No departmental officer travelled overseas during the financial year.
Consultancies undertaken in 2003-04 included:
Voluntary early retirement
- Evaluation of Sexual Offenders Program, Griffith University - $11,000
- Evaluation of the Departmentís Anger Management Program, University of South Australian - $71,940
- Evaluation of Substance Abuse: Prevention and Managing Relapse Program, Dr Sharon Dawe - $23,414
In accordance with Directive No 27/99, the Department is required to report on voluntary early retirement. There were no packages offered or taken by employees during the year.
Energy management report
The Departmentís retail electricity power contract negotiated in December 2001 for three years realised
savings of approximately 18% for the year when compared to the equivalent tariff rate/s. Total expenditure on electricity
and gas for 2003-04 was $5.116 million.
During the year, the Department selected a small number of energy service companies to potentially conduct
energy audits at pilot sites with the view to proceeding with energy performance contracting arrangements.
If the Department proceeds with such arrangements, it will be on the basis that they will yield energy savings
and greenhouse gas emission reductions, through a range of agreed energy conservation measures.
These reductions will assist the Government in meeting its overall energy cost reduction objectives over the
next four years. The energy savings will be in all types of utility consumption, including water.
The Department is also investigating future opportunities for cogeneration of electricity, utilising its
standby generation capacity. This initiative would assist in the reduction of electricity costs.
Strategic waste management plan
The Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Policy 2000
requires the Department to undertake strategic
waste management planning.
This planning addresses current and proposed waste management practices, and defines strategies,
actions, timeframes, performance indicators and overall requirements for the development
and implementation of a plan with respect to all waste streams within the Department.
During 2003-04, a waste management strategic plan was prepared for implementation in the 2004-05 year. The plan
utilises the Woodford Correctional Centre as a pilot site and the results of the twelve-month project will
form the basis of a generic plan for implementation throughout all departmental facilities.
Woodford Correctional Centre was chosen as the pilot site due to the size of the centre and the range of
activities conducted within the site.
The plan addresses:
- disposal and recycling of waste materials from timber and metal and other industry manufacturing operations
- energy management efficiencies
- water conservation management efficiencies
- effluent and water treatment plant management plans
- recycling of waste paper and cardboard
- various processes for treatment of pollutants from industry related activities to comply with Environmental Protection Authority requirements
- treatment of clinical waste
- treatment of food waste
During 2003-04, 33 new judicial review cases were filed against the Department by prisoners. Fourteen judicial
review matters were determined by a court, with the Department successful in 13 cases and unsuccessful in one.
Four other matters were withdrawn by applicants prior to hearing.
Freedom of Information
Under the Freedom of Information Act 1992
, the Department received 1131 applications, a 21% increase over
the previous year.
In dealing with these applications the Department considered 141,000 documents and released 98%
of these documents, in full or in part.