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One of these recommendations came out of the fact that there was some confusion with the way the efficiency measures were communicated and recommends a look at that. The recommendation on the percentage of students who proceed to post-school options goes very much to the availability of post-school options for students with a disability, which is a key issue. Reporting on the number of students who go on to post-school options will be very valuable information in terms of looking at the need in this area for students with a disability and looking at where there might be demand, or further demand, that needs to be met, the need to review some performance reporting methodologies and/or to ensure that the survey samples and methodologies used are clearly indicated when reporting.

Often with survey results reported there might be a very high level of satisfaction or indeed a low level. Often we do not know details such as the number of people surveyed or the number of respondents, and this information can have an impact on the results. So it is important that this information is provided so that we can have a better idea of how these methodologies and surveys are conducted.

A further recommendation was around applying publication and design standards set out in the annual report directions, reporting on young people in the justice system to include information about the recidivism rates and movement into the adult justice system. This very much came about through looking at the programs we have in place for young people. The committee recognises that this is an issue which crosses over two departments. However, it is an issue and we need to start looking at how the programs we run for young offenders are working, particularly in terms of re-offending and then if offences might occur as an adult, so we can get an indication of how this is progressing. A further recommendation in this area relates to participation rates in diversionary programs and the last two recommendations look at devising a mechanism for structured feedback from external service providers at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

They were the key recommendations from the committee in this report. The committee is grateful for the time and expertise of the ministers and all officers who assisted with the provision of information during the inquiry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 6

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.51): I present the following paper:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 6—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2009-2010, dated 20 April 2011, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

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