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Organisational alignment

Our organisational groups are set up to make sure that the different services work well together so we can provide the best education and care services. There are clear lines of reporting and accountability so decision-making can be open and transparent.

The leaders in our organisation need to be committed to aligning their work with each other. We need to have clear communication across the department to make sure the strategic and development plans get carried out.

This is a summary of what the different organisational groups in our department do, and what their governance structures are.

Corporate office

The corporate office has the responsibility to:

  • develop and implement strategic and operational policy for school education, child protection, and early childhood education and care
  • make sure that statutory child protection obligations are met
  • build and maintain systems to make sure services are delivered effectively
  • plan investments and share out resources
  • monitor and evaluate the department’s performance
  • work with various levels of government.

There is more detail about corporate governance structures.

Families SA hubs and offices

Families SA metropolitan hubs and country district offices have different teams with different responsibilities around child safety, connecting families, and supporting children and young people.

Local education teams

Local education teams have the responsibility to:

  • identify, select and recruit site leaders
  • provide educational leadership to all sites in partnership from birth to 12
  • provide partnership improvement planning
  • lead sites to improve learning and wellbeing of children and young people.

Education and child development (ECD) local partnerships

All government preschools and schools are part of the local partnerships model. Each local partnership is a collection, defined by their location, of preschool and school sites and their communities.

There is more detail about local partnership governance.

Education offices – integrated support services

The department has a range of ways to assist children and students with disability or additional needs in preschools and schools.

There is more detail about support services governance.

Schools and preschools and children’s centres

Schools and preschools have the responsibility to:

  • deliver educational services
  • improve teacher practice
  • lift educational outcomes
  • implement specific programs and initiatives
  • ensure the safety of students and employees
  • manage site resources and infrastructure.

There is more detail about school and preschool governance.

Children's centres support children and families to achieve the best possible learning, health and wellbeing outcomes.  They also provide responses for children and families who might need extra support.

There is more information about governance in children’s centres.

Governing councils, school councils and management committees

Governing councils are bodies that govern a school or preschool. It’s the joint responsibility of site leaders and the relevant council or committee to make sure their site aligns with the rest of the department.

Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS)

Child and Family Health Services sit under the policy and leadership of the department in partnership with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.  With the exception of the Strong Start programs, all employees are employed by SA Health.

Child and Family Health Services will:

  • support the healthy development of infants and young children through the promotion and support of effective parenting
  • provide information, support, services and interventions, and link families to other community supports and providers.

These are the areas that CaFHS manage:

There is more detail about CaFHS governance.

Contact

Office of the Chief Executive

Level 9, Education Centre
31 Flinders St
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Phone: 8226 1540
EmailDECD.CE [at] sa.gov.au