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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
Question

I refer to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on people who have been issued a work and development order (WDO), and I ask:
(a) has there been a decrease in opportunities for people to complete WDOs during the COVID-19 crisis; and
(b) what 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:

  1. Reduced the number of contracted days per person and people have been rotated through work parties, therefore allowing more people to cycle through workdays;
  2. Expanded the availability of Departmental indoor work parties where available and where the required social distancing can be adhered to;
  3. 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
  4. Considered suspending WDO obligations for up to 12 weeks, under section 78 of the Sentence Administration Act 2003, as required.