CAMP SCHOOLS —
1265. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and
I refer to the current employees
working at the Bridgetown, Dampier, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Pemberton and Point Peron
camp schools, which will be taken over by Fairbridge WA.
(1) How many
Department of Education employees are currently employed at each of the camp
Department of Education employees be offered redundancies?
(3) If yes to
(2), how many will or have been offered redundancies, and how many have
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) The number of
staff employed at a site fluctuates throughout the year. The following table
provides the number of employees, including permanent and temporary, at each
camp school as at 29 November 2018. The rest of the answer to part (1) is in
tabular form. I seek leave to have that incorporated into Hansard.
The following material
was incorporated —
Bridgetown Camp School
Dampier Camp School
Geraldton Camp School
Goldfields Camp School
Pemberton Camp School
Point Peron Camp School
(2) As answered
in Legislative Council question on notice 768 on 11 April 2018, permanent
employees at the camp schools were provided with an opportunity to express
their interest in receiving a voluntary severance offer. All employees who
expressed an interest have since received an offer.
permanent employees at the camp schools received a voluntary severance offer.
To 29 November 2018, 19 have accepted the offer. Permanent employees from the
camp schools who have received a voluntary severance offer can accept their
offer until 10 December 2018 or, in the case of Pemberton camp school, until 17
December 2018. Employees who accept their offer will exit on either 14 December 2018 or 21 December 2018 for Pemberton
camp school only. Employees at Pemberton camp school have a later
acceptance and exit date due to bookings at the site through to 21 December 2018.
Site managers and staff at the
camp schools have been provided with workforce support. Support has been
provided to the camp school managers and staff as follows. The executive
director of workforce met with camp managers following the January 2018
vacation period to provide support and facilitate discussion of the workforce
support required. A human resource management plan has been provided to the
site managers. Officers from the workforce division have provided staff with
information and guidance on the deployment process and its timing. This
includes information about the allocation of case managers to affected
employees. Targeted support has been provided to the site managers to manage
the deployment process for employees at the site. This support is ongoing.
Resources have been provided to staff to assist with development of their resumes.
Ongoing case management and professional learning will be provided to employees
as the transition of the sites progresses. Employees who chose not to accept a severance
offer will be offered alternative positions within the department, and support
continues to be provided through the transition process. All fixed-term
contracts will be honoured.
Fairbridge WA is responsible for
staffing the sites from 2019. Positions have been advertised and Department of
Education employees are able to apply. They have been supported by the
department to do so. A fortnightly newsletter to camp school staff commenced on
10 October 2018, with the third edition sent out to camp schools on 9 November
2018. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide staff members across all six
camp sites with a regular update of the transition process. Information
includes an update from Fairbridge, workforce matters, important dates,
reminders of upcoming tasks and a look ahead in terms of transition