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Corrective Services hosted delegations from counterpart agencies in Taiwan and Phillipines in August.
A group from Taiwan visited the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre (CDTCC) in Parklea and the Brush Farm Academy. The following week, the Philippines Congressional House Committee on Justice met Assistant Commissioner James Koulouris, Custodial Corrections Director Gary McCahon and other Corrective Services representatives. Both visits were co-ordinated by staff at the Academy.
The Taiwanese delegation, whose members are offender management correctional staff, were very impressed by the CDTCC. Staff at the facility explained the unique treatment program and the therapeutic community it provides. The international group, who also visited three interstate prisons, described their visit to the CDTCC as worthwhile and beneficial.
While at the CDTCC, they presented Corrective Services management with a small ceramic painted boat made by indigenous Taiwanese offenders as well as Taiwanese corrections lapel and tie pins. These are now on display at the centre.
Before leaving the facility, the group invited Correctie Services staff to attend their annual conference and posed for photos with the team. One of the members said the "photos were his best memories of Australia".
On their return to Taiwan, the group said they propose to present to their Minister of Justice ideas from the CDTCC model to help enhance Taiwanese correctional facilities and resources.
On 19 August, the Philippines Congressional House of Representatives Committee on Justice met with Gary McCahon at the Goulburn Correctional Complex. The delegates were briefed about the NSW correctional system and shown through the High Risk Management Correctional Centre.
The following day they attended an information session with Academy staff and the Operational Performance Review Branch in Sydney. The Committee is involved in constructing a new prison to replace a complex which currently houses 23,000 inmates.
As part of the prison modernisation and reform process in the Filipino correctional sector, the delegation sought advice about training provided to Corrective Services custodial and community corrections officers as well as the contract management framework, compliance and monitoring of privately-operated correctional facilities.
As part of their tour, they visited correctional centres in Victoria. While in Sydney, Assistant Commissioner James Koulouris presented them with a commemorative plaque for their visit.
Image: Assistant Commissioner James Koulouris presenting a plaque to the Philippines Congressional House of Representatives Committee on Justice accompanied by the Consul General for the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney.