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women, working closely with the Family Violence Safety Action Pilot to skill up in contemporary assessment and safety management. All existing female detainees with a history of FDV will be screened using the Family Violence Safety Action Pilot risk assessment tool and, where assessed as high risk, will be referred to the Family Violence Safety Action Pilot.
So there is quite a bit going on. We also have the expansion of the peer mentoring program. There is five-minute intervention training. Train the Trainer will commence with a UK-based expert in April, aimed at improving case management and communication skills for custodial staff. Amovita International supervision and case management training for offender reintegration and community corrections staff is happening as well.
MR BRADDOCK: What proportion of detainees finish the EQUIPS program?
MR GENTLEMAN: I will have to take that on notice. I do not have the detail of that in front of me.
MS CLAY: How does the government assist every detainee who exits AMC to reintegrate into the community?
MR GENTLEMAN: It is through the programs that I have talked about there, and providing assistance in wraparound services for detainees. I think the crucial part is ensuring that we can find accommodation for detainees when they come out of AMC. This has been put to me through the interactions that I have had with detainees at different levels of their confinement and also from those wanting to assist detainees. The OVs have given us a good description of this as well. It seems that if there is a really good opportunity to provide good accommodation for those coming out and if there is more work put in through that process with detainees, it ensures that they can be safe in the community as they exit.
Housing ACT—rental rebate
MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, as you would be aware, in the last six weeks several constituents have contacted the Canberra Liberals relating to their rental rebate. Each of these constituents is on a pension or Centrelink payment, and their usual rent was not deducted from their account; rather, the full market rent was deducted, leaving them with no money for a week or two. Minister, can you explain why this has occurred multiple times?
MS VASSAROTTI: Mr Acting Speaker, I will respond to this question, because it does sit within my area of responsibility. As you would know, a rental rebate is an ACT government subsidy that helps an eligible client to meet the cost of renting their public housing property. There has been a review of the rebate process that recommended several changes to the process to make it easier for clients and more effective for staff. In the past the process was that housing managers processed those rental rebates. To make it easier for everyone, there is now a dedicated team that processes all of the rebates received by Housing ACT. This is an important change