2943. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:

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;

(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?

Hon Stephen Dawson replied:

(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.


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