The Strategy to Reduce Reoffending focuses on building the Department's ability to deliver enhanced offender supervision, case management, rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes. This is being achieved through both legislative and operational reform.
In addition to Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) developing staff and recruiting new roles to support operational rollout, the reforms offer several opportunities for NGOs and other service providers in the community to play a role in the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.
This is particularly relevant to the Expanded and Improved Programs reform, which will increase the amount of programs delivered to offenders both in custody and in the community.
As part of the NSW Government's investment in reducing reoffending in NSW, CSNSW is establishing 10 High Intensity Program Units in correctional centres across the state and is seeking NGOs to assist with delivering services and programs to inmates.
The new units, known as HIPUs, are designed to address the therapeutic needs of up to 1,200 male and female inmates on short term custodial sentences by providing intensive services and programs over a four month period.
NGOs and other service providers will deliver services and activities that focus on planning for an inmate's return to the community at the end of their prison sentence, health and social issues, education, and offenders' connections with their community and culture.
A tender process for interested NGOs opened on Friday, 15 December 2017.
Find out more and submit your tender application online
An expression of interest is currently open for facilitators interested in delivering programs in South Western and Western NSW.
External Program Facilitators deliver a range of accredited and approved programs to offenders in custody and the community, on behalf of CSNSW.
CSNSW is looking for people who are able to work independently, with a high level of integrity, and are willing to work with mandated offenders. Ideally, applicants will have an understanding of evidence based practice underlying offender services and programs, and related administrative processes such as detailed record keeping. CSNSW will provide training (if required) and ongoing assessment and support.
To further support facilitators to deliver programs in South Western and Western NSW, CSNSW will be providing financial assistance of up to $1,920 for travel and accommodation costs. Target areas include the Murray region, the Murray Darling Basin, the Central West, Central Tablelands, Riverina, Wentworth and Broken Hill.
Read more and apply to be an External Program Facilitator.