Report of Number of Children in Care With Case Plans

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:14): My question again is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. When will the government fix their systems so that they can report the number of children in care with case plans, as required by the Productivity Commission?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:14): I am not sure about the timing; I will bring that back to the chamber.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:14): Supplementary: will the minister also provide the house with a figure of how many children in her care have case plans as required?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:14): It may well be that that can't be answered without the work on C3MS and therefore, by the nature of not having had that work yet done, if that is indeed the case, I will not be able to provide that information as yet. C3MS is not a spectacularly useful system for generating answers on a systemic level. It is useful for managing an individual child's case, which is what it is designed for. There are occasions when what is asked of it is a summary across different cases. It is not designed for that purpose and is often not able to produce the kind of material people are asking for.