Ashley bill uncovered
The Tasmanian Government’s compensation bill for youth detention workers has been revealed.
Documents obtained by the ABC through a Right to Information request show there have been 95 workers compensation claims at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre in the last five years.
Reports say 72 were physical claims and 23 were psychological, leading to a total compensation cost of $3,681,726.
The compensation was awarded to cover the costs of medical, rehabilitation, allied health and home help expenses, as well as some settlements.
The Health and Community Services Union says understaffing has led to injury.
Over 120 people have signed up for a class action against the Tasmanian Government that alleges abuse while at the Ashley centre.
Premier Peter Gutwein has announced a commission of inquiry into the failed government responses to allegations of child sexual abuse.
The commission of inquiry replaces three concurrent investigations into the departments of Health, Education and Communities.