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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 2075 ..


(3) Three prisoners were moved into the Transitional Release Centre (TRC) on 23 November 2009. A further two prisoners were moved into the TRC on 18 February 2010. These prisoners are still accommodated at the TRC.

No prisoner has ever been kept overnight at the Hume Health Centre, however on average, between 30 and 40 prisoners are seen at the Hume Health Centre per day.

(4) The operating cost of the AMC from July 2009 to end February 2010 was approximately $17.9m. This is the direct operating cost of the AMC and does not include other Corrective Services and departmental support costs. It does not include separate crime prevention budgeted costs.

(5) Daily average costs are calculated every six months for KPI reporting purposes, and does include support and crime prevention initiative costs. The daily cost per prisoner as at end December 2009 was $510.

(6) The table below provides the average daily cost per prisoner per day in other jurisdictions in accordance with the Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2010, which covers the 2008-09 financial year:

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

NT

AUST

275.86

297.30

280.21

273.87

225.87

320.59

190.48

276.05

The ACT average daily cost per prisoner per day reported in the same ROGS report was 507.86.

It should be noted that the average daily cost per prisoner figure differs between the Justice and Community Safety Annual Report and RoGS due to different counting rules. In accordance with the RoGS counting rules, the operating expenditure per prisoner is calculated using the net operating expenditure, i.e. excluding payroll tax, operating revenues from ordinary activities and superannuation.

(7) The prisoner numbers at the AMC to date are low compared to bed capacity, and this tends to exaggerate daily prisoner cost figures, as the result is calculated by dividing total applied costs by total prisoner days for a given period. An average prisoner number of 170 was applicable in the December result. This average prisoner number will increase by the end of June 2010, as current prisoner numbers have reached 200.

The fixed cost component also has a large impact on ACT prisoner day costs, given a proportion of these costs must be factored across these relatively low prisoner numbers.

(8) This is difficult to precisely calculate, given the facility has not yet been operating for one discrete financial year, however an estimate based on the derived average cost of meals, clothing, wage payments, vocational education and other miscellaneous prisoner specific costs allows an estimate of approximately $20 per prisoner per day.

(9) The depreciation rate applied to the AMC is based on a 40 year life for the various buildings and roadway, a 15 year life for the main security system and a 10 year life for the kitchen, laundry and RFID security system. The total calculated annual depreciation cost is $4.72m


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