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Question On Notice No. 2704 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 November 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Corrective Services
Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Department of Justice Annual Report, financial summary on page 10, and the $4,690,000 decrease in Youth Justice Services actual expenditure when compared with the original budget allocation for 2018-19, and I ask:
(a) will the Minister please advise the reasons for the decrease in expenditure;
(b) were any programs cut;
(c) if yes to (b), which programs;
(d) were any staff positions cut; and
(e) if yes to (d), which ones?

Answered on 5 December 2019

(a) The decrease in expenditure is primarily due to lower depreciation costs within the Youth Justice Centres ($4 million lower in 2018-19) and a reduction in Overhead Costs allocated to Youth Justice Services ($0.690 million lower in 2018-19). Additionally, as part of the merger to the new Department of Justice, staffing levels in the Corporate Services area (HR, Finance, Infrastructure and IT) was reduced by approximately 15%. This resulted in a reduction in overhead allocations for all of the services.

(b) No

(c) Not applicable.

(d) No

(e) Not applicable.