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has been a discussion paper put out. Submissions have been brought into DHCS. They have assessed those submissions. And that has formed the basis of the framework and the tender that has been commissioned.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Are these reforms really based on the need to add a support service system to the current care and protection service in the ACT, and how much is actually based on data and evidence of the needs of Canberra’ s young people?

MS BURCH: I encourage members to go to the discussion paper and the framework, where it articulates that this is responding to the broader family need. That involves youth and families. I have had a discussion with the stakeholders of both those areas, and they recognise the benefits of this amalgamation, this aligning of the framework programs. It will bring efficiencies into the sector. It is a new way of doing business. Certainly, those that I have spoken to are welcoming of the change.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you give assurances that the ratios of spending will remain the same after combining the YSP and FSP programs, as providers were told in the first August 2009 meeting?

MS BURCH: There is certainly no indication or comment from me that will take dollars out of the program. I am committed to ensuring that the program dollars remain the same.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—assaults

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and it relates to events subsequent to the assault incident on an MSS security guard that occurred at Bimberi nearly two weeks ago on 5 February. Minister, what progress has been made in the investigation of the assault incident and to what extent have you been kept informed of that progress and the results of that investigation?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. There are three inquiries or investigations into that assault. There is the Australian Federal Police inquiry; that is running its due course. There is the operational inquiry that we have commissioned and a security review that we have commissioned. Both the works that we have commissioned, reporting to us, I have asked that they commence within a very tight time frame. I am looking to the department to have the report by the middle of March.

As for where the AFP review is, I think that is something that they undertake in due time. I am aware that DHCS has been in contact with the officer involved and continues to offer support should he require and as he requires it.

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