Wednesday, 5 June 2013

School Farm Audit

Department of Education Media Release

Andrew Finch

Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
       Wednesday 5 June 2013

The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Andrew Finch said the Department was not proposing to change funding arrangements of school farms.
“The Department has recently undertaken an assessment of all school farms through a school farm audit.
“Audits of departmental functions are conducted on a rotational basis as part of normal business,” he said.
Mr Finch said findings of the audit were recently covered at the School Farms and School Land Use Forum held in Launceston on 17 May 2013.
“This forum was the first step in a consultation process with all relevant schools.
“The audit addresses issues such as financial and risk management of farms as well as improving learning opportunities.
“Further consultation will occur with schools during 2013.
“The aim of the exercise is to work towards best practice management arrangements around school farms. This will assist in maximising educational outcomes for students under the framework of school autonomy and school community collaboration,” he said.

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