Improving security at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will invest nearly $9 million in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) to improve security arrangements.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said the government would commit $8.8 million over the next three-and-a-half years to enhance security at the AMC following a number of recent reviews.

“While the AMC has robust physical security measures in place, recent reviews have shown us that we can and must do better to ensure the good order and security of the AMC,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The government will employ additional senior staff at the AMC to manage security, accommodation and offender management functions, and create a new centralised intelligence unit within ACT Corrective Services.

“These new additions will provide the AMC with a safer and more secure environment and as a result improve community safety.”

Mr Rattenbury said the investment would also expand and enhance the AMC’s intelligence capability.

“A greater focus on intelligence will allow the ACT to work smarter and more efficiently to address existing and evolving security issues affecting detainees within the AMC and the broader ACT community,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Additional security measures will further allow ACT Corrective Services to continue to work closely with the Australian Federal Police to address emerging issues, including contraband, organised crime and countering violent extremism.

“The additional security measures come on top of the investment in CCTV, including the installation of additional CCTV cameras and the improvement to the quality of images that are provided by the CCTV system, made as a part of the implementation of the Government’s response to the Moss Review.

“I will be making a further statement to the Legislative Assembly in the coming weeks about improvements to the AMC.”