Health and safety
Keeping the public, our staff, and offenders safe is foremost in all we do, every day. Our people and partners are empowered to take action so that harm is eliminated or minimised.
The introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has created new obligations for Corrections in the way that we respond to the health and safety needs of our employees and of the offenders under our management.
The work we have done over the last few years to address staff safety and health has put us in a good position to implement required changes, with the development of the three year Staff Safety Plan, the establishment of a Health and Safety Governance Committee, initiatives such as staff safety apps on smart phones used by community Corrections staff and improved staff training.
We have developed a health and safety strategy to reinforce our approach to keeping staff, offenders and the public safe. Year one of the Health & Safety Strategy 2016-2020 sets out Corrections’ targets for improvements in the following key areas:
- safety leadership and culture
- equipping staff to be safe
- offender safety
- health and wellbeing
- partnerships for safety.
The strategy will help us reinforce a safety culture, which will help to reduce incidents of serious harm and minimise risks, and will enable us to better focus on our goal of reducing re-offending.