Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba says that these new workers are in addition to the extra 47 positions that were allocated in the 2016-17 Budget, bringing to 129 the number of additional positions to boost child safety services, bring down caseloads and keep Queensland children safe.
“The Nicholls/Newman government cut 225 staff from the Department of Child Safety, and the Palaszczuk Government are making sure that extra staff are in place to improve services by reducing caseloads,”
“Child safety staff are dedicated and hard-working, and the work that they are doing is getting more and more complex,” Mr Whiting said.
Mr Whiting said that the additional 82 permanent positions will include front line child safety officers, support officers, team leaders and administrative officers.
The new staff will include:
- 48 Front Line Child Safety Officers
- 20 Front Line Child Safety Support Officers
- 7 Front Line Senior Team Leaders
- 7 Front Line Support Administrative Officers
“Recruitment for the additional 82 staff will begin immediately, and the location of them will be determined in the next fortnight,” Mr Whiting said.