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Corrections and Rehabilitation – Staffing

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2023

Tags: Public Service, Corrections, State Budget

Dr WOODRUFF - Thank you. That’s great. And I've got a question on the cost pressures Budget item, which is TPS cost pressures of $10 million. I note that it's just for one year. The line item says it is funding for correctional staffing costs, as well as water, food, clothing, bedding and other inmate related consumables. Why is that only funded for one year? Is the plan to -

Ms ARCHER - Because it's something we only look at annually. You'll notice from past budgets we have had that each year. Should there be further cost pressures, it's just subject to the usual Budget process each year.

Dr WOODRUFF - So there's no plan -

Ms ARCHER - We determine what it needs to be. It's one of those figures that needs to be relevant rather than just a figure plucked from nowhere.