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Seeking NGOs to deliver reoffending reduction programs

Information sessions scheduled across NSW in December

Publication date: Thursday, 7 December 2017

As part of the NSW Government's $237 million investment to reduce reoffending in NSW, Corrective Services NSW is establishing 10 High Intensity Program Units in correctional centres across the state and is seeking NGOs to assist with delivering services and programs to offenders.

The new units, known as HIPUs, are designed to address the therapeutic needs of up to 1,200 male and female inmates on short-term custodial sentences by providing intensive services and programs over a four-month period.

Commissioner of Corrective Services Peter Severin said that a significant number of inmates receive prison sentences of six months or less and that until now, these inmates have had limited access to intensive programs and services that can help them stop reoffending.

"These new High Intensity Program Units will address the unique needs of these inmates by combining in-house programs with the expertise of NGOs and external providers," Mr Severin said.

NGOs and other service providers will deliver services and activities that focus on planning for an offender's return to the community at the end of their prison sentence, health and social issues, education, and offenders' connections with their community and culture.

A tender process for interested NGOs will open on Friday, 15 December 2017.

Interested NGOs are invited to attend one of six information sessions in December:

  • South Coast Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Bomaderry Bowling Club
    154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry
    Monday, 11 December 2017
    2pm - 4pm
  • Cooma Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Alpine Hotel
    170 Sharp St, Cooma
    Tuesday, 12 December 2017
    10am - 12pm
  • Dillwynia Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Windsor RSL Club
    36 Argyle St, Windsor
    Wednesday, 13 December 2017
    10am - 12pm
  • Mid North Coast Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Kempsey Macleay RSL Club
    1 York Ln, Kempsey
    Friday, 15 December 2017
    10am - 12pm
  • Wellington Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Wellington Soldiers Club
    75 Arthur St, Wellington
    Wednesday, 20 December 2017
    2pm - 4pm
  • Bathurst Correctional Centre
    Briefing at Bathurst City Community Club
    29 William St, Bathurst
    Thursday, 21 December 2017
    10am - 12pm

For more information or to RSVP, please email Jordan Harcourt-Hughes at