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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 7 October 2021) . . Page.. 2861 ..


ACTCS has further engaged Let’s Talk Differently Pty Ltd to help correctional officers work through the psychological impact of their constant exposure to traumatic incident. Let’s Talk Differently is also assisting to further develop the peer support program and the delivery of a training program to deal with correctional fatigue. Having easy access to professional counselling, debriefing and ongoing comprehensive mental health support is essential for correctional staff, and ACT government employees, including correctional officers, have access to the employee assistance program which offers counselling and support services. The health and safety of correctional officers is a forefront priority and the mental health initiatives currently available and being explored and developed by ACTCS ensure that staff feel well supported and valued.

Staff at ESA, ACT Policing and ACT Corrective Services do not have the easiest of jobs. I thank and acknowledge the personnel from all these areas for continuing to deliver the highest standard for the whole ACT community. From the government’s perspective, we will continue to provide support for these workforces and we remain focused on their health and welfare as they continue to meet community expectations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Legislative Assembly

Proceedings during COVID-19 lockdown

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the resolution of 16 September 2021 concerning Assembly proceedings during COVID-19 lockdown be amended at paragraph (2), by:

(1) omitting “(as at 16 September 2021)” and substituting “(as at 8 October 2021)”; and

(2) omitting “or October” and substituting “, October or November”.

Light rail stage 2—select committee

Proposed establishment

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.20): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Light Rail Stage 2 proposal is the largest investment project ever undertaken by a Territory government;

(b) some billions of dollars are being invested in a single transport route and transport technology to connect Civic with Woden;

(c) the Canberra community will experience significant disruption to intra-city travel and business operations for four years or so while construction proceeds;

(d) many Canberrans, community bodies and business groups are taking a strong interest in this project;


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