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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2457 ..


2. The above beds are male only properties. There are two women’s properties (six beds) and one transgender property (three beds), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and transgender people. These beds are available to eligible clients subject to both bail and post sentence orders.

3. No. The Bail Support Trial referenced in the 2016-2017 Justice and Community Safety Annual Report refers to the Ngurrambai Bail Support Program, not the Justice Housing Program. The Ngurrambai Bail Support Program provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people applying for or granted bail, through the development of a bail plan with goals to support a person’s immediate needs and compliance with their bail conditions.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—female detainees(Question No 298)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 June 2021:

(1) Are there, at present, approximately 18 women detainees in the Alexander Maconochie Centre staying in the Special Care Centre (SCC) with 57 beds leaving 39 free beds and are there approximately 38 men staying in the Women's Community Centre (WCC) which were originally designed for 25 women; if so, now that there is overcrowding in the WCC and underutilisation of the SCC will the women inmates be moved back to the WCC; if so, when will this begin; if not, why not.

(2) Does the Government consider the women being in the SCC a medium-term or long-term solution?

(3) Has the Women Offenders Framework been completed; if so, when was it completed and when was it published; if not, at what stage of the process is the framework and what is the Government’s goal to have it completed by.

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

I have been advised by the Justice and Community Safety Directorate that the collection of relevant information to assemble responses would require a considerable diversion of resources. Further, I note that in some cases relevant advice has been provided through responses to previous questions from Members (for example, QON 100 from Questions on Notice Paper No 2 provides information regarding the cost of housing a detainee at the AMC), or may be available online (for example, information and advice to those visiting the AMC is available on the ACT Corrective Services website).

Noting this, it is inappropriate in this instance to divert resources from priority activities for the purposes of answering the Member’s questions. I do however offer the member a verbal briefing with relevant officials.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—sentence management officers(Question No 299)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 4 June 2021:


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