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

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate provides guidance material for the whole of Government on the ACT Public Sector employee entitlements and access to leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACTPS Enterprise Agreements provide leave to ‘take leave where leave cannot be granted under any other provision’, which has been utilised to provide what has been termed ‘COVID-19 leave’ for ACTPS employees. The entitlement is limited to a maximum period of twelve months under the Agreements. The granting of COVID-19 leave is in accordance with that policy and on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances of the situation.

Generally, if an employee is ill due to COVID-19 and they have contracted the virus outside of the workplace, personal leave under the relevant Enterprise Agreement for the period of the employee’s illness is appropriate.

If an employee is exposed to COVID-19 in connection with their employment, the employee may submit a workers compensation claim and if the claim is accepted, any personal leave taken during their illness will be recredited to them.

Employees who have contracted COVID-19, are asymptomatic and who are required to undertake isolation have COVID-19 leave available to them if they are unable to work from home during this period.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs
(Question No 488)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) According to corrections intelligence, what are the different methods that illicit drugs enter the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

(2) Does corrections intelligence have any estimates for what percentage of drugs enter the AMC by each different method.

(3) How many proven instances of illicit drug smuggling into the AMC have occurred, since 2016, and by what method were these drugs smuggled.

(4) How many of these instances were perpetrated by (a) detainees, (b) staff and (c) outside sources.

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

For the purposes of this answer, an ‘illicit drug’ is defined as any drug which is illegal to possess or use or any legal drug used in an illegal manner (such as prescription medication). ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) holdings indicate the following methods are used to introduce illicit drugs into the AMC:

a. on person (e.g. upon admission, when returning from an escort, when returning from day bail, and through trusted employment positions);

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