Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 16 February 2017) . . Page.. 625 ..
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Report 7—government response
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (3.51): For the information of members, I present the following paper:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Eighth Assembly)—Report 7—Inquiry into Auditor-General’s report on rehabilitation of male detainees at the AMC—Government response.
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
I present the government response to the Justice and Community Safety standing committee inquiry into the Auditor-General’s report on the rehabilitation of male detainees at the AMC.
In March 2016 the Assembly was advised that the Justice and Community Safety standing committee would inquire into and report on the 2015 Auditor-General’s report. The Auditor-General’s report recommended increased efforts in relation to detainee case management and rehabilitation programs at the AMC. The ACT government response was tabled in the Assembly on 4 June 2015 and acknowledged the need for improved structured activity and employment opportunities for detainees. The response also committed to improving rehabilitation efforts for all detainees.
The JACS standing committee inquiry hearings were held in April and May last year and evidence was provided by the Auditor-General and her audit manager, the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner, the Victims of Crime Commissioner, members of Prisoners Aid ACT, members of the JACS executive and Corrective Services senior management, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body via a written submission.
The final report was tabled on 3 August last year. It made 12 recommendations relating to the delivery of rehabilitation programs within the AMC, improved data management within Corrective Services, oversight of the AMC and the observance of parliamentary privilege and standing orders.
Seven of the committee’s recommendations provide suggestions to guide further development of Corrective Services’ initiatives to address rehabilitation, building on the original recommendations of the Auditor-General. The government has agreed to these recommendations, as well as considering the relevant conclusions and comments in the report.