Correctional Services Industry: An Insight at Darwin Correctional Centre

The correctional services industry is a key service provider to the justice system in Australia, responsible for managing the supervision of offenders in secure care and community-based environments. Approximately 30,000 people are currently employed within the industry nationally.

In general, correctional services are the responsibility of state and territory governments and there is a Correctional Services Department in every State and Territory. In addition, in several States some services are contracted to private service providers with the state departments operating in a contract management capacity.

There are custodial centres in all capital cities and in many regional centres. Community corrections offices in metropolitan and regional centres are based on the concentrations of corrections clients. Correctional staff members also travel to remote and Indigenous communities to supervise and monitor the progress of offenders in meeting their sentence obligations.

VJ Thomas Greader