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Corrections leads recruitment for veterans

Published date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Corrective Services NSW is acknowledging all staff who are veterans ahead of Remembrance Day services this Sunday, with a recent increase in the number of former defence personnel working with the department.

About 280 former Australian Defence Force members have been employed by Corrective Services NSW and other sections of the Justice Department in the past two years through the Veterans Employment Program, the most of any NSW Government department.

Correctional officer Paul Rindermann, who now works at the Surry Hills prison cells complex after spending nearly six years in the army as an engineer, said his role with CSNSW has helped him settle back into a daily routine.

“The hardest part about coming back from a war-zone is losing a sense of purpose, lifestyle and camaraderie, so being a correctional officer has given me the stability and structure I need to readjust,” Mr Rindermann said.

“The department has offered great career development and I have also worked in the Court and Security Escort Unit, clocking up thousands of kilometres transporting inmates to centres across the state.”

Mr Rindermann’s stints in the army included assisting the detection of explosives in Afghanistan in 2012–2013, helping Queensland’s humanitarian effort following Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and constructing infrastructure in Papua New Guinea in 2010.

All staff at operational CSNSW work-places — mainly correctional centres — will be observing one minute’s silence at 11am on Sunday 11 November to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I (1914–18). Other sections of the department will pause and remember this Friday.

Commissioner Peter Severin said serving and former military staff will be acknowledged at prisons’ morning parade this Sunday.

“Many of the skills that veterans have gained in the military are highly transferrable, such as communication with different ranks and managing high-intensity incidents,” Mr Severin said.
“We thank all Defence Force personnel for their service to the country.

“Correctional centres with a chaplain available on the day will hold remembrance services, while others will lay wreaths and The Last Post will be played through the PA system.”
The Veterans Employment Program was launched in 2016 to support the transition of veterans into sustainable and meaningful employment. For more information visit vep.veterans.nsw.gov.au.