|Question On Notice No. 2943 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 May 2020 by Hon Alison Xamon |
Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Corrective Services
Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
refer to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on people who have been issued a
work and development order (WDO), and I ask:
there been a decrease in opportunities for people to complete WDOs during the
COVID-19 crisis; and
work has the department undertaken to ensure people are not negatively impacted
where the COVID-19 pandemic has meant they have been unable to undertaken
required community work?
Answered on 17 June 2020
(a). Yes. This is due to external agency projects and regional/remote communities closing during the pandemic.
(b). The Department has:
- Reduced the number of contracted days per person and people have been rotated through work parties, therefore allowing more people to cycle through workdays;
- Expanded the availability of Departmental indoor work parties where available and where the required social distancing can be adhered to;
- Negotiated with the Fines Enforcement Registry (FER) for opportunities to have people referred back to FER and allow lower repayments of fines until work parties can increase their capacity; and
- Considered suspending WDO obligations for up to 12 weeks, under section 78 of the Sentence Administration Act 2003, as required.