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Task Force – Terms of Reference

Publication Date: Sunday 29 July 2018


The Task Force is established with the objective of assessing the circumstances and CSNSW’s subsequent investigation and management of a number of inappropriate relationships between CSNSW staff and offenders. The Task Force will also look into any other allegations of such inappropriate relationships that surface during the term of the Task Force.


  • The Task Force will be lead by Mark Murdoch, retired Assistant Commissioner, NSW Police Force.
  • The Task Force will report to the Secretary of NSW Department of Justice. A copy of the report will be provided to the Minister for Corrections at the same time.
  • The Task Force will assess allegations of inappropriate relationships between CSNSW staff and offenders, as well as disciplinary and other management actions taken by CSNSW in this regard, dating back to 2007.
  • The Task Force will assess the adequacy of CSNSW’s management of both preventative actions and response to allegations of inappropriate relationships between staff and offenders.
  • The Task Force will establish a confidential email address to enable members of the public or staff to come forward with any additional information.
  • The Task Force duration will be determined by the extent and complexity of any additional information that is made available through the confidential email address.

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  • The report of the Task Force may include findings relating to:
    • the manner in which allegations are handled;
    • the way staff subject to allegations are managed during the period; under which they are being investigated;
    • the investigation process;
    • the application of criminal penalties where such apply;
    • strategies to reduce opportunities for inappropriate relationships to develop and any other preventative strategies that may be employed.