November 10, 2021
The Review was announced by the Minister for Corrections in June this year and will consider the experiences of both custodial staff and people who have been in prison.
“Prisons and correctional centres are a central part of Victoria’s justice system, so it’s critical that custodial staff are safe, respected and supported to do their best work,” said Expert Panel member Tim Cartwright APM, former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner. “At the same time, it’s vital that the system respects the rights of people in custody and gives people their best chance at rehabilitation.”
Joining Mr Cartwright on the Review’s independent Expert Panel are Jill Gallagher AO, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and former Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner; and Greg Smith AM, former Fair Work Commission Deputy President. Former Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton is working with the Expert Panel as the Review Lead.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible with a current or recent connection to the adult corrections system,” said Mr Smith. “Every story will help build our understanding of what is working in the corrections system and what areas need to change.”
In recognition of the continued over-representation of Aboriginal people in the correctional system, Aboriginal cultural safety will be a key focus of the Review.
“Prisons and correctional centres must respect and value the identity, culture and experience of Aboriginal people. This will help keep them safe while they are in custody,” said Ms Gallagher. “We’ll also be looking closely at how prisons and correctional centres ensure cultural support for Aboriginal staff.”
People wishing to participate in the Review can make a submission in writing or via the Review website correctionsreview.vic.gov.au, or they can call the Review hotline 1800 431 276. There will also be a confidential online survey for staff, and Expert Panel and Review team members will be visiting prisons and correctional centres to conduct confidential interviews and focus groups. Organisational stakeholders and advocates are also invited to share their expertise via written submission on the Review website.
The Expert Panel will deliver its findings and recommendations to the Minister for Corrections in June next year.
For more information or interview requests, please contact:
Principal Strategic Communications Advisor
Cultural Review of the Adult Custodial Corrections System
Phone 0414 766 938