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visit in person. Bimberi has increased audiovisual link capacity at the centre and virtual visits are being widely used. Positively, the use of AVL technology has seen young people having more contact with their families, including family members interstate and overseas.

I recognise that having regular contact with family and friends is important for the wellbeing of young people, and it is also important for family and friends to ensure that their loved ones are well cared for and supported. I am pleased to advise that non-contact visits at Bimberi have since resumed, aligned with the easing of public health restrictions.

I would like to thank the staff at Bimberi for their ongoing commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing and supporting the development of the young people in their care. To every staff member who has been vaccinated for COVID-19, who works their shift wearing PPE that is not always comfortable and who supports young people through what can be emotionally challenging times, I thank you for your care and I acknowledge your skills.

Madam Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to update the Assembly today on the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the ninth Bimberi headline indicator report. I present the following paper:

Bimberi Headline Indicators Report—

Ministerial statement, 5 May 2022.

Report, May 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.45): Very briefly, I just want to add to Minister Davidson’s congratulations to the staff and young people at Bimberi. I thank the incredible staff at Bimberi who have worked so hard to ensure that, as much as possible, the lives of young people are normalised, in a Bimberi normal kind of way, throughout COVID-19. It is great to hear that the rolling recruitment strategy has been successful in ensuring that Bimberi are appropriately staffed and that they are continuing to find new people to work in what is a challenging but ultimately very rewarding job.

Congratulations also to the young people whose achievements were celebrated at the end-of-year assembly. I know what a wonderful event that was. It is great that that could be held in person again and that those young people’s achievements could be acknowledged, recognised and supported by not only themselves and their peers but also the minister.

We often talk about the impact of COVID-19 on our frontline health staff. Obviously, for Policing there has been a significant impact and challenge. We talk a lot about schools and the impact of COVID-19, but the reality is that COVID has impacted

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