In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, ACTCS has continued with a range of measures to support social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus.

The following processes remain in place, some in conjunction with Justice Health Services, in a deliberately cautious approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • screening of all staff and professional visitors entering the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC)
  • additional health screening for all new admissions to the AMC
  • isolation of detainees with influenza-like symptoms and subsequent testing
  • increased cleaning regimes around the AMC, including the AMC Gatehouse with the assistance of detainees residing in the Transitional Release Centre (TRC)
  • court hearings by phone or audio-visual link, where possible, and
  • use of Zoom video visits for detainees.

COVID 19 Vaccinations

Staff

All correctional officers at the AMC became eligible for vaccination under phase 1B of the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Officers were encouraged to receive the vaccination at the ACT Government clinic or through a participating general practice.

Detainees

COVID-19 vaccinations for detainees at the AMC began on 1 June 2021. All detainees are offered the opportunity to receive the vaccine and while voluntary they are strongly encouraged, recognising the high-risk nature of housing people in close quarters.

Detainees released from the AMC prior to receiving their second dose are provided information to support them in accessing this service in the community.