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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2503 ..


ACT Corrective Services—staffing recruitment(Question No 341)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 25 June 2021:

In relation to the staffing recruitment for Corrective Services (ACTCS) in the ACT, (a) to the date this Question on Notice was published, how many ACTCS staff were sponsored from overseas, (b) for each of these staff, can the Minister provide their job role, work classification and qualifications, (c) have there been instances where the Directorate has chosen to hire and sponsor an overseas candidate over a local or interstate candidate; if so, how many times has this occurred for each year the past 3 years, and (d) what are the standard policy and procedures relating to recruiting ACTCS staff locally, interstate and overseas.

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

(a) One employee visa was sponsored by the employer.

(b) As there is only one individual this information has not been provided for privacy reasons.

(c) There have been no instances where the Directorate has chosen to hire and sponsor an overseas candidate over a suitable local or interstate candidate.

(d) ACTCS positions are advertised through a range of platforms including print media and online platforms. Anyone can apply for a position. To be eligible for temporary employment within the ACT Public Service a candidate must be in Australia on a visa with work rights or be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. To be eligible for permanent employment within the ACT Public Service a candidate must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. A New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia and holds a Special Category temporary residence visa under the Commonwealth Migration Act 1985 is treated as a permanent resident of Australia for the purpose of employment by the ACT Public Service.

If the only suitable candidate is an overseas candidate at the time of advertising, it is open to the employer to sponsor an individual’s visa. For this sponsorship to be approved by the relevant Commonwealth Agency, an employer must provide detailed information as to why the position could not be filled from the local or interstate market.


Domestic and family violence—services(Question No 342)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, upon notice, on 25 June 2021:

(1) Can the Minister (a) provide a list of services that provide long term supports to people in the ACT who have been victims or are otherwise impacted by domestic or family violence, and (b) elaborate on which of these services provide support for children and/or young people.


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