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(4) How many of the detainees, referred to in part (3) were not able to complete the relevant programs due to circumstances outside of their control (eg, the program was not being run by ACT Corrective Services).

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

ACTCS does not readily collect/record this data. A manual review of detainee records over a four year period would be complex and require an unreasonable diversion of resources to respond.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee safety
(Question No 860)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 10 June 2022:

(1) Have any detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre received compensation payouts from instances involving use-of-force since 1 January 2018; if so, (a) what is the average payout and (b) how much has been paid out to detainees in total.

(2) Did these use-of-force incidents involve corrections officers applying force to detainees.

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

(1) Yes. There is one claim since 2018 where compensation was paid relating to a matter that was settled out of court. This claim involved an allegation of excess use of force and one other allegation about denial/delay of provision of medical services, stemming from an incident in February 2018. No formal finding of excess use of force is associated with this claim and there are no other cases located where there were payouts made based on an excess use of force.

(a) As there has been one claim, there is no average payout figure.

(b) This matter settled for $120,000.00 inclusive of all statutory paybacks and the plaintiff’s costs and disbursements. However, compensation amounts are usually made as a general figure and not apportioned into amounts for specific allegations within a claim.

(2) The application of force is inherent in any use of force. It is noted that force may only be used by trained Correctional Officers, in line with the Use of Force and Restraint Policy 2022.

Major Projects Canberra—workplace culture
(Question No 861)

Ms Castley asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 10 June 2022:

(1) What mechanisms do staff for Major Projects Canberra have to make complaints, including general complaints as well as reporting misconduct and workplace bullying and harassment.

(2) Is this information publicly reported; if so, where can it be found; if not, why not.

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