Ongoing actions to improve Tasmania’s Prison Service

Elise Archer,Minister for Corrections

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe.

We have demonstrated this by employing 119 additional Correctional Officers since May 2016, with recruitment already underway for a further 90 Correctional Officers by the end of 2020.

The Department of Justice and the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS) is already working on a number of other strategies on top of this recruitment to address the recommendations of the Tasmanian Audit Office Report. This is acknowledged by the report which states “it (the TPS) has taken steps to address them”.

Ongoing measures to address the recommendations include:

  • implementing the recommendations of a full review of the TPS roster;
  • boosting resources available to the workers compensation management team, to improve the management of workers compensation claims and support staff to recover and return to duty as quickly as possible; and
  • developing an Agency-wide People Strategy with a focus on recruitment, leadership and management capability, developing our people, performance management and managing significant change.

On top of all of this, we are also getting on with the job of delivering our $350 million prison infrastructure investment program.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to being tough on serious crime, however we also want offenders to be rehabilitated and get their lives back on track, becoming productive, law-abiding members of society who no longer pose a threat to community safety.

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