​Australia celebrates correctional staff

Publication date: Friday, 19 January 2018

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Today marks the first annual National Corrections Day, which celebrates the 25,000 frontline correctional staff in Australia who play a vital role in keeping the community safe and secure.

In NSW, events at community corrections offices and correctional centres will promote the work of officers who deliver programs and other services to reduce reoffending, respond to incidents, and supervise some of the system’s most dangerous offenders.

NSW Attorney General and Acting Corrections Minister Mark Speakman said the day was about showing gratitude to correctional staff for the unique and inherently dangerous work they do.

“I’d like to thank our correctional officers for their ongoing dedication and commitment to protecting the community, rehabilitating inmates and working toward reducing reoffending,” Mr Speakman said.

“Today we recognise all community corrections and custodial officers, industry and trade overseers, as well as service and programs staff who are the backbone of the department and who keep us safe.”

The NSW Government is investing $3.8 billion in a long-term infrastructure strategy for the correctional system, supporting the recruitment of 1,247 staff in 2016-17, including 766 correctional staff. Since 2011, Corrective Services NSW has recruited more than 2,000 correctional officers.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the day is about recognising the important contribution correctional officers make every day.

“Today we pause to formally acknowledge the efforts of our frontline staff and thank them for the exceptional job they do in keeping our prisons and communities safe and secure,” Commissioner Severin said.

Corrections Day was launched for NSW by CSNSW last year, and it has now been adopted as a national day in Australia and New Zealand due to its success.