Suspended Child Protection Department Staff

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:15): My question is again to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Will the minister inform the house how many Department for Child Protection staff (formerly Families SA staff) were suspended on full or part pay during both the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 financial years, and what the total cost was?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:15): There is a degree of detail there that will require me to bring that back to the chamber.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:16): My question is again to the Minister for Education and Child Development. What strategies or incentives is the government utilising to fill long-term vacancies in the APY lands in the child protection sector?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:16): We are going through a process at present of determining how to create a greater incentive for workers on the lands. While we are managing to cover a good proportion of the work, it is important that we have a sustainable model, and I know that the current—and reasonably recently appointed—head of child protection has been working very hard not only from Adelaide but by going up and having meetings in the regions to determine the best ways to create a working environment that is going to be manageable in a sustainable way.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:17): Supplementary: will the minister also provide a list of all the positions for government workers in the child protection department based in the APY lands and the positions by title, date last filled and whether they are currently filled or vacant?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:17): I am having a sense of why these questions weren't asked in estimates because they are highly detailed and we might have been able to provide further explanations when we had all the relevant public servants present. These are extremely detailed. Nonetheless, we will take that on notice and provide the information we are able to.

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:17): My question is again to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Will the government release the series of recommendations made after the review of the solution-based casework?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Minister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (15:17): I will have a look at the nature of that document before making a decision.

The SPEAKER: The opposition was able to ask 52 questions in question time today—a great improvement on the position of the opposition during the Brown, Olsen and Kerin governments, which was allowed to ask an average of seven.

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Yes, I can recall very detailed answers from ministers at that time—about 10-minute diatribes.