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About the Department

The Department of Corrective Services (DCS) is a world class corrective services organisation which provides support to the justice system and the community of Western Australia by ensuring the security and safety of the community, staff and those in the Department's care.

The Department of Corrective Services' core focuses are:

  • the security of detainees and prisoners in correctional facilities and offenders on community based orders
  • the safety of our people
  • the safety of offenders, detainees and prisoners
  • rehabilitation.

The Department is led by a Commissioner who reports to the Minister for Emergency Services and Corrective Services, the Honourable Francis Logan MLA.

The Department of Corrective Services has the following five divisions:

  • Strategic Capability and Review
  • Adult Justice Services
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Regulation and Operational Services
  • Corporate Support

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Department's Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018 (RAP) (PDF 854 KB) aims to enable the Department to continually improve and account for the way it acknowledges, respects, relates to, and partners with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations. The RAP will help the Department achieve the best outcomes for Aboriginal people involved in the WA corrections system.

The RAP has been developed by a Committee comprising Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff and chaired by Commissioner James McMahon. The Corporate Executive team will work with members of the RAP Committee to implement and monitor actions and initiatives.

Developing and implementing the RAP is a cultural change process that is directly connected to the Department's Strategic Plan.

National Reconciliation Week Art Exhibition - We are no longer shadows

The Department of Corrective Services is proud to support We are no longer shadows catalogue (PDF 1.2 MB), a National Reconciliation Week Exhibition on display at Perth Concert Hall from 27 May to 17 June 2017.

Young men from the Wandoo Reintegration Centre have worked with two professional artists to create the installation, which explores reconciliation themes and inspires us to reflect on what we can do to right the wrongs of the past and enhance our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures and histories in Western Australia. Through programs such as this offenders have the opportunity to benefit from art practice including the production of art work and exhibiting.

Most of the works are available for sale. For purchases, please contact the Wandoo Reintegration Facility on 08 9218 7907 by 30 June 2017. For information about the program and artwork contact Christine Lewis on 9264 9537. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to Sister Kate’s Children 1934 to 1953 Aboriginal Corporation, which supports those from the Stolen Generation living at the site of the former Sister Kate’s home.

For more information, refer to the We are no longer shadows catalogue (PDF 1.2 MB)

Samples from We are no longer shadows art exhibition 

Page last updated: 26-May-2017