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‚ÄčAbout the Strategy to Reduce Reoffending

The NSW Department of Justice is implementing a broad suite of reform initiatives designed to reduce adult reoffending and improve community safety. The overarching aim of this reform agenda is to reduce the rate of  adult reoffending in line with the NSW State Reducing Reoffending Priority, and to reduce domestic violence reoffending in accordance with the NSW Premier's Priority.

The reforms being implemented as part of the strategy will enhance offenders' likelihood of undergoing supervision and case management; increase opportunities to engage in rehabilitative interventions that address criminogenic needs; and provide post-release reintegration support. 

They aim to ensure that the right offenders receive the right interventions at the right  dosage in order to achieve maximum reductions in reoffending among the highest risk offenders in NSW.

Download the Strategy to Reduce Reoffending Fact Sheet

Individual Reforms

The Strategy to Reduce Reoffending comprises six individual reforms, some of which have several individual projects being implemented as part of the reform. The six reform areas are:

1. Priority Offender Reforms

2. Sentencing and Parole reforms

3. Enhanced Community Supervision

4. Improved exit planning and reintegration support

5. Expanded and improved offender programs

6. Improved Custodial Case Management


Integrated reforms

The reforms cover three areas:

  1. System-level reforms will establish the sentencing and case management  infrastructure to ensure offender pathways are aligned with and responsive  to individual risks and needs.
  2. Criminogenic program reforms will deliver evidence-based cognitive- behavioural therapeutic interventions targeting factors related to offending  behaviour and facilitating skill development to assist offenders to manage  their risk of reoffending.
  3. Reintegration reforms will provide increased support for offenders  transitioning from custody to the community. This transition period is  associated with elevated risk of reoffending as offenders are faced with the  considerable and complex challenges associated with release from prison

Reform Evaluation

The evaluation of each reform initiative will address three central elements of each reform:

  1. Implementation: The key dimensions of program implementation are: program fidelity, population reach and  dosage, quality and participant responsiveness.
  2. Intermediate Outcomes: Intermediate outcomes can be measured through observable changes in participant knowledge, skills, attitudes, intentions and behaviours.
  3. Impact: The impact of the programs or reform initiatives will be determined by whether lower rates of reoffending are directly related to the programs or initiatives.