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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1652..


(2) How many staff at Quamby Youth Detention Centre are (a) permanent and (b) on temporary contracts.

Ms Gallagher : The answer to Mr Stefaniak's question is:

(1) Two of the seven-team leader positions are currently vacant and a recruitment process has commenced to permanently fill these positions. Permanent staff on temporary transfer at higher duties fill four of the team leader positions. The nominal occupant fills the remaining position.

(2) (a) There are currently 13 positions permanently filled by the nominal occupant.

(b) There are currently 11 positions filled by permanent Quamby officers on temporary higher duties. In addition, there are 12 positions filled by temporary contracts. As Quamby operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a three-shift roster over a 24-hour period is used to appropriately service the centre. There are currently four unfilled vacant positions and a recruitment drive has commenced to secure placement where possible.

Quamby Youth Detention Centre-assault

(Question No 1354)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 March 2004:

(1) Is it correct that recently a young person assaulted another inmate with a caste iron brevell and both offender and victim were placed in the special needs unit; if so, why was this allowed to happen.

(2) Is it correct that a young person who is placed in that unit for disciplinary reasons can only be kept in there for a maximum of two weeks?

(3) If so, why and what Act, regulation, by-laws or rules are relied on to ensure a young person in this situation is only allowed to stay for two weeks in this particular unit.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Stefaniak's question is:

(1) Yes. After the incident both young people were housed in the Brindabella Unit, the unit used to house young people requiring extra security. The young people were subject to increased supervision and were not allowed contact with each other.

(2) Quamby Standing Orders state that any young person who without reasonable excuse, consistently refuses to conform to the standards of behaviour required for the maintenance of good order, discipline, safety and security of staff and other young persons within the Quamby Youth Detention Centre, commits a breach of these Standing Orders and can be placed on special supervision.


Standing Order 6.11.6 states that on occasions where a young person's behaviour is such that an extension of special supervision beyond seven (7) days is necessary, the endorsement of the Director, Youth Services must be sought. The Manager shall review the action taken, at intervals not exceeding seven (7) days or when a change in


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