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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 …

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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  • 1. 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 2010 Annual Report is available on the department’s website at:http::// 1449-6437 2
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  • 3. TABLE OF CONTENTSAGENCY ROLE AND GOVERNANCEChief Executive’s Overview ....................................................................................... 7Highlights 2010 ......................................................................................................... 9Vision, Mission and Values ..................................................................................... 18Role, Legislation and Structure ............................................................................... 19Boards, Committees and Authorities ....................................................................... 20Governance............................................................................................................. 24REPORT ON OPERATIONS AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF FURTHEREDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY’SSTRATEGIC PLANGoal 1Exemplary Workforce Planning and Development .................................................. 30Goal 2Strong Industry Partnerships ................................................................................... 42Goal 3High Levels of Participation and Achievement in Learning and Work ..................... 51Goal 4Excellence in Tertiary Education and Training ........................................................ 60Goal 5World Competitive Research, Technology and Innovation ...................................... 75Goal 6Skills and Technology for the State’s Environmental Sustainability ........................ 85Goal 7DFEEST is a High Performance Organisation ........................................................ 90 4
  • 4. MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCESWorkforce Data .................................................................................................... 100Workforce Diversity .............................................................................................. 102Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management .......................................... 112FINANCIAL REPORTFinancial Overview ............................................................................................... 114Audited General Purpose Financial Report .......................................................... 120Account Payment Performance ............................................................................ 160Contractual Arrangements ................................................................................... 160Fraud .................................................................................................................... 160Consultancy Expenditure ..................................................................................... 161PROFILE OF VET ACTIVITYProfile of VET Activity ........................................................................................... 166Training Package Activity ..................................................................................... 169OTHER REPORTING ITEMSEmployees Overseas Travel ................................................................................ 175Reconciliation Statement Report .......................................................................... 176Reporting against Carers Recognition Act 2005 .................................................. 177Disability Action Plans .......................................................................................... 177Whistleblower Protection Act................................................................................ 177Freedom of Information ........................................................................................ 178Asbestos Management......................................................................................... 180Urban Design Charter .......................................................................................... 181Sustainability Report ............................................................................................ 181 5
  • 6. CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S OVERVIEWI am pleased to present the Department of Further Education, Employment, Scienceand Technology 2010 Annual Report.This year has been a pivotal one for the department and portfolio, with a number ofmajor reforms and achievements which would not have been possible without thesupport and leadership of Ministers Snelling and O’Brien.In July this year, the Premier and Minister launched the Skills for All agenda, whichwill see the largest investment in skills in the state’s history. The State Governmenthas committed $194 million over six years to fund an additional 100,000 trainingplaces to help create 100,000 new jobs.The Skills for All reforms will for the first time offer every person over the age of16 an entitlement to be funded to undertake training, the reforms aim to significantlyincrease both the uptake and level of training so as to increase participation in theworkforce and increase productivity.The increased funding for training has also been complemented by an overhaul ofTAFE SA infrastructure with over $200 million committed by the State andCommonwealth Governments to upgrade existing facilities and build newinfrastructure, including: $125 million committed to build a world-class Sustainable Industries Education Centre on the former Mitsubishi site at Tonsley Park $20.3 million invested to upgrade TAFE SA’s Noarlunga ($8.7 million), Regency Park ($5 million) and Tea Tree Gully ($6.6 million) $10 million invested to upgrade TAFE SA’s Whyalla ($6.5 million) and Mount Gambier ($3.5 million) campuses $9.4 million invested to build a new TAFE SA Victor Harbor campusThese projects, combined with funding committed last financial year, represent thelargest infrastructure upgrade in TAFE SA’s history.Another highlight for the department in 2010 was the successful delivery of the newProductivity Places Program, with $32.3 million committed to train and retrainexisting workers and $11.4 million for job seekers in the last 12 months.The economy has continued to recover from the impact of Global Financial Crisiswith the number of South Australians starting apprenticeships and traineeshipsincreasing by 6.4 percent over the previous year. Overall, there were 22 100commencements across the state in the last 12 months to 30 June 2010. 7
  • 7. There were an estimated 12 500 apprentices and trainee completions over the yearending 30 June 2010, an increase of nearly 11 per cent on the previous 12 months.This compared to a national increase of 6.4 per cent over the same period, withSouth Australia recording the highest annual percentage increase in completions ofall states and territories.A significant effort has been in 2010 in ensuring that South Australia maintains it’sreputation for high quality education and training. Regulatory procedures werestrengthened and delivery of training remained at the highest standards with 90.5 percent of South Australia’s vocational education and training graduates saying theywere satisfied with their training - the highest level of student satisfaction in thenation.South Australia’s international education sector remained relatively strongthroughout the year despite challenging circumstances with the internationaleducation sector generating $990 million for the South Australian economy lastfinancial year and employing more than 6,500 people.The rollout of the AdamMax program was completed in 2010, providing up to 55,000residential and business premises across Adelaide with the opportunity to accesshigh speed broadband. This joint initiative between the State Government, theAustralian Government and local internet service provider, Adam Internet, involvedthe construction of 59 WiMAX towers, providing high speed broadband services to350 blackspot areas across metropolitan Adelaide.The department continued to work with the state’s universities and researchorganisations in securing increased funding for research and development andhighlights of the year included the opening of the $30.9 million Plant Accelerator,known as the ‘super greenhouse’, at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus anda commitment to invest $25 million towards the Goyder Institute for Water Research,which will position South Australia as a world leader in water innovation and science.I would like to thank all staff in the department for their ongoing support, dedicationand commitment to making a difference – the department has punched well aboveits weight in 2010 and none of this would have been possible without your efforts inwhat has been a difficult fiscal year for the state.In 2011, a key focus for the department will be delivering the State Government’sSkills for All reforms, implementing the infrastructure plan, maximising opportunitiesfrom the National Broadband Network and implementing the Science Technologyand Engineering and Maths strategy.More than ever the work of the department and key stakeholders in these areas willbe critical for the social and economic future of the state.Raymond GarrandCHIEF EXECUTIVE 8
  • 8. HIGHLIGHTS 2010Training, Skills and EmploymentSkills for All, a major reform of the South Australian vocational education and trainingsystem which includes an extra $194 million investment in training over six yearswas released as a green paper for consultation.The department, through the South Australia Works spent $30.4 million in 2009-10 toprovide 30 700 learning, skills development, training and work opportunities topeople facing difficulty entering the workforce. Over 16 690 people participated inemployment programs with over 7500, including 1135 Aboriginal people, gaining ajob.A review of both the South Australia Works and Adult Community EducationPrograms was undertaken in 2010, which resulted in a re-prioritisation of thestrategic directions of South Australia Works, and a strengthened focus of the AdultCommunity Education Program.The department implemented the Building Family Opportunities Program,a $9.6 million (over four years) program in partnership with the Department of thePremier and Cabinet. The program provides long-term jobless families with thesupport and necessary assistance for them to gain sustainable employment. Theprogram provides intensive support to families across the local government areas ofPlayford, Port Augusta and Port Adelaide Enfield. Over 100 families participated inthe program during 2009-10.In April 2010, the department, in partnership with Reconciliation SA and theCommonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relationsfacilitated the Aboriginal Employment Industry Champions Network, a network of24 industry champions to help work with their colleagues in their industry sector tocreate training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. Seven industryclusters have been set-up to help focus effort in the hospitality, mining, health andcommunity services, retail, finance and advanced manufacturing industry sectors.The department secured $3.1 million in funding from the Department of Education,Employment and Workplace Relations, to manage the Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship project. The project will provide at least 500 pre-apprenticeshiptraining opportunities in South Australia by June 2011, in occupations or industriesincluded on the National Skills Needs List, thereby increasing the number ofindividuals taking up formal apprenticeship training in traditional trade occupations. 9
  • 9. The Training and Skills Commission, established in September 2008, released itsFive Year Plan for Skills and Workforce Development Skills for Jobs in September2010.The department completed the re-registration process for all South AustralianEducation Services for Overseas Students providers across three sectors (EnglishLanguage Intensive Courses for Overseas Students, vocational education andtraining, and higher education). South Australia was commended for its co-operativeand excellent response by the Department of Education, Employment andWorkplace Relations.In May 2010 the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education initiatedthe McCann Review regarding the regulation of vocational education and trainingservices to overseas students studying in South Australia. The Governmentaccepted the review’s recommendations and proceeded with proposed amendmentsto the Training and Skills Development Act (2008). The bill will be considered in2011.The review, while resulting in the development of a stronger compliance regimesupported by tighter sanctions and penalties for non-compliance and improved riskmanagement, requires no increased regulation for providers complying with thelegislation and the standards.The department, received a positive audit review report from the AustralianUniversities Quality Agency for its regulation of higher education.TAFE SATAFE SA delivered training to nearly 80 000 students in more than 800 coursesacross 48 campuses (NCVER 2010). As South Australia’s largest provider ofvocational education and training TAFE SA played a major role in providing acomprehensive range of courses to industry, the community and disadvantagedgroups.Together the three institutes - Adelaide South Institute, Adelaide North Institute andRegional will play a critical role in delivering on government priorities, including thefacilitation of an additional 100 000 training places over six years.TAFE SA consistently leads Australia in terms of student satisfaction andemployment outcomes for students.92% of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of their training(NCVER 2010) and 95% of TAFE SA graduates would recommend to others thetraining they undertookTAFE SA campuses and facilities have received major Commonwealth and StateGovernment infrastructure investment over the last year to upgrade campuses. TheState Government has also committed to develop the Sustainable IndustriesEducation Centre, a $125 million building and construction education hub to beconstructed at Tonsley Park. 10
  • 10. TAFE SA courses are increasingly an alternative pathway to university and over thelast three years the number of offers to universities being made on the basis on anapplicant’s TAFE qualification, increased 30 percent from 924 in 2008 to 1204 in2010.TAFE SA has continued this year to increase the flexibility of its training throughonline, external and blended delivery, so that its 87% part-time and 13% full-timestudents are better able to balance study with work and family commitments.TAFE SA is well known and highly regarded by employers for providing consistentand nationally recognised training that meets industry needs (Synovate 2009).TAFE SA works closely with industry and the community to ensure students’qualifications are relevant to current and emerging skill demands. TAFE SA iscommitted to building on long-term relationships working with businesses andenterprises to customise and tailor training solutions.87% of employers are satisfied with both the quality of training delivered by TAFE SAto apprentices and trainees, and the quality of nationally recognised trainingdelivered by TAFE SA (National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2009a).TAFE SA’s contribution to building the capability, quality and capacity of thevocational education and training system was recognised at the 2010 SouthAustralian Training Awards.Nominated in two organisational award categories, TAFE SA Adelaide North Institutewon the Large Training Provider of the Year. Of the twelve TAFE SA studentsnominated in individual award categories, five students from regional andmetropolitan campuses won awards for: Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year,Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Vocational Student of theYear and School-Based Apprentice of the Year.A 2010 competition to design a section of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens highlightedTAFE SA’s commitment to high quality student outcomes. Of the five awards onoffer, four TAFE SA Urrbrae campus students studying for the Diploma of GardenDesign won in the gold, silver, bronze and highly commended categories.TAFE SA statistics from 2009 include:1:1 2010 data not yet finalised at time of report being prepared 11
  • 11. TAFE SA Students by Age Group 50 45 40 35 19 and Under Percentage (%) 30 20 - 29 30 - 39 25 40 - 59 20 60 and over 15 Unknown 10 5 0 Age Groups 1 TAFE SA Students by Australian Qualifications Framework Level 25 Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate 20 Bachelor Degree (Pass) Advanced Diploma Percentage (%) 15 Diploma Certificate IV Certificate III 10 Certificate II Certificate I Statement of Attainment 5 Not Elsewhere Classified Non Award Studies 0 1 Qualifications 2InfrastructureIn 2009-2010, the department successfully delivered over $33.3 million ofinfrastructure projects funded through the Australian Government’s Better TAFEFacilities and Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow Programs and theDFEEST capital budget. These works included a: $3.5 million development at the Mt Gambier TAFE providing a new 1100m2 building to accommodate building and furnishing programs $6.5 million campus upgrade at the Whyalla TAFE2 ‘Not Elsewhere Classified’ means no level of classification was specified 12
  • 12.  $6.6 million upgrade to the Tea Tree Gully TAFE to accommodate printing and graphic arts programs $4 million upgrade to the Adelaide TAFE to accommodate Fashion and Footwear programs $8.7 million upgrade to the Noarlunga TAFE including a new Health and Community Services area incorporating five new skills labs and classrooms, increased work and storage space for the Beauty program, a mezzanine area providing a large student common area and a refitted workshop with 15 additional welding bays and a state of the art spray booth $5 million upgrade to the Regency Park TAFE to develop an Industry Training Centre for the Cooking and Hospitality Programs.Construction continued on the new $9.4 million Victor Harbor campus with buildingworks completed and the compliance testing beginning ahead of opening forbusiness in March 2011.In September 2010, as part of the 2010-11 budget process, the State Governmentannounced the allocation of $125 million to build a Sustainable Industries EducationCentre on the 61 hectare site at Tonsley Park (previously Mitsubishi). This initiativeincludes: consolidation of all TAFE SA metropolitan Building, Construction and Furnishing programs into the new facility divestment of outdated TAFE campuses – Panorama, Marleston and O’Halloran Hill consolidation of educational programs other than Building, Construction and furnishing from divested campuses to remaining TAFE campuses substantial savings in operating costs associated with program delivery, facilities management and utilities.Science and Information EconomyThe report, Getting Connected, Staying Connected; Exploring South Australia’sDigital Futures, by Adelaide’s 15th Thinker in Residence, Dr Genevieve Bell, wasdelivered in June 2010. DFEEST initiated Dr Bell’s residency and co-ordinated theGovernment response to her report.Significant broadband projects funded by the Broadband Development Fund wereinitiated and substantially progressed during 2010. A major highlight was thecompletion of the network providing fixed-wireless broadband services tometropolitan premises within broadband blackspots. Two regional projects wereinitiated through collaboration between the department, local councils, RegionalDevelopment Australia and other government agencies. These projects completedthe acquittal of the $7 million Broadband Development Fund which has funded11 broadband projects valued at a capital outlay of $42 million in total.A key achievement for 2010 in the science and research area was the success of theChief Scientist and the Premier’s Science and Research Council in winningGovernment support for establishment of the Goyder Institute for Water Research inSouth Australia. This collaborative venture, which involves the state’s three localuniversities, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and 13
  • 13. relevant State Government agencies, will ensure that South Australia becomes aleader in water research and home to some of the nation’s top water scientists. Itsmain purpose is to gain a better understanding of ground, surface and waste water,with a view to informing policy development (at state and national level) andfacilitating a more integrated approach to management of this critical resource.Another highlight was the crowning in August 2010 of two of the state’s leadingscientists – Professor Angel Lopez and Professor Tanya Monro – as the 2010 SouthAustralian Scientist of the Year. The judging panel was unable to separate this year’swinners, who are both leaders in their respective fields of medical science, and havedemonstrated outstanding commitment to excellence in science.Seven other researchers and educators were also awarded at the 2010 SouthAustralian Science Excellence Awards.In 2010 the increased number of women involved in the awards was particularlypleasing; across all categories there was a 27% increase in nominations fromfemales, and the number of female finalists was up by 100% from previous rounds.The increase in industry based nominations and finalists was also warmly welcomed.South Australia was successful in winning its first Australian Research CouncilCentre of Excellence in Plant Cell Wall Biology. This Centre is being provided with$500 000 from the department over three years commencing in 2011.The Outback Connect program has focused on digital inclusion through identifyingneeds and encouraging the development of digital literacy skills. In addition totraditional users who have geographic and age barriers to participation in the digitaleconomy, Job Service Agencies has been targeted to introduce e-learning options toboth job seekers and Job Services Agencies staff. This has been a year ofconsolidation and investigation of place-based programs in selected public accesslocations such as the West Torrens Library.In a collaborative program with Health SA, the Health in All Policies DigitalTechnology recommendations were endorsed by the Chief Executives Group. Thedigital technology program was considered a landmark example of the innovativestrategy, and the department was invited to represent this whole-of-governmentinitiative at an Asia Pacific forum on the Social Determinants of Health, in Jakarta inNovember 2010.As part of the department’s on-going commitment to the uptake of science,technology, engineering and mathematics, a renewed agreement (2010 - 2013) withCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Education wassigned. The funding provided has enabled this organisation to curriculum-basedscience education to almost 60 000 primary and secondary students per annum.An early to mid-career researcher professional development program was trialled in2010, with $120,000 provide to six South Australian researchers. One of theseresearchers will commence an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, worth$800 000 (2011 - 2014). 14
  • 14. Partnerships and Cooperation with the Australian GovernmentThe department was active in national negotiations in the establishment of theNational Vocational Education and Training Regulator which will regulate registeredtraining organisations and accredit courses to meet niche markets and the NationalStandards Council.The department is also supporting the development of the National Higher EducationRegulator Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.Both the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator and the TertiaryEducation Quality and Standards Agency are subject to national legislation,expected to commence in 2011 under which the Training and Skills DevelopmentAct, and the role of the Training and Skills Commission as regulators will end.The Australian Government’s Productivity Places Program provided additionaltraining opportunities to assist South Australian workers and job seekers to developnew skills to meet the growing needs of industry. In 2010, the department allocatedtwo funding rounds for Job Seekers and one round for Existing Workers.In November 2009, the department announced the first round of Jobseeker 2010funds with successful applicants commencing programs from January 2010. Almost$6.6m of Productivity Places Program funding was allocated for 2268 qualifications.As of December 2010, there were over 2100 qualifications commenced through thisfunding.In April 2010, the department allocated the second round of Jobseeker 2010 funds.Almost $4.8m of Productivity Places Program funding was allocated for over 1634qualifications. As of December 2010, almost 1000 qualification commencements arerecorded for this funding.In total, as at December 2010, over 5500 Job Seekers qualification commencementswere recorded for the Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers through 2009and 2010 funding allocations and over 3000 qualifications have been issued.In October 2010, the department allocated around $32.3 million of ProductivityPlaces Program funding toward almost 8000 existing worker qualifications. Therewere almost 500 Existing Workers qualifications commencements for this fundingrecorded as at December 2010. All enrolments into the Existing Worker 2010Program are due 31 March 2011. Furthermore, from 1 July, 2010 an additional$1.6m of Productivity Places Program funding has supported approximately 200additional User Choice existing worker traineeship positions under Contracts ofTraining. These Productivity Places Program funded trainees are undertaking higherlevel qualifications (Certificate IV and above) where User Choice funding would nototherwise be available.In total, as at December 2010, over 7000 qualification commencements wererecorded for the Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers through 2008,2009 and 2010 funding allocations and over 2100 qualifications have been issued. 15
  • 15. The department successfully secured $1.23m funding for South Australia in 2010through the Commonwealth Industry and Indigenous Skills Centre program (formerlyknown as the National Training Infrastructure Program). Funding was granted fromtwo streams of the program: Industry Skills Centres and Vocational Education andTraining Infrastructure for Indigenous People.In 2010 the Retrenched Worker Program expanded its services to include tworegional areas and non Automotive companies. A joint initiative of theCommonwealth and State Governments, these support packages providedassistance to retrenched workers from: National Foods, Riverland Fletchers Freighters, Riverland Carter Holt Harvey, Nangwarry, South East.Assistance was also provided to Bridgestone Australia Limited, Salisbury.As part of the Commonwealth’s five-year National Collaborative ResearchInfrastructure Strategy the State Government has co-invested $21.9 million in11 strategic areas of scientific research aligned with the state’s key economicstrengths. As at 30 June 2010, almost $20.7 million had been allocated to theselected recipients.The National Partnership Agreement for Indigenous Public Internet Access wasimplemented in Oodnadatta in February 2010 and established a public internetfacility for the Dunjiba community in collaboration with the Oodnadatta AboriginalSchool. A local employment and training opportunity was provided for a member ofthe community who has supported increased digital economy participation amongthis community. This initiative was jointly funded by state and Commonwealthcontributions, and exceeded participation targets.During 2010, the department was appointed the lead agency to coordinateimplementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous EconomicParticipation in South Australia. This National Partnership Agreement commits SouthAustralia to achieving specific Aboriginal employment outcomes that contribute to theCouncil of Australian Governments National Indigenous Reform Agreement (Closingthe Gap).This has resulted in the achievement of significant outcomes including the provisionof sustainable employment opportunities for former Community DevelopmentEmployment Program recipients and the development of a new South AustralianGovernment procurement policy that will help maximise Aboriginal employmentopportunities in major government infrastructure projects.The department will continue to work with the Australian Government and otherSouth Australian Government agencies to ensure that this National PartnershipAgreement is implemented in South Australia which will lead to increased Aboriginalemployment outcomes. 16
  • 16. The department was also involved in chairing three national groups on behalf of alljurisdictions, whilst working closely with the Australian Government, these include:▪ Access and Participation Principal Committee - one of four principal committees established by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment as part of its new governance structure to progress the ministerial council’s strategic plan and framework for 2010-2013. The focus of the principal committee is to increase participation, and improve access, to further education training and employment, and improve qualification and employment outcomes for the disadvantaged and disengaged. The principal committee is chaired by the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education.▪ Flexible Learning Advisory Group – provides strategic direction and supports the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, on national issues related to the directions and priorities for flexible learning in vocational education and training, with particular reference to e-learning. The group is chaired by the Chief Executive.▪ National Vocational Education and Training Data Strategy Action Group – the group was endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment to expand the breadth and depth of national vocational education and training data and to improve its collection, storage and accessibility. The action group is chaired by Deputy Chief Executive, Planning, Policy and Innovation.Based on discussions in 2010, the department expects to conclude a Memorandumof Understanding with the Department of Education, Employment and WorkplaceRelations in early 2011 to further the existing close working relationships. 17
  • 17. VISION, MISSION AND VALUESOur VisionSouth Australia has a highly skilled workforce and maximised employment participationthat shapes the state’s economic competitiveness, and is distinguished by a culture ofexcellence, innovation, continuous learning and social inclusion.Our MissionTo optimally match workforce skills, training and participation, with current and futureemployment, working with individuals, community and industry to strategically supportthe state’s development. This mission requires creative and integrated policy thatdelivers effective training, employment programs and services.Our ValuesThe department 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. We willshow 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 transparentStriving 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 conduct 18
  • 18. ROLE, LEGISLATION AND STRUCTUREPortfolio governance for further education, employment, science and technology ismanaged through a number of councils, boards and committees. These work inconjunction with the department to advise the Minister for Employment, Training andFurther Education and, the Minister for Science and Information Economy on keystrategic areas.AgencyThe Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.Acts AdministeredTechnical and Further Education Act 1975Training and Skills Development Act 2008Construction 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 2008Construction Industry Training Fund Regulations 2008Public Corporations (Bio Innovation SA) Regulations 2001Public Corporations (Education Adelaide) Regulations 1998Public Corporations (Playford Centre) Regulations 1996 19
  • 19. BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND AUTHORITIES WITHIN THE MINISTER’S PORTFOLIOTraining and Skills CommissionThe Training and Skills Development Act 2008 establishes the Training and SkillsCommission and outlines its functions.The current commission, appointed on 1 September 2010, has nine members andtwo deputy members appointed by the Governor. It is chaired by Mr Adrian Smith,who has been a commission member since 2003.The Act gives authority to the commission in regulating training providers in bothVET and higher education and apprenticeships and traineeships. The commissionadvises and makes recommendations to the Minister on matters relating to thedevelopment, funding, quality and performance of the vocational education andtraining, adult community education and higher education sectors.The Act also establishes two reference groups, the Adult Community EducationReference Group and the Training Regulation Reference Group. These groups arechaired by commission members but draw on the wider resources of industry andthe community for specialist advice through their membership and consultations.The commission advises the Minister on skills and workforce development priorities.The commission is responsible for the preparation, and annual update, of a FiveYear Plan for Skills and Workforce Development in South Australia. The plan is theprincipal instrument by which the commission provides its advice to the Minister.In developing its advice to the Minister the commission is required, under the Act, toconsult with a wide range of stakeholders, including groups representing industry,employees, education and training providers, industry skills boards and trainingadvisory bodies, government and community.For more information regarding the Training and Skills Commission go to: SA Institute CouncilsThe councils are established by the Minister for Employment, Training and FurtherEducation for each of the three institutes of TAFE SA under the Technical andFurther Education Act 1975. The councils advise, monitor performance and providesupplementary funding for the institutes’ operations. 20
  • 20. Austraining InternationalAustraining International was formed in 1991 and is wholly owned by theGovernment of South Australia. Austraining is a specialist project management andinternational development organisation managing projects throughout the AsiaPacific and Middle East. Austraining employs around 85 staff with 19 in-countryoffices across the Asia-Pacific.For more information regarding Austraining International go to: 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 the department toachieve international student targets outlined in South Australia’s Strategic Plan.For more information regarding Education Adelaide go to: of the Training AdvocateThe Office of the Training Advocate provides a public contact point to respond toquestions or complaints about the training system including higher education,vocational education and training, apprenticeships and traineeships, adultcommunity education and education services for overseas students.The Training Advocate is an independent statutory authority established under theTraining and Skills Development Act 2008 and operates in accordance with aCharter of Functions. These functions are designed to enhance consumer protectionby improving access and effective participation in employment and skill formationopportunities, and to contribute to strategies which raise the quality andresponsiveness of the training system in South Australia.The functions are established to: promote employment, education and training provide independent complaint handling provide advocacy provide information and advice monitor the training system.The Training Advocate reports to the Minister for Employment, Training and FurtherEducation and tables a separate Annual Report.For more information regarding the Office of the Training Advocate go to: 21
  • 21. Digital Economy Strategy GroupTo oversee the Government’s role in the activities resulting from the Genevieve Bellreport, the Digital Economy Strategy Group was created in 2010. The high levelgovernment working group is Chaired by the Chief Executive of the Department ofthe Premier and Cabinet and comprises senior executives from relevantdepartments; Department of Further Education, Employment, Science andTechnology, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Education andChildren’s Services, Department of Health and Department for Families andCommunities. The purpose of the Digital Economy Strategy Group is to providestrategic input and direction to position the state to take maximum advantage of thedigital economy. It reports through the Minister for Science and InformationThe 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 andcontributing to strategic development - economic, social and environmental – of thestate. The council is chaired by South Australia’s Chief Scientist and isadministratively supported by the department.South Australian Telecommunications Strategy Implementation GroupThis group provided oversight for the Broadband Development Fund and has beendisbanded following the final expenditure from that Fund and the formation, by theOffice of the Chief Information Officer, of the state’s National Broadband NetworkTaskforce. The department is a key partner in the taskforce.SABRENet LtdSABRENet Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with the three local universitiesand the South Australian Government as members. It is a not for profit organisationwhich has as its objective to further the use of advanced data networking for theconduct of research and education in South Australia.SABRENet Ltd owns a dark fibre optical cable telecommunications network linkingthe major higher education campuses and research precincts, as well as someschools and TAFE SA campuses. The department is represented on its board.For more information regarding SABRENet Ltd go to: 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 strong traditionof medical and agricultural research that drives commercial opportunities. To buildon these opportunities, the South Australian Government established Bio InnovationSA, a bioscience industry development organisation that provides businessdevelopment, finance, infrastructure and marketing assistance. An external review of 22
  • 22. this organisation was undertaken in 2009 which demonstrated the positive impact ofits work in the state economy.For more information on Bio Innovation SA go to: 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 onInformation Technology Strengths and Information and Communications TechnologyIncubator Programs to invest in South Australian information and communicationstechnology firms which have the potential and commitment to become high growthcompanies exporting interstate and overseas.For more information on Playford Capital go to: 23
  • 23. GOVERNANCEThe department’s corporate governance obligations are prescribed in the PublicSector Act 2009 and the Technical and Further Education Act 1975. These Actsestablish general management aims, personnel management and employee conductstandards. The Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education,Employment, Science and Technology is responsible for observance of these aimsand standards.The department maintains a governance framework (refer page 27) that integratesstrategic management, leadership and accountability, in the way it manages itspeople and resources to achieve best performance of its functions.Governance FrameworkIn 2010 the department’s governance structure encompassed the following:Corporate ExecutiveCorporate Executive is a 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.Budget and Finance Executive CommitteeThe Budget and Finance Executive Committee is an expert committee providingfinancial governance over the departments resources. The committee monitors thedepartments performance against fiscal targets for the current financial year. Itregularly reviews the departments financial strategies and the performance of thecurrent year’s operating and capital budgets. It considers options and advises theChief Executive on the departments financial strategies and options to mitigatebudget risk in the current financial year.Asset Strategy CommitteeThe Asset Strategy Committee provides strategic guidance for the integratedplanning and management of all government-owned infrastructure requirementsacross the department, and the development of strategic infrastructure plans for itsportfolios 24
  • 24. People and Culture CommitteeThe People and Culture Committee provides strategic guidance for the prioritisation,planning and management of all organisational development requirements acrossthe department and the implementation of the People and Culture Plan.Audit and Risk Management CommitteeThe committee is an integral part of the department’s framework for governance andis established to provide assurance to and assist the Chief Executive in undertakingtheir statutory responsibilities. Some of the committees members are external.Occupational Health and Safety CommitteeThe Occupational Health and Safety Committee provides leadership in InjuryPrevention and Injury Management for the department’s directorates and contributesto the establishment, implementation, monitoring and review of Injury Prevention andManagement Systems within directorates.The committee works collaboratively and within the strategic guidance of thedepartment’s Strategic Occupational Health Safety and Injury ManagementCommittee.Information and Communications Technology Governance BoardThe purpose of the Information and Communications Technology Governance Boardis to set the department’s strategic directions for Information and CommunicationsTechnology, to monitor the implementation of Information and CommunicationsTechnology strategies across the agency, to drive value for money in Informationand Communications Technology investment and to ensure compliance to theInformation and Communications Technology governance framework.Strategic Procurement CommitteeThe Strategic Procurement Committee oversees procurement operations within thedepartment to advance the State Procurement Act objective of advancinggovernment priorities by a system of procurement for public authorities directedtowards:▪ obtaining value for money in the expenditure of public money▪ providing for ethical and fair treatment of participants▪ ensuring probity, accountability and transparency in procurement operations.Executive ForumExecutive Forum consists of the executive leaders responsible for the achievementof department objectives. The form also has a role in providing strategic discussion,collaboration and shared vision for the agency. 25
  • 25. TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute Executive Management TeamThe TAFE SA Adelaide North Institute Executive Management Team isresponsible for supporting the role, function and responsibilities of the ManagingDirector.TAFE SA Regional Executive CommitteeThe TAFE SA Regional Executive Committee supports the Managing Director, TAFESA Regional in the execution of the role, function and responsibilities of the position.TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute Executive CommitteeThe TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute Executive Management Team is responsiblefor supporting the role, function and responsibilities of the Managing Director.TAFE SA CouncilsEach institute has their own council. Each council has all the powers, authorities,duties and obligations as prescribed in the TAFE Act 1975, Regulation 56. TheCouncil will focus in particular on the identification of strategic priorities for theinstitutes training activities and maximise the contribution TAFE SA makes to thecommunity and industry.The TAFE SA Network ExecutiveThe network is a peak decision making body for all strategic issues relating to theTAFE SA Network. It leads the implementation of the Skills Strategy and willstandardise services across a range of institute operational areas across TAFE SA. 26
  • 26. DFEEST Governance Framework Chief Executive Strategic Procurement Audit and Risk Management Committee Committee Chair: Deputy Chief Chair: External Executive, Employment and Training Services Occupational Health and Executive Forum Safety Committee Chair: Chief Executive Chair: Executive Director, Corporate Services Corporate Executive Committee Chair: Chief Executive Providing Quarterly Reports TAFE SA Adelaide TAFE SA Adelaide TAFE SA South Institute North Institute Regional Managing Director Managing Director Managing Director Budget and Asset ICT People and Finance Strategy Governance Culture Executive Committee Board Committee Committee Chair: Chair: Chair: TAFE SA Network Executive Chair: Executive Executive Deputy Chief Deputy Chief Director, Director, Executive, Executive, Corporate Corporate Employment TAFE SA Adelaide TAFE SA Adelaide TAFE SA Planning, Services Services and Training South Institute North Institute Regional Institute Policy and Services Council Council Council Innovation These standing committees will be complemented with temporary policy feeder groups and project teams that are responsible to one of the standing committees. 27
  • 29. REPORT ON OPERATIONSReport on Operations Against the Department of Further Education, Employment,Science and Technology 2010-2014 Strategic PlanGOAL 1 - Exemplary Workforce Planning and DevelopmentOur future workforce will be built through a world-class system of workforceplanning and development based on understanding and responding to bothindustry and individual demand.1.1 Strong and effective engagement with industry, education and training providers, regions, community and government in understanding and analysing the demand for skills across the state (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.10, T1.11, T1.12, T6.15, T6.19, T6.20, T6.21 and T1.26). The Training and Skills Commission, released its Five Year Plan for Skills and Workforce Development Skills for Jobs in September 2010. Key recommendations from the Commission were adopted by the Government in the Skills for All consultation paper released in July 2010. Skills for All sets out the key directions for significantly increasing the skills of South Australians to support increased labour force participation and productivity in South Australia. Extensive consultation occurred throughout 2010 and feedback has been used to inform the preparation of the final policy recommendations for Cabinet consideration. TAFE SA’s presence throughout the state enabled it to actively engage with key stakeholders to determine how needs can be effectively met through strategic collaborative arrangements. Examples of this engagement include: TAFE SA significantly increased the collaboration with South Australian universities in 2010 to enable the delivery in 2011 of targeted qualifications in a cost effective manner, utilising the human and infrastructure resources 30
  • 30. of TAFE SA Regional to support university presence in regional locations.Following the strategic review of South Australia Works the initiative hasre-prioritised its strategic directions to assist more people in increasingtheir skills, qualifications and future employment opportunities. This reviewincluded extensive consultations with key stakeholders.Over 500 people attended 16 stakeholder forums throughout the state,which provided an understanding of the workforce development needs forthe 12 State Government regions. Seventeen South Australia WorksNetworks across the state also consulted with industry and communitieson workforce development issues which were articulated in three yearstrategic plans.A strategic review of the Adult Community Education Program was alsocompleted in March 2010 and provided an opportunity to clearly identifyand strengthen the role of the program within the context ofCommonwealth policy and departmental priorities. Adult CommunityEducation has been strengthened as the ‘fourth’ sector of education andhas sharpened its focus on adult numeracy and literacy training,foundation skills and supported the development of a more structuredliteracy and numeracy curriculum being delivered by South Australianadult community education providers.Resources and Engineering Skills AllianceIn 2010, the State Government committed $3.6 million to support theongoing operations of the Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance to theresources industry over the period 2010-2014.The Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance works with industry,government and training providers to address a number of critical issuesfacing the minerals, resources and heavy engineering sectors, including: the global skills shortages in the minerals and resources sectors which is exacerbated by the relatively remote locations of mining activity industry feedback that existing education and training structures and programs are confusing, complex, difficult to access and lacking in coordination the need to rejuvenate the education and training system in the Upper Spencer Gulf the need to attract young people in greater numbers to careers in the mining and heavy engineering industry.Industry-led workforce action plansThe department has continued to support the development andimplementation of industry- led workforce action plans by providinginformation about the labour market and linking with a range ofgovernment programs. In 2010, industry-led workforce action plans weredeveloped and released for Agrifood and Wine industries; Health and 31
  • 31. Community Services and Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Defence and Mining. State’s Universities The department continues to work closely with the three South Australian universities in the development of the two national higher education targets:  that by 2020, 20% of enrolments will be of students from low socio- economic backgrounds  that by 2025, 40% of people aged 25 to 34 years of age will have completed an undergraduate degree or better. The department negotiated the state’s contribution of $5 million to the re- development of the Roseworthy Agricultural College of the University of Adelaide; university priorities for infrastructure funding are negotiated with the Commonwealth with consideration for state strategic priorities. The department continues to place emphasis on policy initiatives that improve participation in higher education particularly through pathways from vocational education and training to higher education. The department also facilitated a project, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Children’s Services and the universities to provide options for talented high school students to participate in university studies while still at school.1.2 Exemplary workforce policies, plans and strategies to address the state’s demand for increased workforce participation and the high- level skills needed by industry, employers and regions (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.10, T1.11, T1.12, T1.26, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) Trainee and Apprentice Activity Traineeships and apprenticeships are integral to the development and maintenance of a highly skilled labour force in South Australia. The department is responsible for the regulation of the traineeship and apprenticeship system in South Australia, under delegation from the Training and Skills Commission, and for the provision of subsidies to support the training of trainees and apprentices. Training figures for trainees and apprentices remained stable in 2009-10 with a strong increase in commencements being offset in part by increased completions. As at 30 June 2010, there were an estimated 32 100 trainees and apprentices in training, a 0.2 per cent decrease on the figure for 2009. 32
  • 32. In 2009-10, there were an estimated 22 200 traineeship and apprenticeship commencements, a 6.7 per cent increase over the 2008- 09 figure of 20 800, and a 7.2 per cent increase over the estimated 20 700 commencements in 2005-06. There was a significant increase in traineeship and apprenticeship completions in South Australia in 2009-10. An estimated total of 12 600 trainees and apprentices completed in the twelve months to 30 June 2010, an 11.5 per cent increase over the estimated 11 300 completions in 2008-09. The increase in completions may be attributed to the completion of full term contracts in response to economic conditions in 2008 and 2009, and a higher proportion of earlier, competency-based completions and existing workers undertaking traineeships and apprenticeships in South Australia. Reduced terms of the training contracts resulting from of increased earlier competency based completions is a contributing factor to the 0.2 per cent decrease in the 30 June 2010 in training figure. Figure 1: Trainee and apprentice activity, five years ending 30 June 20103 40000 35000 Number of trainees and apprentices 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 5000 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Year In training Commencements Completions3 Data for Figures 1 and 2 are sourced from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Australianvocational education and training statistics – Apprentices and trainees June quarter (2010) report. Data for 2010and in training data for 2009 are estimates. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research may revisethese figures in the future. In training data are provided at 30 June annually; commencement and completiondata are provided for the 12 months ending 30 June of each year. 33
  • 33. Figure 2: Existing Worker trainee and apprentice commencements, five years ending 30 June 2010 10000 Number of trainees and apprentices 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Year Existing Worker Commencements Figure 3: Trainee and apprentice early completions, 4 five years ending 30 June 2010 10000 Number of trainees and apprentices 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Year Early Completions4 Data for Figure 3 are sourced from the department’s VENUS data store, and are subject to fluctuations due to atime lag relating to the receipt and processing of paperwork submitted to the department. 34
  • 34. Trainee and Apprentice ActivityIn collaboration with the Training and Skills Commission, the departmentdeveloped Guidelines for the approval of applications for the declarationof trades and vocations under the Training and Skills Development Act2008, and Guidelines for persons who supervise apprentices or trainees.The latter, which is in effect from 1 January, 2011, prescribes thesupervision ratios to be applied to one or more trainees or apprentices,depending on the year or stage of the traineeship or apprenticeship.A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Departmentof Employment Education and Workplace Relations, the Department ofFurther Education, Employment, Science and Technology and Santos forthe implementation of an Indigenous training and employment project inthe mining industry. Santos provided funding to the department for theemployment of two mentor/employment brokers, who are based withgroup training organisations, and will mentor 25 apprentices and25 school based apprentices over 2 years.Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship ProjectIn collaboration with the Department of Education, Employment, andWorkplace Relations, the department manages the Apprentice KickstartPre-Apprenticeship project. The project, an initiative under the NationalPartnership Agreement on Pre-Apprenticeship Training between theAustralian and South Australian Governments, will allow nineorganisations to deliver 44 training courses, thus providing at least 500pre-apprenticeship training opportunities in South Australia by June2011.The objectives of the project are to increase the number of apprenticesin areas of skills needs as determined by the National Skills Needs List,by providing pre-apprenticeship training opportunities, and to accelerateapprenticeship completions through recognition of prior learning.Since June 2010, six organisations have commenced delivery of trainingcourses, with a total of 185 participants. It is anticipated that a total of579 pre-apprenticeship training opportunities will be created through theproject.2008-10 Pre-Apprenticeship and Traineeship ProgramIn 2010, the 2008-10 Pre-Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program wassuperseded by the Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship Project. ThePre-Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program was designed to increasethe number of apprentices and trainees in strategically importantoccupations and industries, through the provision of technical andemployability skills training, tailored for a specific apprenticeship ortraineeship. Participants also undertook work placements with 35
  • 35. employers.During 2009-10, 22 Pre-Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programparticipants gained traineeships and apprenticeships in aged care,carpentry and joinery, and fabrication and mechanical engineering. Atotal of 90 participants entered into apprenticeships or traineeships overthe life of the program.Joint Group Training ProgramAs at 31 December 2010, there were 3895 apprentices and traineesemployed by 16 group training organisations jointly funded by the Stateand Commonwealth governments through the Joint Group TrainingProgram. Collectively, these organisations received $2.25 million tosupport the commencement, retention and completion of traineeshipsand apprenticeships.Throughout the year, the department audited six group trainingorganisations which were found to be compliant with the NationalStandards for Group Training Organisations.Productivity Places ProgramIn 2010, the department allocated over $43 million of Productivity PlacesProgram funding for approximately 11 000 qualifications to be deliveredto existing workers and job seekers.Productivity Places Program for Job Seeker training is directed to peopleover 17 years who are not currently working and intending to seek paidemployment after completing the qualification so that they are betterequipped to participate in emerging work opportunities. Over 3900 JobSeeker qualifications were allocated in 2010 , 45% at Certificate II Level,43% at Certificate III, 8% at Certificate IV and 3% at Diploma Level.There have been approximately 3100 qualification commencementsrecorded for allocated 2010 Job Seeker funding, 44% at the Certificate IILevel, 47% at Certificate III, 7% at Certificate IV and 2% at DiplomaLevel.South Australia has administered Productivity Places Program for JobSeekers since 2009 and has recorded over 5500 Job Seekerqualification commencements. In addition, over 3000 qualifications havebeen issued, 58% at the Certificate II Level, 36% at Certificate III, 5% atCertificate IV and 1% at Diploma Level.The Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers training is forpeople already in the workforce to address skill shortages across SAindustry sectors. The program pays for 90% of the agreed training costsfor these qualifications and industry contributes the remaining 10%. 36
  • 36. Almost 8000 existing worker qualifications were allocated in 2010 and 11% were at Certificate III Australian Qualifications Training Framework level, 57% at Certificate IV, 26% at Diploma Level and 6% at advanced diploma level. As of December 2010, almost 500 qualification commencements recorded for 2010 allocated Existing Worker funding. 1.3 Resource allocation plans for training delivery to meet the state’s skill needs and the best investments for publicly funded training and workforce development. (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.16, T6.20, T6.21 and T1.26) User Choice Training Subsidies The department is responsible for the provision of User Choice training subsidies to both public and private training organisations, to support trainees and apprentices with the cost of formal training. These subsidies are focused on traineeships and apprenticeships in occupations experiencing skill shortages in South Australia. The User Choice policy supports a range of traineeships at Certificate II and III Australian Qualifications Framework levels, a small number of higher level traineeship qualifications and all trade qualifications. During 2009, 154 registered training organisations, consisting of TAFE SA and privately owned providers, received training subsidies under a User Choice agreement. A total of $43 million was provided by the department during the year, to support in excess of 23 000 trainees and apprentices undertaking a nationally recognised qualification. As illustrated in the figures below, funding for apprentices5 represented 52 per cent of student numbers and 70 per cent of expenditure, whilst funding for traineeships represented 48 per cent of student numbers and 30 per cent of expenditure. The first Strategic Resource Allocation Plan was developed in response to the Training and Skill’s Commission’s five year plan Skills for Jobs and addressed those commission recommendations which were consistent with current government policy. Other recommendations will be5 The funding for traineeships and apprenticeships does not equal total expenditure for User Choice, as otherexpenses associated with User Choice are included in the total expenditure for the program. 37
  • 37. addressed through the Skills for All process. The Strategic Resource Allocation Plan discusses the broader vocational, education and training policy context and analyses the outcomes achieved from 2006 – 2008. It was used to inform the TAFE Purchase Agreements, Productivity Places Program priorities and eligibility for User Choice funding. Key points include:  the provision of User Choice funding for a range of qualifications at the Certificate IV level  an increase in planned intakes by Australian Qualifications Framework level to address imbalances projected by the commission  a target for completions in the TAFE Purchase Agreements  targets for Indigenous students, students with a disability and students residing in low socio-economic status areas.1.4 High quality, coordinated and accessible career development and workforce information services to assist individuals, employers and industry to plan and make decisions. (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) The Training and Skills Commission’s Five Year Plan for Skills and Workforce Development Skills for Jobs: Priorities for Developing South Australia’s Workforce, released in September 2010, noted many of the recommendations in its 2009 plan were taken up in the Government’s Skills for All consultation paper released in July 2010. The priorities identified in the 2010 plan included the need for improvement in language, literacy and numeracy skills through a range of measures to increase employment participation; better partnerships between vocational education and training and higher education; preparing for the ‘new economy’ so workers can more rapidly adapt to new demands; and renewed efforts to improve the use of skills in the workplace. This year the commission developed a specialist occupations list, and a detailed industry appendix that includes advice from industry on skilling priorities. The commission updates its plan annually to respond to changing economic circumstances and policy developments Traineeship and Apprenticeship Information Service The department operates an information service to provide advice and information on the traineeship and apprenticeship system to trainees, apprentices, their employers, and the general public. In 2010, the information service responded to 25 918 phone calls, an average of 498 38
  • 38. calls per week. This represents a 2.8 per cent increase over 2009.Career development services have been provided through SouthAustralia Works to support people who experience barriers toemployment through localised, targeted services. These services haveassisted individuals to make informed choices about education, trainingand work, and facilitated planned pathways and successful transitions tolearning and work. Over 1600 people have accessed careerdevelopment services through the program.Eight Career Development Centres operate in Limestone Coast,Murraylands, Adelaide Hills, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Fleurieu, Barossaand Northern Adelaide. Career Development Services are also beingdelivered through contracted services in a further seven regions;Southern and Eastern Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island with newdedicated services in Yorke, Mid North, Southern Flinders and EyreRegions. A Customer Satisfaction Survey identified that 84.1 per cent ofrespondents were satisfied to very satisfied with the overall servicesprovided through these services.The distribution of a wide variety of workforce information and services toSouth Australians has promoted best practice workforce policy, planningand development. Provision of the following services have assistedindividuals, employers and industry to plan and make sound forwardlooking decisions: Workforce Information Service Website The Workforce Information Service provides high quality workforce planning tools and resources, including workforce strategies, and industry and regional profiles. The redevelopment, in 2010, of Workforce Information Service OnLine has made it a more user- friendly system, providing a coordinated career development and workforce information service to the community, industry and government. Qualitative and quantitative feedback reports high levels of both satisfaction and application of the information available. WorkforceInfo Newsletter WorkforceInfo, an online monthly newsletter, launched in May 2010, complements the Workforce Information Service website by linking readers to the latest Workforce Information Service Online content. Each newsletter features labour market data, coming events, and the latest workforce development and planning publications and resources. The number of subscriptions and downloads of popular departmental resources including the Workforce Wizard, regional profiles and Career Choices continues to increase. 39
  • 39.  Workforce Wizard The Workforce Wizard, an online tool, launched in June 2010, is designed to assist organisations and individuals interested in workforce research and planning in South Australia. Specifically, the Workforce Wizard customises information about an occupation (or occupations) on a variety of topics including employment size and status, regional and industry composition of employment, gender and age profiles, qualifications and schooling profiles, and vocational education and training and Higher Education information. It covers over 350 occupations, (as defined by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, at the unit group level). The Wizard is fast becoming one of the Workforce Information Service’s most popular content areas, with over 213 active subscribers, from a variety of organisations including government, registered training organisations, industry skills boards, industry associations, employment service providers and schools. Workforce Wizard 2011 will have a significantly expanded capability. Career Choices Career Choices in South Australia (Career Choices) assists young people make informed choices about their careers and the education and training pathways that will lead them there. The most current South Australian labour market information available has been used to give people information about: - employment prospects for 27 industries, including earning potential in each - the range of occupations and nature of employment in each industry - learning pathways into each industry - the qualifications needed to get a job - VET in SACE pathways - links to further information. Designed to complement existing national career and occupation information found on MyFuture and Job Outlook, Career Choices is of particular benefit to vocational education and training coordinators and career counsellors in secondary schools with Vocational Education and Training in South Australian Certificate of Education options. Close collaboration with the South Australia Certificate of Education Board; vocational education and training coordinators in public, Catholic and independent high schools; TAFE SA; the Australian Council for Private Education and Training; and South Australia’s nine industry skills boards has resulted in high quality content 40
  • 40. available both as a hard copy publication, with over 7000 copiesdistributed, and online.Feedback gathered through extensive consultation and evaluation isbeing used to develop the next edition of Career Choices. A broadercoverage of 32 industry sectors and application to people of all ages,especially those disengaged from school, training or the workforce tomake informed choices about education and training which matchestheir interests and aspirations with future job opportunities. 41
  • 41. GOAL 2 - Strong Industry PartnershipsStrong partnerships ensure employers have people with the right skills at thetime to increase productivity in a rapidly changing and higher skilledeconomy.2.1 Education and training providers partner with industry and employers to identify and implement skills and workforce development strategies that increase productivity and the achievements of learners. (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.15 T1.11 T1.12, T1.26 and T4.8) During 2010, TAFE SA continued to develop and strengthen partnerships with industry and employers to provide the required training and education to benefit individuals, organisations and the state. Examples of key partnerships include:  working closely with Holden to tailor and complete over 2500 qualifications in the areas of Competitive Manufacturing and Engineering. By strengthening the skill level of Holden’s employees and its partners, they are ready to respond to the increasing demands of the domestic vehicle market  demonstrating best practice nationally, TAFE SA’s Regency International Centre has introduced an ‘Enterprise Development Consultancy’ model, providing a direct approach to working with employers to identify their workforce training needs. The Regency International Centre has been working directly with the Hilton Hotel Adelaide to identify individual employee learning needs, provide recognition of existing skills and qualifications, and provide a gap training plan to fast-track their training. The Hilton Hotel Adelaide has reported improved productivity and staff retention rates as a direct result of working with our consultants. This award winning approach won the Business Developer/ Marketer of the Year Award at the 2010 Australian Training Marketing Association Awards  the TAFE SA @ Bower Place initiative represents excellence in true blended delivery where immersion in industry practice, e-learning, facilitated tutorial sessions and vocational placement come together to create a transformational learning experience for participants. This is a unique model for human services. While it is common in many industry sectors to have models of upfront industry exposure, the challenges of facilitating a learning environment where there 42
  • 42. could be the need to concurrently manage difficult behaviours and the complexity of clients presenting with co-morbidity as well as the inherent confidentiality issues make this model particularly commendable. This has only been made possible through the partnership with Bower Place during 2010, TAFE SA signed a memorandum of understanding that further strengthened TAFE SA’s commitment to the national dairy industry (National Centre for Dairy Education and Dairy Australia) for the provision of high quality education and training talented TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts graduates and students have been recipients of the Helpmann Academy competitive grants during 2010, which were awarded to fourteen individual projects to emerging artists from a wide range of creative disciplines. Many of these students and graduates are at the very beginning of their careers as artists and this grant will allow them to tap into the knowledge and experience of overseas artists through master-classes and international arts institutions.Traineeship and Apprenticeship ActivityTraineeships and apprenticeships are fundamental to meeting the skillsneeds of industry and require a strong commitment by employers andpartnership with the training provider.In 2009-10, 61.3 per cent of trainees and apprentices completed theirtraining, a 2.5 per cent increase on 2008-09, and a 3.8 per centincrease over the base figure.In 2009-10, 69.5 per cent of training contracts were completed andsigned off before the nominal completion date of the contract term,representing a 20.5 per cent increase over the base figure.Productivity Places ProgramThe Productivity Places Program for Existing Workers was amendedduring the year to strengthen the connection with industry by requiringapplicants to demonstrate their engagement with registered trainingorganisations, have industry endorsement (through an industry skillscouncil or South Australian industry skills boards or similar), and have apre-established partnership with employer(s).Regular consultations are held between South Australian industry skillsboards, and a number of national industry skills councils have alsobeen consulted, on skills priorities, allocation mechanisms, and foradvice on individual enterprise skill needs.Industry stakeholders are engaged (via forums, presentations andother communication channels) through industry networks, and 43
  • 43. individual enterprises.The Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers targets industriesexperiencing skill shortages, or forecast growth and/or demand forqualified workers. This data is sourced through industry skillsboards/councils, the Training and Skills Commission, the AustralianBureau of Statistics and relevant areas of the department.Industry InitiativesDuring 2010 the department focussed on providing support to workersin the automotive sector facing difficult times by assisting Tenneco, AiAutomotive and Hirotech Automotive to support the training of itsworkforce to increase productivity and the portability of skills in theindustry.As a result of continued reduction in its production schedule, GeneralMotors Holden employees were provided support for training in areasas diverse as community services, security, and transport and logisticsto enable them to secure outside employment as a supplement to theirreduced wages. 356 offers of training were made to workers for thesecondary employment program.Industry and Indigenous Skills Centre ProgramThe department successfully secured $1.23 million funding for SouthAustralia in 2010 through the Commonwealth Industry and IndigenousSkills Centre program (formerly known as the National TrainingInfrastructure Program). The program consists of two streams, IndustrySkills Centres and Vocational Education and Training Infrastructure forIndigenous People.The Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment andWorkplace Relations competitively fund the program on a financial yearbasis to the value of $11 million with a matching industry contributionfor successful industry skills centres applicants.The primary purpose of the program is to fund the building,refurbishing, expansion of vocational education and training, trainingfacilities, including the purchase of mobile and simulation equipment todeliver accredited vocational education and training that directly leadsto and supports the development of state identified industry andcommunity vocational education and training skills requirements.Elder Conservatorium of MusicMusic programs formerly delivered by TAFE SA at the Flinders StreetSchool of Music were transferred to the University of Adelaide in 2002and these programs have been incorporated within the suite of musiccourses offered by the University’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. The 44
  • 44. department currently funds the Elder Conservatorium of Music to thevalue of $1.082 million. The expected outcomes of the funding are todeliver vocational education and training programs in music tostrengthen and create a sustainable environment for the delivery ofmusic education at Certificate III to Doctoral level through out the state.Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts IncThe department currently funds the Helpmann Academy for the Visualand Performing Arts Inc to the value of $292,000 for the purposes ofadvancing, supporting and promoting education and training in thevisual and performing arts at the tertiary level in South Australia andmore specifically, as set out in the academy’s constitution.Industry Skills BoardsThe department administered funding deeds with nine industry skillsboards to provide advice on skills and workforce development relatedmatters and to develop and implement initiatives that support the skillneeds of industry. The department ensures that the terms of thefunding deed are adhered to.Regular forums have been held between the department and industryskills board representatives to enable more structured engagementarrangements and flow of information and advice. The forums allowmembers to identify and discuss matters of common concern. Theyalso complement interactions between the department and the industryskills boards where information and advice is sought.Seafood Training Centre of ExcellenceIn the 2010-2011 financial year, the department supported thedevelopment of essential skill requirements by providing the SeafoodTraining Centre of Excellence Board funding to the value of $1.56m. Inreturn, the board provides industry advice through an approved trainingplan to government on key skill demands for the state’s seafoodindustry. In the achievement of this outcome, the board funds trainingorganisations such as the Australian Fisheries Academy, TAFE SARegional and the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme Board toprovide the relevant training to meet and develop such identified skillsto support the ongoing growth of the seafood industry in SouthAustralia.Construction Industry Training BoardUnder the requirements of the requirements of the ConstructionIndustry Training Fund Act 1993 (the Act) the Minister for Employment,Training and Further Education is required to approve the ConstructionIndustry Training Board Annual Training Plan. The expected outcomesof the plan are to improve the quality of training and increase the level 45
  • 45. of skills in the building and construction industry across all skills areas. The plan addresses such areas as, industry developments in the state including forecast growth, government election commitments as they relate to the construction industry and the role of the Construction Industry Training Board and more specifically, the implementation of a 15% of employment of apprentices, trainees, Aboriginal people, those experiencing disadvantage in the labour market and up skilling through major government construction and infrastructure projects. Committee for Economic Development Australia The department partnered with the Committee for Economic Development Australia to present the 2010 Training Skills and Jobs Forum: Building the workforce to meet tomorrow’s labour challenges event. High level industry and government representatives attended the forum, which provided attendees with the opportunity to gain a first hand understanding of the key workplace, organisational development and productivity issues that South Australia will face in the future. Centre for Participation and Community Engagement Partnership A successful partnership with the University of South Australia’s Centre for Participation and Community Engagement saw the trial of Career Choices in South Australia with year nine students enrolled at Mark Oliphant College. One-on-one support was provided to students to explore possible career choices and relevant study pathways. These conversations began with consideration of the department’s handbook, Career Choices. The materials were well received and motivated students to do further research on their future subject choices and options under the new South Australian Certificate of Education. The Participation and Community Engagement Partnership and the department also presented Career Choices as a South Australian case study to the national higher education career conference for career practitioners on vocational education and training pathways.2.2 Current and emerging skills needs for major projects, fast growth industry sectors and regional businesses are met. (links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.10, T1.11, T1.12, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) The Skills Connect Register, a departmental strategy implemented as a response to the Australian Government’s Economic Stimulus Package, required 10 per cent of total labour hours on all State Government building and construction contracts to be performed by apprentices and trainees and jobseekers from an Indigenous or disadvantaged 46
  • 46. background. A ready pool of participants for contractors was providedthrough a range of departmental training and employment programs.In 2010 the Retrenched Worker Program expanded its services toinclude two regional areas and non automotive companies.A joint initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments, thesesupport packages provided assistance to retrenched workers from: National Foods, Riverland Fletchers Freighters, Riverland Carter Holt Harvey, Nangwarry, South East.Assistance was also provided to Bridgestone Australia Limited,Salisbury.A variety of services were offered to affected workers, including jobsearch assistance, career counselling, case management, skillsrecognition and development, and referral and placement intoemployment or work experience.208 regional retrenched workers registered with the department toaccess the State Government Assistance Package. A total of 141workers participated in a Skills Recognition Project with 75qualifications at the Certificate III level or above being awarded.117 regional workers were also supported to undertake further trainingopportunities to assist them to gain alternative employment.The State Government component of the support package forBridgestone Australia Pty Ltd which commenced in October 2009concluded in October 2010. At December 2010, 375 of the 479 workerswho registered with Job Services Australia providers had been placedinto alternative employment.The department’s Skills Recognition Project resulted in a total of 267qualifications being awarded. 179 qualifications were at theCertificate IV level or above. The department also funded 11 500 hoursof accredited training for former employees seeking to reskill orupgrade current skills.In 2010, 910 businesses that tendered or applied for government worksand services contract and associated sub contracts valued at $250 000or more per annum, registered with Inskill SA. From 1 January 2011,Inskill SA will cease, to be replaced by the Workforce Participation inGovernment Construction Procurement Policy approved by Cabinet.This new policy will be administered by Department of Transport,Energy and Infrastructure. 47
  • 47. Emerging Industries The department undertook analysis to identify the skill and workforce needs of the emerging Cleantech Sector. This included a commissioned study and input from a forum involving a wide cross- section of providers and industry groups. The recommendations of the study have been mapped against the department’s actions to identify gaps. National Broadband Network Over the next eight years the Australian Governments National Broadband Network Company will be undertaking the construction of a high-speed broadband network to service the current and future needs of individuals and businesses alike. The National Broadband Network Company’s Corporate Plan (released 20 December 2010) outlines the workforce development strategy upon which the success of the construction program will depend. The department has established an industry/departmental steering committee to consider the workforce implications of the National Broadband Network roll-out and align construction activities in South Australia with the three major elements of the corporate plan being:  identification of the supply of appropriate skilled resources versus the demand for these resources, and therefore what potential gaps will require intervention  collaboration on relevant training programs and qualifications, providers and funding sources to support the development of skills  implementation of an approach to provide assurance that the workforce engaged on the National Broadband Network has the required skills and qualifications.2.3 Industry works with the research community in areas of strategic priority to increase the state’s competitiveness and productivity (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10, T4.11 and T6.19) The department is committed to supporting world competitive research, and does this by enhancing the research base to foster development and uptake of new technologies, and by striving to continually increase strategic investment in science and research aimed at delivering economic, environmental and social returns to the state. Support is provided in a number of ways:  to assist in leveraging Commonwealth funding for strategic programs, such as Super Science and cooperative research centres  for development of research infrastructure, including research 48
  • 48. institutes and centres (for example, Goyder Institute, SA Health and Medical Research Institute); acquisition of leading edge research equipment (for example, the SABREnet high speed broadband network servicing the education sector); and attraction of world- leading experts to lead and build the state’s expertise in strategic areas  through the Premier’s Science and Research Fund, to undertake specific research projects. Criteria for support generally include alignment with the state’s strategic priorities for development - economic, social and environmental. Examples of significant South Australian capabilities developed through strategic government investment include the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the Waite research precinct; the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at Adelaide University; and the Mawson Institute at Mawson Lakes campus of the University of South Australia.2.4 Dynamic links between industry, government, small and medium enterprises, and the education and training sector with joint action the norm. (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.10, T4.8, T6.19, T6.21) A strategic partnership agreement was signed between Workskil and TAFE SA that will source suitable students for trades apprenticeships. These students will be case managed following training by TAFE SA, in conjunction with Business SA. Under the Productivity Places Program industry, government, small and medium enterprises, and training providers work in partnership to assist job seekers and existing workers to acquire, update and upgrade skills, and gain lasting employment. This also deepens the skill base of the South Australian workforce, improving productivity in the South Australian economy. As part of the South Australian Government’s commitment to the Council of Australian Government’s National Indigenous Reform Agreement to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the department introduced Stepping Up the Pace, South Australia’s accelerated Aboriginal employment strategy. Under this ambitious strategy, our target is to train an additional 250 Aboriginal students every year and create an additional 470 jobs for Aboriginal people each year. In its first year, Stepping Up the Pace achieved an additional 626 training outcomes and 658 employment outcomes 49
  • 49. The department recognises that in order to continue achieving these important outcomes, strong partnerships with key industry sectors in South Australia is essential. During 2010, the department, in partnership with the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Reconciliation SA established the Aboriginal Employment Industry Champions Network as a key strategy to increase training and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people within targeted Industry sectors. Industry clusters have been formed to focus efforts in the hospitality, mining, retail, advanced manufacturing, community services and health and, finance industry sectors. The department, in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations developed a range of resources to support the Aboriginal Employment Industry Champions Network including:  quarterly meetings for members  a dedicated web portal  a monthly e-newsletter  a services factsheet  relevant and up-to-date research  joint visits to individual business members. The department will continue to focus on and support this important partnership initiative to help ‘close the gap’ in Indigenous employment disadvantage.. 50
  • 50. GOAL 3 – High Levels of Participation and Achievement in Learning and WorkInvesting in education, skills and training that leads to secure, well-paid jobs isessential to the state’s future prosperity through increased productivity,workforce participation and social inclusion3.1 A highly skilled workforce for industry and business to successfully compete in local and international markets (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.16, T6.15) South Australia Works helped people to develop the skills required by a changing and dynamic economy to meet current and emerging workforce needs. Of 5075 people who participated in industry work programs, 2145 gained employment. A funding agreement was signed between the department and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for Training Initiatives for Indigenous Adults in Regional and Remote Communities funding worth $1.32 million for training programs to be delivered in South Australia regional and remote communities over three years. Training will be provided in a range of industry sectors, including aged care, information technology, conservation and land management and transport. Playford Alive Works was a collaborative project between industry, service providers and the department which prepared the workforce and provided sustainable pathways into areas of high industry demand in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The project provided case management and employability and pre-employment training as well as mentoring and post placement support. The department, through the South Australia Works initiative secured $450 000 funding over two financial years from the WorkCoverSA Return to Work Fund to deliver the Next Step Training and Employment Program. The program will support 40 WorkCover recipients with new employment opportunities by facilitating their return to the workforce. 51
  • 51. 3.2 The supply of skills provided by the education and training system meets changing labour market demands. (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.15, T6.19) In support of the Government’s focus on participation and productivity, TAFE SA has increased the number of students with higher level qualifications with 30.5 per cent of TAFE SA students achieving a Certificate IV or above in 2009-10 compared to 25.7 per cent in 2009. The vocational training needs of South Australians change over time and accordingly TAFE SA continually reviews its program delivery to ensure that training demand is matched with supply. In response to increasing consumer and industry attention to sustainability TAFE expanded its delivery of courses in 2010 to include new courses on sustainability and renewable energy skills. During 2009-10, TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre increased the participation of Aboriginal students in Certificate III and above across all TAFE SA programs by five percentage points, 33.5 per cent compared to 28.5 per cent in 2009. The Industry Partnership Program identified new employment and training possibilities, assisting people to develop the skills required by a changing and dynamic economy, and implemented initiatives to meet current and emerging workforce needs. Of the 1747 people who participated in Industry Partnership Program initiatives during 2010, 413 gained employment and 1122 gained additional skills to be retained in the workforce. The department, and the Training and Skills Commission developed a sophisticated planning framework aimed at relating the allocation of public training investment to areas of skills development priority. The Training and Skills Commission in its Skills for Jobs five year plan assessed skill development priorities in the South Australian labour market. The department responded to this report through the preparation of a Strategic Resource Allocation Plan. The plan informed the allocation of resources and training priorities across TAFE Purchase Agreements, Productivity Places Program priorities and through eligibility for User Choice funding. This plan can be accessed through the department’s internet site at 52
  • 52. 3.3 Individuals, especially people experiencing difficulties entering or staying in the workforce, participate effectively in learning and work (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.19, T6.21) Over the past year (December 2009 compared to December 2010) the labour force participation rate (in trend terms) in South Australia increased by 0.2 of a percentage point to 63.6 per cent. South Australia’s participation rate is current 0.1 of a percentage point below the 30 year high recorded in October 2008. OZ Minerals and TAFE SA’s Port Augusta Aboriginal Access Centre have continued collaboration in 2010 to deliver a pre-employment training program to remote Aboriginal communities in the APY Lands to provide a clear pathway from training to employment. Ten students graduated with Certificate I and II qualifications and were offered employment with OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mine. Eleven traineeships delivered through TAFE SA’s Port Lincoln campus will allow Aboriginal students to receive a wage while completing their Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. The program is an innovative and integrated model for connecting Aboriginal students with a career in nursing and increasing the number of Aboriginal health professionals. November 2010 was a milestone for 10 participants completing the Australian Defence Force Indigenous Employment Development Course. The first event was their graduation on 12 November 2010 held at Port Lincoln, attended by the graduates, their families and friends. Also represented were officials from the Australian Defence Force, South Australia Works, TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute and Eyre Peninsula Indigenous Community organisations. The course was an 8-week residential program held in Singleton Barrack, New South Wales, or Eyre Peninsula unemployed Indigenous youth to gain the skills and confidence to be successful in meeting the educational, health and fitness standards for entry into the Australian Defence Force. The graduates developed employability skills, which will enable them to undertake employment opportunities within any disciplined agency. Two graduates will proceed with the next phase of recruitment training with Australian Defence Force and another two are considering employment with the South Australian Police and remaining participants will undertake further studies at TAFE SA or complete Year 12. The South Australia Works suite of programs continued to provide a strong response to priority needs in a changing labour market. Expenditure on South Australia Works learning, training and work programs was $30.48 million. 53
  • 53. In 2009-10, 30 740 participants were assisted with the development offoundation skills, generic skills, vocational training, brokerage intoemployment and post placement support. Of these, 16 690 participatedin work programs and 7520 (45 percent) people gained employment.Over 14 000 people participated in learning, skills development andtraining programs.The department’s regional coordinators worked with the employmentand skills formation networks to respond to each regions uniquelearning, training and employment challenges. In 2009-10 $8.746million was provided to assist 6800 people to participate in regionalprojects and a total of 3635 employment outcomes were achieved.South Australia Works in the Regions assisted 2070 mature agedparticipants, with 1075 finding employment. In addition, 710 Aboriginalpeople were supported through a diverse range of projects, with 320gaining employment.Newly arrived skilled migrants and international students whocompleted their studies to gain employment in their area of skill andexpertise were also assisted through the Skills Recognition Service.Clients were provided a range of services, including assistance withrecognition of trade skills and overseas gained qualifications, referraland advisory services, and case management support for people whofaced significant barriers to skills recognition and employment. In 2009-10 over 2500 migrants were assisted with recognition and employmentsupport. Three hundred and forty six people gained employmentthrough the services delivered by Skills Recognition Service.South Australia Works improved learning and employment outcomesfor Aboriginal people by providing support, job training, workplacements, recruitment leadership training, career enhancement,traineeships and apprenticeships. Of the 2215 people who participatedin work programs for Aboriginal people, 1135 gained employment. TheAboriginal Apprenticeship Program supported 150 apprentices; 63 newapprentices commenced an apprenticeship. The Tauondi AboriginalCollege provided 690 Aboriginal people with accredited or nonaccredited training. The college had a significant role in building theconfidence, capacity and capability of the state’s Aboriginal community.Over 100 000 accredited training hours and 5000 non-accreditedtraining hours were delivered.The Abilities for All Program provided accredited training to 160 peoplewith a disability, which developed their skills and created expandedemployment pathways. Sixty seven people with a disability gainedemployment.South Australia Works provided young people with the skills andopportunities to move successfully from school, further education andtraining or unemployment into stable, rewarding work. In 2009-10, over 54
  • 54. 8460 young people participated in work programs for young peoplewith 4135 gaining employment. Of these 2785 participated in regionalprojects with 1496 gaining employment.Seven Youth Conservation Corps projects provided over 170 youngpeople with practical work experience on a range of conservationprojects, with 35 gaining employment. The Learn 2 Earn program,delivered a broad range of projects across the state. Two hundred andforty seven young people participated in ten projects totalling $978 000,which were delivered by both TAFE SA and private providers, resultingin 60 employment outcomes.In 2009-10, 925 participated in public sector programs with 700 gainingemployment. The State Government’s Skills Recruitment Strategy,CareerStart SA and the Skills Register facilitated a workforce planningapproach to the recruitment of trainees, apprentices, cadets andapprentices across public sector agencies. A total of 427 participantswere employed through CareerStart SA; 220 of these were youngpeople. In addition, 13 young people gained a traineeship with a not-for-profit community sector organisation. The Skills Register supported210 young people to find ongoing employment in the public sectorfollowing successful completion of a traineeship. 25 gained an ongoingemployment placement through the register.The department implemented the Building Family OpportunitiesProgram, a $9.6 million (over four years) joint Department of FurtherEducation, Employment, Science and Technology and Department ofthe Premier and Cabinet initiative. The program enables members oflong-term jobless families to confidently access and use services andprograms that address barriers to employment and improves theresponsiveness of systems and services in order to increase theworkforce participation of long-term jobless family members. BuildingFamily Opportunities Program providers commenced implementation ofthe program in the three Local Government Areas of PortAdelaide/Enfield, Playford and Port Augusta, and are assisting familiesto break the cycle of intergenerational joblessness by addressingcomplex interrelated personal, family and vocation barriers toemployment. Over 100 families participated in the program during2009-10.The Learning Works information and referral service (Hotline)implemented in 2010 assisted young people with training inquiries,referral to training places and identified suitable training opportunities.Vocational Education and Training to WorkThe Vocational Education and Training to Work program is a studentsupport and transition model that maximises the resources of the statevocational education and training sector and the Commonwealth 55
  • 55. funded Disability Employment Services to provide a case managementsupport service to people with disability during their training, with aseamless transition into open employment with ongoing support asrequired. Results for the 2010 cohort are yet to be reported, howeverearly indicators of the study and employment outcomes for the threeacademic years of the Vocational Education and Training to Workprogram indicate very positive results from the application of the model.Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship projectThe Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship Project seeks to provide75% of training opportunities to young people, who are 19 years andunder, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities.Group TrainingThe 2010-11 Joint Group Training Funding model was revised toprovide enhanced incentives to group training organisations thatemploy trainees or apprentices in targeted groups. The targeted groupscomprise trainees or apprentices, who are Indigenous, disabled, orreside in a remote location.In 2010, 187 Aboriginal and 82 disabled trainees and apprenticescommenced training contracts with group training organisations.Drought Apprenticeship Retention ProgramThe Drought Apprenticeship Retention Program provided support toemployers in rural communities that were experiencing difficulties as aresult of the ongoing drought conditions. Eligible employers were ableto apply for $1500 for each apprentice or trainee in nominatedqualifications.Three Drought Apprenticeship Retention Programs were conducted,spanning 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. The final program, in 2009-10, had a budget of $1.1 million, and assisted employers to retain 675apprentices and trainees.Productivity Places ProgramAll successful proposals to the Productivity Places Program mustdemonstrate partnership links with one or more Job Services Australiaprovider – those without such links are not considered for funding.Job Services Australia providers were asked to be involved in theapplication process by supporting applications (evidenced by letters ofendorsement) to indicate that they have a relationship/ link toapplicants and support the intended training outlined in the application. 56
  • 56. Applications that demonstrate such relationships were given priority inthe assessment process.As at December 2010, the Productivity Places Program had recordedover 5500 Job Seeker qualification commencements through 2009 and2010 funding allocations.Approximately 7% of these qualification commencementshad self declared Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status. TheAustralian Qualifications Training Framework distribution of declaredAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander job seeker enrolments are: 68% at Australian Qualifications Training Framework Certificate II level 28% at Certificate III and 4% at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.As at December 2010, the Productivity Places Program had recordedover 7000 Existing Worker qualification commencements through 2008,2009 and 2010 funding allocations.Approximately 4% of these qualification commencements hadself declared Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.The Australian Qualifications Training Framework distribution ofdeclared Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander existing workersenrolments are: 22% at Certificate III 48% at Certificate IV 20% at Diploma and 10% at Advanced Diploma level.As at December 2010 approximately 46% of all job seeker and existingworker qualification commencements were women.The Australian Qualifications Training Framework distribution was: 42% at Certificate II level 43% at Certificate III level 42% at Certificate IV level 60% at Diploma level and 65% at Advanced Diploma level.As at December 2010, approximately 10% of all Productivity PlacesProgram qualification enrolments since the program commenced werefrom people who declared having a disability upon enrolment. Of thesecommencements, 31% were at Certificate II, 36% at Certificate III, 20%at Certificate IV and 13% at Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels. 57
  • 57. Workforce Participation in Government Construction Procurement Policy Active collaboration between the department and the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure resulted in the implementation of the Workforce Participation in Government Construction Procurement Policy, to address the Government’s Job Strategy commitment. The outcomes expected are an increase in employment and training opportunities for apprentices, trainees, Aboriginal people, local people with barriers to employment and upskilling.3.4 The gaps in foundation skill levels are reduced to enable effective educational, labour market and social participation (Links to T6.15, T6.19, T6.20, T6.21) TAFE SA offers programs and services that are accessible, fair and inclusive. The access and equity policy aims to achieve equal educational and vocational outcomes for all students, redress past disadvantage and improve the position of particular groups in society. TAFE SA offers learning support to help students study successfully as well as a range of counselling services. TAFE SA runs a large number of language, literacy and numeracy programs across the state to provide students with a strong foundation in general education to enable them to then undertake further vocational study or move into employment. A new $700 000 TAFE SA campus building at Point Pearce on the Yorke Peninsula is expected to boost skills and employment opportunities for indigenous people to access training and employment in targeted regions and industries, providing training places for up to 50 Aboriginal participants a year over the next six years. TAFE SA was successful in winning three Business Service areas of the Language Literacy and Numeracy Program for the 2010-2013 contract period. The Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program is funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations and provides up to 800 hours of free accredited language, literacy and numeracy training for eligible job seekers whose language, literacy and numeracy skills are below the level considered necessary to gain sustainable employment or pursue further education and training. Sierra Program TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre delivered a six month residential program targeting Aboriginal male offenders between the ages of 18-23. The objective of the Sierra Program has been to 58
  • 58. encourage improved psychological maturity and self discipline to assistparticipants to gain employment on their release and addresses issuesindividuals face that may have contributed to their incarceration. TheAboriginal Access Centre, in collaboration with in-house training at thePort Augusta Prison has delivered programs in numeracy and literacy,resources and infrastructure and family well-being. Of the18 participants, 13 are Aboriginal.The Adult Community Education Program provided accessible,community based learning for the most hard to reach learners, with anincreased focus on foundation skills and pathways into vocationaleducation and training, and work. The program has designed projectsto provide adult learners with foundation and generic skills, and toencourage learners to transition into accredited training coursesdelivered in a community setting. The program has sharpened its focuson adult numeracy and literacy training; supported the development ofa more structured literacy and numeracy curriculum which will bedelivered by South Australian adult community education providers in2011-2012.Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship ProjectParticipants in the Apprentice Kickstart Pre-Apprenticeship Projecttraining program are assessed and, where a need is identified, areprovided with additional support to develop the required literacy andnumeracy skills.National Foundation Skills StrategyThe department participated in the development of the NationalFoundation Skills Strategy. The strategy will focus on overcomingfoundation skills deficits, including language, literacy and numeracyand employability skills, to ensure that more South Australians are ableto effectively and meaningfully participate in education, work andsociety. 59
  • 59. GOAL 4 – Excellence in Tertiary Education and TrainingBuilding the capability, quality and capacity of the vocational education andtraining and higher education systems to meet the demands of individuals andof industry to address South Australia’s future labour supply requirements.4.1 Employers and individuals have confidence in nationally consistent, high quality services and outcomes from the vocational education and training, and higher education system (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.20, T6.21) The National Centre for Vocational Education Research Student Outcomes Survey 2010 focuses on students’ employment outcomes, benefits of training, satisfaction and improved employment status in Australia. The publication reports on results from a national survey of students who completed their vocational education and training during 2009. In 2010, a high number of South Australia’s vocational education and training graduates reported that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their training, with:  90.5% of total reported vocational education and training graduates satisfied, the highest figure of all the states and territories  92.3% of government-funded TAFE graduates satisfied, the highest figure of all the states and territories  75 per cent of government-funded TAFE SA graduates were employed after training, an increase of 2.2 percentage points on the 2009 figure (73 per cent) and above the national average (74.5 per cent)  Of the TAFE SA graduates who were employed after training in 2010, 76 per cent reported that their training was relevant to their current job and 72.3 per cent reported at least one-job related benefit. These figures were above the national average (75.1 per cent and 72.1 per cent respectively). The National Centre for Vocational Education Research also runs a survey of employers. The centre’s Employers’ Use and Views of the Vocational Education and Training System 2009 publication (the latest available) presents information on the various ways in which Australian employers use the vocational education and training system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs and on their satisfaction with these methods of training. 60
  • 60. Key findings for South Australia are: employers using the vocational education and training system increased between the 2007 and 2009 surveys employers in South Australia consider training as an important way of meeting skill needs.Employers’ satisfaction levels with training as a way of meeting theirskill needs remained high.The department increased the capacity and capability of the respectivesectors by supporting educational professionals through a series of wellattended and well received professional development programs as wellas tailored in-house training to individual organisations.In response to stakeholder requirements, professional developmentworkshops were targeted to key areas including equity and socialinclusion issues; building assessor capability in the Recognition of PriorLearning process; development of high quality services for overseasstudents; and registration application support.The department increased its capacity to provide training organisationswith updated professional development information using new media.The department managed within tight timelines the re-registration of61 Education Services for Overseas Students providers protecting thequality of education services and the interests of students.Traineeship and Apprenticeship System RegulationThe Training and Skills Development Act 2008 requires employers toregister prior to employing and training trainees or apprentices. In2010, 2796 new employers were registered, while 1205 employerschanged the scope of their registration, allowing them to train traineesor apprentices in additional trades or vocations. As at 31 December2010, a total of 14 460 employers are registered to employ and trainapprentices or trainees in South Australia.Regulation of Training ProvidersThe delivery of higher education, (other than that provided by the stateuniversities), vocational education and training, and educationalservices to overseas students is regulated under the Training and SkillsDevelopment Act 2008.The Act provides the basis for ensuring that education and trainingproviders and the courses that they deliver are quality assured undernational education and training standards. 61
  • 61. The department manages the registration of training providers todeliver nationally recognised qualifications and Statements ofAttainment under delegation from the Training and Skills Commission.The assessment of applications for registration and the monitoring ofcompliance with standards are managed by the department with theengagement of personnel from industry, occupational licensing bodies,state universities and other stakeholders as relevant.Thirty two non-university higher education providers are registered inSouth Australia to deliver 342 higher education qualifications. Twoorganisations withdrew their registration during the year and two newproviders were registered.Twenty two new providers were registered in the vocational educationand training sector, almost one half as many than in the previous year.This decline in new registrations in the domestic sector was broughtabout primarily through a reduction in the number of applications forinitial registration to deliver to overseas students. This is becauseregistration to deliver to domestic students is a pre-requisite forregistration to deliver to overseas students.Twenty two providers withdrew their registration to deliver to domesticstudents and three providers had their registration cancelled to give atotal of 324 registered providers. Eleven of these providers have theirregistration managed through the National Audit and RegistrationAgency.The number of providers delivering to overseas students has reducedfrom 78 to 71 providers. This reduction came about through 14providers leaving the system (none withdrew in the previous two years)and only 7 providers being approved for initial registration - comparedto 17 new providers in each of the previous two years.The overseas student sector experienced significant change in 2010that affected student supply and the financial viability of someproviders. In addition, the Commonwealth government passed theEducation Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registrationof Providers and Other Measures) Act 2010 to address concerns aboutquality in the sector.This legislation required all providers on the Commonwealth Register ofInstitutions and Courses for Overseas Students to apply for re-registration. This was a significant piece of regulatory work for thedepartment involving the assessment and audit of all South Australianproviders in accordance with a nationally agreed risk managementprocess. 62
  • 62. The department receives and investigates complaints made aboutregistered providers. Thirty three written complaints were receivedduring the year and a total of thirty seven complaints resolved. Thesecomplaints were investigated and resolved with the department’sintervention. In three cases the investigation led to an audit of theregistered provider to determine whether the provider was operating incompliance with the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 and itsconditions of registration. Eighty two verbal concerns and complaintswere received and resolved with the department’s intervention.Summary information on activity is provided in Tables 1 – 5. 63
  • 63. RECOGNITION DATA Table 1VET REGISTRATION 2008 2009 2010SummaryTotal Registered Training Organisations 304 327 3246registered in SA for domestic deliveryRegistered Training Organisations also 14 16 15delivering Higher Education coursesRegistered Training Organisationsregistered in South Australia operating in 122 141 142another state/territoryRegistered Training Organisations with 1 3 37delegated powersApprovalsInitial registration 24 40 22Renewal of registration 51 41 24Extension to scope of registration 139 146 157TOTAL 214 227 203Qualifications added to TAFE SA scope of 77 203 272registration under delegationRefusals, Cancellations and SuspensionsRegistered Training Organisations who 16 17 22expired or voluntarily withdrew registrationRegistered Training Organisations who 0 0 0transferred to interstate registering bodyRegistered Training Organisations who had 0 3registration cancelled by registration 0authorityRegistered Training Organisations who had 0 0registration suspended by registration 0authorityRegistered Training Organisations who hadregistration refused by registration authority: initial registration 3 4 3 extension to scope registration 1 2 1 renewal of registration 0 0 0Audit Activity: Number of audits conductedInitial registration 29 43 27Renewal of registration 52 39 21Extension to scope of registration 37 58 66Monitoring 33 28 40TOTAL 151 168 1546 Total figure inclusive of eleven registered training organisations that have their auditing and registrationmanaged by National Audit and Registration Agency.7 The three TAFE SA institute have delegated powers to vary scope of registration and to accredit Crowncopyright courses. 64
  • 64. Table 2VET ACCREDITATION 2008 2009 2010SummaryTotal accredited courses 159 174 122ApprovalsCourses accredited 5 15 5Courses accredited (TAFE SA under 8 6 8delegated authority)Training package qualifications implemented 335 204 150in South AustraliaNew qualifications made available through 124 82 139traineeships or apprenticeships Table 3HIGHER EDUCATION REGISTRATION 2008 2009 2010SummaryHigher education providers registered in 31 32 32South Australia for domestic deliveryHigher education providers who also deliver 14 16 15vocational education and training coursesApprovalsInitial Registration 3 2 2Variation to scope of registration 2 12 9Refusals, Revocations and WithdrawalsHigher education providers who voluntary 0 2 2withdrew registrationHigher education providers who hadregistration cancelled by registration 0 0 0authorityHigher education providers who hadregistration suspended by registration 0 0 0authorityHigher education providers who hadregistration refused by registration authority▪ initial registration 0 0 0▪ variation of registration 1 0 0▪ renewal of registration 0 0 0Table 4HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION 2008 2009 2010SummaryTotal current accredited courses 208 332 342ApprovalsCourses accredited 20 82 21 65
  • 65. Table 5OVERSEAS RECOGNITION 2008 2009 2010SummaryRegistered providers delivering only vocational education 32 47 43and training courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering only higher education 10 11 10courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering vocational education andtraining and higher education courses to overseas 9 9 8studentsRegistered providers delivering only English Language 6 5 3Intensive Courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering vocational education andtraining and higher education and English Language 3 3 5Intensive Courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses and vocational education and training 1 2 1courses to overseas studentsRegistered providers delivering English LanguageIntensive Courses and higher education courses to 1 1 1overseas studentsTotal Registered providers approved to deliver to 62 78 71overseas studentsApprovalsInitial registration 17 17 7Renewal of registration 5 7 2Extension to scope of registration 10 41 20CRICOS re-registration8 - - 61Refusals, Revocations and WithdrawalsRegistered Training Organisations who voluntarily 0 11 0withdrew registrationRegistered Training Organisations who had registration 0 0 3cancelled by registration authorityRegistered Training Organisations who had registration 0 0 0suspended by registration authorityRegistered Training Organisations who had registrationrefused by registration authority:▪ initial registration 1 1 3▪ extension to scope registration 1 1 0▪ renewal of registration 0 0 0Audit Activity: Number of audits conductedInitial registration 19 18 11Renewal of registration 5 6 2Extension to scope of registration 9 25 7Monitoring 3 9 0CRICOS re-registration 8 - - 26TOTAL 36 58 468 Approvals to re-register providers on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for OverseasStudents are made by the Commonwealth delegate under authority of the Education Services for OverseasStudents Act 2000 on recommendation from the South Australian delegate. At 31 December 2010, thedepartment had recommended 61 providers for re-registration. Applications were assessed by the department inaccordance with a nationally agreed risk management approach that involved provider declarations, assessmentof documentation and where relevant, audit. 66
  • 66. 4.2 The vocational education and training market gives employers and individuals a greater choice in training providers and more control over their training (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.10, T6.16, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) Productivity Places Program The department administered the Productivity Places Program in South Australia through competitive application rounds. Applications were assessed based on individual merit for identified need, suitable partnerships and capacity to deliver desired outcomes for the program. Allocation of funding was determined by:  agreed Commonwealth targets for qualification levels to be met through the program  state priorities as identified through industry and workforce intelligence including the Training and Skills Commission identified priorities. The following table shows the 2010 Productivity Places Program proportional funding allocations across industry sectors for almost $11.4 million of Job Seeker funding and almost $32.3 million of Existing Worker funding. 2010 Job 2010 Existing Seeker fund Workers fund Industry sector allocation (%) allocation (%) Automotive 2.08% 1.65% Building and Construction 7.27% 12.13% Business and Financial Services 26.89% 6.75% Cultural and Recreation 2.38% 0.93% Education and Training 1.29% 12.21% Electrotechnology 4.96% 1.63% Health and Community Services 15.28% 26.74% Manufacturing 2.29% 7.22% Mining, Engineering and Defence 8.56% 11.59% Primary 4.11% 0.84% Public Administration and Safety 1.21% 5.59% Tourism and Hospitality 6.67% 5.58% Transport and Storage 5.41% 0.55% Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services 11.60% 6.59% Total 100% 100% 67
  • 67. User Choice User Choice refers to the policies and funding mechanisms that allow employers, together with the apprentices and trainees they employ, to:  choose which registered training organisation will provide them with structured training services and  negotiate key aspects of the training, such as where, how and when it is provided. The department is responsible for the provision of User Choice training subsidies to both public and private training organisations, to support trainees and apprentices with the cost of formal training. These subsidies are focused on traineeships and apprenticeships in occupations experiencing skill shortages in South Australia. The User Choice policy supports a range of traineeships at Certificate II and III Australian Qualifications Framework levels, a small number of higher level traineeship qualifications and all trade qualifications. As reported in section 1.3, during 2009, 154 registered training organisations, consisting of TAFE SA and privately owned providers, received training subsidies under a User Choice agreement. A total of $43 million was provided by the department during the year, to support in excess of 23 000 trainees and apprentices undertaking a nationally recognised qualification.4.3 The vocational education and training system is more efficient, outcomes-focused, flexible and responsive in meeting the needs of employers and individuals (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) Travel and Accommodation Allowances for Apprentices and Trainees The department provides travel and accommodation subsidies to apprentices and trainees in regional and remote South Australia, who are required to travel to attend their off-the-job training. In 2009-10, $1.7 million was provided for this purpose and supported 1300 trainees and apprentices. TAFE SA Preparation for the introduction of the new $20.4 million TAFE SA Student Information System has progressed well during 2010 and implementation will begin in April 2011. The new $1.35 million TAFE SA start-of-the-art library management system has been implemented to support the needs of over 80 000 students. The new system allows access to all of TAFE SA’s library 68
  • 68. resources from home or the workplace via the internet.The process for TAFE SA admissions through the South AustralianTertiary Admissions Centre has continued to be refined during 2010 toprovide a more streamlined service for prospective students and toassist TAFE SA in maximising the number of student offers. Asignificant improvement is the ability for offers to be made with nonstandard start dates in addition to regular semester intakes. Insemester 1 2010, 14 264 applications were made to TAFE SA courses,an increase of 16.1 per cent from 2009. In semester 2 2010, 6658applications were made, an increase of 16.42 per cent from 2009.yourtutor is an internet-based student learning support serviceintroduced by TAFE SA Regional during 2010. Students can askquestions using real-time, interactive chat and whiteboard features inthe areas of science, English, essay writing, study skills, maths andresearch. yourtutor is a free service for students available between3pm-10pm Sunday to Friday.During 2010, TAFE SA has continued to improve processes foridentifying prior learning and matching it with current qualifications.The TAFE SA Education to Employment (e2e) service providesstudents with 24 hour access to information on current vacancies,prospective employers and upcoming events. TAFE SA e2e alsobenefits employers, giving them access to a pool of hundreds ofstudents and graduates who are seeking work in a particular industry.TAFE SA launched a new website redesigned to remain competitiveand meet the growing demands of a changing vocational education andtraining market. The site has been completely redeveloped and is nowpacked with more educational program information.The department contributed to the development and implementation ofthe 2010 Australian Quality Training Framework, the standards for theregistration of training organisations, which will improve the quality andconsistency of the vocational education and training sector.The department participated in the review of the AustralianQualifications Framework which will result in a new course levelstructure and revised qualification type descriptors and specifications.The department conducted a self-assessment against AustralianQualifications Training Framework State and Territory Registering BodyStandards and reported against the nationally agreed quality indicatordata set developed by the National Quality Council.The department implemented the National Standards for FoundationPrograms (standards that equip international students with the skills forentry into higher education). 69
  • 69. A key indicator of vocational education and training system efficiency is the unit cost. A new performance indicator Full Year Training Equivalents has been introduced to replace vocational education and training hours in national reporting. This change has been made to allow comparison of full time student load across the school, vocational education and training and higher education sectors. The estimated result for 2009 (the latest available year) for South Australia is $10 224 per Full Year Training Equivalent, a slight increase (of 0.5%) on the 2008 figure of $10 171. On a longer term view, South Australia’s cost per Full Year Training Equivalent fell by 17.0% between 2006 and 2009. The target for 2010 for the cost of a Full Year Training Equivalent in South Australia is $10 150.4.4 Flexible and streamlined learning pathways between the schooling, vocational education and training and higher education sectors are enhanced (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T6.15, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) Commonwealth funding of $7.3 million has been allocated to begin construction of a purpose built training facility at Umuwa in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Education and training will increase the opportunities for pathways into employment on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in construction, metal fabrication, automotive, rural, horticulture and commercial cookery industry sectors. The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Trade Training Centre is based on collaboration between the Department of Education and Children’s Services, Housing SA, TAFE SA Regional, the Construction Industry Training Board, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Industry Group. The Riverland Trade Training Centre is a project devised by a consortium of the four Riverland schools, Glossop, Waikerie, Renmark and Loxton. The consortium chose TAFE SA Regional as a partner in the consortium and allocated $4 million of the funds to the acquisition of new equipment and refurbishment of the existing TAFE SA Berri, Manufacturing, Engineering and Transport workshop. The funds will facilitate the delivery of full certificate III qualifications in Engineering, Electrical and Automotive trades enabling apprentices to complete the whole of their trades locally. The result is a smoother transition from school, to school based apprenticeship and on to full apprenticeship without the risks and costs of travel to the city for training. 70
  • 70. Features of the project are the development of a fully equippedsimulated automotive service centre, the creation of an electricaltraining facility, a focus on blended delivery methodologies andrenewable energy training. The prospect of easier availability of traininghas already encouraged a number of employers who previously did notconsider it viable to take on trade apprentices. This investment is acritical investment for the future at a time when the Riverland economyis rebuilding.The department maintains memoranda of understanding with the threestate universities which identify opportunities for co-operation;improved efficiencies, and access (for example, brokering credittransfer/recognition for prior learning opportunities from vocationaleducation and training).TAFE SA commenced discussions with universities to upgrade existingpartnership arrangements into more substantive agreements. It isanticipated that these memorandums of understanding will be finalisedin 2011. The agreements outline intent for the department anduniversities to cooperate principally in: negotiating credit transfer andarticulation arrangements; program delivery; research anddevelopment; marketing; planning; and professional developmentopportunities for staff.TAFE SA continued to strengthen pathways to university by registering115 new specific credit transfer and articulation agreements. The 553agreements promoted on the TAFE SA website cover bothqualifications currently available for enrolment and previous versions ofqualifications where credit is still awarded by the university.2010 was the first full year credit and articulations pathways wereavailable in a searchable format on the TAFE SA website; 42 299 pageviews were recorded across 349 unique pages during the year.A new guaranteed admissions agreement from any TAFE SAAdvanced Diploma into the specialised 18 month Bachelor ofInnovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide wasdeveloped in 2010. This complements the TAFELink initiative offeredby Flinders University guaranteeing admission into a wide variety ofqualifications with completion of a Certificate IV (13), Diploma (48) andAdvanced Diploma (83).There were 2327 school-based traineeship and apprenticeshipcommencements in 2010, representing a 19.5 per cent increase overthe 1947 commencements recorded in 2009.Of the 2327 school-based trainees and apprentices who commenced in2010, 49.1 per cent undertook an Australian Qualifications FrameworkLevel III qualification. 71
  • 71. Group training organisations commenced employment of 219 school-based trainees and apprentices in 2010.The department continues to work with universities, the vocationaleducation and training sector and schools to strengthen pathwaysbetween the sectors. It has contributed to Australian Tertiary AdmissionRank discussions.New Vocational Education and Training in Schools funding deeds wereestablished between the department and the Association ofIndependent Schools of SA and Catholic Education SA. The fundingprovided will increasingly direct resources towards programs in industryareas experiencing skills shortages. This will result in betterqualification outcomes, successful transitions from school to work, andachieve improvements consistent with Skills for All.Career Choices in South Australia (Career Choices) was distributed inMay 2010 to every secondary school in South Australia (state, Catholicand independent). The booklet provides information in an accessiblemanner to assist individuals to make informed career choices aboutvocational education and training pathways. The information is basedon: labour market and career information on 27 industry sectors prospects for the industry sector and its range of occupations in South Australia nature of employment qualifications and pathways links to Vocational Education and Training and South Australian Certificate of Education recognised pathways.The materials have been well received and take up has exceededoriginal targets.Vocational Education and Training in the South AustralianCertificate of Education Recognition ArrangementsThe department participated in South Australian Certificate ofEducation Board committees and forums to inform the development ofthe Vocational Education and Training in the South AustralianCertificate of Education Recognition Register and policy. TAFE SA alsorevised its entrance requirements to better take account of theimproved arrangements to recognise vocational education and trainingas part of the new South Australian Certificate of Education.The new South Australian Certificate of Education will allow vocationaltraining to contribute to the achievement of the South AustralianCertificate of Education through new recognition arrangements. Therevised policy places stronger emphasis on qualifications, whilesupporting students in choosing a combination of Vocational Educationand Training in the South Australian Certificate of Education subjects. 72
  • 72. 4.5 South Australia is internationally recognised for high quality education and training (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.16, T6.19, T6.20 and T6.21) International student enrolments (as at November 2010) in South Australia increased by 1.81% compared to the same period in 2009. This growth rate is higher than the national average which contracted by -1.57% based on national Australian Education International statistics, all education sectors inclusive. Based on the same set of Australian Education International figures, 34 384 international students that studied in South Australia compared to 617 171 nationally, representing a market share of 5.6%. A total of 16 706 new international students commenced their studies in South Australia this year compared to 326 911 nationally, representing a market share of 5.1%. East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta visited TAFE SA Marleston campus on 22 June 2010 as part of a week-long visit to Australia. Dr Ramos-Horta met with five trades’ lecturers taking part in the East Timor Basic Skills Training Project, training 600 people in basic construction trade skills. The lecturers have all been involved in the ‘train the trainer’ mentoring program over the past two years, teaching skills in masonry, electrical, carpentry, metal fabrication and plumbing to East Timor staff. TAFE SA and Multicultural Youth South Australia have worked collaboratively on a range of initiatives which recognises the specialist services provided by Multicultural Youth South Australia in working with newly arrived refugee and migrant youth. TAFE SA have contracted Multicultural Youth South Australia for a three year period as the provider of orientation and settlement support services for TAFE SA’s international students across metropolitan and regional South Australia. This agreement will ensure that the pastoral care needs of our international students are addressed and supported upon arrival. The department with the support of Education Adelaide continued to promote South Australia as an international student destination. The state maintained encouraging growth figures against a national downward trend. The report resulting from the Taskforce on Enhancing the Overseas Student Experience in Adelaide (established in 2009) was released. The taskforce report, the Educational Services for Overseas Students review and International Students Strategy for Australia seek to provide a safe and positive study environment for students underpinned by a high quality learning experience. 73
  • 73. The South Australian Training Advocate, unique in the Australiantraining system, is an independent statutory authority established underthe Training and Skills Development Act 2008 who provides a publiccontact point to respond to questions or complaints about the trainingsystem. 74
  • 74. GOAL 5 – World Competitive Research, Technology and InnovationThe state’s prosperity, economic growth, environmental sustainability andsocial wellbeing are underpinned by the discovery and application ofknowledge to crease new and better products, and smarter processes andsystems.5.1 South Australia’s research and development capability and investments in areas of strategic significance is boosted through leveraging Commonwealth, institutional and industry resources (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10 and T4.11). Research Infrastructure The department was engaged in leveraging state investments in research infrastructure which align with the state’s key economic priorities. The state co-invested a total of $10 million in two new teaching and learning facilities based at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes (Minerals and Materials Science) and University of Adelaide’s city campus (Photonics and Advanced Sensing). Attempts continued in 2010 to leverage additional state funding to match $12 million of Commonwealth and institutional investment in the first round of Super Science to enhance research capacity at the Waite, Mawson Lakes and South Australian Research and Development Institute precincts. The state also funded the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Biology at the Waite to the tune of $1.5 million over the next three years and will provide up to $1.2 million to support the extension of the Pork and Care Co-operative Research Centres over the next five years. Premier’s Science and Research Council The Premier’s Science and Research Council advises the Government on strategies for boosting local science and research capabilities and improving levels of innovation. The Council is co- chaired by the Premier and the state’s Chief Scientist and is administratively supported by the department. 75
  • 75. During 2010, the council: continued to work with the Commissioner for Renewable Energy to facilitate investment in sustainable energy technologies, in order to develop the state’s knowledge and capabilities in this area initiated work aimed at establishing a strategic bioinformatics capability in South Australia succeeded in winning government support for establishment of the Goyder Institute for Water Research in South Australia. This collaborative venture involves the state’s three local universities, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and relevant State Government agencies. Its main purpose is to inform policy development and facilitate a more integrated approach to management of this critical resource. The Goyder Institute will ensure that South Australia is home to some of the nation’s top water scientists continued to contribute towards the Government’s agenda on climate change adaptation, through funding of key research projects and support for relevant activities led by other agencies.In addition, the Chief Scientist worked closely with other Councils,particularly Renewables SA and the Climate Change Council.Membership changes: Professor Phyllis Tharenou, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Flinders University was appointed to the Council for two years, commencing in July 2010 in January 2011 Professor Angel Lopez and Dr Gabrielle Todd (2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year and 2010 South Australian Young Tall Poppy respectively) will join the Council for 12 months, replacing Professor Rob Norman and Dr Alice Rumbold, the 2009 award recipients, whose appointments will terminate on 31 December 2010.E Research SADuring 2010 the department continued to invest in eResearchSA bysupporting a key business analyst who has secured a range ofCommonwealth Super Science funding to support the developmentof new data management applications. These have been appliedacross a range of key Adelaide-based research areas includingenvironmental management, population health, architecture andmicroscopy.The department assisted the university and vocational educationand training sectors in contributing toward achieving the objectivesof the South Australian University Sector Agreement on ClimateChange by including environmental sustainability in professionaldevelopment programs for providers; taking part in workshops 76
  • 76. reviewing the environmental sustainability of training packages; and ensuring that sustainability was addressed in the development of training packages and all courses submitted for accreditation.5.2 Research providers, government institutions and industry collaborate and network across national and international boundaries to research and develop new and emerging technologies for the state’s benefit (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10 and T4.11) Research Infrastructure As part of the Commonwealth’s $100 million investment in the South Australian node of the national integrated marine observing system, $9 million was invested by both governments in establishing a new ocean-based observation network promises to unlock the secrets of South Australian waters. The facility, headquartered at the South Australian Research and Development Institute’s marine biology site at Port Adelaide, was officially opened in June. Investments will allow the latest tools in marine research to be deployed, including GPS-tagged sea lions and robotic sea-gliders; the data from which will be integrated with a new high frequency radar system. Major beneficiaries of the marine observing system include the fishing industry, emergency services and weather forecasters (who will be able to use the real-time data to identify wind changes and fronts) to the Country Fire Service during times of bushfire emergency. The Government also invested $5 million in the Minerals and Materials Science Learning and Research Hub at the University of South Australia’s Mawson Lakes campus as a co-investment to the Commonwealth’s $40 million from the Education Investment Fund scheme. The new facility will house innovative, multidisciplinary laboratories, teaching and learning spaces designed to grow the next generation of engineering, material and mineral science graduates. It will bring together a collaboration of students, researchers and industry and provide the interface required to ensure effective knowledge transfer to regional, national and international materials and minerals science related industries. It will have a strong focus on nanotechnology applied to the advanced manufacturing, mining, energy and health sectors. A similar amount of state funding has also been nominally allocated to University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, subject to Public Works Committee approval in 2011. The 77
  • 77. Commonwealth’s contribution of $28.9 million will lead to theconstruction of a new suite of integrated experimental laboratoriescan be constructed at the city campus. The new facility will supportresearch in photonics, with applications in the defence, nationalsecurity and telecommunications sectors and advanced sensing,which has applications across the defence, health, environment andthe Information and Communications Technology sectors.Medical SimulationA Medical Simulation Symposium was held in conjunction with theRoyal Institution of Australia on 27 May 2010. The symposiumshowcased recent advances in medical simulation and provided anopportunity for experts to share their knowledge to South Australianresearchers and end users.Serious GamesA Serious Games Training and Employment Expo was held on8 May 2010, in collaboration with the RiAus. The Expo showcasedthe best training opportunities in the cutting-edge field of seriousgames (computer applications used as training simulators used forindustry).Bridging disciplinary dividesOne key to Australia’s future prosperity and sustainability is to builddisciplinary bridges that span intellectual and institutional divides.The department has been actively progressing the integration ofhumanities, arts and social sciences into the State Government’sscience and research agenda for the last few years.This work was identified under the previous Constellation SAframework and, in 2010, was facilitated primarily through a newalliance. It included new research collaborations in the areas ofageing, food security, human adaptations to climate change,managing diversity, youth and education and the workforce.Similar work was also undertaken in the built environment area,bringing together the environmental, social sciences and design andarchitectural schools, and also in the cultural heritage area, driventhrough disciplines such as archaeology.The department worked closely with the newly establishedIntegrated Design Commission to foster new research and industrycollaborations in a range of areas, the most recent of which was aforum on Design Opportunities for Future Housing Needs, whichwas run in conjunction with Adelaide University in December 2010. 78
  • 78. Understanding the nexus between the physical sciences and other disciplines was also the focus of a new report, released in mid 2010, called Connecting Ideas – collaborative innovation in a complex world. This report was commissioned by the department and prepared by the Australian Institute for Social Research at the University of Adelaide. The central challenge identified in the report was the need to value and harness the contributions of all disciplines in seeking to generate innovative solutions to complex problems.5.3 Skill development for advanced technologies occurs at all levels of training in the state (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10 and T4.11) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Skills Development of a whole-of-government Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Skills Strategy was commenced in 2010. The purpose of the strategy, which is expected to be completed in 2011, is to respond to the needs of South Australian employers by boosting supply of professional, para-professional, trade and skilled graduates qualified in relevant areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Skills Strategy:  sets targets to be met in order to achieve an overall goal of meeting the needs of South Australian employers  identifies the key levers for achieving those targets  sets priorities for government policies and programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  uses these priorities to establish a process for assessing and rationalising existing programs against those targets and levers. A rigorous evidence-base has been established showing what factors are most important as people make decisions about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school subjects, further education, training and careers. This evidence- base has been mapped against an audit of programs in South Australia. From this audit, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Skills Strategy will propose policy and program priorities in order to address the gaps in our current approach. In collaboration with industry associations, two initiatives to promote information and communications technology skills and workforce were conducted:  exposure of secondary information technology teachers to 79
  • 79. industry, making them more aware of the industry applications of the technology, thus making them more inspiring to students and boosting the number of students choosing technology-related subjects. Seven sessions were presented by industry representatives, using an online platform  encouraging employers of information and communications technology workers adopt good employment practices. The aim was to assist employers attract and retain suitable employees. The department provided funding to assist an industry association engage the services of a training organisation deliver tailored one-on-one mentoring. MEGA The MEGA program is a workshop program designed, presented and mentored by industry to assist individuals and companies to develop the skills and knowledge to create and commercialise new digital content and applications for global markets. The program is supported by the department, local universities and the Department of Trade and Economic Development and is accredited by TAFE SA and three universities. The 2010 program had 31 participants who developed and pitched 14 new concepts for digital products or services.5.4 The social use and economic benefit of information and communications technologies are maximised (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10 and T4.11) Dr Genevieve Bell, Thinker in Residence An achievement in the digital economy space is the delivery of Adelaide’s 15th Thinker in Residence, Dr Genevieve Bell, reports Getting Connected, Staying Connected; Exploring South Australia’s Digital Futures in June 2010. The department was a project partner and coordinated the South Australian Government response to the Bell report, which focussed on four main themes and priorities:  Infrastructure Development  Capacity Building  Community Engagement  Growth and Innovation. Since Dr Bell set out in early 2009 to document first hand the experiences of South Australians of digital technologies, there has been an extraordinary focus at a national level on both broadband 80
  • 80. and regional issues.To oversee the Government’s role in the activities resulting from theGenevieve Bell report, the Digital Economy Strategy Group hasbeen created. The high level government working group is Chairedby the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier andCabinet and comprises senior executives from relevantdepartments; Department of Further Education, Employment,Science and Technology, Office of the Chief Information Officer,Department of Education and Children’s Services, Department ofHealth and Department for Families and Communities.The purpose of the Digital Economy Strategy Group is to providestrategic input and direction to position the state to take maximumadvantage of the digital economy.In response to a number of recommendations, the department isdriving the delivery of a number of initiatives: National Partnership Agreement for Indigenous Public Internet Access, the Digital Education Revolution (for more information, please refer to the ‘Digital Inclusion’ section) sponsoring e-learning projects through the Australian Flexible Learning Framework facilitating national broadband community awareness and engagement forums Information and Communications Technology for Life: a digital literacy framework, a cohesive framework developed to inform and guide Information and Communications Technology foundation skills training programs, to enable citizens to be engaged and ready to take advantage of high-speed broadband. The project will enhance the utilisation of existing technology access and learning nodes such as Community Centres SA, libraries and Registered Training Organisations supporting a number of programs focussed on developing a professional Information and Communications Technology skills base so that we become producers of innovative new content services and applications establishing a ‘virtual hub’ in the Riverland providing a range of community information and services to people in the Riverland which will be managed and maintained by the local community. (for more information, please refer to the see ‘Digital Inclusion’ section.)Industry DevelopmentThe Information and Communications Technology – Driving Growthfor South Australia document proposes actions to strengthen therole of information and communications technology in ensuring thecontinuing growth of all South Australian industry. 81
  • 81. In 2010, focus was on two activities: the continued development of the Information and Communications Technology Innovation Partnerships Grant Program which aims to promote business innovation in the South Australian Government through information and communications technology and accelerate the development of information and communications technology companies in South Australia the Seeding Information and Communications Technology Innovation Forum series. In October 2010, South Australia’s Mobile Technology Forum – ‘What’s Happening in Mobile’ was attended by over 120 delegates and highlighted how new developments in mobile technology and applications has the potential to transform businesses into the future.The e-Business Program aims to increase the effective use ofonline technologies by South Australian small to medium sizedenterprises by providing funding support on a dollar-for-dollar basisto run workshops, delivered by various Business EnterpriseCentres, to help ensure they remain competitive within anincreasingly global economy. In 2010, 10 workshops were run in2010 and were attended by 220 business people.BroadbandBroadband connectivity forms a fundamental platform for social useand economic benefit derived from digital technologies. Throughout2010, the focus was maintained on the use of the BroadbandDevelopment Fund to support improved availability of broadbandservices to all South Australians.Three broadband projects have been progressed during the year: the Adelaide metropolitan broadband blackspots project, marketed as AdamMax. This project is serving Adelaide metropolitan areas with fixed-wireless broadband services to overcome the disadvantage of broadband blackspots in many parts of the metropolitan region from Aldinga Beach to Gawler the department allocated $3 million from the Broadband Development Fund to the capital cost of the network. Most of the network has been constructed by Adam Internet Pty Ltd during the current year, providing broadband access that covers the 55 000 premises in identified blackspots and delivering improved access and greater choice for other premises. The network of 59 towers has been completed and Adam Internet has planned a vigorous promotions campaign for early 2011 the Mid-North project which received an allocation of $350 000 from the Broadband Development Fund. This project resulted from collaboration between the department, the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, the Regional Council of Goyder and Regional Development Australia (Yorke and Mid-North) 82
  • 82.  the Department of Trade and Economic Development contributed $100 000 from the Regional Development Fund and the Australian Government’s Australian Broadband Guarantee will also contribute to the project through subsidies for connection of customer premises. The network, being constructed by Aussie Broadband Pty Ltd will provide fixed-wireless broadband services for the region enclosed by towns of Clare, Burra, Eudunda and Riverton the Loxton and Southern Mallee project, which received $310 000 from the Broadband Development Fund. This project was created as an extension of an earlier project to deliver broadband services into the Murray and Mallee region. It will provide fixed-wireless broadband services for Loxton, Lameroo, Pinnaroo and surrounding areas region-wide collaboration of local governments also provided $15 000 to the network which is being constructed by the internet service provider Internode.Digital InclusionDigital inclusion means that barriers to universal on-lineparticipation are removed. People who are digitally literate canchose to engage fully in the digital economy, while those who do nothave the skill, confidence and access to make this choice, are indanger of being socially and economically marginalised. The digitalinclusion focus of the department has been to demonstrate how thedigital technology environment can produce a significant socialdividend, foster economic growth and innovation and build servicedelivery efficiencies.In 2010, the evidence base to support digital inclusion was furtherdeveloped through research on the use of technology by seniorsand the use of mobile technology to access on-line services. Therecommendations of the Health in All Policies Program wereendorsed by the Chief Executive’s Group and implementationcommenced. This included the finalisation of a digital inclusionstrategy. Consultation with stakeholders across government and thethird sector was conducted to promote the benefits of technology asan efficiency and social inclusion benefit.Outback Connect and the Closing the Gap National PartnershipAgreement for Indigenous Public Internet Access continue todemonstrate digital literacy development with programs targetingregional, Aboriginal and special needs communities. In Oodnadattathis year, one third of the community registered to access on-lineinformation and services in the supported environment of theinternet access centre established in partnership with the schooland a training position created to develop the skill base in theregion. Job Services Organisations have engaged with the OutbackConnect program to develop digital literacy skills for clients and 83
  • 83. improve their work readiness and opportunities. Outback Connect delivered 1022 hours of training to the community through an interactive e-learning program, supported by on-line training materials and phone based technical support. RiverlandConnect ( is a Virtual Hub that brings information together from a range of sources and websites and was initiated in 2010. The information is arranged with the community and end user in mind and is organised in a way that allows quick and easy searches and navigation. It is a single point for information about all aspects of living, working, learning and investing in the Riverland by aggregating information from a range of sources. The project has been a collaboration with the Riverland Community, Service SA and the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the South Australian Government’s Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. These programs encourage the South Australian community to develop digital literacy skills, gain confidence in using them and an awareness of the on-line opportunities which will provide value to their lives.5.5 The importance and benefits of a strong research and technology base for the state is understood and supported by the community (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.8, T4.9, T4.10 and T4.11) South Australian Science Excellence Awards In August 2010, two of the state’s leading scientists, Professor Angel Lopez and Professor Tanya Monro, were jointly named as the 2010 South Australian Scientist of the Year. Both of this year’s winners are leaders in their respective fields and were recognised for their outstanding commitment to excellence in science. Seven other researchers and educators were also awarded at the 2010 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. In 2010 the increased number of women involved in the awards was particularly pleasing; across all categories there was a 27% increase in nominations from females, and the number of female finalists was up by 100% from previous rounds. The increase in industry based nominations and finalists were also warmly welcomed. 84
  • 84. GOAL 6 – Skills and Technology for the State’s Environmental SustainabilityThe long-term economic prosperity of South Australia is inextricablyconnected to environmental sustainability. Investments in research andtechnological innovations are in building the skills for sustainabledevelopment are essential to secure business and employmentopportunities from innovative green industries and services.6.1 The state’s education and training capacity supports the development of sustainable industries (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T3.7, T4.10) TAFE SA has developed a Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan to help enterprises, individuals and communities meet the challenges of Australia’s drive to become more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. TAFE SA offers qualifications and short courses which can be developed to meet the needs of businesses, industry and community groups. TAFE SA’s Skills for Sustainability products are designed, delivered and promoted in accordance with sustainability principles and the needs of key stakeholder groups. A Sustainability Lead Reference Group has been implemented to drive the implementation and monitor progress of the action plan. Launched in August 2010, the GreenPrint for Workplace Education for Environmental Sustainability addresses both education and corporate actions, based on the premise of changing the culture of the Institute as a credible path to offering ‘sustainability’ products and services. Recommendations of the South Australian Economic Development Board inform Productivity Places Program allocation decisions. Skills for sustainability are an Economic Development Board priority. Through the Productivity Places Program, industry and training providers work collaboratively to assist job seekers and existing workers to acquire skills and gain lasting employment and to update or upgrade their skills to support sustainable industries, and increase the sustainability skills of the South Australian workforce. The Vocational Education and Training Sector Agreement developed under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007, was signed on 21 July 2010 and positions 85
  • 85. South Australian businesses to compete in a sustainable, low- carbon economy by delivering skills in sustainability. A steering committee comprising the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, TAFE SA, the department, and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet representatives has been convened to progress actions including:  identifying and responding to South Australia’s industry skills and training needs  communicating and promoting training packages and qualifications  implementing new/revised training packages and qualifications  building the capacity of vocational education and training practitioners to deliver the training packages and qualifications  developing environmental management plans  implementing pilot demonstration projects. Facilitating the implementation of the National Green Skills Agreement and the National Vocational Education Training Sector Sustainable Policy and Action Plan (2009-2012) is an additional focus of the Agreement.6.2 Workforce planning responds to the needs associated with the transition to a lower carbon, sustainable economy (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T4.6, T4.7) During 2010, TAFE SA Adelaide South Institute delivered the Diploma of Sustainability to a number of participating staff. TAFE SA is committed to work towards increased sustainability in its operations and workforce planning. This will include revision of training packages to incorporate core sustainability concepts and the establishment of working groups to minimise the TAFE SA footprint.6.3 Investments in innovation and research development programs support the environmental sustainability of our industries and the development of new green technologies and services (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T3.7, T4.9, T4.10, T4.11) Mining Innovation As a follow-up to the Innovation Roadmap of the states Mining sector completed in 2009, the department worked in collaboration with the states three local universities, Innovate SA, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and other key 86
  • 86. stakeholders to host the quarterly Mining Innovation Seminar andNetworking Series.Each seminar in the series targeted a key innovation issue thatpresents a constraint to growth of the sector such the availability ofwater and remote energy supplies.The knowledge-sharing between industry and research led toidentification of several potential partnerships.Solar FlagshipsThe department, in conjunction with Renewables SA, supportedapplicants bidding to Round 1 of the Federal Governments$1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program.The department also facilitated the collaboration of local universityand research organisations to develop research proposals tosupplement solar infrastructure bids submitted by a number ofnational and multi-national consortia seeking to install up to 1,000MW of solar generation capacity. Outcomes from Round 1 of theSolar Flagship Program are expected to be announced by theAustralian Government in the first half of 2011.Premier’s Science and Research FundAgreements for five new (Round 7) projects were finalised,committing total funding of more than $3.5 million (over three years)for projects that will help the state adapt to various aspects ofclimate change – ranging from environmental issues to agricultureto human impacts.Support continued for projects approved in Rounds 6 and 7, withPSRF funds used to leverage additional funds from the AustralianResearch Council for two initiatives: from the Australian Research Council Linkage Grants program, to expand research on treatment strategies for River Murray water, based on materials engineering technologies an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cell Wall Biology (to be established at the Waite), which will enhance our understanding of transport systems within plants. 87
  • 87. 6.4 The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology is an exemplar agency in energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable practices (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T3.7, T4.9) The department is committed to reducing its environmental impact and, as part of the South Australian Government, is actively collaborating with other government agencies to meet relevant goals as outlined in South Australia’s Strategic Plan. In 2010 the department developed, launched and implemented a detailed Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan for 2010 – 2012. TAFE SA Regency International Centre has achieved a significant increase in the amount of waste diverted from landfill in one year. From 2008-09 to 2009-10, the amount of food/organic material sent for composting increased from 21 tonnes to 33.5 tonnes and the percentage of waste diverted from landfill increased from 11 percent to 79 percent. South Australia’s Strategic Plan sets ambitious targets in terms of energy efficiency, renewable energy usage, water usage, waste reduction and other sustainability targets. The 2010 – 2012 Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan represents the department’s commitment to achieving theses targets and assisting the community and industry to develop the skills through training and innovation to better function in a carbon constrained economy. This plan also embodies the department’s commitment to the National Vocational Education and Training Sector Sustainability Policy and Action Plan (2009 – 2012); the Council of Australian Government’s Green Skills Agreement (2009); and the Australian Government’s National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability (2009). In the last Annual Report it was noted that the department has been active in developing detailed responses to these agreements and plans which aim to exemplify leadership and co- operation in responding to climate change. The plan identifies five key goals for the department along with the detailed strategies and actions necessary to achieve these goals. The goals are:  Goal 1 - Governance and Commitment: the department has the necessary decision making, planning and organisational policies, processes and structures in place to implement and report on all strategies and actions of the department’s 2010 - 2012 Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan 88
  • 88.  Goal 2 - Programs and Services: All departmental programs and services incorporate sustainability principles and practices and are designed to meet stakeholder needs Goal 3 - A Sustainable Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology: the department has increased its efficiency and reduced its generation of waste to landfill, potable water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to a level that meets, or exceeds State Government sustainability targets Goal 4 - Workforce Development: the department has a sustainable, highly-skilled workforce with the knowledge, skills and motivation to achieve the department’s sustainability goals Goal 5 - Research and Innovation: the department has a well- established and highly-regarded organisational culture and capacity for sustainability research and innovation.Further detail on the department’s initiatives, activities andachievements in this area can be found under the ‘Other ReportingItems’ section of this report. This section of the report providesquantitative reports on key sustainability issues including energyand water efficiency, fleet and waste management. It demonstratesthat there have been significant measurable improvementsparticularly in water efficiency and waste and fleet management.Initiatives for improvements in all areas are also identified withenergy efficiency a key issues for future action. 89
  • 89. GOAL 7 – The Department of Further Education, Employment, Scienceand Technology is a High Performance OrganisationThe Department of Further Education, Employment, Science andTechnology is a highly skilled organisation that provides responsive,effective and efficient services to industry, small and medium enterprises,individuals, the community and the Government.7.1 The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology has an effectively planned workforce to meet its business needs within a healthy and safe working environment (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T2.11, T2.12, T2.7 & T313). Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management During the 2009-10 financial year, the department delivered positive Occupational, Health Safety and Injury Management results. The department’s performance in Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management outcomes for the financial year is presented on page 111 (within the Human Resources section of the report). The department reduced the severity of injuries being sustained at work and when injuries occur staff are being provided with the best possible care and assistance in returning to work. The resulting 2057 (25%) fewer days lost in injuries is testament to the department’s attention to Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management. The department recorded outstanding Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management performance in implementing the Government’s Safety Strategies (2004-06 and 2007-10). Executive leadership was a catalyst in the department, critically reviewing and implementing new innovative ways in managing Occupational Health Safety and Injury Management. The department’s results during the strategies are: ▪ new injury claims dropped from 130 to 81 ▪ income maintenance costs of $1 694 174 declined to $1 195 332 (non-inflation adjusted) ▪ total claims expenditure of $2 958 955 has been contained to $2 964 008 (non-inflation adjusted) with $901 372 of this amount paid in redemptions - one off payments that reduce costs 90
  • 90. ▪ outstanding workers compensation liability was $9 718 038 and is now only $8 091 903.During 2009-10 the department was again recognised at the SelfInsurers of South Australia 2010 Awards by winning the award of‘Outstanding Employee Contribution to Work Health and Safety’.This is the third time an employee of the department has won anOccupational Health Safety and Welfare award at state level.Significant investment in the TAFE SA machine managementprogram continued this year. During the last two financial yearsapproximately three million dollars has been spent on improving thesafety of plant and equipment so that students, and TAFE SA staffare kept safe. The 2010-11 financial year will see an extra halfmillion dollars being allocated to fast track safety outcomes from theproject.The Improved Prevention of Psychological Injuries projectintroduced last year has resulted in positive outcomes andknowledge for the organisation. As a result the department hasallocated further funding for this positive work to continue.New Occupational Health Safety and Injury Managementchallenges will be faced by the department in the coming year andwill include; the National Harmonisation of Workplace Health andSafety, Skills for All, Sustainable Industries Education Centreimplementation and the relocation of aspects of TAFE SA business.The department is positioning itself to capitalise on thesechallenges.The department’s Executive insist that the department will berecognised as a premier workplace that provides the bestOccupational Health Safety and Injury Management solutions andrecognised as an employer of choice. This will be underpinned bythe implementation of the Governments new Safety Strategy 2010to 2015.People and Culture Plan 2010 - 2015With the expiry of the department’s Workforce DevelopmentPlatform in 2010, the department developed the People and CulturePlan 2010-2015.The People and Culture Plan 2010-2015 aims to position thedepartment as a capable and high performing organisation, tosupport the attainment of strategic objectives. The plan builds uponexisting strategies from the department’s Workforce DevelopmentPlatform and promotes new strategies that will add value to existingpractice and improve the capacity of the department. 91
  • 91. The People and Culture Plan provides five key focus areas that will support the development of effective organisational systems, processes and policies, in addition to successfully developing individuals and teams across our organisation. The five focus areas are:  attract and recruit the right people  develop our people  engage and connect our people  look after our people  increase our organisational capability. During 2010 work commenced on numerous new initiatives outlined in the plan. Some of these new initiatives include:  Leadership and Management Programs  Graduate Employment Program  Aboriginal Employment Strategy – including the Aboriginal Traineeship Program. The other initiatives outlined in the plan will continue to be rolled out in 2011 and beyond. The People and Culture Committee will promote and drive the delivery of these programs across the department.7.2 The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology’s accountability to the community is improved through sound budgeting and financial management systems (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.7, T1.8, T1.9) The department continues to give high priority to financial management improvement. This is supported by strong governance arrangements that locate the policy decision making required as part of budget development with Corporate Executive. Regular monitoring is the responsibility of the Budget and Finance Executive. Budget development is underpinned by a requirement for directorates and Institutes to formulate financial business plans that articulate the strategies that will be implemented to achieve the financial targets that have been set for each part of the organisation by Corporate Executive. Budget allocations are determined on the basis of departmental priorities and targets set out in the strategic plan. A regular mid year budget review process provides the mechanism for adjusting budgets based on actual requirements during the year, and for taking action on identified budget risks in time for 92
  • 92. adjustment measures to impact on the end of year position where required. The accountability of budget managers for budget performance is maintained through the preparation of monthly management reports. This includes that assessment of the year to date position and the review of the year end projected position is reviewed at the business unit level. Any emerging issues are identified including the proposed corrective action, for Budget Finance Executive Committee consideration. In 2009-10 the department again achieved a better than budget outcome.7.3 Information and communications technologies support and meet the needs of management and customers (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.7, T1.8, T1.9 and T4.8) Within the department’s governance framework, an Information Communications and Technology Governance Board exists. The board meets regularly to assess the department priorities with regard to Information and Communications Technology, ensures the department’s Information and Communications Technology compliance with whole-of-government Information and Communications Technology strategy and standards, and establishes and maintains appropriate communication mechanisms to inform departmental staff, stakeholders and suppliers on matters regarding Information and Communications Technology. The department launched its Online Application System for tender applications for the Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers 2011 funding allocation. 138 individual applicants successfully submitted 197 applications. Benefits of the web based tool include:  online access to multiple applications for the term of the tender  data verification of pre existing data sources including Australian business numbers and qualification details  the ability to upload attachments and  automation of application notification processes. In December 2010 the new system reduced total departmental internal assessment time for an allocation round from between 5.5 and 7 weeks to 4.5 weeks (an internal efficiency gain of 18-35%). Further planning occurred of the technical work required to improve the department’s capabilities in accessing critical business applications in the event of disaster. Areas where planning and 93
  • 93. initial equipment establishments have occurred are: preparation of Tea Tree Gully campus as the secondary network site for core applications and technological communications extension of the Glenside internet access (into and out of government) to Tea Tree Gully campus to enable technological communications availability in the event of Glenside Data Facility unavailability increased security and availability of the Student Information System technical environment as well as all the department’s core applicationsThe adoption of Microsoft’s Active Directory network authentication,identity management and file and print services has commencedand is progressing into full implementation in 2011.Significant upgrades and additional functionality to the department’sHuman Resources application will enable better processing ofHourly Paid Instructors and the automation of internal forms willimprove effectiveness and timeliness of staff placements.Improvements have occurred to the department’s capability inreporting through the further development of the Acumen DataWarehouse Project and financial management via the Budget Tollsimplementation.Student Information SystemThe Student Information System Project officially began with thesigning of the contract with SunGard Higher Education in June2009. Implementation activities have been underway in the 2009 –2010 financial year. The project currently remains on schedule andwithin budget forecasts for a completion by no later than June2012. The project is working towards the following milestones:1. all new admissions through the Student Information System by April 2011, which is currently on schedule2. core student management functions including all enrolments by June 2011, which is currently on schedule3. core plus functionality by January 2012, to deliver additional activities and functions, which is scheduled to begin July 2011.This significant project is being managed through a projectframework put in place for the project to manage risks and issues. 94
  • 94. 7.4 The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology’s business processes are efficient and effective in meeting the needs of management and customers (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.7, T1.8, T1.9) The processes and costs of administering the Productivity Places Program were reviewed in 2010 and improvements to departmental processes continue to be implemented. 82 of 138 Productivity Places Program for Job Seekers 2011 funding allocation applicants responded to a questionnaire about the new departmental Online Application System and 66 of these respondents indicated that they had applied for Productivity Places Program funding through the previous e-mail application process and of these:  60% indicated that the online application process saved them time  32% reported that it took the same time  8% reported that it took more time. The survey also collected red tape reduction contributions and indicated a total cost saving of $6100 to applicants assuming an administrative cost of $45 per hour for the 197 applications submitted. Two across government business systems were implemented in the department during 2010 to assist in ensuring the department’s business processes are effective and efficient. The across government Basware eProcurement system streamlined the invoice payment and purchase management processes. This web based functionality and electronic workflow will enable increased visibility of purchasing transactions and improve invoice processing efficiency and cycle times over time. Open Windows, the preferred Procurement and Contract Management System for the South Australian Government was implemented with the assistance of SA Health. This project enables the department to have a single Contract Register and supports and contributes to improving contract management throughout the department. This includes the use of templates as well as e-mail reminders for key contractual dates to improve contract visibility and management. 95
  • 95. Risk Management and Business ContinuityAn enterprise-wide Risk Management and Business ContinuitySystem was fully implemented during 2010 to align with strategicplanning, budgeting and reporting processes across thedepartment, with a robust risk reporting regime to CorporateExecutive and the Audit and Risk Management Committee on aquarterly basis.The risk management and business continuity system is also beingintegrated across the organisation into the department’sOccupational Health Safety and Welfare, procurement, asset,Information and Communications Technology, project management,grant management, business cases and reporting systems,processes and practices and, in particular, the planning, budgetingand decision making processes at each level of the organisation.Subsequent training of key stakeholders and desk-top testing of allfinal business continuity plans was completed during November -December 2010.Red Tape ReductionThe department’s Red Tape Reduction schedule progressed well in2010.An independent audit was conducted in November 2010 by Ernstand Young which found departmental projects to be on target tomeet the $14 million target by 2012.Optimising Corporate Support ServicesIn August Corporate Executive approved the establishment ofintegrated Corporate Services for: People and Culture Infrastructure and Procurement Information and Communications Technology Legislation and Delegations Risk Management and Audit Records Managementand the establishment of a Chief Financial Officer role for each ofthe TAFE institutes.Key elements of the proposal were that: while management of the services would be integrated, tactical and operational staff would retain close proximity and relationships to the business 96
  • 96.  service quality would be maintained through service agreements  savings and efficiencies would result Since the initial approval:  new structures were developed through workshops involving service providers and service receivers  positions were designed and classified  some staff were transitioned into the new structure, others won positions through selection processes  an overall reduction in full-time equivalents in support areas resulted  an Engagement Model has been developed for implementation with Institutes and Corporate during 2011.7.5 All customers receive a consistently high standard of service (Links to South Australia’s Strategic Plan Targets T1.7, T1.9) The department undertakes annual customer service satisfaction surveys with a sample of trainees, apprentices, and their employers. In 2009-10, 93% per cent of trainees and apprentices and 85% per cent of employers were satisfied with the standard of service they received from the department. The department has set a satisfaction target of 95% for both cohorts. In November 2010, Productivity Places Program for Job Seeker 2011 funding allocation applicants responded to a questionnaire about the new Productivity Places Program application process through the department’s Online Application system. Eighty two survey responses were received representing 59% of tender applicants for the round. The survey responses indicated the following satisfaction ratings for the overall service of the new approach:  99% satisfaction for the quality of the service delivery (n= 76)  97% satisfaction for accessibility of the service/product (n=77) and  95% satisfaction for the amount of time it took to get the service (n= 76). In addition, there was a:  95% satisfaction rating for the application guidelines accompanying the new application process (n=56)  92% satisfaction rating for departmental assistance provided via telephone/ e-mail during the tender call.(n=51). 97
  • 97. Results from the annual Student Outcomes Survey conducted bythe National Centre for Vocational Education Research showed: government-funded TAFE SA graduates had the highest satisfaction rating in the nation, 92.3 per cent. Higher than the national average of 88.7 per cent, the results were also an increase of 1.1 percentage points on 2009 results 75 per cent of government-funded TAFE SA graduates were employed after training, an increase of 2.2 percentage points on the 2009 figure (73 per cent) and above the national average (74.5 per cent) of the TAFE SA graduates who were employed after training in 2010, 76 per cent reported that their training was relevant to their current job and 72.3 per cent reported at least one-job related benefit. These figures were above the national average (75.1 per cent and 72.1 per cent respectively).The department provided timely and applicable advice to new andexisting training providers and university/higher educationinstitutions in meeting their regulatory requirements under theTraining and Skills Development Act, 2008. 98
  • 99. REPORT OF HUMAN RESOURCESWORKFORCE DATAThe following data is based on records from the Human Resource ManagementSystem, Empower.Hourly paid instructors are excluded from most data tables as they are employedunder different conditions and reported accordingly. To combine hourly paidinstructor data with regular staff information would result in data distortion.Full-Time EquivalentsEmployee numbers, gender and status (excluding hourly paid instructors)The following table depicts the total number of employee including persons and full-time equivalent employees).Total Number of Employees WorkforcePersons 3467Full-Time Equivalents 3143.70The following table depicts the total staff and gender composition of departmentalemployees.Gender Persons % Persons Full-time %Full-time Equivalents EquivalentsMale 1362 39.28 1318.96 41.96Female 2105 60.72 1824.74 58.04Totals 3467 100.00 3143.70 100.00The following table depicts the total staff who separated from, and staff who wererecruited to the agency.Number of Persons who were recruited to and separated from the departmentSeparated from the department 623Recruited to the department 453 100
  • 100. Number of Persons on Leave Without PayOn Leave Without Pay 138Hourly Paid InstructorsIn total, 1972 individual hourly paid instructors (as 235.97 full-time equivalent)provided 226 531 teaching hours at a cost of $12.9 million. Employees by Salary Bracket 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 $0 - $47999 $48000 - $60999 $61000 - $78999 $79000 - $98999 $99000+ Male FemaleStatus of employees in current position (excluding hourly paid instructors)Hereunder shows the total staff and the full-time equivalent staff by employmentstatus in their current position. Short-term contracts are under two years; long termcontracts are over two years.Persons Ongoing Short-Term Long- Other Total Contract Term (Casuals) ContractMale 1213 134 15 19 1381Female 1859 232 14 79 2184Total 3072 366 29 98 3565*Some staff have more than one part time position therefore are counted more than oncein the head count but are not double counted in the FTE figure.FTEs Ongoing Short-Term Long- Other Total Contract Term (Casuals) ContractMale 1182.85 121.11 15.00 5.94 1324.90Female 1618.09 193.55 13.10 31.86 1856.61Total 2800.94 314.66 28.10 37.81 3181.51 101
  • 101. Employees by Gender and Employment Status 2,000 1,800 1,600 1,400 1,200 1,000 800 600 400 200 0 Ongoing Short Term Contract Long Term Contract Casuals HPIs Male FemaleExecutive ProfileThis table shows the number of executive employees earning per annum or more intheir current positions.Number of Executives by Gender and ClassificationClassification Tenure Female MaleEM-C Y 7 4EXEC ULE N 0 1SAES-1 N 13 11SAES-2 N 2 4 Total 22 20Leave ManagementThe following table depicts the average days taken per full-time equivalent(excluding hourly paid instructors). Sick leave is inclusive of Family Carer’s leave.Leave Management (Average Days) 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10Sick Leave 7.26 7.59 8.21 8.20Special Leave with Pay 2.10 2.29 2.46 3.19WORKFORCE DIVERSITYAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander EmployeesThis 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. 102
  • 102. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees Male Female Total % of Agency %Target* 27 50 77 2.22 2%*Target set by South Australia’s Strategic PlanWORKFORCE PLANNINGAboriginal Employment StrategyThe Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2010-2015 Building a Culturally InclusiveWorkplace has been developed to enhance and build on the outcomes achievedunder the department’s previous Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2005-2010. Thestrategy continues to develop and implement new programs and initiatives forAboriginal and non Aboriginal staff to work towards building a culturally inclusiveenvironment.The following projects have been developed: Aboriginal Traineeship Program The department’s Aboriginal Traineeship Program was first implemented in January 2009 to increase the employment rate of Aboriginal people in the department. To date, 31 trainees have been employed since the program has been implemented with 13 graduating in 2009 and 7 graduating in 2010. The Aboriginal Traineeship Program includes a number of key features designed to support the trainees to be successful in their placement such as:  Mentoring through Aboriginal Mentoring Program  Tutorial assistance  Culturally guided selection  Group intake  Group training  Comprehensive pre-placement program. An evaluation of the traineeship program has been completed and a new Aboriginal Traineeship Program will commence in February 2011 incorporating the recommended changes for continued improvement of the program. Aboriginal Mentoring Program The Aboriginal mentoring program was implemented in January 2009 to complement the Aboriginal Traineeship Program to provide support and assist the trainees during their placement. Changes to further enhance the success of this program are currently being investigated. 103
  • 103.  Cultural Respect Training In 2010, Corporate Executive endorsed compulsory Cultural Respect Training to be implemented across the department. As of 1 December 2010, 250 staff had attended the training. It is anticipated that all departmental staff will attend the training over the next three years. The Cultural Respect Training, Interactive Ochre is delivered through the TAFE SA Regional, Aboriginal Access Centres.Number of Employees by Age Bracket and GenderThis table shows the total staff by gender and age bracket. The workforcebenchmark is the % of Employed Total as at June 2010.Age Bracket Female Male Total % of Total Workforce Benchmark15 - 19 years 9 4 13 0.37 6.1420 - 24 years 56 21 77 2.22 10.6425 - 29 years 116 56 172 4.96 10.2130 - 34 years 189 92 281 8.10 9.5035 - 39 years 220 112 332 9.58 10.8440 - 44 years 253 147 400 11.54 11.6545 - 49 years 307 184 491 14.16 12.2850 - 54 years 372 253 625 18.03 10.7155 - 59 years 358 252 610 17.59 9.4560 - 64 years 174 186 360 10.38 5.90Over 65 Years 51 55 106 3.06 2.67Total 2105 1362 3467 100.00 100.00 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Demographic Statistics, 6291.0.55.001 Labour Force Status (ST LM8) total from Supertable, SA at as June 2010 Age distribution of Employees by Gender 65+ 60-64 55-59 50-54 45-49 40-44 35-39 30-34 Male 25-29 Female 20-24 15-19 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 104
  • 104. Cultural and Linguistic DiversityThis table depicts the number of staff who reported being overseas or who speak alanguage other than English at home. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Male Female Total % of % SA Agency Community Number of employees born 93 154 247 7.12 20.20 overseas Number of employees who 62 73 135 3.89 11.76 speak language(s) other than English at home *Benchmarks from ABS Publication Basic Community Profile (SA) Cat No. 2001.0Number of Employees with Ongoing DisabilitiesThis table depicts the number of staff who reported having an ongoing disability. Number of Employees with Ongoing Disabilities Male Female Total % of Agency 3 4 7 0.20 Note: Unable to state whether they need Workplace AdaptationNumber of Employees with Disabilities Requiring Workplace Adaption Male Female Total % of Agency 3 4 7 0.20Performance DevelopmentAs the Employee Climate survey (known as BULB) is administered every two yearsthe data for performance development is the same as the 2009 information. Thisdata demonstrated that there have been improvements in the area of performancemanagement from the last survey in 2007.Managers have actioned the results of the 2007 survey to focus on a model ofcontinuous improvement in performance management including discussingemployees’ strengths. Although there is still a need to improve the numbers ofemployees undertaking performance reviews, it demonstrates that managers arealso focussing on an employee’s longer term career goals and the skills required inorder to achieve their goals, as well as the skills and abilities required in their currentrole.A summary of the 2009 results relating specifically to performance management areas follows: 66% of respondents indicated they had had a performance review in the last 12 months, compared to 65% in 2007 70% of respondents reported that the review focused on their strengths (same as for 2007) 105
  • 105.  52% of respondents reported that the review focused on their career prospects compared with 47% in 2007 60% of employees reported that their manager placed a strong emphasis on specific suggestions for improvement as opposed to 53% in 2007 60% said their manager also placed a strong emphasis on skills to develop in the future as opposed to 55% in 2007.There will be a stronger focus on performance management in 2011 where thedepartmental system will be reviewed and updated to promote best practice. Employees with… % Total Workforce A review within the past 12 months 66% A review 0% No review 34%Leadership and Management DevelopmentLeadership and management training is funded across the department by bothindividual directorates and TAFE institutes, as well as centrally via the SharedBusiness Services directorate.The majority of TAFE SA employees are TAFE Act lecturers; therefore staffdevelopment expenditure is spent predominantly in the areas of teaching andlearning to ensure lecturers have relevant knowledge and skills to grow the business.Leadership and Management Training ExpenditureTraining and Development Total Cost % of Total Salary ExpenditureTotal training and development expenditure $139 643.00 0.06%Total leadership and management $153 914.00 0.06%development expenditureAccredited Training PackagesThe accredited training packages in the table below are sourced from the PublicService Training Package.By Classification Classification Number of Accredited Training Packages ASO3 – ASO5 – Management PSP51104 - Diploma of Government Development Program (Management); PSP51304 - Diploma of Government (Project Management) ASO6 and above – Leadership BSB51107 - Diploma of Management Development Program ASO2 and above PSP40104 – Certificate IV in Government 106
  • 106. People and Cultural DevelopmentVoluntary Flexible Working ArrangementsThis table depicts the various components of voluntary flexible workingarrangements which are accessed by departmental staff.Voluntary Flexible Working Arrangements by Gender Male Female TotalPurchased leave 1 5 6Flexitime 432 1086 1518Compressed weeks 6 14 20Part-time job share 0 4 4Working from home 4 11 15Flexitime and working from home 4 21 25Part-time job share and working from home 0 2 2Compressed weeks and working from home 1 0 1None 857 858 1715Unknown 56 105 161Total 1361 2106 3467Workforce DevelopmentLeadership and Management Capability Development SystemThe Leadership and Management Capability Development System was launched inFebruary 2010 with the intention of developing the department’s current and high-potential managers and leaders. All programs within the system focus on managingor leading within the department, as well as the wider South Australian public sector.The system was flexible to enable departmental employees to enter the system andattend relevant programs based on their learning needs, then exit based on theircareer aspirations.The Leadership and Management Capability Development System comprised of thefollowing three programs:1. Management Development program2. Leadership Development program3. Leadership Action Learning Teams program. 107
  • 107. Key components of the program Program # of Development Mentoring/coaching Project participants workshops Management 14 1-2 day Mentoring by a Group Development workshops middle-level manager project program held each month Leadership 21 1-2 day Mentoring by a Group Development workshops departmental project program held each Executive month Leadership Action 10 2 day Individual Executive Individual Learning Teams workshops coaching sessions (6) project program held every 6-8 weeks Total 45Management Development ProgramThe Management Development program was aimed at developing operationalmanagement skills at the AS03 + and equivalent lecturers (levels 4, 5 and 6). Theprogram was aligned to the Diploma of Government (Management) and the Diplomaof Government (Project Management). Some of the topics covered includedmanaging performance, client services, public sector ethics, risk management,diversity and managing resources.Leadership Development ProgramThe Leadership Development program was aimed at developing higher levelleadership skills at the AS06 + and equivalent lecturers (levels 6, 7 and 8). Theprogram was aligned to the Diploma of Government and the Diploma of Government(Project Management). Some of the main topics covered in the program includeddeveloping leadership, emotional intelligence, public sector ethics, risk managementand strategic project management.Leadership Action Learning Teams programThe Leadership Action Learning Teams program was aimed at developing staff thathave identified as high-potential Executive in the South Australian ExecutiveServices competency framework. This program was directed at AS07+ and at theTAFE Educational Manager level. It covered the five South Australian ExecutiveServices competencies of shapes strategic think and change, achieves results,drives business excellence (innovation), forges relationships and engages others, aswell as exemplifies personal drive and professionalism.Equal Opportunity ProgramsThe South Australia Works in the public sector suite of programs provideopportunities to train and work in the public sector, especially for people who aredisadvantaged in the job market. 108
  • 108. It also helps develop a highly skilled and responsive public sector workforce by: targeting employment and training opportunities across the state, particularly in regional areas, through traineeships, apprenticeships and cadetships expanding employment opportunities for young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with a disability, people who are long term unemployed and people who currently are, or previously were, under the Guardianship of the Minister for Families and Communities.South Australia Works includes the following public sector programs: CareerStart SA CareerStart SA provides traineeship, apprenticeship and cadetship employment opportunities for young people to enter the workforce in the South Australian public sector. This program helps young people to kick start a career while also helping public sector departments to find appropriate staff. Skills Register The Skills Register provides graduating trainees, apprentices and cadets with post placement support including referrals to short term vacancies within the state public sector. Departmental directorates and TAFE institutes endeavour to give priority consideration to participants listed with the Disability Employment Registers (coordinated by Disability Works Australian Ltd) and the abovementioned programs for employment within the agency. Processes used to select members of as participants of public sector equal employment opportunity programs are considered to be merit based selection processes in line with the Public Sector Act 2009.Human Resources and Industrial RelationsPreparation and negotiation of the TAFE (Education Staff) Arbitrated EnterpriseBargaining Award 2009 was undertaken, including representation and approvalbefore the Industrial Commission of South Australia. This provided TAFE act staffwith a separate Agreement and wages outcome from the previously jointarrangements with the schooling sector.The preparation and negotiation, including the ballot processes, of three Wage ParityEnterprise Agreements for all Public Sector Act and Weekly Paid staff was alsoundertaken.A total of 28 staff disciplinary or grievance complaints were investigated by theIndustrial Relations Unit with 22 being satisfactorily completed and six still pending. 109
  • 109. Systems Being DevelopedHRB5 Automation ProjectThis project is developing a new system for the automation/workflow of thedepartment’s personnel form for new contracts, extension and position managementis being developed utilising aspects of existing modules within the currentHuman Resource Management System. The introduction of this process will ensureimproved time efficiencies and capturing of both data and information in regard torecruitment processes. It is anticipated that implementation of the automation/workflow will occur in 2011.Hourly Paid Instructor Time and Attendance ProjectThis project has a number of primary objectives, specifically to provide a system toprocess hourly paid instructors, once the Student Management System isdecommissioned in Empower’s Time and Attendance module in mid-2011. Thissystem will reduce the cost, effort and time-frame for processing hour paid instructorclaims and also reduce the risk of data errors and security exposure. Furthermore, itwill improve effectiveness to meet the Auditor-General’s requirements. Recording ofhourly paid instructor information will be improved in Empower to enable bettermanagement information and will assist in implementing consistent business processacross TAFE SA for the claims/payment of hourly paid instructor’s. The anticipatedimplementation date is March/April 2011.Employee Assistance ProgramThe Employee Assistance Program continues to be available to all staff and familymembers. It offers confidential, impartial and culturally sensitive counselling supportto employees and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A total of 153 newreferrals accessed the service from January to December 2010. Services used wereclinical counselling and consultancy advisory services.Child ProtectionThe department has continued to implement child protect initiatives. Criminal HistoryChecks continued to be undertaken by employees and volunteers throughout 2010.Relevant employees have continued to undertake Mandated Notification Training asappropriate and in line with relevant legislative requirements.Employment Opportunity ProgramsThis table depicts the number of trainees and apprentices and cadets within thedepartment. Apprentices are also classified under Trainee awards and cannot beidentified separately. Apprentices, Trainees and Cadets Male Female Apprentices 0 0 Trainees 5 15 110
  • 110. Graduate ProgramThe Graduate Employment Strategy 2010-2015 comprises the introduction of acoordinated, annual approach to employ 15 graduates within the department. Toaddress identified government skills shortages, graduates will be recruited todisciplines that include policy, economics, commerce, accounting/finance, humanresources and Information and Communications Technology.Graduates will commence in January of each year and will participate in a structuredprogram that includes placement rotations across the department’s business units,and completion of a tailored departmental Graduate Development Program. Thesalary and development cost for the 15 graduates is centrally funded. The first in-take of graduates were recruited from the South Australian Government GraduateRegister and will commence in January 2011.It is noted that some directorates/institutes across the department may seek toemploy additional graduates, or fill graduate-level positions in excess of the 15graduates who will be recruited as part of the formal Graduate Employment Strategy.This second form of graduate recruitment, to be met at the cost of individualbusiness units, will continue to be encouraged. Graduates employed within individualworkgroups will still participate and be included in all aspects of the GraduateDevelopment Program (minus rotations). 111
  • 111. Occupational Health, Safety and Injury Management9 2009-10 2008-09 2007-081 OHS Legislative Requirements (includes incidents involving students, contractors and visitors) Number of notifiable occurrences pursuant to OHS&W Regulations 11 (4 from 7 (3 from 6 (1 from student Division 6.6 students and 3 students) and 3 from from contractors) contractors) Number of notifiable injuries pursuant to OHS&W Regulations 1 (student) 1 3 (1 from student Division 6.6 & 1 from visitor) Number of notices served pursuant to OHS&W Act s35, s39 and s40 4 (3 from 12 2 students) (relate to 4 incidents)2 Injury Management Legislative Requirements Total number of new claimants who participated in the rehabilitation 30 23 17 program Total number of employees rehabilitated and reassigned to 2 2 0 alternative duties Total number of employees rehabilitated back to their original work 6 4 63 WorkCover Action Limits Number of open claims as at 30 June 2010 163 182 178 Percentage of workers compensation expenditure over gross annual 0.0123 0.0137 0.0138 remuneration4 Number of Injuries Number of new workers compensation claims in the financial year 81 74 84 Number of fatalities, lost time injuries, medical treatment only (F) 0 0 0 (LTI) 33 27 16 (MTO) 48 47 68 Total number of whole working days lost 6141 8198 79695 Cost of Workers Compensation Cost of new claims for the financial year $440 676.84 $417 801.63 $513 927.00 Cost of all claims excluding lump sum payments $1 957 661 $2 328 242 $2 337 784.00 Amount paid for lump sum payments (s42, s43, s44) $1 154 284 $726 837 $644 973.00 Total claims expenditure $3 111 945 $3 055 079 $2 982 757.00 Total amount recovered from external sources (s54) $147 937 $0.00 $745.00 Budget allocation for workers compensation $3 200 000 $3 200 000 $3 000 000.00 Actuarial (Outstanding) Liability $8 091 903.00 $7 411 427 $9 151 328.006 Trends 10 Injury frequency rate for new lost-time injury/disease for each 5.90 4.86 2.85 million hours worked Most frequent cause (mechanism) of injury Body Stressing Body Stressing Body Stressing Most expensive cause (mechanism) of injury Mental Stress Mental Stress Mental Stress 9 Occupational Health Safety and Injury Management Reporting is based on financial year as determined by the Australian Standard. Prior to 2006/07 reporting was based on Calendar Year as determined by the TAFE Act. 10 Based on Lost Time Flag (i.e. ≥ 1 day or shift) 112
  • 113. FINANCIAL REPORTFinancial OverviewOn a comparative basis to 2008-09, expenses increased in 2009-10 by 4.7 per cent;made up of a 7.4 per cent increase in salaries, 4.1 per cent increase for goods andservices and 32.1 per cent increase in other expenses and decreases of 9.9 per centfor depreciation and 86.3 per cent for net loss from disposal of non-current assets.After allowing for the payment of Targeted Voluntary Separation Packages($18 million) employee benefits decreased in real terms from 2008-09 in line withbudget.The department’s income excluding ‘Revenues from Government’ decreased by 21.0per cent during 2009-10 driven predominantly by a decrease in Commonwealthrevenue (43.2 per cent) as a result of the implementation of new arrangements forvocational education and training specific purpose funding from 1 January 2009where these revenues are now received by the Department of Treasury and Financeand lower other grants and contributions (30.0 per cent) principally due to lowergrants for the Labour Market Adjustment Program from the Department of Trade andEconomic Development to provide training for retrenched workers. The decrease inCommonwealth revenue is partly offset by increases in agency fees and charges(6.7 per cent) arising from higher domestic fee for service revenue and higherrevenue from overseas students.The tables provided in this section set out a summary of the actual results for the2009-10 financial year. The detailed financial statements reflecting actual results for2009-10 are presented under ’Financial Information’.Summary of Financial Information Actual Actual 2008-09 2009-10 $’000 $’000 Statement of Comprehensive Income: Expenses 537 753 513 401 Income 179 518 227 139 Net Cost of Providing Services 358 235 286 262 Revenues from Government 398 710 276 996 Net Result 40 475 (9 266) 114
  • 114. Net ResultThe improvement in the Net Result from 2008-09 to 2009-10 is principally due to theimpact of Commonwealth funding for Better TAFE Facilities and TrainingInfrastructure Investment for Tomorrow, the majority of which was spent on assetinfrastructure improvements and recorded as an increase to property, plant andequipment in the balance sheet. The remainder of the surplus is due to underspending on the Productivity Places Program partly offset by expenditure oncarryovers approved from 2008-09.Operating RevenuesTotal actual operating revenues, including revenues from government for 2009-10were $578.2 million. The principal source of funding for the department is stategovernment appropriation which totalled $398.7 million, an increase of $121.7 millioncompared to 2008-09 which principally reflects the impact of the new arrangementsfor Commonwealth vocational education and training specific purpose revenues from1 January 2009 where these revenues are now received by the Department ofTreasury and Finance. Other operating revenues included Commonwealth grants of$65.8 million and $99.5 million from student and other fees and charges.The chart below depicts an overview of revenue sources for 2009-10 State Government Funding $398.7 million Commonwealth Grants $65.8 million Student Enrolment Fees & Charges $33.7 million O Sales/Fee for Service $65.8 million Other Grants and Contributions $9.9 miilion Other $4.4 millionOperating ExpensesActual Employee benefits of $290.6 million for 2009-10 constituted 54 percent of thetotal operating expenses of $537.8 million. Grants and subsidies expenses totalled$72.3 million including $25.3 million for science and information economy programs,$22.1 million for employment programs, $11.0 million for Tertiary Student TransportConcessions and $8.2 million for vocational education and training programs.The other major component of operating expenses (supplies and services)amounted to $156.2 million. Included in this category were $41.7 million for fundingto non-TAFE providers for vocational education and training, $19.1 million for minorworks, maintenance and equipment, $18.6 million for fees for contracted services, 115
  • 115. $17.7 million for information technology infrastructure and communication, and $11.7million for printing and consumables. A further $17.8 million was charged todepreciation expense.The chart below depicts an overview of operating expenses for 2009-10 Employee Benefits $290.6 million Supplies and Services $156.2 million Grants and Subsidies $72.3 million Depreciation $17.8 million Other $0.8 million 116
  • 116. Overview of Operating Expenses 2009-10The following table depicts how expenditure was applied to the following activities in accordance with approved strategic priorities: $467.8 million Employment and Skills Formation – Vocational Education and Training. Provision of post secondary vocational education and training by TAFE SA and other 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. $31.7 million Employment and Skills Formation – Learning, Workforce Development and Employment. Addressing the state’s economic development and social inclusion objectives by: - providing opportunities for people to participate in employment, training, skills development and adult community education - meeting the current and future labour and skills needs of industry - providing state and national policy advice. $15.4 million Science, Technology and Innovation – Science and Innovation. Provision of high level strategic advice to the Minister on maximising economic, environmental and social benefits from the state’s scientific research and innovation by: - identifying strategic priorities for State Government investment - raising awareness and understanding of the 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) 117
  • 117. $7.6 million Science, Technology and Innovation – Bioscience Industry Development. Development of the bioscience industry through providing assistance in business development, finance, infrastructure and marketing. $5.7 million Employment and Skills Formation – Regulatory Services. Administering the state’s further education and training system through: - provision of registration, accreditation and approval services for registered training organisations - quality oversight of the State vocational education system through the Training and Skills Commission - administration of apprenticeships and traineeships - providing state and national policy advice. $5.3 million1. Science, Technology and Innovation – Information Economy. Provision of high level strategic policy advice to the Minister and Government on the information economy and the Information and Communications Technology 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; and - facilitates bids for significant Commonwealth grants. (Includes funding for Broadband Development) $2.7 million Employment and Skills Formation – International and Higher Education. 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 on higher education policy and planning. $1.6 million Science, Technology and Innovation – Technology Investment. Provision of seed capital and business guidance to innovative companies commercialising research and development. $537.8 millionTotal 118
  • 118. Sustainable Budget CommissionThe department had constructive engagement with the Sustainable BudgetCommission process during 2010. This engagement resulted in budget measures of$45 million to be achieved by 2013-14, which are a combination of expenditure,revenue and asset sales.Overview of Savings TaskForward Estimates Savings Task for the department($ 000) Number 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 of Budget Estimate Estimate Estimate measures 2010-11 Budget measures Included in enhanced 14 10 476 22 456 37 960 42 155 monitoring 2008-09 Mid-Year Budget 1 587 1 798 2 445 2 494 Review Full-time Equivalent target Total 15 11 063 24 254 40 405 44 649 Associated Full-Time 106.0 146.1 170.5 221.5 Equivalent Reduction Detail and total as per the 2010-11 Budget Measures Statement.Overview of Implementation PlanBudget measures are a combination of expenditure efficiencies, asset sales,revenue measures and grant/service rationalisation.The department’s priority in implementation planning will be to both meet budgetrequirements and deliver on the government’s objective of increasing skill levels inthe labour force. 119
  • 120. Statement of Comprehensive Income for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 Note 2010 2009 $000 $000EXPENSESEmployee Benefits 5 290,632 270,505Supplies and Services 6 156,180 150,005Grants and Subsidies 7 72,305 71,642Depreciation 8 17,818 19,772Net Loss from the Disposal of Non-Current Assets 15 131 957Other Expenses 9 687 520Total EXPENSES 537,753 513,401INCOMECommonwealth Grants 11 65,792 115,774Student and Other Fees and Charges 12 99,456 91,483Other Grants and Contributions 13 9,889 14,061Interest 14 11 24Other Income 16 4,370 5,797Total INCOME 179,518 227,139NET COST OF PROVIDING SERVICES 358,235 286,262REVENUES FROM/PAYMENTS TO SA GOVERNMENTRevenues from SA Government 17 408,633 290,246Less Payments to SA Government 17 9,923 13,250Total REVENUES FROM/PAYMENTS TO SA GOVERNMENT 398,710 276,996NET RESULT 40,475 (9,266)OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOMEChanges in property, plant and equipment asset revaluationsurplus 0 150,577Change in Financial Assets Available-for-sale revaluationsurplus 685 602Total COMPREHENSIVE RESULT 41,160 141,913THE NET RESULT AND COMPREHENSIVE RESULT AREATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SA GOVERNMENT AS OWNER 121
  • 121. Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2010 Note 2010 2009 $000 $000CURRENT ASSETSCash and Cash Equivalents 18 85,981 77,788Receivables 19 17,898 20,780Inventories 22 972 935Non-current assets classified as held for sale 20 0 419Total CURRENT ASSETS 104,851 99,922NON-CURRENT ASSETSReceivables 19 248 266Investments 28 3,891 3,206Property, Plant and Equipment 21 659,593 626,170Total NON-CURRENT ASSETS 663,732 629,642TOTAL ASSETS 768,583 729,564CURRENT LIABILITIESPayables 23 39,407 32,577Employee benefits 24 23,898 23,730Provisions 25 1,934 1,896Unearned Revenue 26 7,211 11,539Other Current Liabilities 27 1,135 6,761Total CURRENT LIABILITIES 73,585 76,503NON-CURRENT LIABILITIESPayables 23 2,023 2,025Employee benefits 24 48,379 48,329Provisions 25 6,306 5,717Total NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 56,708 56,071TOTAL LIABILITIES 130,293 132,574NET ASSETS 638,290 596,990EQUITYRetained Earnings 30 411,508 370,893Financial Asset Available-for-Sale Revaluation surplus 30 1,287 602Asset revaluation surplus 30 225,495 225,495Total EQUITY 638,290 596,990The Total Equity is attributable to the SA Governmentas owner.UNRECOGNISED CONTRACTUAL COMMITMENTS 31CONTINGENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 32 122
  • 122. Statement of Changes in Equity for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 Financial Asset Available- Asset for-Sale Note Revaluation Revaluation Retained No. Surplus Surplus Earnings Total $000 $000 $000 $000Net Result for 2007-08 0 0 (18,494) (18,494)Investments Adjustment 0 0 30 30Gain on buildings during 2007-08 520 0 0 520Loss on revaluation of library during2007-08 (2,015) 0 0 (2,015)Error correction 0 0 1,820 1,820Total comprehensive result 2007-08 (1,495) 0 (16,644) (18,139)Restated balance at 30 June 2008 74,918 0 380,159 455,077Net Result for 2008-09 0 0 (8,066) (8,066)Gain on buildings during 2008-09 54,681 0 0 54,681Gain on land during 2008-09 95,896 0 0 95,896Error correction 0 602 (1,200) (598)Total comprehensive result 2008-09 150,577 602 (9,266) 141,913Restated balance at 30 June 2009 225,495 602 370,893 596,990Net Result for 2009-10 0 0 40,475 40,475Change in Financial Assets available-for-sale 0 685 0 685Total comprehensive result 2009-10 0 685 40,475 41,160Net assets transferred as a result of anadministrative restructure 0 0 140 140Balance at 30 June 2010 225,495 1,287 411,508 638,290All changes in equity are attributable to the SA Government as owner 225,495 1,287 411,508 638,290 - - 0 (0) 123
  • 123. Statement of Cash Flows for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 2010 2009 Note $000 $000 Inflows Inflows (Outflows) (Outflows)CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES CASH OUTFLOWS Employee benefit payments (291,016) (266,338) Payments for supplies and services (177,081) (172,209) Payments of grants and subsidies (72,305) (71,642) GST paid to the ATO (4,126) (4,199) Other payments (835) (884) Cash used in operations (545,363) (515,272) CASH INFLOWS Commonwealth grants 65,792 115,774 Student and other fees and charges 93,753 99,476 Other grants and contributions 9,831 12,250 Interest received 11 24 GST recovered from the ATO 18,566 17,697 Other receipts 8,578 4,791 Cash generated from operations 196,531 250,012 CASH FLOWS FROM SA GOVERNMENT: Receipts from SA Government 408,633 290,246 Payments to SA Government (9,923) (13,250) Cash generated from SA Government 398,710 276,996 Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 36 49,878 11,736CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Cash Outflows Purchase of property, plant and equipment (34,418) (7,264) Purchase of intangibles (7,338) (445) Cash used in investing activities (41,756) (7,709) 124
  • 124. Cash Inflows Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment 613 643 Cash generated from investing activities 613 643 Net Cash used in Investing Activities (41,143) (7,066)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Cash Outflows Cash transferred as a result of restructuring activities (542) (462) Cash used in financing activities (542) (462) Net Cash used in financing activities (542) (462)NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 8,193 4,208CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT 1 JULY 2009 77,788 73,580CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT 30 JUNE 2010 18 85,981 77,788 85,981 77,788 0 (0) 125
  • 125. Disaggregated Disclosures – Expenses and Income for the Year Ended June 2010 Employment and Skills Formation Science, Technology and InnovationExpenses/Income Vocational Learning, Regulatory International Total Education Workforce Dev Services and Higher and Information Bioscience Training & Employment Education Science and Economy Industry Technology Innovation Development Investment $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000ExpensesEmployee benefits 270,987 11,326 4,067 872 1,483 1,897 0 0 290,632Supplies and services 148,811 4,856 1,279 222 528 485 0 0 156,181Grants and subsidies 29,453 15,471 360 1,617 13,362 2,898 7,556 1,587 72,304Depreciation 17,818 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17,818Net Loss on disposal of assets 122 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 131Other expenses 651 18 13 1 2 2 0 0 687Total Expenses 467,842 31,676 5,721 2,712 15,376 5,283 7,556 1,587 537,753IncomeCommonwealth grants 65,068 573 4 1 44 102 0 0 65,792Student and other fees andcharges 99,447 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 99,456Other grants and contributions 8,619 1,266 1 2 0 1 0 0 9,889Interest income 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11Other income 3,466 68 694 18 90 34 0 0 4,370Total Income 176,611 1,912 701 21 135 138 0 0 179,518Net Cost of Providing Services 291,231 29,764 5,020 2,691 15,241 5,145 7,556 1,587 358,235Revenues from/payments toSA GovernmentRevenues from SA Government 339,750 29,845 5,870 4,281 15,062 4,682 7,556 1,587 408,633Payments to SA Government (9,923) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (9,923)Net Result 38,596 81 850 1,590 (179) (463) 0 0 40,475 126
  • 126. Disaggregated Disclosures – Assets and Liabilities for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 Employment and Skills Formation Science, Technology and InnovationAssets/Liabilities Vocational Learning, Regulatory International Education Workforce Dev Services and Higher General/ and Science and Information Bioscience Not Training & Employment Education Innovation Economy Industry Technology attributable Total Development Investment $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 AssetsCash & CashEquivalents 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 85,981 85,981Receivables 12,232 0 637 4 2 22 0 0 5,249 18,146Inventories 972 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 972Non-current AssetsHeld for Sale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Investments 0 0 0 3,891 0 0 0 0 0 3,891Property, Plant &Equipment 659,399 115 39 6 15 19 0 0 0 659,593Total Assets 672,603 115 676 3,901 17 41 0 0 91,230 768,583LiabilitiesPayables 26,443 1,947 55 109 15 142 0 0 12,719 41,430Employee Benefits 66,939 2,942 1,306 178 407 505 0 0 0 72,277Provisions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8,240 8,240Unearned Revenue 7,211 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7,211Other Liabilities 1,031 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 98 1,135Total Liabilities 101,624 4,894 1,362 287 422 647 0 0 21,057 130,293Net Assets 570,979 (4,779) (686) 3,614 (405) (606) 0 0 70,173 638,290 127
  • 127. Disaggregated Disclosures – Expenses and Income for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 Employment and Skills Formation Science, Technology and InnovationExpenses/Income Vocational Learning, Regulatory International Office for Total Education Workforce Dev Services and Higher Information Youth Bioscience &Training & Employment Education Science and Economy Industry Technology Innovation Development Investment $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000ExpensesEmployee benefits 251,161 9,473 3,578 666 1,615 1,698 0 0 2,314 270,505Supplies and services 140,615 5,488 1,122 412 806 681 0 0 881 150,005Grants and subsidies 27,878 15,429 324 1,457 15,124 280 8,017 1,545 1,588 71,642Depreciation 19,772 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19,772Net Loss on disposal of assets 849 57 17 4 9 9 0 0 12 957Other expenses 470 34 5 1 3 3 0 0 4 520Total Expenses 440,745 30,481 5,046 2,540 17,557 2,671 8,017 1,545 4,799 513,401IncomeCommonwealth grants 113,643 1,903 0 0 0 105 0 0 123 115,774Student and other fees andcharges 91,483 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 91,483Other grants and contributions 12,140 921 774 150 66 0 0 0 10 14,061Interest income 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24Other income 4,493 0 388 599 126 0 0 0 191 5,797Total Income 221,783 2,824 1,162 749 192 105 0 0 324 227,139Net Cost of ProvidingServices 218,962 27,657 3,884 1,791 17,365 2,566 8,017 1,545 4,475 286,262Revenues from/payments toSA GovernmentRevenues from SAGovernment 222,724 23,588 5,830 2,168 19,006 2,732 8,017 1,545 4,636 290,246Payments to SA Government (13,250) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (13,250)Net Result (9,488) (4,069) 1,946 377 1,641 166 0 0 161 (9,266) 128
  • 128. Disaggregated Disclosures – Assets and Liabilities for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 Employment and Skills Formation Science, Technology and InnovationAssets/Liabilities Vocational Learning, Regulatory International Workforce Office General/ Education Dev Services and Higher for Not Total Science Youth attributable and & and Information Bioscience Training Employment Education Innovation Economy Industry Technology Development Investment $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 AssetsCash & CashEquivalents 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 77,788 77,788Receivables 15,732 295 1,277 0 9 0 0 0 77 3,656 21,046Inventories 935 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 935Non-currentAssets Held forSale 419 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 419Investments 0 0 0 3,206 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,206Property, Plant &Equipment 625,641 265 88 19 45 48 0 0 64 0 626,170Total Assets 642,727 560 1,365 3,225 54 48 0 0 141 81,444 729,564LiabilitiesPayables 26,269 787 195 42 1,795 75 0 0 222 5,217 34,602EmployeeBenefits 66,869 2,421 1,166 247 425 467 0 0 464 0 72,059Provisions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7,613 7,613UnearnedRevenue 11,199 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 185 11,539Other Liabilities 6,761 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6,761Total Liabilities 111,098 3,363 1,361 289 2,220 542 0 0 686 13,015 132,574Net Assets 531,629 (2,803) 4 2,936 (2,166) (494) 0 0 (545) 68,429 596,990 129
  • 129. Notes to the Statement of Comprehensive Income for the Year Ended 30 June 2010 2010 20095 Employee Benefits $000 $000 Salaries and Wages (including Annual Leave) 222,387 220,758 Superannuation 23,543 24,137 Payroll Tax 12,942 12,508 Long Service Leave 8,876 9,670 Workers’ Compensation 3,827 1,699 Targeted Voluntary Separation Payments 18,006 0 Other Employee Related Costs 1,051 1,733 290,632 270,505 Targeted Voluntary Separation Packages (TVSPs) 2010 2009 $000 $000 Amount paid to these employees: TVSPs 18,006 0 Annual Leave and Long Service Leave Accrued paid during the Period 5,233 0 23,239 0 Funding from the Department of Treasury and Finance (refer note 17) 9,152 0 Net amount paid to employees 14,087 0 Number of Employees who were paid TVSPs during the reporting period 161 0 Remuneration of Employees The number of employees whose remuneration received or receivable falls within the following bands: 130
  • 130. 2010 2010 2009 Number of Number of Number of Employees Employees Employees (Including (Excluding TVSP) TVSP)$100 000 to $109 999 130 130 107$110 000 to $119 999 54 54 32$120 000 to $129 999 25 25 20$130 000 to $139 999 10 10 5$140 000 to $149 999 2 2 2$150 000 to $159 999 6 6 6$160 000 to $169 999 3 3 4$170 000 to $179 999 3 3 3$180 000 to $189 999 3 3 5$190 000 to $199 999 2 2 0$200 000 to $209 999 2 2 3$210 000 to $219 999 4 4 1$220 000 to $229 999 1 1 0$230 000 to $239 999 2 2 3$240 000 to $249 999 1 1 0$260 000 to $269 999 1 1 0$270 000 to $279 999 2 0 2$280 000 to $289 999 2 2 1$290 000 to $299 999 2 0 0$300 000 to $309 999 2 0 0$320 000 to $329 999 3 1 0$330 000 to $339 999 1 0 0$340 000 to $349 999 1 0 0$350 000 to $359 999 2 0 0$380 000 to $389 999 1 0 0Total number of employees 265 252 194 131
  • 131. The table includes all employees who received remuneration of $100 000 or more during the year. Remuneration of employees reflects all costs of employment including salaries and wages, superannuation contributions, separation packages, fringe benefits tax and any other salary sacrifice benefits. The total remuneration received by these employees for the year was $35 million ($23.7 million). For 2009-2010, the above figures include 13 employees (0 in 2008-09) who took a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSPs) during the year. The total remuneration received by these employees for the year was $4.2 million. 2010 2009 $000 $0006 Supplies and Services Funding to Non-TAFE Providers for Vocational Education and Training 41,731 30,013 Printing and Consumables 11,737 15,040 Minor Works, Maintenance and Equipment 19,076 21,051 Information Technology Infrastructure and Communication 17,730 19,609 Fees - Contracted Services (Including Consultants) 18,642 18,139 Trainee & Apprenticeship Reimbursements 996 717 Utilities 7,601 6,674 Cleaning 9,699 8,866 Vehicle and Travelling Expenses 6,717 7,067 Rentals and Leases 6,193 6,167 Other 16,058 16,662 Total Supplies and Services 156,180 150,005 Supplies and Services Provided by Entities Within the SA Government Funding to Non-TAFE Providers for Vocational Education and Training 712 221 Minor Works, Maintenance and Equipment 13,986 14,670 Information Technology Infrastructure and Communication 3,142 4,393 Fees - Contracted Services (Including Consultants) 8,476 5,585 Utilities 1,335 1,096 132
  • 132. Cleaning 8,404 7,494 Vehicle and Travelling Expenses 3,005 3,245 Rentals and Leases 4,252 4,414 Other 562 499 43,874 41,617 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: 2010 2009 Number $000 Number $000 Below $10,000 5 21 2 13 Between $10,000 and $50,000 4 129 6 163 Above $50,000 1 57 2 177 Total paid/payable to the consultants engaged (GST exclusive) 207 353 2010 20097 Grants and Subsidies $000 $000 Employment Programs 22,116 22,183 Vocational Education and Training Programs 8,223 10,602 Science and Information Economy Programs 25,250 24,950 Tertiary Student Transport Concessions 10,965 9,541 National Training Infrastructure Program 4,526 1,715 Other Specific Grants 1,225 2,651 Total Grants and Subsidies 72,305 71,642 Grants and Subsidies Paid/Payable to Entities Within the SA Government Employment Programs 4,022 3,311 Vocational Education and Training Programs 1,919 2,358 Science and Information Economy Programs 12,048 11,283 133
  • 133. Tertiary Student Transport Concessions 10,965 9,541 National Training Infrastructure Program 107 939 Other Specific Grants 312 713 29,373 28,145 2010 2009 $000 $000 8 Depreciation Buildings and Improvements 13,283 15,468 Plant and Equipment 2,300 2,122 Library 2,235 2,182 Total Depreciation 17,818 19,772 2010 2009 9 Other Expenses $000 $000 Audit Fees (see note 10) 283 322 Asset Revaluation Surplus Adjustments 0 (209) Allowance for Doubtful Debts and Debt Write-offs 394 (118) Other 10 525 Total Other Expenses 687 520 2010 2009 $000 $00010 Auditors Remuneration Audit Fees Paid/Payable to the Auditor-Generals Department 247 240 Other Audit fees 36 82 Total Auditors Remuneration Paid/Payable 283 322 No other services were provided by the Auditor-General’s Department. 134
  • 134. 2010 200911 Commonwealth Grants $000 $000 Commonwealth contributions under the Skilling Australias Workforce Act 0 96,634 Productivity Places Program-Existing Workers Pilot 0 2,587 National Training Infrastructure Program 1,228 8,660 Group Training Scheme 1,311 1,148 Targeting Skills Needs in Regions 170 578 National VET Data Strategy Action Group 500 0 Skills Sub Group 895 0 Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow (TIIFT) 17,765 0 Clever Networks (Investing) 0 209 Productivity Places Program 26,907 1,844 Better TAFE Facilities 13,903 0 TAFE Fee Waivers for Childcare Qualifications 640 294 Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access 42 0 Other Specific Commonwealth Revenue 2,431 3,820 Total Commonwealth Grants 65,792 115,774 2009-10 Commitments The National Training Infrastructure Program received $1.2 million of Commonwealth contributions in 2009/10 of which a commitment exists to spend $1.2 million in the 2010/11 financial year. The committed funds are for the provision and development of skills centres and capital equipment. DFEEST has received $1.3 million of Commonwealth revenue for the Group Training Scheme in the financial year, $0.2 million of which will be incurred in the 2010/11 financial year. The National VET Data Strategy Action Group received a $0.5 million one-off grant, of which a commitment exists to utilise $0.3 million for the agreed projects of the Action Group during 2010/11 financial year. The committed funds are for the purpose of progress work of the National VET Data Strategy. The Skills Sub Group received a $0.9 million one-off grant, of which a commitment exists to spend $0.8 million for projects which align to national priorities. The Productivity Places Program received $26.9 million of Commonwealth revenue in 2009/10, of which a commitment exists to spend $19.6 million in the 2010/11 financial year. 135
  • 135. DFEEST has received $42,000 of Commonwealth revenue for the Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access in the financial year, $17,000 of which will be incurred in the 2010/11 financial year. 2008-09 Commitments The National Training Infrastructure Program received $8.6 million of Commonwealth contributions in 2008/09 of which $4.9 million was used to fund expenditure on Capital Infrastructure in 2009/10, and a commitment exists to spend $3.7 million in the 2010/11 year. DFEEST has received $1.2 million of Commonwealth revenue for the Group Training Scheme in the financial year, $27,000 of which will be incurred in the 2009/10 financial year. The Aboriginal Employment Program received $0.4 million of Commonwealth funding in 2008/09 that was used to fund expenditure in 2009/10. 2010 2009 $000 $00012 Student and Other Fees and Charges Total Fees and Charges Received/Receivable Sales/Fee for Service Revenue 63,370 56,299 Student Enrolment Fees and Charges 33,696 32,742 Other User Fees and Charges 2,390 2,442 99,456 91,483 Fees and Charges Received/Receivable from Entities Within the SA Government Sales/Fee for Service Revenue 1345 938 Student Enrolment Fees and Charges 931 636 Other User Fees and Charges 189 36 2,465 1,610 2010 2009 $000 $000 136
  • 136. 13 Other Grants and Contributions Grants and Subsidies Revenue 4,458 6,025 Miscellaneous Contributions 854 434 Donations 59 93 Grants from Entities Within the SA Government 4,518 7,509 Total Other Grants and Contributions 9,889 14,061 2010 2009 $000 $00014 Interest Interest from Entities External to the SA Government 11 24 Total Interest 11 24 2010 200915 Net (Loss)/Gain on Disposal of Non-Current Assets $000 $000 Asset Held for Sale Proceeds from Disposals 0 616 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed 0 (790) 0 (174) Land and Buildings Proceeds from Disposals 560 0 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (419) (280) 141 (280) Plant and Equipment Proceeds from Disposals 53 27 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (325) (530) (272) (503) Total Assets Total Proceeds from Disposal 613 643 Less: Net Book Value of Assets Disposed (744) (1,600) Total Net Loss on disposal of Non-Current Assets (131) (957) 137
  • 137. 2010 2009 $000 $00016 Other Income Recoup of Salaries 859 830 Application/Assessment Fees/ Registration Fees 710 677 Rental & Lease Charges 441 428 Sundry Income 2,360 3,862 Total Other Income 4,370 5,797 2010 2009 $000 $00017 Revenues from/Payments to SA Government Revenues from SA Government Appropriations from Consolidated Account Pursuant to the Appropriation Act 372,944 273,849 Accrual Appropriation 11,563 8,564 Appropriation Transfers from Contingency1 24,126 7,833 408,633 290,246 Payments to SA Government Return of Surplus Cash Pursuant to Cash Alignment Policy (9,923) (13,250) (9,923) (13,250) Total Revenues from/Payments to SA Government 398,710 276,996 1 Includes an amount of $9.2 million for funding of TVSP payments. Refer to note 518 Cash and Cash Equivalents $000 $000 Deposits with the Treasurer 51,707 45,378 Special Deposit Account with the Department of Treasury and Finance 34,209 32,351 Cash on Hand 65 59 Total Cash and Cash Equivalents 85,981 77,788 Deposits with the Treasurer 138
  • 138. Comprises funds held in the Accrual Appropriation Excess Funds Account. The balances of these funds are not available for general use (ie funds can only be used in accordance with The Treasurers/Under Treasurers approval). Interest rate risk Cash on hand is non-interest bearing. Deposits at call and with the Treasurer earns interest at a floating interest rate, based on daily bank deposit rates. The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents represents fair value. 2010 200919 Receivables $000 $000 Current Fees and Charges Receivable 13,111 17,705 Less: Allowance for Doubtful Debts (2,471) (2,204) Prepayments 1,602 1,188 GST Recoverable from ATO 5,523 3,971 Other Receivables 133 120 Total Current Receivables 17,898 20,780 Non-Current Workers compensation receivable 248 266 Total Non-current Receivables 248 266 Total Receivables 18,146 21,046 Receivables from SA Government Entities Receivables 1,492 1,861 Workers Compensation Receivable 248 266 Prepayments 0 5 1,740 2,132 Movement in the allowance for doubtful debts The allowance for doubtful debts (allowance for impairment loss) is recognised when there is objective evidence (ie calculated on past experience and current and expected changes in client credit rating) that a receivable is impaired. An allowance for impairment loss has been recognised in other expenses in the Statement of Comprehensive Income for specific debtors and debtors assessed on a collective basis for which such evidence exists. 139
  • 139. 2010 2009 Movement in the allowance for doubtful debts $000 $000 Carrying amount at the beginning of the period 2,204 2,264 Increase/(Decrease) in the allowance 420 207 Amounts written off (153) (267) Carrying amount at the end of the period 2,471 2,204 Interest rate risk Receivables are raised for all goods and services provided for which payment has not been received. Receivables are normally settled within 30 days. Trade receivables, prepayments and accrued revenues are 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. The carrying 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 37.3 in Note 37. (b) Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - Please refer to note 37. 2010 200920 Non-Current Assets Held for Sale $000 $000 Land at Fair Value 0 419 0 419 2010 200921 Property, Plant and Equipment $000 $000 Land and Buildings Land at Fair Value 155,790 154,715 Buildings and Improvements at Fair Value/Cost 924,378 895,892 Accumulated Depreciation (468,325) (455,041) Construction Work in Progress 13,259 2,171 625,102 597,737 Plant and Equipment 140
  • 140. Plant and Equipment at Cost (Deemed Fair Value) 32,498 31,707 Accumulated Depreciation (17,149) (16,302) Intangible Work in Progress 8,205 445 23,554 15,850 Libraries Libraries at Valuation 29,877 29,288 Accumulated Depreciation (18,940) (16,705) 10,937 12,583 Total Property, Plant and Equipment 1,164,007 1,114,218 Total Accumulated Depreciation at the end of the period (504,414) (488,048) Total Property, Plant and Equipment 659,593 626,170 Impairment There were no indications of impairment of property and plant and equipment assets at 30 June 2010. 2010 200922 Inventories $000 $000 Current Inventories Held for Sale 513 540 Inventories Held for Distribution 459 395 Total Inventories 972 935 2010 200923 Payables $000 $000 Current Creditors 23,294 18,486 Accrued Expenses 11,729 7,783 Employment On-Costs 4,276 6,210 Other 108 98 Total Current Payables 39,407 32,577 141
  • 141. Non-Current Employment on-costs 2,023 2,025 Total Non-current Payables 2,023 2,025 Total Payables 41,430 34,602 Payables to SA Government Entities Creditors 12,925 2,691 Accrued Expenses 8,406 4,641 Employment On-costs 6,299 8,321 27,630 15,653 As a result of an actuarial assessment performed by the Department of Treasury and Finance, the average factor for the calculation of employer superannuation cost on-cost has changed from the 2009 rate of 10.8% to 10.5%. These rates are used in the employment oncost calculation. Interest rate and credit risk Creditors are raised for all amounts billed but unpaid and accruals are raised where goods and services are received but an invoice has not yet been received. 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. (a) Maturity analysis of payables - Please refer to table 37.3 in Note 37. (b) Categorisation of financial instruments and risk exposure information - Please refer to note 37. 2010 200924 Employee Benefits $000 $000 Current Annual Leave 9,559 9,802 Long Service Leave 4,848 5,780 Accrued Salaries and Wages 4,451 3,281 Non-Attendance Days 5,040 4,867 Total Current Employee Benefits 23,898 23,730 142
  • 142. Non-Current Employee Benefits Long Service Leave 48,379 48,329 Total Non-Current Employee Benefits 48,379 48,329 Total Employee Benefits 72,277 72,059 The total current and non-current employee benefits (i.e. aggregate employee benefit plus related on-costs) for 2010 is $28.2 million and $50.4 million respectively. As a result of an actuarial assessment performed by the Department of Treasury and Finance, the benchmark for the measurement of long service leave liability has changed from the 2009 benchmark 6.5 years to 7 years. The net financial effect of the changes in the current financial year is a decrease in the long service leave liability of $1.3 million and employee benefit expense of $1.3 million. The impact on future periods is impracticable to estimate as the benchmark is calculated using a number of assumptions – a key assumption is the long-term discount rate. With current conditions, the long-term discount rate is experiencing significant movement. 2010 200925 Provisions $000 $000 Current Workers Compensation 1,934 1,896 1,934 1,896 Non-Current Workers Compensation 6,306 5,717 6,306 5,717 Total Provisions 8,240 7,613 Carrying amount at 1 July 7,613 9,259 Reductions arising from payments/other sacrifice of future economic benefits 0 (1,646) Additional provisions recognised 627 0 Carrying amount at 30 June 8,240 7,613 143
  • 143. 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 Wellbeing Branch of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. These claims are expected to be settled within the next financial year. 2010 200926 Unearned Revenue $000 $000 Unearned Revenue to SA Govt Entities 278 472 Unearned Revenue for Non-SA Govt Entities 6,933 11,067 7,211 11,539 2010 200927 Other Liabilities $000 $000 Current Deposits 1,037 6,663 Other Liabilities 98 98 Total Other Liabilities 1,135 6,76128 Investments Austraining Austraining International International Pty Ltd Pty Ltd $000 $000 Contributed Capital in Subsidiary Company (Austraining) 400 400 Share of Retained Profit 100% 100% 2010 2009 Retained Profits Attributable to Subsidiary Company $000 $000 Balance at 1 July 3,206 2,604 Share of Operating Profit After Income Tax 685 602 Total Investments 3,891 3,206 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 2010. 144
  • 144. Financial Asset Available- Asset for-Sale Revaluation Revaluation Retained29 Adjustments to Equity Surplus surplus Earnings 2009 $000 $000 $000 $000 Balance at 1 July 2009 225,495 0 370,267 595,762 Prior period adjustments 0 602 626 1,228 Total Equity as at 30 June 2010 225,495 602 370,893 596,990 Prior period adjustments This reflects an adjustment for transactions not recognised correctly as at 30 June 2009.30 Equity 2010 2009 $000 $000 Retained earnings 411,508 370,893 Asset revaluation surplus 225,495 225,495 Financial Asset Available-for-Sale Revaluation surplus 1,287 602 Total Equity 638,290 596,990 The asset revaluation surplus is used to record increments and decrements in the fair value of land, buildings and libraries to the extent that they offset one another.31 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: 145
  • 145. 2010 2009 $000 $000Within one year 10,693 9,248Payable later than one year and not later than five years 10,677 12,485Total Remuneration Commitments 21,370 21,733Amounts disclosed include commitments arising from executive contracts and hourly paid instructors. The Department does not offerremuneration contracts greater than 5 years.Capital CommitmentsCapital expenditure contracted for at the reporting date but are not recognised as liabilities in the financial statements are payableas follows: 2010 2009 $000 $000Within one year 7,406 14,084Later than one year and not later than five years 0 6,339Total Capital Commitments 7,406 20,423The departments capital commitments relate to construction works at Victor Harbor campus and the acquisition and implementationof the student information system. 146
  • 146. Other Commitments 2010 2009 $000 $000 These amounts are due for payment: Within one year 30,173 28,812 Later than one year and not later than five years 57,342 53,641 Later than five years 0 17,420 Total Other Commitments 87,515 99,873 The Departments other commitments relate to agreements for Productivity Places Program contracts, cleaning contracts and other procurement commitments. Operating Leases Commitments Commitments in relation to operating leases contracted for at the reporting date but not recognised as liabilities are payable as follows: 2010 2009 $000 $000 Within one year 5,925 4,910 Payable later than one year and not later than five years 24,761 23,923 Payable later than five years 9,089 15,577 Total Operating Lease Commitments 39,775 44,410 The departments operating leases are for office accommodation and equipment. Office accommodation is leased from Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. The leases are non-cancellable with some leases having the right of renewal. Rent is payable in arrears.32 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 2010 with an estimates settlement value of $54,350. 147
  • 147. The Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education has provided a $3.0 million guarantee to Austraining International Pty Ltd which has not been invoked as at 30 June 2010. The Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education has entered an agreement to provide Le Cordon Bleu with a 10 year interest free loan of $7.0 million conditional upon Le Cordon Bleu entering into a building contract for the development of Le Cordon Bleu’s city training facility.33 Transferred functions Transferred Out 1. In September 2006 the South Australian Government announced a shared services initiative to streamline and simplify internal corporate and business support services to deliver savings. In late 2007 State Cabinet approved the shared services model developed by the Shared Services Reform Office for the creation of Shared Services SA in the Department of Treasury and Finance. The business services of South Australian Government Agencies are transferring to Shared Services SA in a series of transition programs known as Tranches. In most cases, these services transition in their current state with the current employees, who have been providing these services within the Agencies. Cabinet approved Tranche 2 (group 2) services on 15 October 2009, which comprised certain financial and taxation services. As part of this reform: • From 15 October 2009, certain financial accounting and taxation services from the Shared Business Services Division transitioned to Shared Services SA. The effective date of the transfer is 19 October 2009. • 14 full time equivalent employees of the Shared Business Services Division, budget funding of $797,000 and the following assets and liabilities were transferred to Shared Services SA. 2. On 1 July 2009, the Office for Youth and Duke of Edinburghs Award were transferred to the Attorney-Generals Department. 23.3 full time equivalent employees, budget funding of $4.739m and the following assets and liabilities were transferred. 1. 2. Oct 2009 July 2009 $,000 $,000 Cash 332 210 Total Assets 332 210 148
  • 148. Payables 33 27 Employee Benefits Liability 299 323 Total Liabilities 332 350 Total net assets transferred 0 (140) Net assets transferred by the department as a result of the administrative restructure were at the carrying amount. The net assets transferred were treated as a distribution to the Government as owner.34 After Balance Day Events Effective 1 July 2010 the Bragg Initiative and the Royal Institution of Australia were transferred to the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.35 Remuneration of Board and Committee Members Members that were entitled to receive remuneration during the 2009-10 financial year were: Training and Skills Commission Prof D Bradley AC (Chair) P Wright P Dowd J Giles Prof R Green Prof R Harris Dr M Keating AC A Smith P Vaughan J Chapman (Deputy to P Vaughn) I Curry (Deputy to J Giles) 149
  • 149. Training Regulation Reference Group (previously Quality Reference Group)A Smith (Chair)I CurryD FrithG PeakK ThieleAdult Community Education Reference GroupP Wright (Chair)K DanielP RonanS SchrapelM SmithInformation Economy Advisory Board (Inactive since September 2009)*Prof C Marlin (Chair)Prof S RichardsonA CannonA NobleT WhitingM Duhne*It is expected that the Information Economy Advisory Board will resume its work in late 2010 with a new area of focus and revised membershipPremiers Science Research CouncilDr I Chessell (Co-Chair)Prof B BrookDr I GouldDr W HarchProf C Marlin (Resigned September 2009)Prof J Hopwood (Resigned December 2009)Dr A KoltunowProf R LewisR McLeod 150
  • 150. Prof T MonroD MuttonProf R Norman (Appointed January 2010)Dr T Rainsford (Resigned December 2009)Dr L ReadDr A Rumbold (Appointed January 2010)Audit and Risk Management CommitteeI McLachlanHigher Education CouncilProf M BarberProf P HojProf J McWhaDr D RathjenT ZakC LocherE Raupach OAMArts Advisory BoardR Archer AO (Chair)S BowersS GrieveJ CoverntonJ MacdonnellA FordG CobhamR ClementeK Gould 151
  • 151. The number of members whose remuneration from the entity falls within the following bands is: 2010 2009 No. of No. of members members $1 - $9 999 13 38 $10 000 - $19 999 0 1 $20 000 - $29 999 0 2 $30,000 - $39,999 6 6 $40,000 - $49,999 1 1 $50,000 - $59,999 1 0 21 48 Remuneration of board members reflects all costs of performing board/committee member duties including sitting fees, superannuation contributions, fringe benefits tax and any other salary sacrifice arrangements. The total remuneration received or receivable by members was $0.3 million ($0.3 million). Amounts paid to a superannuation plan for board/committee members was $18,689. In accordance with the Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular No. 016, government employees did not receive any remuneration for board/committee duties during the financial year. Unless otherwise disclosed, transactions between members are on conditions no more favourable than those that it is reasonable to expect the entity would have adopted if dealing with the related party at arms length in the same circumstances.36 Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents - cash at year end as per: $000 $000 Cash and cash equivalents disclosed in the Statement of Financial Position 85,981 77,788 Balance as per the Cash Flow Statement 85,981 77,788 152
  • 152. Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Net Cost ofProviding ServicesNet Cash Provided by Operating Activities 49,878 11,736Depreciation (17,818) (19,772)Loss on Sale of Assets (131) (957)Asset Revaluation Decrement 0 209Prior Period Adjustments 467 40Restructure 140 0(Increase) in Employee Benefits (218) (5,751)(Decrease)/Increase in Receivables (2,900) 3,734Increase in Inventories 37 12(Increase)/Decrease in Payables 1,693 4,980Decrease/(Increase) in Unearned Revenue 4,328 (3,419)Decrease/(Increase) in Other Liabilities 5,626 (1,724)(Increase)/Decrease in Provisions (627) 1,646Revenues from Government (408,633) (290,246)Payments to Government 9,923 13,250Net Cost of Providing Services (358,235) (286,262) 153
  • 153. 21a 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: Net 1 July 2009 revaluation Other Carrying Increment/ Movement 30 June 2010 amount Additions Disposals (decrement) s Depreciation Carrying amount $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 2010 Land at fair value 154,715 1,075 0 0 0 0 155,790 Buildings and improvements 440,851 0 0 0 28,485 (13,283) 456,053 Plant & Equipment 15,405 2,569 (325) 0 0 (2,300) 15,349 Intangible Work in Progress 445 7,760 0 0 0 0 8,205 Construction work in progress 2,171 39,573 0 0 (28,485) 0 13,259 Libraries at valuation 12,583 589 0 0 0 (2,235) 10,937 Total 626,170 51,566 (325) 0 0 (17,818) 659,593 Net 1 July 2008 revaluation Other Carrying Increment/ Movement 30 June 2009 amount Additions Disposals (decrement) s Depreciation Carrying amount $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 2009 Land at fair value 58,738 0 0 95,896 81 0 154,715 Buildings and improvements 397,642 0 (280) 54,681 4,276 (15,468) 440,851 Plant & Equipment 15,234 2,045 (530) 0 778 (2,122) 15,405 Intangible Work in Progress 0 445 0 0 0 0 445 Construction work in progress 2,485 4,679 0 0 (4,993) 0 2,171 Libraries at valuation 14,080 685 0 0 0 (2,182) 12,583 Total 488,179 7,854 (810) 150,577 142 (19,772) 626,170 154
  • 154. 37 Financial instruments Table 37.1 Categorisation of financial instruments Details of significant accounting policies and methods adopted including the criteria for recognition, the basis of measurement, and the basis on which income and expenses are recognised with respect to each class of financial asset, financial liability and equity instrument are disclosed in Note 2 Summary of significant Accounting Policies. Category of Financial Assets and Financial Statement of Financial Position line 2010 Carrying 2009 Carrying Liabilities item Note amount $000 amount $000 Financial Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Cash and cash equivalents 18 85,981 77,788 Receivables Receivables 19 18,146 21,046 Held to maturity investments Investments 28 3,891 3,206 Financial Liabilities Financial Liabilities at cost Payables 23 41,430 34,602 Other liabilities 26,27 8,346 18,300 Total Net Financial Assets at cost 58,242 49,138 All amounts recorded are carried at cost (not materially different from amortised cost) except for employee oncost which are determined via reference to the employee benefit liability to which they relate. Credit Risk Credit risk arises when there is the possibility of the department’s debtors defaulting on their contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the department. The department 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 with appropriate credit history. The department does not engaged 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 department does 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. Refer to Note 19 for information on the allowance for impairment in relation to receivables. 155
  • 155. The following table discloses the ageing of financial assets, past due, including impaired assets past due.Table 37.2 Ageing analysis of financial assets Past due by Overdue for < 30 Overdue for 30 – Overdue for > 60 Total days 60 days days2010 $’000 $’000 $’000 $’000Not impairedReceivables 14,681 452 3,013 18,146Other financial assets 0 0 0 0ImpairedReceivables 0 0 0 0Other financial assets 0 0 0 02009Not impairedReceivables 16,967 680 3,565 21,212Other financial assets 0 0 0 0ImpairedReceivables 0 0 0 0Other financial assets 0 0 0 0 156
  • 156. The following table discloses the maturity analysis of financial assets and financial liabilities.Table 37.3: Maturity analysis of financial assets and liabilities Contractual Maturities Carrying amount < 1 year 1-5 years > 5 years ($’000) ($’000) ($’000) ($’000)2010Financial assetsCash & cash equivalent 85,981 85,981 0 0Receivables 18,146 17,898 248 0Other financial assets 3,891 0 0 3,891Total financial assets 108,018 103,879 248 3,891Financial liabilitiesPayables 41,430 39,407 2,023 0Other financial liabilities 8,346 8,346 0 0Total financial liabilities 49,776 47,753 2,023 02009Financial assetsCash & cash equivalent 77,788 77,788 0 0Receivables 21,046 20,780 266 0Other financial assets 3,206 0 0 3,206Total financial assets 102,040 98,568 266 3,206Financial liabilitiesPayables 34,602 32,577 2,025 0Other financial liabilities 18,300 18,300 0 0Total financial liabilities 52,902 50,877 2,025 0 157
  • 157. Liquidity riskLiquidity risk arises where the department is unable to meet its financial obligations as they fall due. The Department is funded principally from appropriations from the SouthAustralian Government. The Department works with the Department of Treasury and Finance to determine the cashflows associated with its Government approved programof 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 30days 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 37.1 represents the departments maximum exposure to financial liabilities. 158
  • 158. 38 Administered Items NCVER Funding Ministers Salary and Allowances 2010 2009 2010 2009 ADMINISTERED EXPENSES $000 $000 $000 $000 Employee Benefits 266 300 0 0 Grants and Subsidies 0 0 0 2,036 Total ADMINISTERED EXPENSES 266 300 0 2,036 ADMINISTERED INCOME Commonwealth Grants 0 0 0 2,036 Revenues from SA Government 266 300 0 0 Total ADMINISTERED INCOME 266 300 0 2,036 NET RESULT 0 0 0 0 CURRENT ASSETS Cash 0 0 0 0 Receivables 0 0 0 0 Total CURRENT ASSETS 0 0 0 0 CURRENT LIABILITIES Unearned Revenue 0 0 0 0 Other Liabilities 0 0 0 0 Total CURRENT LIABILITIES 0 0 0 0 Total ASSETS 0 0 0 0 EQUITY Retained Earnings 0 0 0 0 Total EQUITY 0 0 0 0 Ministers Salary and Allowances - Ministers Salary and allowances represents the amount pursuant to Parliamentary Remuneration Act 1990. NCVER funding - NCVER funding represents the receipt and disbursement of Commonwealth funding to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. From 2009-10, NCVER funding is no longer sent to the State Departments, but is instead sent directly to NCVER by the Commonwealth. Australian Qualifications Framework Council - A review of the accounting treatment of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council during 2009-10 has resulted in AQFC no longer being reported in the financial statements of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology. 159
  • 159. Account Payment Performance Particulars Number of Percentage Value in $A % of Accounts of Accounts of Accounts Accounts Paid Paid (by Paid Paid (by Number) Value) 11 Paid by due date 72 386 90% 283 507 267 89% Paid within 30 days or less 3 745 5% 25 893 996 8% from due date Paid more than 30 days from 3 915 5% 8 973 865 3% due dateContractual ArrangementsThe department entered into a contract with SunGard Pty Ltd in June 2009 for thesupply and installation of a new Student Information System. The system willmanage all aspects in relation to the administration of students withinTAFE SA institutes including on-line enrolment, billing, issuing of parchments andmaintenance of student records. The contract expires in 2019.This contract provides access to a Student Information System that is compliant withState and Federal laws for the life of the contract and in its current form is state ofthe art for its time.FraudAs part of its risk management, the department has implemented processes foridentifying and responding to the risks of fraud, including any specific risks of fraudthat have been identified, or account balances, classes of transactions or disclosuresfor which a risk of fraud is likely to exist.The department has established an audit and risk review function through its Auditand Risk Management Committee. This is supported by the department’s InternalAudit and Risk Management Review Branch.The Internal Audit Program, which is reviewed by the Audit and Risk ManagementCommittee and approved by the Chief Executive, addresses a number of potentialrisk areas including internal controls over revenue, information and asset securityand expenditure activity.Complementing this work, the Director, Financial Asset and Procurement Services isresponsible for ongoing internal reconciling controls over department revenue andexpenditure and liaises with the Manager Internal Audit where abnormal variancesare detected.No instances of fraud were found within the department during the year.11 The due date is defined as per 11.2 of the Treasurer’s Instruction. Unless there is a discount or a writtenagreement between the public authority and the creditor, payment should be within thirty days of the date of theinvoice or claim. 160
  • 160. Consultancy Expenditure Amount (excl GST) Number of consultanciesBelow $10 000 $21 373 5Between $10 000 and $50 000 $185,531 6Above $50 000 Nil NilTotal $206 904 11Details of Consultancy expenditure over $10 000 CONSULTANT DESCRIPTION OF WORK Adelaide Research and Evaluation of the VET to Work: disability support and Innovation transition pilot. Development of two policy papers which cover: 1. developing a clear position on the elements of a tertiary education and training system that balances the needs and preferences of students with the National Institute of Labour future demands of the economy and the industry Studies 2. examining ways in which the tertiary education and training system can better integrate to respond to the needs of clients. Development of a policy paper which includes National Centre for Vocational identifying what improvements can be made in Education and Research Ltd promoting pathways between elements of the education and training system.Peter Noonan Consulting Pty Ltd Optimisation of TAFE outcomes. To provide an analysis and evaluation of the Supply of and Demand Situation for Information andSA Centre for Economic Studies Communications Technology Skills in the South Australian Economy (to end 2010). Review of the assessment of the vocational education The Allen Consulting Group and training registration and audit process in South Australia. 161
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  • 165. PROFILE OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ACTIVITYNumber of Vocational Education and Training StudentsIn 2009, 121 900 students undertook vocational education and training in SouthAustralia, a decrease of 2.7 per cent on the 2008 figure (of 125 300). This fall is dueto the non-reporting by National Centre for Vocational Education Research of WEAdata for South Australia in 2009. If 2009 WEA data was reported, then SouthAustralia’s student number is estimated to be 127 800, an increase of 2.0%.Using the reported 2009 figure (of 121 900), by gender, 50.9 per cent (or 62 000students) were male and 49.0 per cent (59 700) were female, with a further 0.1 percent (200) not specifying their gender.Number of Delivered Vocational Education and Training HoursIn 2009, South Australia delivered 28.0 million hours of vocational education andtraining activity, an increase of 11.5 per cent on the 2008 figure (of 25.1 million).Vocational Education and Training Students by Age groupThe figure below shows that the largest proportion of students undertakingvocational education and training in South Australia in 2009 were aged between 20to 29 years, with 27.6 per cent (or 33 600) of total students, followed by those aged19 years or under, with 24.7 per cent (or 30 000) and those aged between 30 to 39years, with 16.8 per cent (or 20 500). 166
  • 166. VET Students by Age Groups, South Australia, 2009 Age 40-49 Age 30-39 15.6% 16.8% Age 50-59 9.8% Age 60 or over 5.1% Unknown 0.5% Age 20-29 27.6% Age 19 or under 24.7% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009The largest share of male students were aged between 20 to 29 years, with 30.4 percent (or 18 900) followed by those aged 19 years or under, with 26.7 per cent (or16 600) and those aged between 30 to 39 years, with 16.5 per cent (or 10 300).The largest share of female students were aged 20 to 29 years, with 24.7 per cent(or 14 700) of total females, followed by those aged 19 years or under with 22.6 percent (or 13 500) and those aged between 40 to 49 years with 17.8 per cent (or10 600).Vocational Education and Training hours by Australian QualificationsFramework levelThe figure below shows the distribution of vocational education and training hours bythe Australian Qualifications Framework level. The largest share of vocationaleducation and training provision for 2009 was at the Certificate III level, whichaccounted for 32.9 per cent (or 9.2 million hours), followed by Diploma or higher with20.0 per cent (or 5.6 million) and Certificate IV with 16.1 per cent (or 4.5 million). 167
  • 167. VET Hours Delivered by AQF Level, South Australia, 2009 Certificate I Other education 6.4% 2.8% Certificate II 13.0% Subject/Award only - no qualification 8.8% Diploma or higher 20.0% Certificate III 32.9% Certificate IV 16.1% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009Field of EducationThe following figure shows the distribution of South Australia’s 2009 vocationaleducation and training hours by field of education. Field of education defines thesubject matter of an educational activity. The field of education with the largest shareof hours was Management and commerce with 21.4 per cent (or 5.9 million),followed by Society and culture with 15.4 per cent (or 4.3 million) and Engineeringand related technologies with 14.0 per cent (or 3.9 million). VET Hours Delivered by Field of Education, South Education 2.1% Australia, 2009 Management & commerce Health 21.4% 5.0% Society & culture Agriculture, 15.4% environmental & related studies Creative arts 4.6% 4.2% Architecture & building Food, hospitality & 5.4% personal services Engineering & related 6.7% technologies Mixed field 14.0% Information programmes technology 10.0% Natural & physical Subject/Aw ard only - 2.0% sciences no qualification 0.5% 8.8% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009 168
  • 168. Training Package ActivityIn 2009, training package activity in South Australia accounted for 75.3 per cent (or21.1 million) of vocational education and training hour activity. In contrast, non-training package activity generated 24.7 per cent of vocational education and traininghour (or 6.9 million) activity.Of the 70 training packages available in South Australia in 2009, 15 trainingpackages alone accounted for nearly 80 per cent of training package hour activity(16.5 million hours).The Community Services training package had the largest share of training packagehours with 17.6 per cent (or 3.7 million hours), followed by Tourism, Hospitality andEvents with 9.8 per cent (or 2.1 million) and Business Services with 9.6 per cent (or2.1 million).The table below shows the top fifteen training packages by hours delivered in 2009. Top Fifteen Training Packages, Vocational Education and Training Delivered Hours - South Australia, 2009 Delivered Per cent Training Package Hours (of all training (millions) packages) Community Services 3.7 17.6% Tourism, Hospitality and Events 2.1 9.8% Business Services 2.0 9.6% Construction, Plumbing and Services Integrated 1.2 5.8% Framework 1.1 5.3% Health 0.9 4.2% Retail Services 0.9 4.1% Information and Communications Technology 0.8 3.8% Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair 0.7 3.5% Metal and Engineering Industry 0.6 2.8% Financial Services 0.6 2.7% Rural Production 0.5 2.4% Training and Assessment 0.5 2.4% Electrotechnology Industry 0.5 2.2% Food Processing Industry 0.4 1.9% Total (top fifteen training packages) 16.5 78.2% Total (all training packages) 21.1 100.0% Total (training and non-training package) 28.0 –Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009 169
  • 169. Vocational Education and Training students by country of birthThe figure below shows that the largest proportion of students undertakingvocational education and training in South Australia in 2009 were born in Oceaniaand Antartica with 70 per cent (or 86 000) of total students, followed by those born inNorth-West Europe with 5 per cent (or 6300) and those born in Northeast Asia with 3per cent (or 3300). VET Students by Country of Birth, South Australia, 2009 Sub-Saharan Africa 1% Not known Southern & Central Americas 1% 12% Asia 2% Northeast Asia 3% Southeast Asia 3% Middle East & North Africa 1% Southern & Eastern Europe 2% Oceania and North-West Europe Antarctica 5% 70% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009Vocational Education and Training students by Disability StatusThe figure below shows that 6.2 per cent of South Australia’s vocational educationand training students (or 7500) stated they had a disability in 2009. Of those,females with a disability comprised 50.2 per cent (or 3800) and males 49.8 per cent(or 3700). 170
  • 170. VET Students by Disability Status, South Australia, 2009 With a disability 6.2% Without a disability 89.2% Not known 4.6% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009Vocational Education and Training students by Aboriginal/Torres Strait IslanderStatusThe following figure shows that 3.6 per cent (or 4400) of South Australia’s vocationaleducation and training students identified themselves as Indigenous in 2009. Ofthese, 53.6 per cent (or 2400) were female, 46.2 per cent (or 2100) were male with afurther 0.2% of students reporting their Indigenous status but not their gender. VET Students by Indigenous Status, South Australia, 2009 Indigenous 3.6% Not indigenous 81.4% Not known 14.9% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009 171
  • 171. Vocational Education and Training hours by Provider TypeThe figure below shows the distribution of training activity by hours. TAFE was thelargest provider in 2009, with 72.7 per cent (or 20.4 million hours). Private providersaccounted for 22.6 per cent (or 6.3 million), followed by Vocational Education andTraining in School Agreements with 3.2 per cent (or 0.9 million) and AdultCommunity Education with 1.5 per cent (or 0.4 million). VET Hours Delivered by Provider Type, South Australia, 2009 VISA 3.2% TAFE 72.7% Private Providers 22.6% ACE 1.5% Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009Vocational Education and Training hours by Funding SourceThe following figure shows that 84.3 per cent of total vocational education andtraining hours delivered (or 23.6 million) were funded by Commonwealth and StateGovernment funding mechanisms in 2009 followed by Domestic fee for servicestudents with 10.8 per cent (or 3.0 million) and International fee for service studentswith 4.9 per cent (or 1.4 million). 172
  • 172. VET Hours Delivered by Funding Source, South Australia, 2009 International fee for service 1.9% Government Domestic fee for funding service 80.8% 17.3%Source: National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (2010). National Vocational Education and Training Provider Collection 2009 173
  • 174. OTHER REPORTING ITEMSEmployee’s Overseas travelDepartmental employees, including TAFE SA staff have undertaken overseas travelduring the last financial year for the following purposes; officially representing theState Government via ministerial delegations, attending and presenting atconferences/seminars, undertaking quality assurance audits of ‘Transnational’ (Off-shore licensed and delivered TAFE SA courses), conducting commercial promotionof departmental programs and undertaking marketing and recruitment to attract fullfee paying fee overseas students.The total cost of overseas travel for departmental employees during 2010 was$481 292 with 49 staff travelling to: BizGate Annual Overseas Travel Report Date From 01 July 2009 to 1 July 2010 Employees Costs to department Destination/s Involved ($) China 9 $ 117 721 East Timor 2 $ - Hong Kong 6 $ 50 336 India 1 $ 12 686 Indonesia 2 $ 6 673 Japan 1 $ 2 987 Korea 1 $ 6 925 Macau 2 $ 13 703 Malaysia 3 $ 41 276 New Zealand 7 $ 42 077 Philippines 2 $ 33 643 Singapore 2 $ 41 703 South Africa 1 $ 4 184 South Korea 1 $ 9 674 Sri Lanka 1 $ 2 920 Taiwan 1 $ 20 089 Thailand 1 $ 3 611 Vietnam 6 $ 71 084 SUB-TOTAL 49 $ 481 292 175
  • 175. The department, including TAFE SA generated $21.35 million dollars of revenue in2009-10 from its international travel as it received $13.5 million of overseas studentfull fee paying revenue, plus an additional $7.2 million derived from fees from thestrategic partnerships with Le Cordon Bleu and the International College of HotelManagement. An additional $450 000 was generated from ‘Transnational’ or Off-shore licensed and delivered TAFE SA courses in countries such as China, India,Vietnam and Indonesia. This does not include the economic multiplier to the statethat factors in the additional spend of overseas students and their visiting friends andfamily.Aboriginal Reconciliation Statement ReportThe department works closely with Reconciliation SA and State Governmentagencies to achieve the Government’s commitment to Reconciliation.The department’s commitment was symbolised by its staff and a Kaurna Elderplacing their hand print on canvas during Reconciliation Week 2010, as a symbolicgesture of an intention towards a collaborative journey to unite in the true spirit ofReconciliation. The canvas is displayed in the main reception on Level 4, 11Waymouth Street.The department has committed to working collaboratively with AboriginalCommunities to develop an updated Reconciliation Statement for the departmentwhich is due to be released in Reconciliation Week 2011.A Reconciliation Action Group was established to promote, investigate andimplement appropriate activities based on building a culturally inclusive environmentwhich will promote decision making that is inclusive of Aboriginal people and tomonitor the activities in the Reconciliation Action Plan.The Reconciliation Action Group is complimented by an Aboriginal Reference GroupThe department has an Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2010-2015 – Building aCulturally Inclusive Workforce which aims to increase the participation of Aboriginalpeople in the department’s workforce.The strategy has six key focus areas: Recruitment and selection Retention and career pathways Raising staff awareness, respect and support Leadership development Recognition of success Reporting and governanceIn 2010, the department released an Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan.The plan aims to observe the cultural protocols and promote cultural awarenesswithin the department. It focuses on three distinct areas: Relationships - engaging in an appropriate way with Aboriginal people enables improved outcomes on issues affecting Aboriginal people 176
  • 176.  Respect - recognising the special contribution of Aboriginal people to Australia enables the department to achieve more culturally inclusive outcomes Opportunities - creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal people within the department contributing to Aboriginal equality.Reporting Against the Carers Recognition ActThe department has an equity and diversity webpage on the intranet which has theCarers Charter, Carers recognition Act, and South Australia’s carers policy toensure all employees have an awareness and understanding of this information andcommunication is provided to carers who are employees which will assist them tomake choices in relation to employment arrangements.Disability Action PlansTAFE SA online disability plans were introduced for students with disabilities,providing consistent support and processes across the state. Other key actions inthis area include professional development for staff, software upgrades for programsspecifically supporting students with disabilities and the introduction of an accuratetracking system of students with disabilities.The department allocates funding to address the priority infrastructure areasidenitfied through structured review of its multiple facilities.$100 000 was spent to address high priority issues in 2009-10 and $70 000 hasbeen allocated for 2010-11.During 2009, the department also obtained funding from the CommonwealthGovernment under Teaching and Learning Capital Fund, which was partially used toaddress disability related issues during 2009-10. Works undertaken on the Adelaide,Mt Gambier, Noarlunga, Regency, Tea Tree Gully and Whyalla TAFE sitesaddressed a number of pre-existing issues, the value of which was estimated to bein excess of $800,000, a significant portion of this being attributed to the new lift andlink walkway at Whyalla campus.The department continues to ensure that any new facility upgrades are DisabilityDiscrimination Act compliant.Whistleblower Protection ActThe department received three whistleblower related allegations during the year. Aspart of its procedures these were referred to the South Australian Police Anti-Corruption Branch for advice. The allegations were subsequently investigated by theGovernment Investigations Unit and/or the department as appropriate. Correctiveaction has been taken on one allegation. The two other allegations have not beenverified. 177
  • 177. Freedom of Information – information statements and statistical reportingThe Freedom of Information Act 1991 confers on each member of the public alegally enforceable right to be given access to documents held by the government,subject only to such restrictions as are reasonably necessary for the properadministration of the government. It also enables members of the public to apply forthe amendment of records concerning their personal affairs if the records areincomplete, incorrect, misleading or out of date.The structure and functions of the department are described elsewhere in this report.These functions affect the public through the direct delivery of the education,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 development in a number ofways. These include membership of TAFE councils and other boards andcommittees 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: 178
  • 178. Skills SA: on accreditation / registration and contracts of training: Education accreditation: Community Education Grants: Choice Policy located under the User Choice submenu: and Skills Commission guidelines:, Innovation and Information Economy information: DFEEST website: copies of documents are available from:Freedom of Information 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 Freedom of Information Act 1991 must be made in writing,specifying that they are made under the Freedom of Information Act 1991, includean address in Australia to which correspondence may be sent, be accompanied byeither the prescribed application fee or proof of financial hardship, and should beaddressed 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. 179
  • 179. Access requests in 2010During the 2010 calendar year, the department received and processed 26applications under the Freedom of Information Act 1991.Policy documentsDepartmental policy documents are available via the internet at: Management in Government BuildingsManagement of asbestos is a health risk management issue and requires aprofessional risk management process. Annual Asbestos Management Report 2009 – 10 Interpretation15 Category12 Number of sites13 Category description14 One of more item(s) at these sites At start At end of year of year 1 0 0 Remove Should be removed promptly Remove as soon as Should be scheduled for 2 9 9 practicable removal at a practicable time Use care during May need removal during 3 8 8 maintenance maintenance works Monitor condition Has asbestos present. Inspect 4 15 13 according to legislation and policy No asbestos indentified / (All asbestos identified as per identified asbestos as Occupational Health Safety and 5 2 3 been removed Welfare 4.2.10(1) has been removed) Further information (These items not yet 6 24 25 required categorised)12 Category: the site performance score, determined by the lowest item performance score at each site.13 Number of Sites in Category: a count of how many sites have the corresponding site performance score, withseparate counts done at the start , and the end of each year14 Category Description: Indicates the recommended action corresponding to the lowest item performance score(recorded in the asbestos register by a competent person, as per Occupational Health Safety and WelfareRegulations (SA) 1955, 4.2010).15 Interpretation: A brief real world example of what each category implies for a site. 180
  • 180. In the previous four years, the department has removed from its sites the following: 2006 - 07 – 1400m2 and 116 items 2007 – 08 – 1065m2 2008 – 09 – 1092m2 2009 – 10 - 2177m2 and 3 itemsUrban Design CharterUrban design is integrated with our core systems and procedures. Consultants,contractor tenders and major contracts are managed on behalf of the department bythe Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. The department hassupported the Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure in the preparationof policies, including the impact of the department’s presence in the local community,with a view to integrating with the urban fabric so that a positive contribution is made.To initiate the engagement of consultants to undertake design work, the departmentcollaborates with the Department of Transport Energy and Infrastructure to defineand/or request specific urban design principles associated with the project or requesttheir investigation, including: Ecologically Sustainable Development initiatives to be considered 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, and Indigenous/cultural issues).The department interacts and communicates with the community through theinstitutes and campuses. With respect to major projects, the department worksclosely with the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure to help ensureexposure to a wide range of community views and scrutiny.The current construction of the new Victor Harbor TAFE SA campus demonstratesthe department’s commitment to this whole-of-government policy, in collaboratingwith the local community to provide a positive contribution at Victor Harbor. This newTAFE SA campus will be operational in early 2011.Sustainability ReportingSustainability reporting is aligned to the department’s Strategic Plan 2010- 2014 asnoted in section 6.4 of this report.The following information covers the department’s environmental performance andcovers the financial year 2009 – 2010.Energy Efficiency Action Plan Report 2009- 2010This information relates to the department’s Strategic Plan Objective 6.4 whichidentifies that the department is an exemplar agency in energy efficiency andenvironmentally sustainable practices. This objective is to increase energy efficiency 181
  • 181. by 25% by 2014/ 15 from a base year of 2000/ 01 in accordance with SouthAustralia’s Strategic Plan, Objective 3, Attaining Sustainability, Target 3.13. GHG Business Year being Energy Use Emissions $ (ex GST) Measure18 reported (GJ)16 (t/CO2e)17 MJ/m2 2009-10 177 337 29 860 5 700 472 405 2008-09 162 308 29 091 5 861 345 370 Energy Consumption Targets Base year 156 222 49 878 4 419 137 376 2000-200119 Target for 132 789 42 396 - 311 2009-10 Target for 122 524 38 584 - 282 2014-15 Corporate 2009-10 2 353 548 116 523 224 2008-09 2 412 562 124 949 230 TAFE SA Adelaide North 2009-10 93 697 14 934 2 686 546 505 2008-09 77 970 13,876 2 860 804 418 TAFE SA Adelaide South 2009-10 53 486 9 251 1 757 814 384 2008- 09 53 980 9 405 1 727 356 38716 Energy use is expressed in gigajoules (GJ) and is the sum of all fuel types used in our facilities (electricity,natural and bottles gas) for that period.17 Greenhouse Gas Emissions is expressed in tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent, which is a combination of six 2recognised greenhouse gases; (Carbon Dioxide CO , Methane CH4, Nitrous Oxide N2O, Hydro-fluorocarbons,HFCs, Per-fluorocarbons PFCs and Sulphur Hexafluoride SF6).18 The key performance indicator for energy efficiency is energy intensity; the amount of energy consumed perunit of a given business measure. The department uses the net size of all of our facilities in m2. This is acommon measure used across many agencies.19 It is acknowledged that portfolio structures change over time. Therefore the portfolio baseline will represent thestructure of the portfolio in the given reporting period. 182
  • 182. TAFE SA Regional 2009-10 27 946 5 127 1 139 589 272 2008-09 53 980 5 248 1 148 236 274 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 about the mix of fuels are made as a function of the National Electricity Market and are therefore beyond the control of the department. The department has endeavoured to provide the most accurate information from all possible sources available to it and any unintentional inconsistencies are beyond the department’s control.Overall achievementsThe department’s results in relation to energy efficiency are below target, largely dueto aging TAFE facilities. There has been a net increase in energy use of 8.5% acrossthe department.The department has participated in activities to increase staff awareness of ourimpacts on the environment. Earth Hour 2010, March 2010 A review of the building management systems across the department to maximise energy efficiencies was conducted and staff encouraged to acknowledge our impacts on the environment as part of the departments’ participation in Earth Hour 2010. Ecomapping In collaboration with the Environmental Protection Authority, South Australia departmental staff participated in Ecomapping exercises; making a map of their workplace highlighting their environmental situation. From this map, staff begin the process of altering practises to improve their environmental situation. The department has implemented a ‘virtual’ network to reduce our energy consumption. It is estimated that a savings of 90.6 tonnes of CO2 will be saved over five years. E- Payslips The department’s payslips went electronic, reducing our carbon emissions by approximately four tonnes per year and saving 650kg of paper. 183
  • 183. Corporate departmental achievementsThe department’s occupation in the five star green star City Central (11 WaymouthSt) consumed 2.4% less energy compared to the previous reporting period.TAFE SA achievementsVarious lighting and/or air conditioning upgrades have been implemented across theTAFE SA Institutes. Upgrades to more efficient LED and T5 fluorescent lighting and/or the installation of new technology air conditioning systems have beenimplemented at Adelaide, Mt Barker, Mt Gambier, Regency, Tea Tree Gully TAFEcampuses. In addition Berri and Noarlunga TAFE campuses have also installedsolar panel power generation systems that provide power for each site and feedback into the grid. These systems assist in demonstrating to students how thesetechnologies operate.Energy audits were conducted at Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Tea Tree Gully TAFEcampuses to identify additional initiatives to reduce our energy consumption.Initiatives planned for 2010-11The recently launched Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan 2010–2012 willprogressively be implemented to achieve energy efficiencies in all departmentalfacilities, in particular TAFE SA campuses.A lighting upgrade at Gawler TAFE campus with estimated savings of 20% in energyconsumption will be implemented.The new Victor Harbor TAFE campus, a $9.4 million campus is currently underconstruction and will include a 20 kW solar power generation system, energyefficient lighting and a building management system to ensure efficient use ofenergy. 6 water tanks totalling 210,000 litres will provide water supply to nativegardens and toilets.The announcement of the new $125 million Sustainable Industries Education Centreto be built at the former Mitsubishi site, Tonsley (once operational in 2014) willreplace 3 ageing and inefficient TAFE campuses. The new centre will become thecentral point for building and construction training in South Australia and promotingsustainable building techniques.DFEEST Water efficiency 2009-10This information relates to Objective 6.4; the department is an exemplar agency inenergy efficiency and environmentally sustainable practices. Our objective is toreduce our water consumption by 10% by 2014/ 15 from a base year of 2002 / 03.This goal contributes to South Australia’s Strategic Plan target T3.9; SustainableWater Supply. 184
  • 184. DFEEST Total Water Consumption 2009-10 Water consumption (Kilolitres = 1 KL = 1,000 Year being reported litres) Expenditure $ 2009-10 175 041 987 949 2008-09 184 513 839 540 Base year 2002-03 271 501 829 426 Departmental Target for year 253 057 being reported Departmental Target for year 235 357 2013-14 Corporate Department Corporate department sites are tenancies that 2009-10 does not supply water data TAFE SA Adelaide North 2009-10 107 315 458 420 2008-09 102 919 324 685 TAFE SA Adelaide South 2009-10 42 075 312 122 2008-09 47 685 303 906 TAFE SA Regional 2009-10 25 831 217 406 2008-09 33 909 210 949Disclaimer: - SA Water includes property values, sewerage and water supply charges, River Murray levies whichall influence the total utility price of water. The following graph illustrates our yearly water consumption from the base year of 2002-03 to 2009-10. 185
  • 185. DFEEST Total Water Consumption Kilolitres (1 KL = 1,000 litres) by Financial Year 2009 - 10, 175,041 2002 - 03, 271,501 2008 - 09, 184,513 2003 - 04, 239,052 2007 - 08, 165,642 2006 - 07, 206,542 2004 - 05, 235,693 2005 - 06, 253,001The department’s water conservation measures for 2009-10 have beenoutstanding, surpassing the target for this period by 30.8%. The departmentconsumed 5.1% less water than the previous period; however water related costsincreased by 15%.Corporate departmental achievementsWater consumption data is unavailable for our corporate facilities. The largestcorporate facility is at City Central, a five star Green Star facility that encompasseswater saving initiatives such as low flow tap wear, dual flush toilet cisterns andwaterless urinals.TAFE SA achievementsExtensive use of native vegetation replacing water intensive lawn areasthroughout the TAFE campuses has been instrumental in achieving these results.New water saving equipment have been installed in toilets (dual flush cisterns andwaterless urinals) and other wet areas such as kitchens (low flow tap wear) allcontributed to the reduction in water usage. Focusing on influencing staff andstudent behaviours in our campuses is an active approach to reducing waterconsumption, and also prepares our students for a sustainable workforce.Initiatives for 2010-11An ongoing focus to reducing our water consumption will continue on our campusgrounds through more planting of native vegetation, mulching and the fitting lowflow tap wear and toilet furniture.Investigations to participate in stormwater harvesting and water reuse such as theBarker Inlet Stormwater Reuse Scheme as an alternative supply for watering ourgrounds and supplying water to flush toilets. 186
  • 186. The department will continue to focus on incorporating sustainability initiatives in any new developments to ensure our impacts on the environment are minimised now and in the future. Long Term Vehicle Fleet 2009-10 This information relates to Goal 6; Skills and Technology for the state’s environmental sustainability, Objective 6.4; the department is an exemplar agency in energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable practices. The objectives are; Alternate fuelled vehicles at 60% of the total fleet by 2010, 5% of the fleet to be 4 cylinder vehicles by 2010, and offset our vehicle emissions through Greenfleet Australia. This goal contributes to South Australia’s Strategic Plan, Objective 3; Attaining Sustainability, Target T3.5; Greenhouse gas emissions. Departmental long term vehicle fleet 2009-10 Financial Number Fuel Emissions Kilometres Fuel Usage Year Being of Expenditure (t/CO2) travelled (Litres) Reported: Vehicles ($) (estimated) 2009-10 217 467 156 463 235 1 100 4 110 103 2008-09 237 529 540 561 829 1 143 4 593 933 Base year 2000-01 147 656 111 494 185 1 539 N/A Note: the total department’s vehicle fleet data is supplied by Fleet SA. Disclaimer; The greenhouse gas emissions (CO²) can vary year to year due to the changes in the CO² co- efficient, which is determined yearly by the federal government, are therefore beyond the control of the department.Overall achievements 2009-10The department’s long term fleet continues to become more efficient with an 8.4%decrease in overall numbers of vehicles. 11.7% less fuel was consumed at a 17.5%reduction in fuel cost and travelled 10.5% less and produce 3.8% less carbonemissions than in 2008-09. 55% of the fleet are low emission vehicles which includeLPG, dual fuel, high efficiency diesel and four cylinder vehicles. The department’sfour cylinder vehicles comprise 15.2% of the fleet exceeding the target for 2010 by5.2%.The department’s vehicle carbon emissions are offset through collaboration withGreenfleet Australia by planting 4103 trees at a cost per vehicle per year of $68.41.This will bring the total trees planted to over 13 700 trees as a public commitment tooffsetting our vehicles carbon emissions. The department continues to be the onlygovernment department that fully offsets our long term vehicle’s carbon emissions. 187
  • 187. The fleet booking system has been successfully introduced throughout thedepartment maximising the use of fleet and contributing to the reduction of theoverall number of vehicles in the fleet.Initiatives for 2010-11Refining of the fleet booking system continues to realise the maximise use of thevehicle fleet. We will continue to offset our fleet’s carbon emissions with ourrelationship with Greenfleet Australia. The department will focus on using more fuelefficient vehicles replacing (where applicable) fuel intensive vehicles.Waste Management 2009-10This information relates to Objective 6.4; the department is an exemplar agency inenergy efficiency and environmentally sustainable practices. Our objective is toreduce our waste going to landfill by 25% by 2014.This DFEEST Strategic goal contributes to the South Australia’s Strategic PlanTarget T3.8; Reduce waste to landfill by 25% by 2014.Corporate departmental achievementsTenancy in City Central, a five star Green Star building has the majority of its wastediverted from landfill.Waste streams are loosely modelled on residential waste management principles.Approximately 17% of our waste goes to landfill. The remainder is split into recycling(paper, cardboard, glass, metals, plastics) our deposit bottles and cans are sent aspart of our tenancy agreement to charities. Organic waste (approximately 11%) isreprocessed into garden mulches and soils.TAFE SA achievementsAn extensive waste profile was conducted throughout the department to determinehow the department manages its waste. From this audit, 97% of sites undertooksome form of recycling or diversion from landfill. The most extensive recycling occursat our metropolitan and near metropolitan sites where the waste managementservice providers are most active. From these sites 18% of our waste was divertedfrom landfill.Each TAFE Institute has implemented recycling programs to increase the diversionof waste going to landfill. Zero Waste SA has collaborated with TAFE SA toimplement some of these initiatives. Waste diverted from 19 TAFE campusestotalled 4,990 cubic metres throughout calendar year 2009. Organic waste recyclingwas a focus where this waste is converted into garden mulches and soils.Approximately 90% of obsolete Information and Communications Technologyequipment is reused via the Computer Recycling Scheme which refurbishes thisequipment for use in public and private schools. 188
  • 188. Multi function devices (print, scan, copy) are progressively replacing print onlydevices to reduce the number of these devices throughout TAFE SA, and arerecycled through the Ricoh Green Partnership scheme in eliminating e-waste goingto landfill.Toners are recycled through schemes such as the Cartridge Rescue to reuse thesecartridges before being recycled.Mobile phones are recycled through the ‘Mobile Muster’ program managed by theAustralian Mobile Telecommunications Association and the Aussie RecyclingProgram.Construction waste at Adelaide TAFE totalling 287 tonnes (bricks, steel and generalwaste) was diverted from landfill.Donation of excess furniture, crockery and utensils to Bowden Brompton House andpublic schools were implemented in 2009-10.Initiatives for 2010-11Each TAFE institute will work at increasing their waste diversion from landfill throughthe introduction of separate waste stream collection systems in their respectivecampuses. These streams are predominantly focused on organic, paper, cardboard,metal, glass and plastic recycling.A new waste management contract is being developed for TAFE SA with a focus ondiverting waste from landfill and detailed reporting to begin quantifying ourperformance. Areas of focus are organic, paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plasticrecycling.Greening of Government Operations FrameworkPlease refer to the ‘Sustainability Reporting’ section of the report. 189
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