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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5944..


MS BURCH: I have got no formal advice of any formal resignation of management at Bimberi.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question?

MR COE: Minister, what changes have been made to the qualification and experience requirements or duty statements attached to senior management positions at Bimberi and have any managers been transferred out of their current positions?

MS BURCH: I am not aware of any structural changes out at Bimberi, other than I think there is someone considering relocation to the sunny climes of Queensland. As far as getting down to the detail of job descriptions at Bimberi, I will take that on notice. I am not aware of job specs there.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you have any informal advice about transfers of management or resignations of management out of Bimberi?

MS BURCH: I am not aware of any resignation. As I have said, I have heard that someone is considering moving to the sunny climes of Queensland. I am also aware that there is a person out there who may have had some informal conversations with his team members, but I am waiting on formal advice from him. That is a private conversation he has had; he certainly has not shared that with me, and there is no formal advice to me.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how many other non-management staff have resigned or taken extended leave from Bimberi in the last month?

MS BURCH: I will take that number on notice, but it is my understanding that in the last financial year there were five permanent staff who resigned from Bimberi, out of 59 funded positions.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—self-harm incidents

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. I understand there have been a number of cases of self-harm by detainees at Bimberi and that staff and youth workers who have either discovered individual incidents or been involved subsequently have not been given a proper debrief. Minister, why have staff and youth workers not been given the opportunity for a proper debriefing, especially those first on the scene?

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that staff have been afforded support and debriefing. There are a number of incidents that are currently under review or the review has been finalised and I am awaiting formal advice of that. But just recently


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