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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 888..

Questions without notice taken on notice

Housing—emergency accommodation

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Tuesday, 15 February 2011): The most recent data available indicates that the total daily average demand for supported accommodation in the ACT in 2008-09 was 297 adults and unaccompanied children. Of these, 291 were accommodated (up from 278 in 2007-08) and 6 were turned away (down from 10 in 2007-08).

The data indicates the turn away rate for all people needing supported accommodation reached a five year low (2.1%) in the ACT in 2008-09 as the number of people able to be accommodated rose.

Nationally the turn away rate increased over the same period.

In addition the ACT has in place measures to assist those people without immediate accommodation, in particular where there are safety concerns. This included the provision of brokerage funds, emergency relief services, 24 hour assistance through the Domestic Violence Crises Service, and the provision of emergency shelter supplies, such as tents, sleeping bags, and food, through Street to Home

In addition access to those emergency options has now been streamlined with the establishment of First Point the central access service which provides callers with comprehensive information on accommodation and emergency options.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 17 February 2011): I would like to advise Members there are currently no permanently appointed youth workers who have not completed their medical clearance or AFP criminal records.

There are 10 trainee Youth Detention Officers who are having their criminal history and medical clearances processed. The trainees are not permitted to undertake any operational duties without supervision until these clearances have been finalised.

All teachers at the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre are qualified to teach in ACT public schools and have passed relevant security, health and medical checks at the beginning of their employment. All trainers at the Centre are contracted by Caloola (Registered Training Organisation) and have Certificate IV qualifications in training and assessment and have passed police checks.

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Coe on Thursday, 17 February 2011): I would like to advise Members at the end of 2010 there were six education staff at the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre, totalling 4.7 FTE. Of the six education staff in 2010, three are currently teaching at the Centre.

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