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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (6 August) . .

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Question (9)

The Territory's workers' compensation insurer reports on return to work performance by measuring continuance rates. Continuance rates describe the proportion of lost time claims which receive four weeks worth of incapacity payments that go on to continue receiving payments for longer periods. The results for the ACT public sector's 13 week workers' compensation continuance rate are shown in Table 5 below.

Table 5 - ACT public sector Comcare 13 week claim continuance rate

2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Claims reaching 4 weeks incapacity 182 221 200 228 227 Claims reaching 13 weeks incapacity 95 119 106 134 131 Continuance rate 52% 54% 53% 59% 58%

Question (10)

On 25 February 2015, I announced that the ACT Government would be consulting on the design of a new workers' compensation scheme aimed at providing improved outcomes for injured ACT Public Sector workers.

Consultation draft scheme design information was made available on 26 February 2015 to support a ten week public comment and consultation period, with submissions closing on

8 May 2015. This allowed ample opportunity for those wishing to make a submission, to do so.

Factsheets on the proposed scheme design were made available to ACTPS employees and key stakeholders including Unions ACT, Australian Lawyers Alliance, ACT Law Society and the Bar Association. In addition, staff forums were held with, or offered to, all directorates. Stakeholder meetings were conducted with both employer and employee representatives.

The Government is currently considering the feedback and submissions received.

Given the targeted consultation on the new scheme undertaken to date with all affected stakeholders, evidence provided in regard to the failings of the Comcare scheme in providing the best outcomes for our workers and the current and ongoing work with employee representatives on the creation of a new ACT Government, I do not consider a Legislative Assembly Committee review is warranted.

I can also advise a review process is also being created with the new scheme that will be embedded in its operational framework.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—contraband seizures (Question No 429)

Mr Wall asked the Minister for Justice, upon notice, on 2 June 2015:

(1) In relation to visitor entry to the facility, how many incidents of contraband seizures have occurred at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) in (a) 1 January to 31 March 2014; (b) 1 April to 30 June 2014; (c) 1 July to 30 September 2014; (d) 1 October to 31 December 2014; (e) 1 January to 31 March 2015.

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