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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4143 ..

aware, there are none that were unable to operate during that time, however many would have experienced a downturn in trade.

2) The ACT Government delivered the COVID-19 Small Tourism Operator Recovery payment which provided up to $15,000 in assistance to eligible businesses for expenses incurred in June and July 2021. Thirty businesses have been approved and paid, worth $401,477. The ACT Government also provided relief through the Accommodation Provider and Tourism Venue Operator Support Program that provided rebates for fixed water and sewage charges. Forty-seven businesses were approved, worth over $1.46 million.

3) Businesses across all sectors who were subsequently impacted by the ACT lockdown have been able to access the COVID-19 Business Support Grants, jointly funded by the ACT and Commonwealth Governments and also have access to the Small Business Hardship Scheme which opened on 15 November and closes on 31 January 2022. Emergency measures have been put in place to help commercial tenants and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency the Commercial Tenancies Declaration and there has been waivers of a range of fees and charges.

4) The ACT Government does not capture this data.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—staff health and safety
(Question No 428)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) What progress has been made, so far, in response to the resolution passed by the Assembly on 5 August 2021 relating to the mental health of ACT Corrective Services staff.

(2) If no progress has been made, why not, and when does the Government plan to act on this motion.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Six peer support officers completed a mental health first aid course.

ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) has engaged Bruce Perham from Let’s Talk Differently Pty Ltd. Mr Perham specialises in working with Correctional Officers (COs) on the psychological impact of their constant exposure to traumatic incidents due to their occupation.

Discussions with Mr Perham continue with regards to further development of the Peer Support Program, and the delivery of a training program that deals with “correctional fatigue”.

A Senior and experienced corrections officer has commenced in a new dedicated role designed to improve health, safety and wellbeing services for CS staff. The role will be a focal point for leading the continuous improvement of health and wellbeing across CS.

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