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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 889..


At the beginning of 2011, there were seven education staff at the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre totalling 5.8 FTE. Two additional temporary teachers who taught at the Centre in 2010 are also employed to support the beginning of the 2011 school year.

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 17 February 2011): In May 2010, the induction program took 8.5 weeks to complete while the current program will be completed in 6 weeks.

As part of the ongoing review process a number of modules in the original induction program were removed and the 2011 program has seen the addition of new modules in Emergency Management, Understanding the Neurobiology of Complex Trauma and Therapeutic Crisis intervention.

The new modules have been developed as part of the continuous review process that seeks to remove duplication and to ensure the currency of training. Training will now extend beyond the basic induction period enabling youth workers to complete a Certificate IV in Youth Work and attain 50% accreditation of prior learning by CIT.

There have been isolated instances where recreation leave has been refused due to operational requirements of Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—assaults

Ms BURCH (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Smyth on Thursday, 17 February 2011): It is not possible at this stage to determine whether the Territory has any liability to the guard. Matters that may be relevant include the terms of the contract between the Territory and that person's employer, the circumstances of any assault and the nature and extent of any injuries suffered. It is open to that person to seek their own legal advice about their legal entitlements including whether they should pursue a claim, of what type and against whom. It would not be appropriate to comment further on this matter as it may become the subject of a claim and, ultimately, legal proceedings.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—safety

Ms BURCH (in reply to supplementary questions by Mr Seselja and Mrs Dunne on Thursday, 17 February 2011): I would like to advise members that duress alarms are issued to all operational staff which include Youth Detention Officers and MSS Staff.

Mrs Dunne also asked if there was a problem with the equipment belts not holding the duress alarms securely.

The duress alarm has a clip that is attached to the equipment belt. On occasion these clips have broken and are unable to be attached to the equipment belt. Staff and MSS staff have been issued with a clear instruction that if the duress alarm or clip is faulty in any way, they are to report the problem and a different alarm or belt, will be issued.


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