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Friday, 12 September 1969

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) boys and (b) girls under 17 years are maintained by the Australian Capital Territory Administration in private homes and in institutions (0 within the Territory and (ii) elsewhere.

(2)   What are the names and addresses of the institutions.

(3)   How many children are maintained in each institution.

(4)   For what purpose and at what cost are they maintained in each institution.

(5)   Where they are maintained in an institution for the purpose of training, what is the nature of the training, and if the institution is outside the Territory, when will it be available within it.

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   (i) 30 boys and 27 girls under the age of 17 years are maintained by the Department of the Interior in institutions and foster-homes in the A.C.T.

(ii)   16 boys and 4 girls are maintained by the Department in Child Welfare institutions in New South Wales.

(2)   and (3):

Barnardo House. 2 Atherton Street, Downer, A.C.T. - 3 children.

Berwick House, 19 James Place, Curtin, A.C.T. - 3 children.

Marymead Children's Centre, Goyder Street, Narrabundab, A.C.T. - 19 children.

Mount Penang Training School, Gosford, N.S.W.- 4 children.

Ormond School, Thornleigh, N.S.W.- 2 children.

Parramatta Training School. Parramatta, N.S.W.- 2 children.

Daruk Training School, Windsor, N.S.W.- 2 children.

St Heliers Special School, Muswellbrook, N.S.W.- 2 children.

Mittagong Training School for Boys, Mittagong, N.S.W.- 5 children.

Yawarra Training School, Kurri Kurri, N.S.W. - 2 children.

(4)   As far as the A.C.T. child care centres are concerned, the children are receiving care because of family circumstances. All children in the New South Wales centres have been committed by the Canberra Children's Court for a period of training. The costs per institution are as follows:

Barnardo House -$12 per week.

Berwick House - $12 per week.

Marymead Children's Centre - $12 per week.

Mount Penang - $28 per week.

Ormond - $34 per week.

Daruk - $27 per week.

St Heliers- $38 per week.

Mittagong - $26 per week.

Yawarra - (Rate not yet fixed).

Parramatta - $34 per week.

In addition, capital grants have been made by the Commonwealth to Dr Barnardo's and Marymead.

(5)   An extensive range of educational, vocational and social training is provided in the institutions in New South Wales to which A.C.T. children are committed. Under the Child Welfare Agreement Ordinance the training facilities for these children are the responsibility of the New South Wales Government.

Institutions will be provided in the Australian Capital Territory when the need justifies the establishment of the facilities necessary to provide a specialised range of training.

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