Page 1278 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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MR DAVIS: Minister of the active transport options you mention in those programs, how many schools are actively taking up those programs?

MS BERRY: Well I would suggest that it is available for every school to take up those options and there are options around Active Streets for Schools and ways for students and families to walk to school. Of course, during COVID and the changes to work environments in the ACT, parents and families were able to take that option more often, while working from home.

As people are returning to the workplace, it has meant that there has been a busier environment around our school parking and drop offs. So we would continue to encourage families to make those options where they can, at different school environments, it is not always the case that a family can do that.

Mr Davis: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat please. Point of order.

MR DAVIS: I am more than happy if the minister needs to take it on notice, but I would like the specific number, how many schools are these programs currently running in?

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has a minute. She is in order though; she is talking about the availability of the options within schools. Do you have more to add?

Alexander Maconochie Centre—female detainee programs

DR PATERSON: Minister, can you please update the Assembly on what programs and supports are available for women at the AMC?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson for the question and for continued interest in welfare of women at the AMC. There are a range of programs available at the AMC that are specifically designed for women focusing in a range of areas, those include wellness, education and return to work, Indigenous initiatives and harm minimisation interventions relating to drug and alcohol misuse as well.

To improve on case planning, the through care team has recently installed a women's pre-release coordinator in the women's area who works specifically with female detainees for six months prior to their release. A reintegration needs assessment tool has also been developed. This enables staff to develop a reintegration case plan for each detainee, focused on supporting them as they transition back into the community.

Another great initiative that Minister Berry has provided support for in her role as minister for women is the ACT women's return to work grants program. For women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period, it supports them onto pathways to meaningful and stable employment. Detainees have access to a new work ready program that provides stills to complete their CV and set some goals for employment and pathways to employment. There is also a dedicated service provider that provides tailored recreational activities to women detainees.

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