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Issued: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Zachary Xie from Corrective Services NSW has won the Premier’s Award for Individual Excellence and Achievement.
Zachary was nominated for his innovative work in developing the Criminal Re-imprisonment Estimate Scale, an important analytical tool that helps determines the probability of an offender re-offending or returning to custody.
The invention is an Australian first and plays a vital role in helping Corrective Services allocate resources where they’re needed the most.
Zachary said he was very surprised to win the award.
“I feel very honoured and happy to receive the award on behalf of the Corrections Research, Evaluation and Statistics Unit,” Zachary said.
“It was a team effort to develop the Criminal Re-imprisonment Estimate Scale (the model). It wasn’t just me.
“The model is very important for Corrective Services. It’s like a triage tool to help staff target high risk offenders for further assessment and treatment. It saves time and is a better use of resources.”
Department of Justice Secretary Andrew Cappie-Wood congratulated Zachary on his win.
“We are delighted the NSW Premier has recognised Zachary’s hard work and dedication,” he said.
“The Premier’s Award for Individual Excellence and Achievement recognises public sector employees who have provided services beyond what is expected of them.
“Zachary’s initiative is helping NSW lead the nation in the way it delivers support services to high risk offenders.
“This is a significant achievement and I thank Zachary for his outstanding contributions.”
Mr Cappie-Wood also congratulated James McCormack from Community Corrections and the Victims Services team who were also finalists at this year’s Premier’s Awards