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7) A decision to discharge is made by the medical team, in collaboration with the person, their family/carers and the multi-disciplinary team. This usually occurs when the medical team is confident that the young person is medically stable and able to return home. As part of discharge planning, the child/young person would have ongoing support from their General Practitioner and could be stepped down to community-based supports and public or private support systems.

ACT Corrective Services—employment specialist
(Question No 939)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 14 October 2022:

(1) What key performance indicators are associated with the ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) Employment Specialist position.

(2) Given that in the ACT Government’s submission to the Community Corrections inquiry it states that part of the services offered by the ACTCS Employment Specialist includes the identification of suitable job vacancies through engaged employers, can the Minister provide some examples of these “engaged employers”, and some examples of where the Employment Specialist has identified a suitable job vacancy and referred that vacancy to a released detainee.

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

(1) The performance expectations for the ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) Employment Officer (ACTCS Employment Specialist) position, include:

Job vacancies to fill

Employment assistance offered to offenders both in the AMC and Community

Employment placements for offenders

Issuing of work ready booklets to offenders both in the AMC and Community

With the commencement of a second ACTCS Employment Specialist at the SOGC level, these performance expectations will be reviewed and will include internal and external stakeholder management and employment opportunities created through the management of these relationships.

(2) ACTCS has worked with several employers to identify suitable job vacancies. Details are provided below:

Business #1

In 2020, the ACTCS Employment Specialist started referring offenders to this specialised recycling business and since this time, approximately 18 offenders have been referred with eight being placed into ongoing employment.

Business #2

The ACTCS Employment Specialist started working with this skip bin business in 2019. On 16 December 2019, they employed their first detainee from the Transitional Release Program. The business has since employed eight detainees from the Transitional Release Program and three offenders supervised by Community Corrections, and, as of 21 October 2022, employs three men engaged in the Transitional Release Program.

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