Enhanced police service delivery on APY Lands

Release Date: 
18 October 2018
Media release

Premier of South Australia - The Hon. Steven Marshall MP

Minister for Indigenous Affairs - Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion

Member for Grey - Mr Rowan Ramsey MP

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands will provide a multi-agency facility to enhance service delivery in relation to child protection and family violence services in the region.

Premier Steven Marshall has announced a $4.28 million capital works program to include a new building at Umuwa with offices and interview rooms, to accommodate police with a specialist response capability.

He added that the co-location and centralisation of services through the Multi-Agency Protection Service (MAPS) will deliver a better service to Outback South Australia, involving three key parts.

“This project funded by the Federal Government with support from the State Government, firstly will provide improve police service delivery to help child protection service agencies address child abuse and family violence issues on APY Lands,” Premier Marshall said.

“The second element involves the placement of basic accommodation as ‘pop-up’ police complexes at Fregon, Indulkana and Pipalytjara, for greater access to police in the community.

“The third part of this project will enable improved police coverage of the western side of the APY lands.”

Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government was committed to improving service delivery and ensuring the safety of communities across remote Australia, including in South Australia.

“The protection and safety of all communities remains paramount, and our $4.28 million capital investment – made through the Coalition’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy – is part of our plan to keep Australians safe no matter where they live.

“I particularly thank Rowan Ramsey for advocating so strongly to secure this funding on behalf of his community,” Minister Scullion said today.

Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said this much needed facility would provide the region with a permanent police presence and enable the delivery of a whole range of vital services to the APY Lands.

“I am delighted to see this crucial project be funded by the Federal Coalition and also thank the Steering Committee of local, state and federal government agencies that will oversee the delivery of this important facility.

“The completed facility will enable enhanced coordination of vital child protection, policing, domestic violence and drug and alcohol services in the APY Lands as well as facilitate improvements in case management, forensic interviewing and medical examination,” Mr Ramsey said today.

Premier Marshall said these improvements will include early identification and intervention to reduce harm to vulnerable people and families, through a holistic risk assessment process, by better coordination of responses and more timely information-sharing across all relevant agencies.

“This is a significant development for the region to safeguard and protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse and domestic violence,” he said.

“This facility will not only provide better access for police and the relevant agencies but include work space, interview rooms, a forensic facility, waiting rooms, kitchen and storage, with provision for privacy to victims and witnesses, when arriving and leaving.”

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the facility at Umuwa will have several benefits including improved information sharing between Government agencies to enhance community safety and child protection outcomes across the APY Lands. 

“Given the positive outcomes with the MAPS in connection with managing the challenging issue of family violence, this new multi-agency model will provide an opportunity for improved outcomes for suffering through child sexual abuse and family violence on the APY Lands,” he said.

“This model will provide a framework for agencies to collaboratively case-manage issues such as child abuse and family violence across the APY Lands in a more cohesive manner.”

The new multi-agency facility at Umuwa on APY Lands will open next year.