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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 793 ..


Discrimination, Health Services, Disability and Community Services Commissioner—disability complaints(Question No 126)

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

What is the total number of complaints relating to disability received by the Discrimination, Health Services, Disability and Community Services Commissioner for each year for the past four years to the date this question on notice was published.

Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Discrimination, Health Services, Disability and Community Services Commissioner (DHSDCS Commissioner) can receive complaints relating to disability in a number of complaint jurisdictions including discrimination, disability services and vulnerable people complaints relating to abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with a disability.

Disability related complaints received by the DHSDCS Commissioner

2017

2018

2019

2020

Jan 2021

Disability service

27

21

13

8

1

Disability discrimination and vilification

47

65

100

89

7

Vulnerable people (disability)

N/A

N/A

N/A

13

1

TOTAL

74

86

113

110

9

Complaints related to disability issues can also be handled by other agencies in the ACT including the Human Services Registrar (in the Community Services Directorate), the NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission (commenced in the ACT on 1 July 2019), the Office of the Senior Practitioner and the Australian Human Rights Commission.


Sentence Administration Board—decisions(Question No 127)

Mr Braddock asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021 (redirected to the Attorney-General):

(1) In relation to the Sentence Administration Board parole hearings, what is the average time between an application for parole and a final decision on the parole application.

(2) How many times, in the last 12 months, has a parole applicant’s non-parole period date occurred before the final parole decision being made.

(3) For each of those instances referred to in part (2), how long after the non-parole period date did the applicant have to wait in custody before a final decision was made.

(4) What, if any, steps are taken by ACT Corrective Services, including the Sentence Administration Board, to reduce the time between application and decision.


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