of the Legislative Council
17 March 2015
Youth Detention Centre - Inmate Numbers and Costs
FINCH question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE
COUNCIL, Dr GOODWIN
am pleased to have received a quick response to this series of
questions. I was not sure whether to put it on notice because
of the detail contained within these questions.
What are the current staff numbers compared to the number of inmates
at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre?
What is the average number of inmates since the beginning of this
What did running the Ashley Youth Detention Centre cost Tasmanian
taxpayers in the last financial year?
Can the Government provide an indication of the recidivism rate for
Ashley inmates compared to a similar facility in Victoria?
When the number of inmates at Ashley is very low, what education
programs are provided?
President, I thank the member for Rosevears for his question.
The most recent pay period report available (pay period 17 - ending
14 February 2015) showed 79 FTE paid at Ashley Youth Detention
Centre. On that day nine young people were recorded as resident
at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.
The average number of young people at Ashley for the 2014-15
financial year is 10.27 year to date (as of 15 March 2015).
Actual expenditure for 2013-14 was $10 415 169.00.
There is no specifically comparable data on recidivism rates for
young people released from Ashley.
All students have access to full-time equivalent education,
regardless of student numbers. Staff numbers remain the same no
matter the number of students (which have been relatively stable over
the last year or so).
programs on offer include -
curriculum subjects taught by Department of Education teachers such
as English - as sub-strands from foundation to year 10; Mathematics -
all sub-strands from year 1 to year 10; Health and Physical Education
- sub-strands 1 to 3 (foundation to year 8); Design and Technologies,
Wood and Metal - strands 1 and 2 (foundation to year 8); Engineering
Principles - strand 1 (foundation to year eight); Civics and
Citizenship - all strands (years 3 to 6).
programs, where students can undertake theoretical and practical work
experience either on-site or off-site. School staff regularly
visit students in the workplace.
secondary TCE subjects auspiced by Don and Newstead College.
These require Tasmanian Qualifications Authority authorisation to
conduct exams on-site. During 2013-14 one student was on day
release to attend a senior secondary school in Launceston.
learning: specific worksite training cards, i.e. Responsible
Service of Alcohol, working at heights, responsible gambling and
learner driver licence.
2013-14 financial year, several units of competency were offered in
Building and Construction Certificate I and II,
General Construction Induction Training Card, Automotive and
Metalwork. Learning Programs funded by DHHS on-site in 2013-14
included 0.8 FTE Relaxation Therapy and Art, TasTAFE Hospitality one
day per week, and a music program with community volunteers.