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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4156 ..


Corrections Management Act 2007 and the Human Rights Act 2004. ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) practices, as appropriate, respond to the spirit and purposes of the Nelson Mandela Rules with reference to Human Rights Principles for ACT Correctional Centres and overarching consideration of human rights. In this regard, ACTCS employs six Health Professionals (HP) of varying levels – two HP4, three HP3 and one HP1. These positions require the occupants to have qualifications in psychology, social work and/or occupational therapy, and are currently occupied by four social workers, one occupational therapist and one psychologist. There is also one other psychologist available if called upon, but no psychiatrists employed directly by ACTCS. Education and training opportunities are also provided through contractors. ACTCS also employs two bakers, seven chefs, one horticulturalist, and one laundry services instructor. Detainee health services are also delivered by Justice Health Services, who (in addition to the above) employ one Consultant Psychiatrist, one Psychiatry Registrar, and three social workers to provide their services at the AMC.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee earnings(Question No 485)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

In relation to rule 103 of the Nelson Mandela Rules, does the Alexander Maconochie Centre set aside a portion of earnings earned by detainees from their work within the prison that is then handed over to the detainee on their release; if not, why not.

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

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) are non-binding; they provide interpretive context for provisions in the Corrections Management Act 2007 and the Human Rights Act 2004. ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) practices, as appropriate, respond to the spirit and purposes of the Nelson Mandela Rules with reference to Human Rights Principles for ACT Correctional Centres and overarching consideration of human rights. ACTCS remunerates detainees for their work as outlined in the Detainee Work Policy and the Detainee Trust Fund Management Policy. While detainees are able to save their earnings for when they are discharged, it is the detainees’ right to choose whether or not to do so. There is currently no requirement to set aside a portion of earnings to be handed over on release and any change to this position would need to be made in consultation with detainees and stakeholders, with a careful assessment of the impact on human rights, and will not be considered.


ACT Corrective Services—COVID-19(Question No 487)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

Is there any kind of special COVID related leave available for a correctional officer (CO) if they contract COVID-19; if not, what kind of leave does a CO have to take if they are ill with COVID-19; if so, what is the name of that type of leave and how many days/hours are they entitled to.


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