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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1578

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1322)

Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 29 November 2012:

Is the department aware of the concerns of service providers that there are inadequacies in the department's age assessment processes; and if so, how are these inadequacies affecting (a) care and support arrangements, (b) physical and mental health assessments, (c) appropriate education or training support, and (d) access to youth services.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

The Department is aware that some stakeholders have raised concerns about age determination. Age determination is a complex policy, ethical and legal issue that many asylum seeker destination countries are facing. Please see the response to PQON 1321 which outlines departmental practice in relation to age determination and its endorsement by key stakeholders.