Victoria’s custodial correctional system plays an essential role in the Victorian criminal justice system. It works to keep Victorians safe by rehabilitating people in custody and supporting their transition back into the community at the end of their sentence or period of remand.
The Victorian Government acknowledges the demanding frontline working environment that Corrections Victoria staff operate within. Every day, staff interact with people presenting with complex and challenging behaviours to support their rehabilitation and security. Victoria’s corrections staff are first responders, case workers and clinicians. Their work is critical to reduce reoffending.
The Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System (the Review) recognised the many dedicated and professional staff within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Community Safety (the Department) who work to rehabilitate and provide culturally safe care to people in custody.
It is clear ongoing reform will be needed within the corrections system to deliver on the twin objectives of safety and rehabilitation. The Government continues to support reform of the custodial correctional system to better support our workforce, to improve outcomes for people in custody, and to keep Victorians safe.
Our workforce is pivotal to the proper function of our justice system and keeping our community safe. They will be at the heart of the reform needed to modernise Victoria’s custodial corrections system – and we will support them every step of the way.