Department of the Legislative Assembly

ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS

18 October 2011

274. T-9 Diagnostic Net

Mr CHANDLER to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING

Remote school teachers were required to make judgments against the T-9 Diagnostic Net for each student in July 2011, judging whether students are ‘on track’ or ‘not on track’ to do what is expected for their age cohort by the end of the year. Please provide a breakdown of these results by school and year level, including the number of students tested and how many were ‘on track’ and how many were ‘not on track’.

ANSWER

The Diagnostic Net Transition to Year 9 (T-9 Net) was developed as an important part of the Department of Education and Training’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy in 2010.

The aim of T-9 was for teachers to use this tool to map student progress, using the information to plan classes and provide any relevant information for new teachers where there are changes to staffing arrangements.

T-9 Net was not designed for teachers to make a judgement against whether students are ‘on track’ or ‘not on track’ for their age cohort and was intended only as a tool for the planning and monitoring of students.

This was further clarified in April 2011, with the Department of Education and Training’s acceptance of recommendations in the report on Improving Educational Outcomes in the Northern Territory provided by the Australian Council of Educational Research which stated that:
    Use of Diagnostic Net should be used for classroom planning and monitoring only, but not as an assessment instrument for system purposes.

The Department of Education and Training accepted the recommendations of this report in July 2011 and therefore there is no specific data collection that provides the information you seek.


282. Don Dale Juvenile Facility in Berrimah

Mr GILES to MINISTER for CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

With regard to the Don Dale juvenile facility in Berrimah:
    1. How many complaints have ever been lodged by Don Dale inmates and former inmates?
      2. How many of these complaints were related to alleged sexual and/or physical abuse? Please provide a breakdown of these according to the status of the alleged perpetrator; whether they were a prison officer, fellow inmate or other; and, the year in which the alleged incident occurred.
        3. What actions have been taken in response to these complaints and allegations and what were the outcomes of these actions?
          4. What measures have been put into place to ensure that these types of incidents do not occur in the future?

          ANSWER

          1. NT Correctional Services advise records are available from 1999 onwards. From 1999 to September 2011 there were 62 complaints.

          2. See table below.

          Year of Alleged Incident
          Nature of Complaint
          Alleged Perpetrator
          2001-02Alleged assaultYouth worker
          2010-11Alleged assaultYouth worker
          2010-11Alleged sexual assaultFemale detainee on female detainee

          3. All allegations were referred to Northern Territory Police. In the incidents involving youth workers, employment ceased.

          4. All complaints of alleged assault are referred to NT Police. Individual counselling is provided and referrals are made to anger management programs.
            All complaints of alleged sexual assault are referred to the NT Police Child Abuse Task Force. In such incidents, both the alleged victim and perpetrator are offered individual counselling.


          283. Part-time Work in the Public Service

          Ms PURICK to MINISTER for PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

          1. Under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act, how many people have applied to work part-time for 2010 and 2011 to date:

          (a) in which government department and/or agency;
            (b) in which regional centre; that is, Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs;
              (c) for how many hours in what agency in which regional centre; and
                (d) how many of the applications were from women and how many were from men, for what agency and in which regional centre?

                2. How many applications were successful:

                (a) in what government agency and/or department;

                (b) in which regional centre;
                  (c) for how many hours of work; and
                    (d) how many were from women and how many were from men, for what agency and in which regional centre?

                    ANSWER

                    There is no statutory requirement to record these details. There is no central recording of information on applications, successful and/or unsuccessful, for part-time positions within the NT Public Service.

                    Requests for part-time arrangements for current public servants are addressed within individual agencies on a case-by-case basis that does not involve the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

                    Although the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment does not hold the specific information requested above, see Attachment A for records of NT Public Service data on part-time employees that may assist. The data represents a snapshot for actual part-time employees as at June 2010 and June 2011, and includes agency, gender and regional information.


                    19 November 2011


                    278. Ex Gratia Payments by Government

                    Ms PURICK to TREASURER

                    1. Under the Financial Management Act, how many people have received ex gratia payments in Darwin; Katherine; Tennant Creek; Alice Springs; and the balance of the Northern Territory?

                    2. How much was the payment for each person in the different towns?

                    3. What was the payment for?
                      4. What year was each payment made?

                      ANSWER

                      In response to your Legislative Assembly Written Question No 278: Ex Gratia Payments by Government, information regarding your request is included in the audited section of the Treasurer’s Annual Financial Report (TAFR) published each financial year.

                      Details of ex gratia payments can be found in each year’s publication under the TAFR note ‘write-offs, postponements, waivers, ex gratia payments and gifts’ that sets out the value and number of payments provided in that year and the previous year for comparative purposes. The information held centrally to support the TAFR disclosure does not include location details.


                      293. Suicides

                      Mr GILES to MINISTER for HEALTH

                      1. How many suicides have been recorded in the previous five years to 30 September 2011?

                      2. Would you please provide monthly statistical breakdowns according to:

                      (a) the Indigenous status of each person;
                          (b) sex;

                          (c) age;

                          (d) geographical region from where the person generally resided; and
                        (e) geographical region where the suicide occurred.
                          3. For each suicide, please detail the method of suicide, whether that be by hanging, firearm or otherwise.

                          ANSWER

                          1. It is only via a Coronial Report that a death may be attributed to suicide. Figures may be available through the Coroner.

                          2. It is only via a Coronial Report that a death may be attributed to suicide. Figures may be available through the Coroner.

                          3. It is only via a Coronial Report that a death may be attributed to suicide. Figures may be available through the Coroner.

                          ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS
                          QUESTION 283 - ATTACHMENT A
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                          NTPS Part-time Employment Summary Tables - Where Hours are Fixed (Excludes Casuals):
                          June 2010June 2011
                          AgencyNumberAgencyNumber
                          Aboriginal Areas Protection2Aboriginal Areas Protection1
                          Auditor-General1Auditor-General1
                          Business and Employment28Business and Employment31
                          Chief Minister14Chief Minister19
                          Children and Families34
                          Commissioner for Public Employment4Commissioner for Public Employment6
                          Construction and Infrastructure14Construction and Infrastructure11
                          Darwin Port Corporation0Darwin Port Corporation1
                          Education and Training477Education and Training501
                          Health and Family Services942Health942
                          Housing, Local Government
                          and Regional Services
                          16Housing, Local Government
                          and Regional Services20
                          Justice37Justice39
                          Lands and Planning19Lands and Planning19
                          Legislative Assembly5Legislative Assembly3
                          Natural Resources, Environment,
                          the Arts and Sport
                          89Natural Resources, Environment,
                          the Arts and Sport70
                          Ombudsman1Ombudsman1
                          Police, Fire and Emergency Services26Police, Fire and Emergency Services39
                          Power and Water Corporation19Power and Water Corporation17
                          Resources30Resources40
                          Tourism NT11Tourism NT15
                          Treasury7Treasury13
                          Total1742Total1823
                          RegionNumberRegionNumber
                          Arnhem
                          117
                          Arnhem117
                          Central
                          354
                          Central365
                          Darwin
                          1159
                          Darwin1221
                          Katherine
                          102
                          Katherine106
                          Barkly
                          10
                          Barkly14
                          Total
                          1742
                          Total1823
                          Hours per week
                          Number
                          Hours per weekNumber
                          less than 10
                          46
                          less than 1054
                          10 to less than 15
                          102
                          10 to less than 15104
                          15 to less than 20
                          431
                          15 to less than 20438
                          20 to less than 25
                          396
                          20 to less than 25399
                          25 to less than 30
                          302
                          25 to less than 30337
                          Over 30
                          465
                          Over 30491
                          Total
                          1742
                          Total1823
                          Gender
                          Number
                          GenderNumber
                          Female
                          1516
                          Female1577
                          Male
                          226
                          Male246
                          Total
                          1742
                          Total1823

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