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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2213 ..


framework aims to meet the specific needs of female offenders and address their issues in order to optimise the chances of successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community post release.

The ACT government agrees with the inspector's finding that a policy recognising the status of remanded detainees as convicted persons was needed. This has been rectified with the notification of the remand policy, which establishes the general principles for the management of detainees on remand and recognises that remand detainees are to be subject to fewer restrictions than sentenced detainees. It also establishes the broad arrangements for remand detainees to maintain their ties to the community and attend to their legal matters.

As part of ongoing continuous improvement, ACT Corrective Services is undertaking a full review of all policies and procedures, which will be completed by mid-2019. The review will provide Corrective Services with updated policies to uphold best practice processes, and better manage the needs of all detainees within the ACT's correctional system. The Justice and Community Safety Directorate are developing a new website for the directorate. When completed, it will provide an easy-to-access location for ACT Corrective Services to place all of their policies.

I would like to acknowledge that the inspector made a point of commending the professionalism, assistance and friendliness of staff and detainees at the AMC during his review visits. It was reassuring for me to hear from an independent oversight body that there is a positive culture operating at the AMC. I take this opportunity to thank the inspector for his report and its findings. The independent oversight provided by the inspector is important to build and maintain public confidence in the ACT's correctional system and helps contribute to the continuous improvement of the care, treatment and safety of all detainees.

I present the following papers:

Inspector of Correctional Services Act—Report of a review of a correctional service by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services—The care and management of remandees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2018—Government response—

Ministerial statement, 6 June 2019.

Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACT Teacher Quality Institute Amendment Bill 2019

Ms Berry, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.


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