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(7) The Health Directorate, Mental Health Policy Unit (MHPU) provides administrative support to the OVs. The MHPU assists the OV’s manage and monitor their budget, process and monitor their remuneration claims, maintain and support the OV’s office and organise their training program.

Corrective Services—Official Visitors
(Question No 1952)

Ms Bresnan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 8 December 2011:

(1) How many hours per week is each of the Official Visitors for Corrections required to work.

(2) What is the total remuneration per annum for each of the Official Visitors for Corrections.

(3) What additional resources, such as a laptop or mobile phone, does the Government provide to the Official Visitors that is above and beyond the remuneration, to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities and what is the financial cost to the ACT Government for those additional resources for each of the Official Visitors.

(4) Are there any other quantifiable financial costs the ACT Government covers to assist the Official Visitor in fulfilling their responsibilities; if so, what are they and what are the financial costs for each of the Official Visitors.

(5) What administrative assistance, such as information technology, secretariat or training, does the ACT Government provide to the Official Visitors.

Dr Bourke: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Official Visitors do not have a set number of hours that they are required to work. However, in accordance with the Official Visitor Guidelines and Conditions of Appointment, they are required to visit the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) at least once a fortnight. An Official Visitor is also required to visit the Periodic Detention Centre at Symonston and the Court Transport Unit in the ACT Magistrate’s Court building once a month.

(2) Official Visitors are not remunerated on a per annum basis, but on the basis of hours of attendance as evidenced by monthly timesheets checked and signed off by the AMC Superintendent. The Official Visitor’s position is funded up to $34,000 per annum while the Indigenous Official Visitor’s position is unfunded and is absorbed into ACT Corrective Services’ existing budget.

(3) Both Official Visitors have access to computer and office resources whilst visiting the AMC.

(4) There are no other quantifiable financial costs.

(5) Official Visitors undertake Security Awareness training conducted by ACT Corrective Services as required. No additional training is considered necessary as the occupants of these roles are recruited on the basis that they have the skills to perform the role.

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