Page 2140 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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The Murrumbidgee School at Bimberi is also a really wonderful experience for a lot of the young people who are in there, based on the feedback that they provide to me. There is a 100 per cent participation rate. They can engage in programs to complete things like their year 10 or year 12 certificate as well as CIT qualifications. The young people say that it is one of the most positive things that they engage in during their time there.

The Functional Family Therapy Youth Justice Program, for which OzChild ran a pilot in 2021-22, has now been evaluated by Youth Coalition ACT. This is an evidence-based program that has been delivered in more than 350 sites worldwide. The program is for young people aged 11 to 17 years and it takes a whole-of-family approach for young people who are either engaged in youth justice or at risk of engagement in youth justice. That “at risk” is really important because we would really like to be able to support young people to change their situation before they are actually engaged in the system.

We are now going through the process to procure a provider for this program in an ongoing way as part of the 2023-24 budget announcements. I would have loved to have stood up and given this answer on Tuesday, but I needed to wait for the budget papers to actually come out first. So I am very happy to be able to tell you about that now.

In addition, we also have some programs that are funded in the 2023-23 budget that go to that kind of behaviour change and intervening to change a family’s circumstances. These are related to the work that we are doing around raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility and includes establishing a therapeutic support panel with intensive case management and supports, including accommodation. There is $10.4 million over four years to do this work. One of the really key things about this work is it will engage with the community sector on service gaps and capacity building across a range of areas that impact on young people’s lives.

We will also be co-designing a new youth justice strategy that includes engagement from community experts as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

I hope that provides you with some more information.

Correction to the record

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (2.55), by leave: Yesterday in the Assembly, I moved amendments to a motion from Ms Castley. In my amendments to subsection 1(b), I said:

(b) e-Petition 19-22 received 2,697 signatures, the largest petition to date in the 10th Assembly;

It has since been brought to my attention that that is incorrect—that, while it was the largest petition presented to the Assembly at the time, a larger petition has since been lodged on 11 October last year. E-petition 2022-25 received 3,093 signatures. I apologise for the error.


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