Correctional Services Department


Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:46 ): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Why has the number of employees in the department of corrections earning in excess of $141,000 a year increased from seven to 23 in the last 12 months, according to the annual report tabled today?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO ( LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) (14:47): I will confirm the figures, but my recollection from being briefed on this from the chief executive officer was that there were a number of people because of obviously the additional offenders we have and additional overtime—some of that component actually deals with overtime amounts as well. So some people actually go into that figure as a result of overtime. If that's not correct, I will get back to the member, but that is my understanding.

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:47 ): Supplementary to that: in relation to those staff members who are on over $140,000 as a result of overtime, can the minister identify what the full-time salary is for those officers?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO ( LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) (14:47): I know I should know the name and salary of every officer in the correctional services system, but I don't know. What I can say, though, is that we try to manage it to make sure we keep that to a minimum, and I am confident in the CE doing that. But I can get the specific details for the member.

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:48 ): Supplementary to that: can the minister identify how many prison officers are achieving the amount of overtime this financial year that would have them earning over $140,000 in the current year? If you are getting it all back, then can you get that as well?

The Hon. A. PICCOLO ( LightMinister for Disabilities, Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety) (14:48): Sorry, did you say this financial year?

Mr GARDNER: The current one, so far.

The Hon. A. PICCOLO: I will have to get that information for him.