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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 4888..


Common law damages—Tort reform—Copy of speech by Mr Corbell.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Thank you, Mr Corbell.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—re-offenders

MS BURCH: Yesterday in question time Ms Hunter asked a number of questions in relation to the percentage of young people exiting Bimberi who re-offended and were subsequently sentenced to AMC. In response to this question, when a young person exits Bimberi following a sentence the young person may or may not be subject to a good behaviour order with a supervision condition. If a young person is not subject to a good behaviour order with a supervision condition, any ongoing involvement with youth justice services is voluntary. Data is not maintained by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, which tracks young people into the adult criminal justice system.

Ms Hunter then asked a supplementary question around services and how long these services were provided. I think I made mention of a number, but for young people who are sentenced to Bimberi, case managers commence planning for the young person's transition as far as possible in advance of the young person's exit. This involves developing a transition plan with the young person and their family members and support people which addresses their needs, such as accommodation, income support, counselling, education, employment or re-establishing relationships with family, friends and community services.

As outlined above, if a young person exiting Bimberi is subject to a good behaviour order with a supervision condition, Community Youth Justice will provide ongoing case management to that young person in the community. Community Youth Justice case managers work closely with Bimberi case managers prior to and following the young person's exit in order to ensure continuance in case management. Community Youth Justice will provide a case management service for the duration of the young person's good behaviour order.

If a young person exiting Bimberi is not subject to a good behaviour order with a supervision condition, case management and services will generally be provided by a non-government community organisation. These services will be involved in planning with Bimberi case managers prior to the young person's exit. The length of time that that community service works with the young person is dependent on the young person's needs and their case plan. The turnaround program may also support a young person in transitioning from Bimberi to the community. Through the youth services and family support services, a number of community services are funded to provide services to young people who are exiting the system.

Ms Bresnan then asked about the connections with the corrections department and those exiting Bimberi. For any transfer of a young person from Bimberi to the AMC the primary objective is continuance of care in custody, which is achieved through consultation and information sharing between Bimberi and AMC staff. If a young person over 18 is transferred from Bimberi to AMC under section 111 of the Children


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