Youth Justice Centres (12.10.2016)

Written on the 13 October 2016

12 October 2016



GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Families and Children, so I am very pleased that she is in the chamber.

The matter I wish to raise relates to the increasing number of assaults on staff by clients of Victoria's youth justice facilities. I know we discussed this matter this morning on a motion, but the Herald Sun of 8 September reported that a WorkSafe report revealed that staff were at risk of being killed by violent inmates at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre. The WorkSafe report inspector wrote, and I quote:

Employees' health and safety is at risk of serious or fatal injuries due to the amount of attacks and assaults on staff members occurring at this location.

According to the article, the inspector's urgent report noted that last month alone saw 41 reported incidents of violence towards staff members and other stress-related incidents.

As I said, I spoke about this issue this morning, and I have asked the minister on a number of occasions in question time, at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) and in questions on notice about category 1 incidents and changes to reporting or recategorisation of incidents, and repeatedly her response has failed in any way to address the questions asked. Responses received from the minister have referred me to the department's website, and her response during PAEC was a definite no.

The department have confirmed that the first phase of work on a new client incident management system, including a new model of how incidents are categorised, is being undertaken, with phase 2 of the work, putting the new client incident management system into practice, starting from mid-2016.

So the question I ask of the minister is:

Can you advise if the review has concluded, as the department indicated it would be, and whether that new model for reporting will impact the 201617 reporting of data, particularly data relating to category 1 incidents?

The ACTING PRESIDENT (Mr Finn) Order! Ms Crozier, can I ask you to just rephrase that and ask for an action as distinct from asking a question.

Ms CROZIER Yes; I beg your pardon. I will rephrase that. The action I seek is that if the minister can confirm to the house that the review has concluded, as the department indicated it would be it would have been during the middle of the year and whether the modelling that it was indicating would have been done and the reporting would impact the 2016 data, particularly data relating to category 1 incidents.

The ACTING PRESIDENT (Mr Finn) Order! Okay; we will take it as an action, but only by the barest of margins, I have to tell you.

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