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Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 46, dated 19 July 2016, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 46 contains the committee’s comments on 16 bills, 44 pieces of subordinate legislation, three government responses and one regulatory impact statement. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Report 7

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.33): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Report 7—Inquiry into Auditor-General’s report on Rehabilitation of Male Detainees at the AMC, dated 25 July 2016, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Today I rise regarding the standing committee’s report on the Auditor-General’s report on rehabilitation at the AMC, Auditor-General’s report No 2 of 2015. Normally Auditor-General’s reports are considered by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. However, in this instance, the chair of PAC wrote to the committee inviting it to undertake the inquiry, which the committee accepted.

The Auditor-General’s report on rehabilitation of male detainees at the AMC is a significant report. Among other things, it suggests that the rehabilitation effort would be much improved by a more focused, coordinated and consistent approach. The means to do this included setting clear objectives, improving practices for data input and reporting, and establishing prison industries. This last matter was part of a wider concern regarding the so-called structured day which was a stated objective of prison management and which the Auditor-General found was not implemented in a number of respects. Importantly, the Auditor-General found that, while rehabilitation somewhat uniquely was written into legislation as an explicit objective of corrections in the ACT, key elements of the rehabilitation effort such as accurate reporting and regular and systemic evaluation had not been realised in ways that would be desirable.

I note the Auditor-General made 10 recommendations in her report, which the committee supports. In addition, the committee in its report made 12 recommendations. These recommendations concern provisioning of ACT Corrective Services; training of Corrective Services staff on the compilation,

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