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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 783 ..


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

(1) The standard security steps that corrections officers take to search visitors to the AMC are outlined in the ACT Corrective Services Visits Policy 2016, Interim Visits Arrangements Operating Procedure 2020, Searching Policy 2010 and the Searching Procedure 2010 (RESTRICTED for security reasons). All visitors that enter the AMC are searched in accordance with these policies and operating procedures, which always includes passing through a metal detector and frequently involves examination by a Passive Alert Detection Dog. Visitors that are on correctional grounds, such as the car park, may also have their person and property searched.

(2) If a visitor is unable to walk successfully through a metal detector, scanning by a handheld metal detector may be required, as well as a frisk search. If the visitor is unable to satisfy these requirements, they will be denied entry to the correctional centre. Visitors are not subject to strip searches.

(3) All visitors searches are conducted in accordance with the Visits Policy 2016, Interim Visitors Operating Procedure 2020, Searching Policy 2010 and the Searching Procedure 2010 (RESTRICTED for security reasons).

(4) There have been no random searches on visitors since 1 January 2019.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—staff disciplinary policy(Question No 114)

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

(1) In relation to the ‘Joint statement accompanying image’ concerning the 2018 hangman incident at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), given that the joint statement states that ‘it was not possible to identify who drew the image’, what exact steps were taken to identify the staff member who made the drawing.

(2) What are the policies and procedures that exist to guide an investigation into wrongdoing by a staff member at the AMC.

(3) Was the investigation fully internal; if not, what external bodies assisted and in what capacity.

(4) Is the use of external bodies in such an investigation allowed, required, or optional.

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

(1) The discovery of the image was referred for consideration of a misconduct investigation within the Justice and Community Safety (JACS) Directorate. However, with no CCTV cameras within the room, which is accessed by all AMC-based ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) staff members each day, no outcome was able to be reached on the identity of the person/s who made the drawing to allow for an investigation to be commenced.

(2) The policy that governs all alleged wrongdoing by staff in the AMC is the ACTCS Integrity Framework which guides how investigations into wrongdoing by staff will be investigated. ACTCS is also covered by the ACT Public Service Standards for the Conduct of Inquiries and Investigations.


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