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(7) What special qualities or skills does the chosen education provider bring to the AMC;

(8) Is the ACT Government considering ways to let interested and skilled community members work with the prisoners in the AMC.

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

(1) The terms of reference for the AMC Community Reference Group are currently in draft form. The draft terms of reference are:

• to receive regular briefings from the Superintendent and senior staff of the AMC on the operations of the AMC;

• to provide comment to the Superintendent, as appropriate;

• to identify gaps in the provision of services from the community sector;

• to provide advice, practical input and support in relation to prisoner programs, rehabilitation, and the re-integration of prisoners back into the community; and

• to disseminate relevant information about the prison and its operation to community groups.

(2) The membership of the Community Reference Group will comprise representatives of ACT community organisations. In total, there will be 22 members.

(3) Yes

(4) Yes

(5) At this stage, there is no intention to integrate male and female prisoners in any kind of activity.

(6) The Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider for the AMC was chosen through a competitive open tender process.

(7) The chosen provider, Auswide Projects, specialises in assisting disadvantaged learners and job seekers including offenders to access information, gain skills, attain qualifications, participate in work experience and secure employment through a range of VET, employment and transitional support services.

Auswide is well experienced in delivering customised training to match labour market dynamics, workplace priorities and learner needs. They have particular skill working with people who demonstrate complex barriers to learning and employment such as substance abuse, psychological and behavioural problems. Auswide has expertise in cross-disciplinary Case Management and working with Indigenous people and communities.

(8) Yes

Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd—sponsorships
(Question No 1926)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 4 March 2008 (redirected to the Treasurer):

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