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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4179 ..


as cleaning graffiti, and gardening and grounds maintenance at various not for profit organisations/locations deemed to be of benefit to the community.

During the ACT COVID-19 lockdown, offenders were able to receive credited hours to count towards their sentenced community service hours by completing self-paced booklets designed by the Corrections Programs Unit (CPU). These booklets address self-improvement topics and making healthy, pro-social decisions.


ACT Corrective Services—management of community sector groups(Question No 549)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 26 November 2021:

(1) Does ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) employ an individual or individuals whose duties include the coordination of the involvement of community groups with the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC); if so, what is the title of their position.

(2) Does the ACTCS employ an individual or individuals whose duties include the recruitment of community groups to work with detainees in the AMC and provide programs for detainees in the AMC; if so, what is the title of their position.

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

The Senior Director, Detainee Services oversees a range of diverse services for detainees at the AMC that include involvement from community groups. This position identifies the need for services and programs provided by community groups and manages the engagement and coordination of these service providers.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—dogs(Question No 550)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 26 November 2021:

(1) How many dogs are employed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

(2) What roles do these dogs perform.

(3) Are there any dog related programs for the rehabilitation of detainees that are being considered for introduction into the AMC; if so, what is the nature of these programs.

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

ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) has four dogs in the K9 unit. Two dogs are drug detection dogs, trained to detect prohibited substances such as MDMA, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and buprenorphine. The other two dogs are trained to detect electronic devices such as mobile phones, sim cards, smart watches and electronic storage devices. ACTCS continues to explore options for partnering with organisations to provide programs related to animal care, training and support in the AMC.



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