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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 977..


(e) Refer to the answer to question 27(d).

(f) This is a matter for the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Office as it specifically relates to its special investigation and associated report. Any release of information relating to this Question is at the discretion of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

(g) This also is a matter for the Commonwealth Ombudsman's Office. Refer to 27(f).

(28)

(a) The AFP has an award-winning Worklife Diversity program. ACT Policing participates in that program. Worklife Diversity is defined as recognising and valuing the different knowledge, skills, backgrounds and perspectives that people bring to their work - regardless of whether those differences are based on age, gender, ethnicity, social background or other factors.

(b) The Worklife Diversity program of the AFP compares very favourably with the programs and policies operating in the ACT Government.

(c) See the response to question 28(a) and 28 (b).

(29)

(a) The trial has established that an accoutrement belt is the safest and most convenient way to carry and care for police accoutrements. An alternative belt to the one currently issued as standard equipment is being trailed.

(b) The weights for the current issue standard leather accoutrement belt and standard accoutrements are:

(30)

Item

(31)

Weight (g)

(32)

Leather belt

(33)

390

(34)

Underbelt

(35)

188

(36)

Magazine holder and magazine

(37)

371

(38)

Handcuffs and pouch

(39)

500

(40)

OC spray and pouch

(41)

170

(42)

Baton and pouch

(43)

522

(44)

Radio and pouch

(45)

1140

(46)

Firearm and holster

(47)

1351

(48)

TOTAL

(49)

4632

(c) The weight of the accoutrement belt has not had any discernable impact on the insurance premiums paid by ACT Policing.

(30)

(a) and (b) The increase in the total number of injuries reported in various categories is due to an AFP OH&S risk management strategy which encourages reporting of all injuries and 'near misses' in the workplace. Education and information sessions have raised employee awareness of OH&S issues generally and have emphasised the need to report even minor injuries and near misses. While the outcome of this policy has been an upward trend in reporting of incidents that are largely minor in nature, ACT Policing has also seen a continued reduction in time lost as a result of injury. Incidents occurring in the course of operational duty or during operational safety training are referred to the Operational Safety Committee for review.


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