Page 1280 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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An alternative off-site parole reporting option for Indigenous clients was recently introduced in partnership with Yeddung Mura. This means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on bail, parole or community corrections order may now report to ACT CS at a particular community site as an alternative to traditional reporting arrangements.

So Yeddung Mura external reporting site operates every Tuesday in the suburb of Fadden, and also available on site are other relevant cultural services and the valuable opportunity to yarn with Aboriginal elders. Prior to this alternative reporting site at Fadden, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients could only report to ACT Corrective Services at the London Circuit site in Civic.

The Yeddung Mura site provides a safe and culturally appropriate point of contact with ACT Corrective Service, without compromising the client's feelings of safety and their emotional wellbeing. Since the site reopened last November, after the COVID-19 lockdown, more referrals have been coming in and the growth has been credited to word of mouth, through the community and the staff who have discussed it with their clients.

I am advised that the feedback from people who attend each week has been quite positive and that clients have stated they feel a lot more comfortable and have less anxiety with attending their supervision.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

A Step Up for Our Kids—Snapshot Report—A presentation of data covering—1 July 2017 to 31 December 2021.

ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028—ACT Impact Statement 2021—Revised.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act—Pursuant to section 13—Annual Reports—2020-2021—Justice and Community Safety Directorate—Corrigendum.

Coroners Act—Report of Coroner—Pursuant to subsection 57(4)—Inquest into the death of Blake Andrew Corney—

Report, dated 16 November 2021.

Government response, dated 5 May 2022.

Freedom of Information Act—Freedom of Information (Accessibility of Government Information) Statement 2022 (No 1)—Notifiable Instrument NI2022-205, dated 11 May 2022.

Inspector of Correctional Services Act—Pursuant to subsection 30(2)—Review of a Critical Incident by the ACT Inspector of Correctional Services—Hostage taking incident at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on 27 March 2021—Government response.

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