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Labors SACE Paper Laced

A $10,000 independent review of the SACE Board’s Information Services has identified a “strikingly paper-based” system, “heavily reliant on manual processing and human intervention”.

The report sights one example where over any given year 180,000 sheets are scanned, a standard human resource task that has long been electronic in many organisations.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has left the SACE Board stuck in the last century as the IT revolution passes it by,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

This report, the fourth into SACE commissioned since the $54M new SACE was rolled out in 2011, was also highly critical of Labor’s funding model for the SACE Board.

This latest in a long line of examinations into South Australian education bodies makes some very strong criticisms of Labor’s management and inability look beyond the four year election cycle, citing among other examples that:

  • There is clear evidence that previous investment has not always achieved the outcomes that were intended.
  • The significant funding shortfall has been masked to some extent by periodic injections of special purpose funding but that is a dangerous strategy.
  • It is essential that staff and funding models be changed as a matter of urgency.

“The report also found that a major consequence of Labor’s short term ad hoc funding model is the SACE board’s inability to make medium and long term commitments,” said Mr Pisoni.

“Labor’s refusal to commit to long term funding for information management improvements at the SACE board is yet an another example of Premier Weatherill’s call for a smart economy being nothing more than a distraction.

“If our education system is not embracing the future how can you expect industry to do so?

“The budget papers show no funding for these recommendations, suggesting that this report will end up in the too hard basket along with the dozens of previous education reports commissioned by Labor since coming to office.”