As Minister for Corrective Services, I am pleased to be working with the Commissioner to implement the Corrections Reform Agenda.
The Department works with other government agencies and statutory bodies to provide a safer community. These include the Auditor General, the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, the Corruption and Crime Commission, the Office of the State Coroner, as well as the Prisoner Review Board and the Supervised Release Review Board. Every single one of us has a vested interest in an enlightened approach to reducing reoffending. We can’t just keep recycling people through the prison system.
The Department's 'Creating Value through Performance' is an important step in stopping the reoffending cycle.
Hon. Joe Francis MLA
Minister for Emergency Services, Corrective Services, Small Business, Veterans
This Department exists for community safety, and this informs every aspect of what we do. We may comprise several business areas, but our purpose is the same. Working across divisions and directorates with officers in facilities and community centres is vital so that we can address the complexities of the corrections environment.
This Plan outlines how we will achieve our vision. With this Plan I reaffirm our culture of leadership and excellence at all levels, a culture where we review actions, make improvements and continuously learn.
While our mission is to contribute to a safer community, we cannot achieve this alone. So we collaborate, work and partner with other government agencies, community groups and service providers, business and commercial organisations - with the wider community. We will create value by finding new solutions to offender management and community safety and security. We will enhance value by maximising the effectiveness of our services, optimising our infrastructure and targeting our programs.
Through delivery of this Plan and our focus on security, safety and rehabilitation we create value for all.
James McMahon DSC DSM
Department of Corrective Services
What we do every day
Our mission is to ensure a safer community by focusing on:
How we live it every day
Our values are critical to achieving our mission and vision. Our values are:
Where we are going
The Department is a leading world class corrective services organisation that:
We will achieve our vision by delivering the 8 Strategic Platforms
To implement an integrated organisational structure and human resources system that focuses on recruitment, succession planning, retention, training and leadership development at all levels. The deliverables for this platform are:
Implement a new Departmental structure that is aligned with the Department's vision, mission and values.
De-couple the Department's corporate support services from the Department of the Attorney General and establish a stand-alone corporate support function that focuses on the Department's needs.
Develop workforce planning and management strategies that ensure the Department has the right number of work-ready staff now and in the future.
Reviewing and integrating the Department's operations, policies, processes and practices. The deliverables for this platform are:
Implement an operational model at Banksia Hill Detention Centre that enables young people to lead law abiding lives.
Ensure programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of young offenders.
Revise, implement and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Adult Justice Service operations to ensure operational excellence in all policy, processes and procedures.
Administer, review and develop legislation to ensure the effective administration of corrective services.
Research, review and develop an integrated and individualised approach to the case management of offenders, focusing on safety, rehabilitation, reintegration and reduction in reoffending.
Ensure that the Department is able to deliver accurate and timely data, information, records and analysis to support Departmental decision making.
Effectively identifying, forecasting, evaluating and mitigating risk. Embedding a lessons learnt culture. The deliverables for this platform are:
Develop and implement a framework that enables the Department to manage risks, especially those that threaten the achievement of its vision, mission and key deliverables.
Develop and implement an intelligence function across Departmental divisions and the justice portfolios, and renew focus on the safety and security of staff and offenders in alignment with the management of Departmental risks.
Embedding a culture of: Leading at all levels; Team work at all levels and lessons learnt at all levels. The deliverables for this platform are:
Develop stronger leadership within the Department and a culture of collaboration and learning embedded in work practices.
Effectively engaging with relevant internal and external stakeholders. The deliverables for this platform are:
Develop stronger partnerships with government agencies, the Judiciary, the for-purpose sector, the community services sector, victims of crime and communities.
Work with Aboriginal organisations and individuals to develop a state-wide network of services through cooperation.
Developing partnerships and arrangements to deliver services, contracting, performance and value. The deliverables for this platform are:
Examine the Department’s existing Court Security and Custodial Services Contract to ensure it is delivering the required service and achieving value for money.
Investigate existing service delivery methods and develop options for future delivery which focus on need and value for money.
Research, develop and implement new program and service delivery models that meet needs and provide rehabilitation results.
Develop and maintain models that optimise infrastructure and future growth to enhance our mission. The deliverables for this platform are:
Develop a strategic asset framework that encompasses current needs and projects, and informs future asset requirements.
Deliver a capital works program that meets projected growth for detainee, prisoner and offender numbers.
Using technology and integrated systems to deliver our four key tasks - Security of detainees, prisoners and offenders; Safety of our people; Safety of detainees, prisoners and offenders and Rehabilitation. The deliverables for this platform are:
Ensure technology supports monitoring of offenders, reduction of prisoner movements, improvement of security and delivery of programs in an effective and accountable manner.
“Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”
Former President South Africa
“With rights go responsibilities, and all those in a position of duty of care, whether officers of the Court, police, correctional service officers, youth detention centre officers, or parents or other carers and teachers, should be required to meet a standard of accountability.”
Professor Marcia Langton AM,
Foundation Chair in Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne
“The Children's Court when sentencing a young offender always considers the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offence and the circumstances of the young offender when deciding the relative weightings to be given to rehabilitation, deterrence and punishment in the particular case.”
His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds,
President Children's Court of Western Australia