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It is really important that we have the capacity to provide care long into the future, and these expansion works will help us to do that. I really appreciate being part of a caring and supportive local Canberra community and thank the residents of the Garran and Hughes area for their ongoing participation in consultation and for their patience with this work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MADAM SPEAKER: Members, before we move to the next ministerial statement, I draw to your attention that we have Mr Corbell, a former MLA, in the chamber. Welcome back to the Assembly, and control your enthusiasm to want to jump onto the floor and make a comment.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—report

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.40): I am pleased to present the ninth Bimberi headline indicators report. This report demonstrates the ACT government’s ongoing commitment to both transparency for Bimberi Youth Justice Centre’s operations and performance and the safety, health and wellbeing of the young people detained there.

The ninth report provides data for the first half of the 2021-22 financial year. It provides for continuing scrutiny of a range of indicators relating to the safety and care of the young people in Bimberi and provides trend data to monitor performance against operational indicators.

The number of young people detained in Bimberi on an average day has remained consistent with last financial year’s average, dropping from nine young people in 2020-21 to eight young people in 2021-22. There has been a decrease in the total number of custody days served by young people compared to the same period in the previous financial year.

We continue to see great interest in working at Bimberi and have been able to maintain reliable workforce numbers. The first youth worker recruitment process for 2022 has been completed and nine new youth workers are currently undertaking their induction training.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the nine Bimberi staff who completed a certificate IV in youth work in 2021 through the Canberra Institute of Technology. Studying while undertaking shift work is challenging at the best of times. It is a credit to these staff that they added the challenges of COVID-19 to the mix and managed to successfully complete their studies.

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