ASTU Management meeting with Operators

02 March 2013

ASTU management have offered to discuss ongoing issues troubling operators by attending a Contractors Association Meeting to be held at a venue in Wollongong on Saturday the 16th March. Members wanting to partake in this meeting should advise the Committee by Saturday 9th March so we can confirm attendee numbers to hire a meeting room. […]

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PIAG Inaugural Meeting

20 February 2013

20 February 2013 Inaugural Procurement Industry Advisory Group meeting The first meeting has been held of a high level industry group that will provide invaluable guidance for the NSW Government�s procurement reforms. The Procurement Industry Advisory Group was convened to give industry a role in shaping the reform agenda. The Group will be influential in […]

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NSW Government Procurement Group Established

18 February 2013

Greg Pearce MLC Minister for Finance and Services Minister for the Illawarra MEDIA RELEASE Friday 1st February 2013 NSW GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT GROUP ESTABLISHED The NSW Government today announced the appointment of seven members to a senior industry advisory group that will provide expert advice to the procurement reform process. Minister for Finance and Services Greg […]

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School Zone Gone

16 October 2012

Over the holidays, the “Clayton’s” school zone on Narellan Road was removed. This will make many a frustrated driver in the Macarthur area extremely happy. Also, the newly placed 60 speed signs prior to the school zone have now returned to 80. (All but one section) Now here’s the “what do they think with” thing. […]

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NSW Procurement Industry Advisory Group

20 September 2012

NSW Procurement Industry Advisory Group Printing Tips | Print selected text | Full Day Hansard Transcript | « Prior Item | Item 29 of 42 | Next Item » About this Item Speakers President; Gardiner The Hon Jennifer; Pearce The Hon Greg Business Questions Without Notice, QWN NSW PROCUREMENT INDUSTRY ADVISORY GROUP Page: 15528 The […]

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NSW Government Procurement Application

19 September 2012

NSW Government Procurement Industry Advisory Group Applicant Information Package 2012 1. Introduction The Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon. Greg Pearce MLC, invites applications from people in the private and non government sectors who wish to be considered for appointment as members of the NSW Procurement Board’s Industry Advisory Group. The Government has revised […]

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Building a Sustainable Education System in NSW

11 September 2012

Adrian Piccoli MP Minister for Education MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 11 September 2012 BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN NSW NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today said the NSW Government had to make some tough decisions to ensure NSW is living within its means and to put the NSW education budget back on a sustainable […]

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Letter from Director-General DEC

11 September 2012

From: Director-General, DEC Sent: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 2:28 PM To: @All DEC Staff Subject: Message from the Director-General – Budget Update Dear Staff These are difficult economic times both at the State and Federal level. With a reduction in GST revenue of $5.2 billion over the next 4 years on top of reductions in […]

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Improved Facilities for Students with Disability

29 August 2012

29 August 2012 Students with the most complex learning needs at some of NSW’s special schools will receive improved facilities through an agreement between the state and federal governments. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten and NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced that 16 schools for special purposes will receive up to $80 […]

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Narellan Road – Speed Zone Lowered.

23 August 2012

A few days ago the usual speed zone of 80 on the Eastern end of Narellan Rd has been lowered to 60. For those that have for years travelled this road, and if like me, have become complacent with the known speed signs, it was quite a surprise. I thought it worth mentioning to the […]

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Association News August 2012

23 August 2012

The Contractors Association has had recent success stemming from a Meeting in the city last month with DEC representatives. By the second meeting last Thursday with the new ASTP director Phillip Hirst, 2 of the first 14 issues have now been addressed and the contract is currently being amended by David Malcolm. Members are relieved […]

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New Reforms to NSW Government Procurement

19 August 2012

Substantial Reforms to NSW Government Procurement. Government procurement in NSW may soon change, following a discussion paper released by the NSW Department of Finance and Services in February. Follow the below link for details. http://www.hdy.com.au/Media/docs/HDY_Insight_Public%20Sector_Feb%2012-98af3296-e7c4-4d82-a09a-0219839174c5-0.pdf

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New Working With Children Check

20 July 2012

A “New Working With Children Check” is to be introduced later this year. It sounds like a far better system that the current one. The check will be “owned” by the worker and will be valid for 5 years. This should save us valuable time with driver clearances. The links are below for you to […]

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Half Price Licence

13 July 2012

Below is a Transport NSW Media Release that will be of advantage to (hopefully) many drivers in NSW. 29/06/2012 Half our drivers get half price licence NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay today reminded motorists they will pay half price for their licence from 1 July if they have a good driving record for five years. […]

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Claytons School Zone

15 June 2012

For all drivers who must battle the dreaded Narellan Rd twice a day will be elated to know the “Clayton’s” School Zone is finally being removed. This has been an unnecessary nightmare for years. Reported this week in the local Advertiser “…it was announced last week the controversial school zone would be removed…….” with the […]

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Funding Increased in NSW Budget

12 June 2012

12 June 2012 The NSW Government has increased funding for education, training and early childhood education by $383 million to $13.83 billion in the 2012-13 state budget. The proportion of total government expenses spent on education will increase from 22 per cent in 2011-12 to 22.4 per cent this year. Key elements of the funding […]

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Official back at work after school transport debacle.

25 May 2012

Official back at work after school transport bungle Sean Nicholls, Anna Patty May 26, 2012 Read late A SENIOR NSW education bureaucrat blamed for the government’s bungling of the disabled students’ travel scheme has drawn full pay while on suspension and is back at work despite no disciplinary action having been taken against him. It […]

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Have you been paid correctly?

24 May 2012

There have been many inquiries to the association and website about pays not not matching what was expected, particularly with the earlier ones. There are various reasons for this. Sometimes the kilometers have been claimed wrong, or the rate was paid for a lower category, some have not been paid for their temporary absences or […]

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Meeting with Garry Browne

15 May 2012

The first meeting between the association committee members and Garry Browne took place at his Parramatta office on Tuesday the 8th May. Many issues were discussed with Garry who was very interested in learning what they are and will attempt where possible to have them rectified. Some of these included Calculation sheets, Claim Forms, Mapping, […]

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Vehicle Category Update

15 May 2012

Garry Browne, the director Shared Services has confirmed that some contractors are now to be paid for their “vehicle category” and not the number of students on their run. While this is good news on the Category Sliding Debacle, at the moment, it only applies to those who tendered in only one category. So, if […]

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Extract from NSW Legislative Assembly

12 April 2012

Full Day Hansard Transcript (Legislative Assembly, 3 April 2012, Proof) Proof Extract from NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard and Papers Tuesday, 3 April 2012 (Proof). ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Mr GEOFF PROVEST: My question is directed to the Minister for Education. The SPEAKER: Order! I remind the Leader of the Opposition that he is already on […]

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Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated

06 April 2012

It’s Official! The association that many contractors have been requesting had its formation meeting last Saturday the 31st March 2012. Held at the Rooty Hill RSL Club the meeting began at 1pm, and was attended by 16 people who voted in an Interim Committee consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and […]

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New Rates for ASTP Operators

06 April 2012

Following problems with the Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) at the beginning of the school year, the NSW Government undertook a review of the rates paid to transport operators. The NSW Government has now approved new rates for transport operators. These new rates return certainty to the daily routines of operators, and most importantly for […]

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Assisted School Travel Program – increased rates

03 April 2012

Media Release 3 April 2012 The NSW Government will increase rates to transport operators under the Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) for students with special needs, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced today. The new rates come into effect on 1 May 2012. Mr Piccoli said that the NSW Government had taken swift and decisive action […]

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Funding Students with Disability

27 March 2012

27 March 2012 More than 100,000 NSW school students with a disability will have greater access to classroom support and specialised equipment following a $63 million funding injection from the Commonwealth Government. New South Wales public schools, which educate more than 90,000 students with a disability, will receive $47.9 million over the next two years, […]

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Barry O’Farrell Responds to Bus Complaints

05 March 2012

2GB Audio Friday, 24 February 2012 Barry O’Farrell Responds to Bus Complaints NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell responds to more complaints about buses for special needs students.

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Special transport service under fire

03 March 2012

Posted March 03, 2012 00:47:00 A number of allegations have emerged involving the mistreatment of disabled children in vehicles which are part of the Assisted School Transport Scheme. Caro Meldrum-Hanna Source: 7.30 New South Wales | Duration: 13min 10sec

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ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8875

23 February 2012

ASTP Questions Without Notice, Page 8875 Posted on 16 February 2012. Assisted School Travel Program Parliament of New South Wales Speakers Speaker; Tebbutt Ms Carmel; Piccoli Mr Adrian Business Questions Without Notice, QWN ASSISTED SCHOOL TRAVEL PROGRAM Page: 8875 Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT: My question is directed to the Minister for Education. Was the automated payment […]

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Disabled Student Transport Woes Continue In The Hunter

23 February 2012

By Giselle Wakatama Updated February 23, 2012 09:39:06 The ABC has been told the program that gets disabled students to Hunter schools is still having problems, with a faulty computer system botching contractor payments. Last month hundreds of disabled students were left stranded, due to problems with contractors involved in the State’s Assisted School Travel […]

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Assisted School Travel Bungle Continues

22 February 2012

Liverpool City Champion FARAH ABDURAHMAN 22 Feb, 2012 01:00 AM THERE are still problems with the Assisted School Travel Program. Last week two Heckenburg intellectually disabled boys, 9 and 12, left the bus at a wrong stop after one of them had an altercation with the driver. A Department of Education and Communities spokesman said […]

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