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Reform of Tasmanian Prison system continuing

Thu 17 May 2012

Nick McKim

Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection

The reform of the Tasmania Prison Service continues with funding set aside in today's State Budget.

The Minister for Corrections, Nick McKim, said $2 million will be available in each of the next two years to offset overtime while the service finalises its absence management and recruitment processes.

"This funding will provide the Prison Service with the necessary time to implement strategies to deal with the cost of overtime," Mr McKim said.
"An Absence Management Strategy has been implemented to address the ongoing level of unplanned absences in the prison and the costs arising from these absences.
"The Strategy focuses on effective management and reporting systems, personal accountability and proactive supervision."

Mr McKim said 10 additional Correctional Officers completed their training in March this year and are now deployed throughout the Prison Service.

"Recruitment is underway for another group who will commence training within the next few weeks and will join the roster early in the new financial year," he said.

"The prison has a Director of Change Management in place who is reviewing staff placements and supervisory structures.

"A new Director of Prisons will continue the process of reform when he starts work in early June."

Reform of Tasmanian Prison system continuing