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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 774 ..


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

(1) The average daily cost of housing detainees at the AMC as at the end of the 2019-2020 financial year was $559.17 per detainee (including net operating expenditure and capital costs).

(2) The average daily cost of housing detainees at either the former Belconnen Remand or Symonston Correctional Centres in 2008-2009 was $536 per detainee.


Corrections officers—training(Question No 101)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) How many correction officers did not undergo their mandatory annual training for use of force in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

(2) How many correction officers did not undergo their mandatory annual training for CPR in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

(3) How many correction officers did not undergo their mandatory annual training for fire awareness (including breathing apparatus) in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

(4) How many correction officers did not undergo their mandatory annual training for fire drills in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020.

(5) How many correction officers did not undergo their mandatory annual training for mental health between 2018-2020.

Mr Gentleman: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The figures below include a number of staff who may not have been required to receive mandatory training (e.g. due to maternity or other long-term leave) within each of the timeframes outlined in the questions. At the time of writing, a total of 23 individuals are recorded as not having completed required annual training due to long term absence from work. Training for these individuals will be proactively managed on their return to work.

(1) The following number of officers did not undergo mandatory annual training for use of force:

a 53 officers in 2018

b. 46 officers in 2019

c. 181 officers in 2020. COVID-19 impacted on the ability for training to be provided in this time period.

There are a range of factors that can influence the timeframes within which staff are trained, including (but not limited to) issues such as staffing constraints and operational requirements. With respect to training challenges in 2020, ACTCS is reviewing training processes to enable increased levels of training to be conducted in a COVID-safe manner.


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