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Question Without Notice No. 888 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 August 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 August 2019

CHILD PROTECTION — CASEWORKERS — WORKLOAD

888. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to comments from the minister reported in WAtoday in response to concerns that overwhelmed caseworkers are refusing medical assessments due to tight budgets.

(1) Can the Leader of the House confirm the accuracy of the reported commented in WAtoday on 6 August 2019 that quotes the minister stating —

� the ratio that is agreed between case workers and children within each district is about 15 to 1 �

And —

''We don't differ from that.''

(2) What is the number of cases currently being handled by the caseworker with the largest number of cases?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes, the WA Industrial Commission's order stipulates that there is an upper limit of 15 cases per caseworker, with 18 cases in exceptional circumstances.

(2) As of yesterday, because of the limited time frame, I am unable to provide an answer, but I will endeavour to have a response for the member as soon as possible. I undertake to chase that up for the member.