Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 5 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 1577 ..
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION
QUESTION NO. 31
MR STANHOPE: Asked the Attorney-General -
In relation to the training of personnel engaged in diversionary conferencing -
(1) What training is provided by your department, or the Australian Federal Police.
(2) Have the training requirements of personnel been reviewed since the "I am a thief" T-shirt incident. If so, what are the results of the review. If not, will the Minister direct that such training be provided.
MR HUMPHRIES: The answer to Mr Stanhope's question is as follows -
(1) The Australian Federal Police provides a two day training course for diversionary conferencing facilitators which includes the history and philosophy of diversionary conferencing; its operation; the legal perspective; who should participate; how to facilitate a conference; observation of two conferences; and administrative functions. The first three conferences conducted by newly qualified facilitators are observed by a member of the Diversionary Conferencing Team who debriefs the facilitator.
(2) Training was reviewed and training in relation to conference outcomes was expanded to specifically include the T-shirt incident as an example of an inappropriate outcome.