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G2 Government Schools Education Council


Letter to Minister

Government Schools Education Council 

Annual Report 2013-14

A. Transmittal Certificate

See covering letter.

B. Performance Reporting

B.1 Organisational Overview

The Government Schools Education Council (the Council) is established in accordance with section 54 of the Education Act 2004 (the Act).

The Council's functions are to advise the Minister on any aspect of the ACT public school system; and when asked by the Minister, to inquire into and give advice to the Minister on any aspect of the ACT public school system. Under section 66 (1) of the Act the Minister must present a copy of the advice to the Legislative Assembly.

The Council identified the following goals to be achieved in the 2013-14 year:

The key issues considered by the Council in 2013-14 were:

The Minister for Education and Training met with the Council to provide a briefing on current national issues impacting on the ACT and to discuss issues relating to possible enhancements to the existing non-government school registration processes and the feedback she had received from stakeholders on this matter and to.

At Council's annual meeting with the Non-government Schools Education Council, the Minister provided an update on issues relevant to all education sectors in the ACT. Representatives of the Teacher Quality Institute and school personnel then provided an update on the 2014 implementation of the Teacher Professional Learning Pilot across the three school sectors.

The Council identified the following items as goals to be achieved in the next reporting period:

B.2 Performance Analysis

Not applicable.

B.3 Community Engagement and Support

Not applicable.

B.4 Ecologically Sustainable Development

Not applicable.

C. Governance and Accountability Reporting

C.1 Internal Accountability

The Education Act 2004 (the Act) outlines the conditions under which the Minister may appoint or terminate the appointment of a Council member. As a statutory appointment the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young Affairs is consulted on proposed appointments.

Sections 56 and 57 of the Act state that the Council must consist of the Director- General and the Minister must appoint the following members of the Council:

The council met six times between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 including a joint meeting with the Non-government Schools Education Council in November 2013 to discuss matters of mutual interest.

Table GSEC 1: Role of council members and number of meetings attended/number of eligible meetings

Member name Role Number
Mr Craig Curry Chairperson 6/6
Ms Misty Adoniou Community member 6/6
Ms Jill Burgess Community member 4/6
Ms Deborah Evans Community member 3/6
Ms Lynne Sheville Community member 5/6
Ms Jan Tarbotton Community member 5/6
Ms Alexandra Tolmie Community member 5/6
Mr Roger Amey Education members chosen from nominations of the government teacher union 5/6
Ms Wendy Cave Education member chosen from nominations of the government teacher union 6/6
Mr Hugh Boulter Education member chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing parent associations of government schools 5/6
Mr Denis O'Dea Education member chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing parent associations of government schools 1/6
Ms Indigo Strudwicke Education member chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing students 5/6
Mr Patrick O'Connell Education member chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing students 5/6
Mr John Darcy Education member representing Canberra Preschool Society 1/6
Mr Shane Gorman Education members chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing principals 2/6
Ms Trish Keller OAM Education members chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing principals 2/3
Ms Mandy Kalyvas Education members chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing principals 2/2
Mr Tim Kinder Education member chosen from nominations of the peak organisation representing school boards 3/5
Ms Diane Joseph Member, Director-General, representing the Education and Training Directorate 2*/6
Ms Leanne Cover *
(representing Ms Diane Joseph)
Deputy Director-General 4*

The Council provided a submission to the 2014 ACT Government Budget with suggestions regarding the level of investments in public education for 2014-15 as follows:

During the reporting period the Council also provided written feedback to the Education and Training directorate on the draft Safe and Supportive Schools Policy and the Gifted and Talented Students Policy. The Council Chair attended the Board of Senior Secondary Studies Recognition of Excellence Ceremony to acknowledge the successes of ACT students graduating from public schools and the Council was represented at the Student Voice in Preventing Bullying Conference.

The Council also provided Minister with comprehensive advice concerning the existing processes relating to the in-principle approval and registration of non-government schools in the ACT and how these might be enhanced.

Remuneration for the chairperson is determined by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal in accordance with section 10(1) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995. The current determination took effect on 1 November 2013. The chairperson is the only member to receive remuneration.

The Council has no funds for which it is responsible, and therefore does not receive or expend funds.

The Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) provides secretariat and advisory assistance to the Council. The Council may call on directorate staff to address Council meetings or meet with members to discuss particular issues or programs relevant to the work of the Council. If required, the Council would have access to legal advice through the ACT Government Solicitor's Office.

Council sought and received updates from the Directorate on:

All new members are provided with the ACT Government Boards and Committees Code of Conduct and asked to sign a Code of Conduct/Conflict of Interest Declaration Form. These documents outline expectations regarding ethical behaviour in order to satisfy standards of probity and accountability that apply to the public sector. These documents also provide information to assist members in identifying, avoiding and disclosing potential conflicts of interest.

C.2 Risk Management and Internal Audit

Council operations are regarded as low risk and the Chair has put processes in place to monitor identified risks. No risk mitigation activities have been required.

C.3 Fraud Prevention

Not applicable.

C.4 Legislative Assembly Inquiries and Reports

Not applicable.

C.5 Auditor-General and Ombudsman Reports

Not applicable.

D. Legislation Based Reporting

Not applicable.

E. Human Resources Management Reporting

Not applicable.

F. Financial Management Reporting

Not applicable.


For more information contact the Chairperson or the secretariat for the Government Schools Education Council (GSEC):