Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2190 ..
Further to the answer to question taken on notice #26 during the Justice and Community Safety Annual Reports Hearings 2015-16 on 7 March 2017, in particular in relation to the “four instances of non-compliance with section 10 of the Act, which specifies who may issue a surveillance device warrant”, has any action been taken to (a) retrain officers to follow the set procedures and (b) tighten these processes; if not, will action be taken.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
ACT Policing advises me that AFP members applying for ACT Surveillance Device Warrants are required to do so in line with AFP guidelines. All applications and affidavits are forwarded to a professional staff member performing the role of the ACT Special Projects Registrar (SPR) within ACT Policing Criminal Investigations for record keeping.
The ACT SPR receives training in order to ensure ACT Policing complies with relevant legislation in respect of Special Projects (SP), including ACT Surveillance Device Warrants. Accordingly, the “four instances of non-compliance with section 10 of the Act” were identified and self-reported by ACT Policing.
SP applications can only be legally made to and granted by individuals specifically designated as ‘authorised officers’. The list of authorised officers in respect of Commonwealth Surveillance Device Warrants is distinct from the list of authorised officers in respect of ACT Surveillance Device Warrants. The instances of non-compliance occurred when members of ACT Policing applied via the National SPR, who mistakenly drew on the Commonwealth list of authorised officers, rather than the ACT list.
No additional training was required to address the shortcomings; however ACT Policing has reiterated the distinction between authorised officer lists to its members. Additionally, the distinction has been communicated to the National SPR and other AFP members who may have cause to apply for ACT SP. Furthermore, the ACT SPR and National SPR are working together to establish complimentary, coherent procedures.
Alexander Maconochie Centre—domestic violence programs
(Question No 279)
Mrs Jones asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 May 2017 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Corrections):
Further to the answer to question taken on notice #22 during the Justice and Community Safety Annual Reports Hearings 2015-16 on 7 March 2017, how many detainees attended the following courses in both the previous and current financial (a) Domestic Abuse Program (within the AMC), (b) Violence Intervention Program, (c) Out of the Dark Program, (d) Anger Management Program, (e) Cognitive Self-Change Program, (f) Domestic Abuse Program (within the community) and (g) Working with the Man Program (within the community).
Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
The number of detainees who have attended the following courses during the 2015-16 financial year and the 2016-17 financial year to 1 June 2017 are: