CHILD PROTECTION — CASEWORKERS —
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 �
''We don't differ from
(2) What is the
number of cases currently being handled by the caseworker with the largest number
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.