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Report Details


Committee Name:

Estimates and Financial Operations Committee

House:

Legislative Council
Report Type:Report

Title:

Balga Works Program
Report No:12
No of Pages:292
Physical Location:Legislative Council Committee Office

Presentation Date:

05/29/2008
Related Report(s):Interim Report No 9 - Interim Report on the Balga Works Inquiry: Request for a Member of the Legislative Assembly to Appear Before the Committee (18 Sep 2007)
Inquiry Name(s):Inquiry into the Memorandum of Understanding between Balga Senior High School and Manufacturing Industry Training Services Pty Ltd


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Page number indicates the page the recommendation or finding can be found at in the Committee's report.

Page 14
Recommendation 1: The Committee recommends that the Government develop guidelines requiring all public servants to report on the outcome of travel undertaken for a public purpose.

Page 41
Recommendation 2: The Committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training investigate whether the funding provided by the Aboriginal Education and Training Directorate to the Balga Senior High School was used for the purpose it was intended and if not, was the redirection of the funding appropriate. Further, what was the knowledge and complicity of any officer of the Department of Education and Training in relation to this funding.

Page 41
Recommendation 3: The Committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training investigate how it was possible for Mr Hammond in September 2004 to arrange an FTE conversion to fund the Balga Works Program at the Balga Senior High School without the support of the Minister for Education and Training and with the Director General’s reservations about the program.

Page 106
Finding 1: The Committee finds that that the DET failed to ensure adequate verification of the enrolment and attendance records and this was a failure in their financial management practices.

Page 109
Finding 2:
The Committee finds that the responsibility for the failures with the program and the administration of the school lay primarily with Mr Hammond.
The Committee is of the view that the DET is also responsible for the failures for the following reasons:
i) its complicity in providing funding for the BWP in an ad-hoc manner and without proper planning, accountability mechanisms or due diligence;
ii) its ineffectiveness in responding in an appropriate and timely manner despite overwhelming evidence of the issues being faced by the BSHS and the BWP throughout the life of the program. In particular, the response of the Investigation Reference Group at the end of 2005 was inadequate (see paragraphs 3.55 to 3.103); and
iii) its ineffectiveness in managing Mr Hammond.
The Committee has concerns with the process for the appointment of a supplementary deputy principal to provide additional support for the BSHS. The Committee believes that the DET should have taken greater responsibility for this appointment rather than leaving Mr Hammond to Chair the selection process.
The Committee finds that the DET responses to the BWP issues were inadequate and the additional support provided did not resolve the problems. The DET should have ensured that the issues faced by the BSHS were being addressed as a result of the additional resources being provided.
Further, the Committee finds that the Minister for Education and Training was not fully informed through the briefing notes provided in relation to the BWP (see paragraph 3.154).

Page 111
Recommendation 4: The Committee recommends that the Minister for Education and Training advise the Legislative Council as to whether he is satisfied that the Department of Education and Training has met its duty of care obligations towards those persons adversely affected by the Balga Works Program.

Page 139
Finding 3: The Committee finds that:
a) Mr Michael Carton did not have the necessary skills and expertise to establish the accommodation component of the program;
b) planning and staff training was inadequate to deal with the young people placed in the program; and
c) that Mr Michael Carton mismanaged the supervision of the young people in the accommodation program. This included lack of suitable supervision and the lack of effective discipline and behaviour management.

Page 147
Recommendation 5: The Committee recommends that a review of the monitoring processes for placements by the Department of Corrective Services and the Department Child Protection be undertaken.

Page 161
Recommendation 6: The Committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training develop written policies and guidelines for due diligence checks that are to be undertaken by a school when engaging a private service provider. This includes ensuring the private provider has processes in place to ensure that the staff hired by the private provider are appropriately qualified.

Page 172
Recommendation 7: The Committee by a majority (comprising Hons Giz Watson, Peter Collier, Sheila Mills and Helen Morton MLCs) recommends that the Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Incorporated prohibit school employees who are members of a Parents and Citizens Association to also be signatories of the Parents and Citizens Associations bank accounts.

Page 173
Recommendation 8: The Committee recommends that the Government ensure that a detailed investigation be undertaken by the appropriate authorities into the role and activities of the Balga Senior High School Parent and Citizens Association Inc in relation to the Balga Works Program.

Page 181
Recommendation 9: The Committee recommends that the Government establish as a matter of priority, a program for disengaged youth that provides appropriate education and vocational training along with integrated accommodation and life skills support.

Page 181
Recommendation 10: The Committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training reviews the financial management support provided to schools. This should include adequate training for Business Managers, Registrars, Principals and Deputy Principals on the financial management practices of the Department of Education and Training.

Page 181
Recommendation 11: The Committee by a majority (comprising Hons Giz Watson, Peter Collier, Sheila Mills and Helen Morton MLCs) recommends that the Government reimburse all former employees of the Balga Works Program, who can demonstrate their claims for outstanding wages and superannuation.

Page 181
Recommendation 12: The Committee recommends that the Government examine whether it has any recourse to recoup monies including outstanding wages and superannuation from any individual or company and their directors involved in the management of the Balga Works Program including Mr Hammond, Mr Michael Carton and Hurson Pty Ltd.

Page 182
Recommendation 13: The Committee recommends that the Government provide assistance and support in the form of a debriefing and counselling to the people affected by the Balga Works Program and that in six months time the Government report back to the Legislative Council on its actions.

Page 182
Recommendation 14: The Committee recommends that the Government identify the young people who were enrolled in the Balga Works Program and ensure that they are able to access educational and employment assistance to the level promised by the Balga Works Program.

Page 182
Recommendation 15: The Committee recommends that the Department of Education and Training review the adequacy of its capacity to facilitate the resourcing and establishment of innovative initiatives within schools.