Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Minister for Child Safety Youth and Women Di Farmer
Bob Gee To Head New Youth Justice Department
Victor P Taffa
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed Bob Gee as Director-General of a new Department of Youth Justice.
Premier Palaszczuk said no government had committed more to tackling the issue spending a record $550 Million including the building and expansion of youth detention centres and 18 programs to rehabilitate youth offenders and stop them committing crimes in the first place.
“These issues cross a number of government responsibilities such as Police, courts, child safety and education.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“Bob Gee is the perfect person to get the job done. When it comes to marshalling resources and sending them where they’re needed, Bob Gee has proven himself one of the best in the world.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
Premier Palaszczuk said the new department would use existing staff and there are no changes to ministerial responsibilities.
Premier Palaszczuk acknowledged the hard-working public servants who have worked diligently over many years to achieve better outcome for youth offenders, and who will continue to carry on this work under the new department.
Mr. Gee will start work on Monday.
“As a life-long Police officer, I know exactly what we are dealing with. I applaud the Premier’s leadership tackling this issue head-on.” Mr Gee said.
Minister for Child Safety Youth and Women Di Farmer welcomed Bob Gee’s appointment.
“Bob is 100% committed to helping the new Department continue its journey of reform and improving service delivery, and I look forward to working alongside him to deliver important services and initiatives in Youth Justice.” Minister Farmer said.
“Given the critical role Police can play in effecting real change in Youth Justice, Bob’s background will be an additional strength that he brings to the job.”
Robert (Bob) Gee APM is the Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations in the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
Bob is responsible for ensuring the strategic direction, leadership and performance of the delivery of all Policing services to the community across Queensland through over 9,300 members of the QPS working in every part of the State.
Bob is also the Queensland State Disaster Coordinator, a board member of the Qld Reconstruction Authority and the QPS Indigenous Champion.
Bob has led collaborative efforts to reform cross sector service delivery to community for many years with a strong focus on prevention and engagement.