Page 2256 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 1 August 2017

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6 May 2016 incident at Bimberi was ongoing. Has the review been completed? If it has, why has it not been released?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. I think there are two issues here. There is an investigation into conduct around that incident. My understanding is that that investigation if not finalised is close to finalisation at this point. That is not the kind of investigation that I would normally expect would be publicly released.

I know that there has been a review of the circumstances that occurred there and a number of lessons have been learnt. As I said in my statement in May, training has been rolled out in response to feedback from staff in response to that 6 May incident. If there is specifically a review that led to that, I will investigate whether that is available.

MRS JONES: Minister, why would the details uncovered in the investigation not be released?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Jones for her supplementary question. The investigation into that matter relates to a number of staff and there will have been allegations raised through the course of that investigation that may or may not prove to have evidence to support them. As a matter of procedural fairness for staff involved in these kinds of investigations, it would not normally be expected that such investigations would be made public. I will investigate what can be made public in relation to that, but these are the kinds of internal investigations that would not normally be made public for reasons of privacy and procedural fairness to staff.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why has it taken more than 12 months to respond to matters that go to the heart of the safety of staff and residents of Bimberi?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her supplementary question. As I said, there is a significant procedural fairness issue that goes to these kinds of staffing matters. Sometimes these processes within the context of public service investigations do take some time, to ensure that there is procedural fairness for everybody involved.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staffing

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Are all positions at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre currently filled? If not, how many positions are currently vacant and what areas have the most problems with staffing?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Milligan for his question. I would like to assure the Assembly that Bimberi Youth Justice Centre is appropriately staffed, but I will take on notice the detail of the question around the numbers of staff.

MR MILLIGAN: When do you expect that all positions at Bimberi will be filled, once you find out what is available?

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