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​Forty new correctional jobs aim to reduce reoffending in Central West

Published date: Friday 2 November 2018


Forty new jobs have been created at Lithgow, Bathurst, Oberon, Kirkconnell, Wellington and Macquarie correctional centres as part of a Corrective Services NSW plan to reduce reoffending.

Inmates with a risk of reoffending are being targeted under the new case management model, which includes tailor-made plans for offenders while they are in custody, as well as support for their release.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new Custodial Case Management Units employ about 150 experienced staff across NSW, tailoring high-quality case plans to specific needs of individual offenders. 

"We are committed to driving down the rate of reoffending and these newly created positions form part of a clear plan to address that,” Mr Severin said.

“The improved model provides a more consistent approach to case managing offenders throughout their contact with the correctional system, particularly in cases where they cycle between community supervision and custody. Most importantly, every contact with an offender will be focused on reducing their reoffending risk.”

Case management units are being rolled out to all correctional centres across the state, as part of a $330 million NSW Government strategy to reduce the rate of reoffending. 

Almost 20,000 inmates are expected to benefit from the new case management approach over the next three years, which will support a reduction in the state’s reoffending rate.

Lithgow Correctional Centre’s Senior Case Management Officer Mark McAndrew has worked with CSNSW for two decades and is amazed at how well the inmates have responded to the new model.

“My experience working in correctional centres has taught me the importance of having effective case management,” Mr McAndrew said.

“This model is having a positive impact on the inmates at Lithgow and that is because of their input and the ownership they have over their rehabilitation.”
Case Management Officer Elisabeth Petersen, also from Lithgow, agrees.

“I enjoy working collaboratively with offenders, helping them to develop goals and self-help strategies while motivating them towards positive life outcomes,” Ms Petersen said.

“My hope is that all the work we’re doing, even the small changes, will have a flow-on effect and inmates will greatly reduce their reoffending.”