The Minister of Corrections Hon Judith Collins is responsible for determining policy and exercising statutory powers and functions related to the Corrections portfolio.
The Minister is also responsible to Parliament for ensuring Corrections carries out its functions properly and efficiently.
Powers and functions of the Minister of Corrections
The Corrections Act 2004 creates several powers and functions such as:
- Giving general directions to the Chief Executive relating to the exercise of their powers and functions (Section 7)
- Any other powers and functions conferred under the Corrections Act 2004 or regulations made under it (Section 7)
- Setting pay rates for part-time Probation Officers
- Declaring land or buildings to be a prison or community work centre (Section 30 and Section 32)
- Requisitioning land and buildings in an emergency (Section 191)
- Approving pay rates for working prisoners (Section 66)
- Setting the cost of imprisonment so it can be deducted from the earnings of prisoners on Release to Work (Section 68)
- Consenting to the Chief Executive contracting out escort and courtroom custodial services (Section 166 and Section 170)
Chief Executive and leadership team
Ray Smith is Chief Executive. Corrections operate five groups led by the chief executive and executive leadership team. Our one team approach ensures teams work together effectively.
The executive leadership team provides a clear and unified vision for Corrections. They lead our priorities and provide visible leadership. Working with four regional commissioners, the executive leadership team sets direction and develops our strategy and business plans.
- Chief Executive Corrections – Ray Smith
- Deputy Chief Executive Corrections – Christine Stevenson
- National Commissioner Corrections Services – Jeremy Lightfoot
- Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Property and Technology – Neil Cherry
- Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate Services – Vince Arbuckle
- Deputy Chief Executive, Service Development – Jo Field
- Deputy Chief Executive, Commercial Services – Chris Fry
- Northern Region – Jeanette Burns
- Central Region – Terry Buffery
- Lower North Region – Paul Tomlinson
- Southern Region – Ben Clark
Within each region, a number of districts and a local management team work to find solutions for local issues. Frontline staff make sure that every interaction with offenders helps them to break the cycle of offending.