receivables 17,530 17,307 223 -Other financial assets 2,574 - - 2,574Total financial assets 93,706 90,909 223 2,574Financial liabilitiesPayables 39,762 37,783 1,979 -Other financial liabilities 12,915 12,416 499 -Total financial liabilities 52,677 50,199 2,478 -2007Financial assetsCash and cash equivalent 58,960 58,960 - -Receivables 19,986 19,724 262 -Other financial assets 1,849 - - 1,849Total financial assets 80,795 78,684 262 1,849Financial liabilitiesPayables 27,204 25,493 1,711 -Other financial liabilities 12,004 11,505 499 -Total financial liabilities 39,208 36,998 2,210 -Liquidity riskLiquidity risk arises where the department is unable to meet its financial obligations as they fall due. The Department is funded principally from appropriationsfrom the South Australian Government. The Department works with the Department of Treasury and Finance to determine the cashflows associated with itsGovernment approved program of work and to ensure funding is provided through SA Government budgetary processes to meet the expected cashflows.The Department settles undisputed accounts within 30 days from the date of the invoice or date the invoice is first received. In the event of a dispute,payment is made 30 days from resolution.The Departments exposure to liquidity risk is insignificant based on past experience and current assessment of risk.The carrying amount of financial liabilities recorded in Table 34.1 represents the Departments maximum exposure to financial liabilities. 115
  • 114. Notes to the Income Statement for the YearEnded 30 June 200835 Administered Items Ministers Salary and NCVER Funding Australian Quality Allowances Framework Council 2008 2007 2008 2007 2008 2007ADMINISTERED EXPENSES $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000Employee Benefits 240 241 - - 35 -Supplies and Services - - - - 1 -Grants and Subsidies - - 9,271 2,670 - -Total Administered Expenses 240 241 9,271 2,670 36 -ADMINISTERED INCOMECommonwealth Grants - - 9,271 2,670Grants and Subsidies - - - - 36 -Revenues from SA Government 240 241 - - - -Total Administered Income 240 241 9,271 2,670 36 -NET RESULT - - - - - -CURRENT ASSETSReceivables 18 - - - 14 -Total CURRENT ASSETS 18 - - - 14 -CURRENT LIABILITIESOther Liabilities 18 - - - 14 -Total CURRENT LIABILITIES 18 - - - 14 - 116
  • 115. Total NET ASSETS - - - - - -EQUITYRetained Earnings - - - - - -Total EQUITY - - - - - -Ministers Salary and AllowancesMinisters Salary and Allowances represents the amount pursuant to Parliamentary Remuneration Act 1990NCVER fundingNCVER funding represents the receipt and disbursement of Commonwealth funding to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd.Australian Quality Framework CouncilThis funding represents costs associated with hosting the AQF Council secretariat function within DFEEST including support for human resources and payroll,financial, information and communication technology, records management and limited legal and procurement services. 117
  • 116. Account payment performance Particulars Number of Percentage of Value in $A Percentage of Accounts Accounts Paid (by Accounts Paid of Paid Number) (by Value) Accounts Paid Paid by due date 70,635 76% 210,858,720 80% 1 Paid within 30 16,425 18% 38,128,411 14% days or less from due date Paid more than 6,456 6% 14,926,231 6% 30 days from due dateThe due date is defined as per 11.2 of the Instruction. Unless there is a discount ora written agreement between the public authority and the creditor, payment shouldbe within thirty days of the date of the invoice or claim.Contractual arrangementsDFEEST did not enter into any contractual arrangements that exceeded$4 million and that required inclusion in line with the reporting requirements of thisannual report.DFEEST did, however, progress in excess of 30 procurement projects for theprovision of goods, services and/or consultancies that individually exceeded$110 000 throughout this year. Sixteen contracts were executed during 2008. Thetotal value of these contracts across their full terms is in the vicinity of $7.5 million.FraudThe Department’s Internal Audit and Risk Management Review Branch undertakesreviews and provides assurance in relation to agency control systems and riskmanagement processes. The branch utilises a risk based approach to its reviewactivities and reports its audit findings to management and the Department’s Auditand Risk Management Committee.The annual internal audit program includes testing of compliance with controls overthe resources and assets of the Department. No instances of fraud were suspectedor found within the Department during the year. 118
  • 117. Consultancy expenditure AMOUNT (EXCLCONSULTANT REPORT GST) A detailed benchmarking and evaluation of departmentalKPMG $182,597.73 performance. Consulting services for the tender of the Water ToolboxBRIGHT COOKIE $14,745.45 07.SCIENCE & Provide the additional requirements of undertaking anTECHNOLOGY additional survey of the research and developmentASSOCIATES PTY $5,596.59 capabilities of an agreed group of defence-related small-LTD to-medium enterprises (SMEs).(MR BILL DICKSON)SCHUMACHER Review and assessment of initiative to implement a new $48,000.00PARTNERS Student Information System for DFEEST. Provide independent advice and assessment of theLLOYDS REGISTER management system used in Traineeship and $6,615.00QUALITY Apprenticeship Services. To undertake theoretical research and develop aNATIONAL conceptual framework for qualitative and quantitativeINSTITUTE OF $18,181.82 research to identify barriers and opportunities forLABOUR increasing workforce participation in South Australia Skills Reform Industry Consultation - Develop a consultation program, including the identification ofFLINDERS appropriate targeted industry and stakeholder $20,142.73UNIVERSITY representatives, to meet the project objectives within the timeframe givenPKF To provide research on "building capacity and culture" forORGANISATION $4,545.45 DFEEST to achieve sustainable successDEVELOPMENT Engaged to review and provide advice on the futureROBYN ARCHER direction of the TAFESA Adelaide Centre for the ARTS in $5,000.00 order to maximise the quality of ARTS training To undertake an independent review and provide advice to DFEEST and Defence SA for the range of options toECKERMANN and provide high speed, high capacity, broadband $24,200.00ASSOCIATES connections to and within the Techport Australia Precinct located at Osborne.PKF To undertake an independent review of the organisationalORGANISATION structure of the Financial, Asset and Procurement $16,568.00DEVELOPMENT Services Directorate of DFEEST. 119
  • 118. DFEEST CONSULTANCY EXPENDITURE 2007 Calendar Year (continued) Number of Amount (Excl GST) consultanciesBelow $10,000 $21,757 4Between $10,000 and $50,000 $141,838 6Above $50,000 $182,597 1 $346,192 11 120
  • 119. Certification by Departmental Executive 121
  • 120. Independent Auditors Report 122
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  • 123. Profile of VET ActivityUnless otherwise stated, all data relates to the 2007 calendar year and is sourcedfrom the National Centre of Vocational Education Research (NCVER) usingpublication scope activity. The NCVER defines publication scope as activityintended as vocational and does not include fee-for-service and overseas full-feepaying student activity delivered through private providers; recreation, leisure andpersonal enrichment activity, and activity delivered through schools where thedelivery was undertaken by the schools. The annual figures for 2008 were notavailable at the time this report was prepared.Number of VET studentsIn 2007, 122 998 students undertook VET in South Australia, an increase of 1.1 percent on the 2006 figure (of 121 713). Split by gender, 51.2 per cent (or 62 967students) were female and 48.3 per cent (59 358) were male, with a further 0.5 percent (673) not specifying their gender.In South Australia, 11.1 per cent 3 of South Australia’s working age (15-64 years)population participated in VET in 2007.Number of Delivered VET HoursIn 2007, South Australia delivered 25 018 656 hours of VET activity, an increase of7.9 per cent on the 2006 figure (of 23 178 019).VET Students by Age groupThe diagram below shows that the largest proportion of students undertaking VET inSouth Australia in 2007 were aged between 20 to 29 years, with 25.7 per cent (or31 654) of total students, followed by those aged 19 years or under, with 24.0 percent (or 29 504) and those aged between 30 to 39 years, with 17.5 per cent (or21 479). VET Students by Age Groups, South Australia, 2007 Age 60 or over Unknown 5.4% 1.0% Age 50-59 10.3% Age 19 or under 24.0% Age 40-49 16.2% Age 20-29 25.7% Age 30-39 17.5%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007The largest share of male students were aged between 20 to 29 years, with 29.1 percent (or 17 280) of total males, followed by those aged 19 years or under, with 26.93 NCVER (2008) Students and Courses 2007 – South Australian tables, Table 2 125
  • 124. per cent (or 15 946) and those aged between 30 to 39 years, with 17.2 per cent (or10 185).The largest share of female students were aged 20 to 29 years, with 22.7 per cent or14 311 of total females, followed by those aged 19 years or under with 21.4 per centor 13 494 and those aged between 40 to 49 years with 18.8 per cent (or 11 855).VET hours by AQF levelThe figure below shows the distribution of VET hours by the Australian QualificationsFramework (AQF). The largest share of VET provision for 2007 was at the CertificateIII level, which accounted for 31.4 per cent (or 7 866 895) of total hours, followed byCertificate II with 16.7 per cent (or 4 172 243) and Diploma or higher with 16.7 percent (or 4 171 286). VET Hours Delivered by AQF Level, Subject only - no Other education South Australia, 2007 qualification 11.5% 3.0% Non award courses 0.0% Diploma or higher 16.7% Secondary school 0.0% Certificate IV 13.0% Certificate I 7.7% Certificate III 31.4% Certificate II 16.7%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007Field of education defines the subject matter of an educational activity. Thefollowing diagram shows the distribution of South Australia’s 2007 VET hours byfield of education. The field of education with the largest share of hours wasmanagement and commerce with 22.0 per cent (or 5 492 606) of total hours. Thiswas followed by engineering and related technologies with 17.2 per cent (or4 303 957) and mixed field programs with 15.9 per cent (or 3 975 692) 126
  • 125. Field of Education VET Hours Delivered by Field of Education, Education South Australia, 2007 Management and 1.9% Commerce 22.0% Health 4.6% Society and Culture 11.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Creative Arts Related Studies 4.1% 4.4% Architecture and Food, Hospitality and Building Personal Services 4.9% 7.6% Engineering and Mixed Field Related Programmes Technologies 15.9% 17.2% Natural and Physical Information Subject only - no Sciences Technology field of education 0.3% 2.4% 3.0%Training Package ActivityVET activity can be classified as training package activity or non-training packageactivity.In 2007, training package activity in South Australia accounted for 47.1 per cent ofall students (or 57 919) and 62.9 per cent of total VET hours (or 15 742 915). Incontrast, non-training package activity generated 52.9 per cent of all students(65 079) and 37.1 per cent of VET hours (9 275 741).Of the 70 training packages used in South Australia in 2007, 15 training packagesalone accounted for over 70 per cent of training package hours and studentnumbers (11 699 240 hours and 44 402 students respectively).The community services training package accounted for 14.7 per cent (or 2 312 935hours), business services with 11.7 per cent (or 1 835 606) and retail with 6.9 percent (or 1 084 668).The business services training package accounted for 14.1 per cent of studentnumbers (or 8 145 students), community services11.3 per cent (or 6 563), and retail8.7 per cent (or 5 066).The table below shows the top 15 training packages by delivered hours in 2007. 127
  • 126. Top Fifteen Training Packages, VET Delivered Hours, South Australia, 2007 Training Package Delivered Hours Community Services 2 312 935 Business Services 1 835 606 Retail 1 084 668 Hospitality 1 032 534 Information and Communications 788 884 Technology 710 180 Metal and Engineering 645 130 Automotive Industry Retail, Service and 635 502 Repair 587 937 General Construction 445 044 Financial Services 356 129 Tourism 342 393 Training and Assessment 341 766 Food Processing Industry 311 489 Transport and Distribution 269 043 Amenity Horticulture Hairdressing Total 11 699 240 Total (all training packages) 15 742 915 Total (all VET) 25 018 656Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007VET students by country of birthThe figure below shows that 74.4 per cent (or 91 507) of South Australia’s 2007 VETstudents were born in Australia, with another 5.8 per cent (or 7 172) born in anEnglish speaking country; 11.2 per cent, (or 13 781) were born in a non-Englishspeaking country; and a further 8.6 per cent (or 10 538) did not state theirbackground. 128
  • 127. VET Students from an English Speaking Background (ESB) Country, South Australia, 2007 Not known 8.6% Non-English speaking background Australia countries 74.4% 11.2% Other English speaking background countries 5.8%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007VET students by Disability StatusThe figure below shows that 8.5 per cent of South Australia’s VET students (or10 497) stated they had a disability in 2007. Of those, females with a disabilitycomprise 51.9 per cent (or 5 452) and males 48.0 per cent (or 5 035), with a further10 disabled students not stating their gender. VET Students by Disability Status, South Australia, 2007 With a disability 8.5% Without a disability 84.6% Not known 6.9%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007VET students by Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander StatusThe following figure shows that in 2007, 3.6 per cent (or 4 469) of South Australia’sVET students identified themselves as having an Indigenous background. Of thesestudents, 52.0 per cent (or 2 326) were female and 47.7 per cent (or 2 130) weremale. Thirteen students who reported their Indigenous status did not state theirgender. 129
  • 128. VET Students by Indigenous Status, South Australia, 2007 Indigenous 3.6% Not indigenous 84.9% Not known 11.4%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007Provider Type and funding sourceThe diagram below shows the distribution of training activity (students) by VETprovider type. In 2007, 63.4 per cent (or 77 972) of students in South Australia hadtheir training provided by TAFE, followed by private providers with 17.0 per cent (or20 860), Adult Community Education (ACE) with 8.0 per cent (or 9 846), Workers’Education Association (WEA) with 5.9 per cent (or 7 218), and VET In SchoolsArrangements (VISA) with 5.8 per cent (or 7 102). VET Students by Provider Type, South Australia, 2007 VISA 5.8% Private Providers 17.0% TAFE 63.4% ACE 8.0% WEA 5.9%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007The distribution of training activity (hours) – see the figure below – shows that TAFEwas also the largest provider in 2007, with 76.9 per cent of total VET hoursdelivered, or 19 238 714 hours. Private providers accounted for 17.1 per cent (or 130
  • 129. 4 271 484), followed by VISA with 3.5 per cent (or 599 985), ACE with 2.0 per cent(or 500 808) and WEA with 0.5 per cent (or 134 796). VET Hours Delivered by Provider Type, South Australia, 2007 VISA 3.5% TAFE Private Providers 76.9% 17.1% ACE 2.0% WEA 0.5%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007VET hours by Funding SourceThe diagram below shows that 84.1 per cent of total VET hours (or 21 053 153) werefunded by Commonwealth and State recurrent funding in 2007. The next largestfunding source was domestic fee for service students, with 9.2 per cent (or2 294 193), followed by international fee for service students, with 4.2 per cent (or1 038 790) and Commonwealth specific funding with 2.5 per cent (or 632 520). VET Hours Delivered by Funding Source, South Australia, 2007 International fee for service 4.2% Domestic fee for Commonwealth service and state general 9.2% funding 84.1% Commonwealth specific funding 2.5%Source: NCVER (2008) PowerPlay Data CubesVETClient 2007 131
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  • 133. Employee’s overseas travel Costs toEmployees departmentInvolved Destination/s Reason for Travel ($) Participate in Promotional Exhibitions1 Abu Dhabi Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) 10 107.12 Business development Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) Business development4 Canada Attendance at workshop/conference 29 109.36 Presenting papers at conference Facilitating at Workshop Teacher/Student Exchange1 Chile Business development 10 285.34 Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students8 China Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) 68 711.77 Business development Project management Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students7 Hong Kong Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) 62 916.62 Business development Project management Off-Shore delivery of course/program Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students4 India Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) of 33 695.18 country visited Business development Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)4 Indonesia Business development 16 221.55 Project management Off-Shore delivery of course/program Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)1 Italy 4 503.00 Business development Facilitating at Workshop1 Japan Business Development 1 682.00 Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)4 Korea Business development 22 180.56 Attendance at workshop/conference Presenting papers at conference Facilitating at Workshop Project management1 Malaysia Recruitment of International Students 2 786.00 Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)2 Mauritius Facilitating at Workshop 1 787.00 Project management 135
  • 134. Attendance at workshop/conference Presenting papers at conference8 New Zealand Facilitating at Workshop 31 666.60 School Excursion Off-Shore delivery of course/program Recruitment of International Students1 Philippines 2 786.00 Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)2 Samoa Off-Shore delivery of course/program 7 699.85 Participate in Promotional Exhibitions1 Saudi Arabia Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) 10 107.12 Business development Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)5 Singapore Business development 24 952.90 Attendance at workshop/conference Presenting papers at conference Facilitating at Workshop Project management Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)1 Sri Lanka Business development 3 955.00 Project management Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students4 Taiwan Business development 29 937.32 Facilitating at Workshop Project management2 Thailand Participate in Promotional Exhibitions 24 239.36 Recruitment of International Students1 Tibet 5 558.00 Business development3 Timor - Leste Business development 9 642.00 Business development1 Timor Leste Facilitating at Workshop 3 971.00 Project management Off-Shore delivery of course/program Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)2 United Arab Emirates Business development 8 825.45 Facilitating at Workshop Off-Shore delivery of course/program Discussion with Tertiary Institution1 United Kingdom Attendance at workshop/conference 1 102.33 Presenting papers at conference Facilitating at Workshop Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) Business development2 United Kingdom Attendance at workshop/conference 17 525.60 Facilitating at Workshop Teacher/Student Exchange 136
  • 135. Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)3 United States of America Attendance at workshop/conference 8 650.35 Presenting papers at conference Facilitating at Workshop Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s)1 United States of America Attendance at workshop/conference 16 278.90 Teacher/Student Exchange Participate in Promotional Exhibitions Recruitment of International Students4 Vietnam Discussion with Tertiary Institution(s) 34 304.76 Business development Project management80 26 Countries 505 188.04Reconciliation Statement reportDFEEST is committed to reconciliation and support for the Council for AboriginalReconciliation’s vision of ‘A united Australia which respects this land of ours, valuesthe Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander heritage and provides justice and equityfor all’.The DFEEST Aboriginal Action Committee (AAC) provides leadership within DFEESTto collaboratively improve planning and service delivery for Aboriginal SouthAustralians to reduce disadvantage. DFEEST key activities and corporate strategiesin 2008 include Observing cultural protocols, Promoting Cultural Awareness,Employment Strategies and Service Development, Delivering Cultural Awarenesstraining, Employment Strategies and Service Development and delivery aligned toSouth Australia’s Strategic Plan objectives: Objective 1 Growing Prosperity, specifically in Target T1.26 Aboriginal Unemployment: Reduce the gap between Aboriginal unemployment and non- Aboriginal unemployment rates each year Objective 2 Improving well being, specifically in Target T2.5 Aboriginal healthy life expectancy: lower the morbidity rates of Aboriginal South Australians Objective 3 Attaining Sustainability, specifically in Target T3.15 Aboriginal Lands – access and management: resolve 75 per cent of native title claims by 2014 Objective 4 Fostering Creativity and Innovation, specifically Target 4.5 Understanding of Aboriginal Culture: Aboriginal Cultural studies included in school curriculum by 2014 with involvement of Aboriginal people in design and delivery Objective 5 Building Communities, specifically Target T5.7 Aboriginal Leadership: increase the number of Aboriginal South Australians participating community leadership and in community leadership development programs Objective 6 Expanding opportunity, specifically in target T6.1 Aboriginal Well being: improve the overall well being of Aboriginal South Australians, Target 6.9 Aboriginal Housing: reduce over crowding in Aboriginal households by 10 per cent by 2014, target T6.18 Aboriginal Education – early years: increase yearly the proportion of Aboriginal Children reading at the age appropriate levels at the end 137
  • 136. of year one and target T6.24 Aboriginal Employees: increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the South Australian public sector, spread across all classifications and agencies, to 2 per cent by 2010 and maintain or better those levels through to 2014.Disability Action PlansDFEEST has provided leadership at the local and national level through the DisabilityAction Plans (DAPs), the Client and Student Voice Action Group (CASVAG) and theNational VET Disability Advisory Taskforce (NVDAT).The DFEEST Disability Action Plan focuses on improving participation and outcomesfor groups experiencing disadvantage and unequal education and employmentoutcomes and on making equity a core organising principle of DFEEST business.The TAFE SA Disability Action Plan aims to increase participation and successfuloutcomes in VET for people with a disability.The Commitment to People with a Disability Statement was endorsed in September2008 and displayed in each TAFE SA Campus.An on line disability awareness package was launched to department staff by theChief Executive in April 2008.Specialist equipment has been installed across the TAFE SA system and in CityCentral to assist in learning support and assistive technologies for disabledstudents. The equipment is of particular benefit to deaf students.Regular internal workshops on Mental Health Issues were held in 2008 and willcontinue into the future.The Chief Executive continued as Chair of the National Disability Task Force andwas also Co Chair of the VET Equity Advisory Alliance.Reporting against Carers Recognition Act 2005DFEEST has implemented a number of policies and protocols in line with the CarersRecognition Act 2005, including the establishment of a carer’s reference group thatcan be consulted on priorities and specific requirements related to their roles andthe development and promotion of information sheets and complaint procedures forcarers.Freedom of InformationThe Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) confers on each member of thepublic a legally enforceable right to be given access to documents held by theGovernment, subject only to such restrictions as are reasonably necessary for theproper administration of the Government. It also enables members of the public toapply for the amendment of records concerning their personal affairs if the recordsare incomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date.The structure and functions of the Department are described elsewhere in thisreport. These functions affect the public through the direct delivery of the education, 138
  • 137. training, employment and youth-related services, as well as through the purchase ofsuch services from private and community providers, the accreditation of trainingcourses, the registration of training providers, the investigation of complaints abouttraining organisations and accredited courses, the management of contracts oftraining, facilitation and development of the skills in the State, the encouragement ofscience, technology and innovation based industries, and the uptake and usage inthe community of online technologies and other ways of enhancing the economy ofSouth Australia. The public can participate in the Department’s policy developmentin a number of ways. These include membership of TAFE councils and other boardsand committees as well as responding to calls for public consultation on particularissues.The Department holds correspondence and administrative records including: personnel records accounts records payroll records supply records facilities management records students’ records in TAFE institutes student services records records relating to accredited training courses complaints made about registered training providers and contracts of training contracts records relating to grants of funding surveys and statistics.Records are held in a variety of media including paper, microfiche and electronicformats. Information and explanatory documents about courses, contracts oftraining, course accreditation and training organisation registration, youth services,science, innovation and information economy are available free of charge from thefollowing websites.TAFE:http://www.tafe.sa.edu.au/Skills SA:http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/Information on accreditation / registration and contracts of training:http://www.training.sa.gov.au/Higher Education accreditation:http://www.aqf.edu.au/Adult Community Education Grants:http://www.training.sa.gov.au/OVETstudents/pages/default/fundace/User Choice Policy located under the User Choice submenu:http://www.training.sa.gov.au/OVETorgs/ 139
  • 138. Training and Skills Commission guidelines:http://www.employment.sa.gov.au/employ/Office for Youth:http://www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au/Science, Innovation and Information Economy information:http://www.innovation.sa.gov.au/General DFEEST website:http://www.dfeest.sa.gov.au/dfeest/Hard copies of documents are available from:Freedom of Information and Copyright OfficerLegislation and Delegations UnitDepartment of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyGPO Box 320ADELAIDE SA 5001Telephone enquiries can be made on (08) 8226 3276.Public access to documents:Application under the FOI Act must be made in writing, specifying that they aremade under the FOI Act, include an address in Australia to which correspondencemay be sent, be accompanied by either the prescribed application fee or proof offinancial hardship, and should be addressed to:Freedom of Information and Copyright OfficerLegislation and Delegations UnitDepartment of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyGPO Box 320ADELAIDE SA 5001Telephone enquiries can be made on (08) 8226 3276.Access requests in 2008During the 2008 calendar year, the Department received eight and processed tenapplications under the FOI Act. Two applications were carried forward from 2007.Policy documentsDepartmental policy documents are available via the internet at:http://www.saworks.sa.gov.au/http://www.youthworks.sa.gov.au/http://www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au/ 140
  • 139. Asbestos ManagementManagement of asbestos is a health risk management issue and requires aprofessional risk management process. Annual Asbestos Management Report 2007 - 08 Interpretation Category Number of sites Category description One of more item(s) at these sites At start of At end of year year 1 0 0 Remove Should be removed promptly. Remove as soon as Should be scheduled for 2 8 9 practicable removal at a practicable time. Use care during May need removal during 3 10 8 maintenance maintenance works. Monitor condition Has asbestos present. Inspect 4 14 13 according to legislation and policy No asbestos indentified All asbestos identified as per 5 13 14 / identified asbestos as OHS&W 4.2.10(1) has been been removed removed. Further information These items not yet 6 9 6 required categorised.In the previous three years, DFEEST has removed from its sites the following:2005 - 06 – 480 l/mts and 883m22006 - 07 – 1 400m2 and 116 items2007 - 08 – 1 065m2DefinitionCategory: the site performance score, determined by the lowest item performancescore at each site.Number of Sites in Category: a count of how many sites have the corresponding siteperformance score, with separate counts done at the start the end of the year.Category Description: indicates the recommended action corresponding to thelowest item performance score (recorded in the asbestos register by a competentperson, as per OHS&W Regulations (SA) 1955, 4.2010).Interpretation: A brief real world example of what each category implies for a site. 141
  • 140. Urban Design CharterDFEEST recognises the important role the TAFE SA institutes and Campuses play inthe local community. The institute/Campus structure provides significant input intosocial networks and reinforces local character. They are a physical resource and alandmark place of activity. The Department’s facilities management and capitalworks processes include consideration of urban design concepts. This helpssupport the building of community capacity and social capital through safe,accessible and welcoming facilities.Integrating urban design with our core systems and procedures consultant,contractor tenders and contracts are managed on behalf of DFEEST by theDepartment of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI).To undertake design work, the Department can define and/or request specific urbandesign principles associated with the project which and can include: environmentally sustainable development initiatives specific site issues such as cultural, political and heritage issues corporate parameters (relevant policies, standards and guidelines) specific consultant services required (for example tree audits, traffic management surveys, disability access, Indigenous/cultural issues). 142
  • 141. Sustainability ReportTAFE SA Assets and Procurement has consolidated the availability of printers andphotocopiers and is developing strategies for cost recovery and default to duplex sothat cost of printing and paper usage is reduced. Annual staff awards are providedto workgroups that demonstrate Environmental Action (Shades of Green and GreenTeam of the Year awards).TAFE SA Information Technology and Services staff have consolidated serverinfrastructure to reduce power consumption and are deploying an application thatwill ensure all networked computers are turned off each evening to avoid computersbeing left on overnight.A number of other sustainability initiatives have been implemented including: waste paper recycling and a bio bin at TAFE SA Regency Campus for food waste a waterless urinal at TAFE SA Regency Plumbing School energy rated devices where refurbishments have been undertaken purchase of equipment that has a four star and above energy rating processes to ensure efficient use of fleet cars installation of effective rainfall water capturing, purification and re-usage systems at TAFE SA Urrbrae Campus. The Campus is also utilising these systems as part of delivery in Environment Conservation and Horticulture training TAFE SA Port Augusta Campus Conservation and Land Management students have installed rainwater catchment systems and efficient irrigation systems. Playford Memorial Scholarship Program offered five TAFE SA students enrolled in Horticulture and Environmental Land Management at Urrbrae Campus a scholarship donation of $2 000 each for outstanding work in the course of study during 2008.Energy Efficiency Action PlanDFEEST is committed to reducing its environmental impact and, as part of the SouthAustralian Government, is actively collaborating with other government agencies tomeet relevant goals as outlined in South Australia’s Strategic Plan under Objective3: Attaining Sustainability.The following information outlines achievements to reduce the environmental impactin relation to South Australia’s Strategic Plan objectives. 143
  • 142. DFEEST Energy Efficiency for 2007-08 Energy Use GHG $ (ex GST) Business Measure MJ/m2 (GJ)1 EmissionsBase year 156 222 49 878 4 419 137 3762000/2001Year being 150 114 28 456 5 303 621 345reportedTarget for yearbeing reported 324 MJ/m2(2007/2008)Final Target 282 MJ/m2(for 2014)Disclaimer.The greenhouse gas emissions coefficient is dependent upon a number of factors, most importantly,the mix of primary fuels used to generate electricity that is supplied in South Australia. Decisions aboutthe mix of fuels are made as a function of the National Electricity Market and are therefore beyond thecontrol of the Department.The Department has endeavoured to provide the most accurate information from all possible sourcesavailable to it, and any unintentional inconsistencies in these figures are beyond the Department’scontrol.Notes: Energy use is expressed in gigajoules (GJ) and is the sum of all fuel types used in our facilities (electricity, natural and bottled gas) for that period. The key performance indicator for energy efficiency is energy intensity; the amount of energy consumed per unit of a given business measure.Significant Energy Management AchievementsAll institutes have consumed less energy than in the previous period. Part of thisreduced energy usage is attributed to a review of the Building Management Systems(BMS) across all TAFE SA Campuses.This BMS review was part of DFEEST’s commitment to the Earth Hour Initiative. Thisreview enabled the BMS systems at TAFE SA Campuses to ensure they are runningat their most efficient, reducing unnecessary energy usage during after hoursoperations.Staff across the Department are becoming more aware of the environmental andfinancial cost of energy, and have reacted in a positive manner to reduceunnecessary energy usage.City Central: this is the first year of full occupation of City Central, which hasenabled a 22.7 per cent saving in energy usage and a 19.8per cent increase inenergy efficiency in its first full year of operation when compared to the last full yearof our four previous sites.A review of the hours of operation of the ZIP hot water systems within the CityCentral tenancy has reduced their operation from 24 x 7 day operations to 12 x 5 144
  • 143. day operation. The instant hot water boilers are now timed to meet business hours,reducing their energy usage by 84 hours per week.The opening of the Renewable Energy Centre at the TAFE SA Regency Campus willprovide modern tools to assist in the education of TAFE students in the electricaland electronic fields. The Renewable Centre incorporates solar and wind powergeneration to actively demonstrate to students their potential to reduce greenhousegas emissions related to electrical power generation, as well as provide power to theCentre’s operations.The new Veterinary and Applied Science Centre at the TAFE SA Gilles PlainsCampus was jointly opened in early 2008 by the Minister for Employment, Trainingand Further Education, Hon Paul Caica MP and the Parliamentary Secretary to theCommonwealth Minister for Vocational and Further Education, Hon Andrew Robb.This new state of the art centre has incorporated the latest energy efficient lightingsystem including smart sensors for its lighting operations.A similar lighting system has also been incorporated in the refurbishment of DentalServices also located at TAFE SA Gilles Plains Campus.TAFE SA Noarlunga Campus has had upgrades to its air conditioning system, whichis anticipated to reduce its energy usage by 22 per cent.The new TAFE SA Victor Harbor Campus under development will include solarpanels, water tanks and a high efficiency lighting system.Continuous rollout across DFEEST ICT operations of energy efficient thin screen orLCD screen computer monitors to replace the old style high energy intensiveCathode Ray Tube (CRT) type computer monitors is continuing. The majority ofcomputers across DFEEST have implemented a sleep function which automaticallyshuts down computers at a predetermined time to save on unnecessary energyusage. ICT Server infrastructure has been consolidated to reduce power usage.Procurement policies now state that equipment purchased is to achieve a four starenergy rating where possible.Funding is being sought for a Regency Energy Performance Contract. This projectonce implemented is guaranteed to save more than 20 per cent in powerconsumption for the largest site, and increase energy efficiency as a department by4 per cent.A regional sustainability centre is planned for Whyalla. Funding for this centre wasannounced in January 2008 by the Minister for Science and Information Economy,Hon Paul Caica MP. The facility will support industry and organisations in the regionto develop an integrated and environmentally sustainable approach to the provisionof energy, water and other infrastructure and resources in the Upper Spencer Gulf.Waste ManagementDFEEST printer toner cartridges are being recycled to reuse the toner cartridges andreducing waste to landfill. Old mobile phones are also recycled throughcollaboration with Mobile Muster, which dismantles, sorts and separates the variouscomponents for reuse. 145
  • 144. City CentralPrinters in City Central have been optimised to reduce energy, paper andconsumable usage. This includes defaulting printers to double side printing, whichcan potentially save 3 000 reams of paper or over 170 trees per annum.Gray scale printing is the default setting for all colour printers, encouraging staff touse colour printing only when necessary. Adoption of scanning to replace hard copyrecords is encouraging staff to reduce paper usage in favour of electronic records.Waste diverted from landfill has increased by approximately 12 per cent fromcalendar year 2007 to 2008. This is an excellent result due to collaboration with staffand the building waste providers.Organic or food waste is now being diverted from landfill and utilised into gardenproducts such as mulch as part of a whole building initiative at City Central.TAFE SAThe TAFE Campuses in TAFE SA Adelaide South have recycled 19 tonnes of paperover the last 12 months and also recycled 200kgs of fluorescent tubes eliminatingmercury from landfill.The lawn areas of some Campuses have been reduced by approximately 2 800m2thereby reducing water usage on these sites. The use of appropriate onsite materialssuch as mulch has been utilised for garden beds which also contributes to reducedwater evaporation and productive reuse of excess materials.An organic or food waste assessment was conducted by Zero Waste SA at TAFE SARegency Campus Hotel School to identify opportunities to reduce the amount of thistype of waste going to landfill. As a result of this assessment, a Biobin which willcapture the organic or food waste will be introduced in January 2009. This waste willbe regenerated into garden products such as organic mulch and will eliminate thiswaste stream from going to landfill. The staff at the Hotel School are encouraged bythese opportunities to reduce organic waste to landfill, and are keen to alsointroduce recycling for plastic and cardboard packaging, also used in large amountsby the Hotel School.Water ConservationThe TAFE SA Regional Institute has been very active in reducing the water used forwatering the grounds around TAFE SA Campuses. This has been addressed throughimplementing a mulch program and planting native vegetation that is droughttolerant as an ongoing revegetation program. This reduction of grassed areas willreduce water usage.Energy rated devices such as lighting, tap ware and duel flush toilets are nowintegrated in any refurbishments undertaken.Fleet ManagementDFEEST vehicle fleet continues to have its carbon emissions fully offset incollaboration with Greenfleet Australia. This is the third successive year of offsettingvehicle carbon emissions. DFEEST is the only government department to fully offsetits vehicle emissions. 146
  • 145. The carbon offset with Greenfleet Australia will realise 4 851 trees being planted inSouth Australia next year on the Department’s behalf. This collaboration equates toapproximately $5 per vehicle per month to offset its carbon emissions.The table below details the vehicle fleet and makeup of vehicles.Long Term Vehicle FleetPlan and Compared to Compared to Vehicles 2007/08Target 2006/07 2000/01 Base year Number of vehicles 233 1% 37% Total cost of fuel $607,674 4.6% 18.6% Distance travelled 4,795,633 2.9% N/ASASP Target kms (estimated)T3.5 Number of Duel fuel 96 13% 41.21% /LPG vehicles/ Hybrid Tonnes CO2 1,2991 12.5% 15.5% Fuel usage (Litres) 557,285 3.6% 15%1 Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) can vary year to year due to the changes in the CO2 co-efficient,which is determined yearly and is outside the Department’s control.These are excellent results for DFEEST. For this reporting period 44 per cent of itsfleet is alternate fuelled and it appears that it will exceed the 2010-11 target of 50per cent for alternate fuelled vehicles.Proposals and continuing initiatives to improve on this result include: Continue to enforce the fleet policy that mandates the leasing of alternate fuelled and 4 cylinder Australian manufactured vehicles for metropolitan Adelaide and alternative fuelled and 6 cylinder vehicles for regional South Australia whenever possible. (excluding APY Lands where diesel vehicles must be used) Continue to focus on duel fuelled vehicles with a target of 50 per cent of the fleet to be alternate fuelled by 2010.As part of this policy, information has been circulated to staff on how easy it is torefuel vehicles with LPG, with online short videos demonstrating the process.For our regional operations, duel fuel vehicles have the additional benefit ofextended driving range between refuelling, as well as reduced costs and carbonemissions due to LPG being a ‘cleaner’ fuel to burn. 147
  • 146. Regional Impact Assessment StatementsA Regional Impact Assessment Statement was prepared for DFEEST by EconSearchPty Ltd for the Victor Harbor Campus Relocation Project in September 2008.The TAFE SA Victor Harbor Campus Relocation Project involves the construction ofa new building that will enable doubling of the training levels offered in the Fleurieuregion. The new infrastructure will include teaching, administrative and lecturerpreparation space. The existing Campus site at McCracken in Victor Harbor will nolonger be required for DFEEST needs.The TAFE SA Victor Harbor Campus Relocation Project is consistent with a numberof the broad objectives and specific targets in South Australias Strategic Plan andthe DFEEST Strategic Plan, 2007 - 2010.Based on the results of a financial and economic analysis and the social andeconomic impacts identified the preferred option was construction of a new facilityon the Ewen Terrace site to allow for expansion in education and training delivery inthe Fleurieu Peninsula region.The consultation process reaffirmed this as the preferred option. 148
  • 147. AcronymsAAP Aboriginal Apprenticeship ProgramABS Australian Bureau of StatisticsACE Adult Community EducationASBA Australian School Based ApprenticeshipAPY Anangu Pitjantatjara YankunytjatjaraAQF Australian Qualifications FrameworkAQTF Australian Qualification Training FrameworkBDF Broadband Development FundBITS Building on IT StrengthsCDEPs Community Development Employment ProgramsCRCs Cooperative Research CentresCSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research OrganisationCOAG Council Of Australian GovernmentsDAPs Disability Action PlansDECS Department of Education and Children’s ServicesDEST Department of Employment Science and TechnologyDEEWR Department of Education Employment and Workplace RelationsDFEEST Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and TechnologyDSTO Defence, Science and Technology OrganisationEAP Employee Assistance ProgramELICOS English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas StudentsESOS Educational Services to Overseas StudentsHEC Higher Education CouncilHPC High Performance ComputingHPI Hourly Paid InstructorICDL International Computers Drivers LicenceICT Information and Communications TechnologyIEAB Information Economy Advisory BoardMCEETYA Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth AffairsMCVTE Ministerial Council on Vocational Training and EducationNCVER National Centre for Vocational Education and ResearchOHS&IM Occupational Health, Safety and Injury ManagementOHSW Occupational Health, Safety and WelfarePSM Act Public Sector Management ActRTOs Registered Training OrganisationsRPL Recognition of Prior LearningSABRENet South Australian Broadband for Research and Education NetworkSACE South Australian Certificate of EducationSACITT South Australian Consortium for Information Technology TelecommunicationsSATAC South Australian Tertiary Admissions CentreSASP South Australia Strategic PlanSTI Science, Technology and InnovationSTI10 10 year Vision for Science Technology and InnovationTASC Training and Skills CommissionTAFE SA Technical and Further Education South AustraliaVET Vocational Education and TrainingVFWA Voluntary Flexible Working ArrangementsVISA VET in Schools AgreementsWEA Worker’s Education Association 149
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