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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3154 ..


youth worker induction programs last financial year. The first recruitment process for 2021-22 has been underway, with the induction for these new workers to have commenced in October 2021.

Pleasingly, there has been a significant reduction in the number of operational lockdowns required in 2020-21. Operational lockdowns occur when a decision has been made to secure all or some young people in their rooms for a period, to manage resources and the safety and security of Bimberi. In 2020-21, the use of operational lockdowns was only required on 10 occasions, with each lockdown lasting for one hour. Stability in Bimberi staffing has ensured that the use of operational lockdowns has returned to being an exception.

There were no category 1 incidents in 2020-21. There was a significant decrease in the number of category 2 incidents, with 92 incidents recorded for the financial year. This is lower than the previous four recorded years. There was, however, an increase in the number of assaults by young people against staff and other young people, recognising the trauma some young people have experienced in their young lives and the level of support they need in developing positive, prosocial behaviours and relationships.

A key component of a young person’s rehabilitation and reintegration into the community is their engagement in education, training, recreation and rehabilitation programs. All young people at Bimberi who have been at the centre for more than a few days participate in programs delivered by the Murrumbidgee School, Bimberi staff or external agencies. During the 2020-21 financial year, 100 per cent of young people residing at Bimberi engaged in educational programs. Two young people completed modules towards their year 12 certificate.

Thank you for the opportunity to update the Assembly today on the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the eighth Bimberi headline indicator report.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Amendment Bill 2021

Mr Cain, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (3.31): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today, as this bill is introduced, Canberra has the highest median detached house price ever, at $1.07 million. And we have experienced our highest detached housing price growth in the last year of 32.4 per cent. I gained these figures from the Domain house price report, available on their website. In fact, for the first time since 2005, we are second only to Sydney in the median house price rankings in Australia, beating all of the other capital cities. Sadly, these are unprecedented times. What this means for


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