Priority 5 - Business Innovation and Improvement

Photo of primary school students exercising at entrance of Taylor Primary School

Our Major
Achievements
in 2014-15

  • Earthwork activities at the site of the primary school in Coombs commenced in November 2014. The school is on track for opening at the commencement of the 2016 school year.
  • The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS) was launched on 5 January 2015.
  • The SchoolsNet Wireless Expansion Project expanded wireless infrastructure to meet the growing demand for use of personal devices.
  • Procurement of a new School Administration System was progressed with the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) underway from March 2015.
 Results
  • Directorate won Silver and Bronze at the Annual Report Awards for the quality of its report. The Directorate's Assessor Team was awarded the Department Shield from a field of Commonwealth and ACT nominations.

Our
Challenges
in 2014-15

  • The Hazardous Materials Removal Program continued; it included removal of asbestos from the Belconnen High School demolition site with certification received on 20 November 2014.

Our Major Achievements

The Directorate ensures the provision of high quality learning environments for students through facility upgrades and expansions. Ongoing innovation in delivery of resources, increased accountability and transparency of school performance has occurred.

  • The schoolsnet wireless expansion project expanded wireless infrastructure to meet the growing demand for use of personal devices in public high schools, colleges and preschool to year 10 schools. The completion of this project in June 2015 ensured that all secondary students in public schools were attending the best connected schools in the country with the highest speed internet of any education jurisdiction.
  • The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS), was launched on 5 January 2015. The web-based system provides a streamlined approach for registered training organisations to self-manage their information, initiate changes to their training information and data, and interact with the Directorate.
  • The construction of a primary school in Coombs commenced in November 2014. The school will open at the commencement of the 2016 school year.
  • CCCares, the purpose-built facility for pregnant and parenting students on the Phillip campus of Canberra College, commenced operation at the new site on 16 February 2015.
  • Expansion and upgrade of the Forrest Childcare Centre and the Appletree and Treehouse in the Park Centres, was completed. Designs for expansion of Bunyarra and Salem Centres and the upgrade of Totom House were also completed. Building works on the extension of the Gungahlin Children's Centre commenced in 2015.
  • The transfer of childcare centres to ACT Property Group was finalised in January 2015.
  • Classroom upgrade works at Black Mountain School enhanced classroom accessibility and learning outcomes for students. Students with mobility needs at Ainslie School were assisted by the commissioning of a lift in May 2015.
  • The installation and upgrade of LED light fixtures at schools including Ngunnawal and Wanniassa Hills Primary Schools continued under the Carbon Neutral Government Loan Fund. High efficiency LED fixtures reduce energy use by up to 50 percent.
  • Procurement of a new School Administration System commenced through a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI).
  • The Employee Complaints and Dispute Resolution Toolkit, first published in 2012, was revised to provide a greater emphasis on early intervention. Further information about strategies was developed to assist all employees in resolving a workplace concern.
  • Significant progress was made on the development of the new needs based funding model for the ACT. The Student Resource Allocation model will be phased in over a number of years.

Photo of secondary students at Melrose High School using the school bike track in support of the Safe Riding program

Our Challenges

  • Continuing to improve wireless capacity to support the use of personal devices in schools, with funding allocated in the 2015-16 budget for the expansion of wireless in primary schools.
  • The economical use of government funding to design, build and deliver quality and contemporary spaces for learning and teaching that will support the ongoing changing demographics, enrolment forecasts and pressures, and work, health and safety priorities of the ACT.

Our Plans for the Next 12 Months

  • Improvements to records management are planned by utilising the records management system RM8 as a corporate repository for both digital and paper records.
  • There will be a staged release of additional functionality for AVETARS, with ongoing development and enhancements including a program of maintenance and development beyond 2015.
  • A new School Accountability and Performance Framework will be released.
  • Design and development work for a primary school in north Gungahlin will be progressed, as will feasibility studies for a year 7 to 10 school in north Gungahlin and a preschool to year 10 school in Molonglo.
  • Selection of a preferred supplier and development of the School Administration System solution will occur.
  • Construction of the primary school in Coombs will be completed for the commencement of the 2016 school year.
  • Design and development work for the Centre for Innovation and Learning at Caroline Chisholm School will be undertaken. The Centre will provide a focal point for the school, cluster, network and system curriculum specialists to lead coaching and mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • The construction of the Belconnen Region Trade Skills project will be completed. This involves works at all secondary schools and colleges in the Belconnen region.
  • Modernisation works at Belconnen High School will be undertaken. The work will include construction of a new administration building and refurbishment of existing buildings and facilities.
  • Development of a Strategic Asset Management Plan will be finalised.
  • Implementation of the new teacher enterprise agreement will occur. The work will include implementation of performance and development processes for teachers and principals aligned with national standards.

Photo of primary school students on jumping castle at Kingsford Smith School

Fast Facts 2013-14 2014-15 Change % Change
Value of Directorate assets including school buildings $1,834.0m $1,793.0m -$41.0m -2.2%
Value of capital works $64.3m $55.8m -$8.5m -13.2%
Public School Space - Gross Floor Area M2 594,215 599,620 5,405 0.9%
Kilowatt hours of electricity used in public schools 26,069,569 24,963,621 - 1,105,948 -4.2%
Kilolitres of water used in public schools 358,694 337,471 -21,223 -5.9%
Tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in public schools 35,354 28,513 -6,841 -19.4%
Kilometres travelled in office based vehicles 202,160 208,440 6,280 3.1%
Reams of paper purchased for central office use 7,725 8,734 1,009 13.1%
Litres of paper recycled within central office 198,640 208,320 9,680 4.9%
Wireless access points in public schools 1,850 3,550 1,700 91.9%