Annual reports from the department

The department produces an annual report each year for the SA Parliament. The annual report contains information for stakeholders about the department’s activities and outcomes for each calendar year, including progress towards South Australia’s Strategic Plan, financial information, human resources and statutory reporting.

Highlights of the 2013 Annual Report:

  • Redesign of Families SA
    Families SA is aiming to transform its operating model to deliver a family-focused child protection system that prioritises family preservation, achieved by supporting children and young people to remain in the care of their families whenever it is safe to do so. The Families SA Redesign began in March 2013.

  • Birth-18 numeracy and literacy strategy
    DECD’s numeracy and literacy strategy Great start, strong foundations, powerful learners: A numeracy and literacy strategy from Birth-18 was released in April 2013 following an extensive consultation and development process.

  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
    During the year, 126 738 students from 688 schools completed the Challenge, more than 95% of all schools. Since 2004, 1 018 637 awards have been presented. There were 85 898 government school students who completed the Challenge in 2013, an increase of 1.57% from 2012.

  • National Quality Framework (NQF)
    As at December 2013, 87% of assessed DECD early childhood services were rated at Meeting NQS or higher. Three DECD services are among the first four services nationally to be awarded the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) Excellent rating, the highest rating a service can achieve under the NQF.

  • Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS)
    CaFHS is a statewide primary health service providing a range of health and development services to children up to five years, with a focus on children up to three years. More than 400 employees provide services and support in more than 120 centres across South Australia. In 2013 a significantly revised Blue Book (child health record) was released, more than 18 000 universal contact visits were conducted, and more than 1500 families were supported at any one time in the Family home visiting program. Almost 261 000 ‘parent easy guides’ (PEGs) were distributed on request, including 19 720 Aboriginal and 32 620 migrant PEGs.

  • VET in the SACE
    SACE completion report statistics show that 5558 students completed their SACE with a vocational education and training component in 2013, equivalent to 41% of SACE completers. The Industry skills program aims to engage students and enable them to connect with post school training pathways leading to Certificate III qualifications. At October 2013 there were 255 industry pathways programs leading to Certificate III pathways in 106 schools, with more than 10 000 students enrolled.