Government accepts Boston recommendations

The NSW Government will accept all the recommendations of the Boston report into the Assisted School Travel Program [ASTP].

The NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, appointed a former NSW Department of Education Director-General, Dr. Ken Boston, to investigate ASTP problems that affected approximately 740 disabled students at the start of the 2012 school year.

In reporting on the problems, Dr. Boston found that the "[ASTP] prevailing culture seems to have been one of telling senior officers, and even the director-general and the Minister, what it was thought they wanted to hear, not what they needed to know".

Premier O'Farrell said: "The report makes clear the Minister for Education was not advised by the department of the risks associated with operators possibly withdrawing from runs".

"Again, I unreservedly apologise to the students and parents affected by the failure in this scheme," Mr O'Farrell said.

Dr Ken Boston handed his report to the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet this morning and has briefed the Premier on its findings.

The Department's Director-General, Dr. Michele Bruniges, today appointed a former Deputy Director-General of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mr. Chris Raper, to drive the administrative and management changes to the ASTP recommended by Dr. Boston.

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