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 2012 Annual Report:

  • Every Chance For Every Child
    DECD supported the government’s Every chance for every child strategic priority and proposed child development legislation, including coordinating a variety of public consultation forums (involving schools and young people) and publishing a discussion paper and information booklet. (see page 67)

  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
    The National Year of Reading, 2012, was the most successful of the nine years since the Challenge has been running, with 124,244 students from 718 schools completing it – more than 96% of schools with students from a Reception-Year 9 age range. There were 84,563 government school students who completed the Challenge – a 3.9% increase. (see page 46)

  • Premier’s be active challenge
    There were 36,852 participants from 260 schools and 68 home schooling families who completed the be active Challenge in 2012. Some 11,640 new participants took part. (see page 57)

  • SACE or equivalent
    There has been a 12.6% improvement in 15-19 year old students who achieved the SACE or comparable senior secondary qualification since the baseline year of 2005. (see pages 23 & 98)

  • Maximising pathways for young South Australians
    Various programs aimed at engaging young people in secondary education and providing flexible opportunities to partner with community, trades and industry continued to thrive in 2012. For example, 5,030 students in 2012 completed their SACE with a vocational education and training component, incorporating 233 different VET qualifications. Also, since 2007, more than 24,000 students have been supported through ICANS with a consistently high success rate of greater than 70% re-engagement in learning or earning. (see page 100-101)

  • Reunification initiative
    The 2011-12 State Budget provided to Families SA $4.7 million per annum over five years to strengthen the agency’s capacity to reunify children with their birth families, where it is safe to do so. (see page 114)

  • Aboriginal enrolments in schools
    Aboriginal enrolments in government schools continued to trend upwards, with a 4% improvement on 2011. Aboriginal students now represent 5.4% of total enrolments. (see page 37)

  • Child and family health services
    More than 400 staff provided support to young children and families in more than 120 centres. The new Strong start program commenced and Child and Family Health Service staff from the Universal contact program conducted more than 18,000 visits, and some 1 500 families were supported at any one time in the Family home visiting program. In the two years to June 2012, 756,580 parent easy guides were distributed on request. (see pages 85-87)

  • SA teaching awards
    A record 1700 nominations were received in 2012, with 446 applications submitted, and from these, 69 regional winners selected. A professional development award of $20,000 was presented to each of the seven category winners. (see page 131)