Our place in the justice sector

Corrections is part of the government’s justice sector alongside other core organisations:

  • Ministry of Justice – develops policy across the justice sector and forecasts the future size of the prison population
  • Police – arrests and prosecutes law-breakers
  • Courts – tries and sentences offenders and collect fines
  • Parole Board – decides parole applications
  • Crown Law Office – represents Corrections in court cases
  • Child, Youth and Family – manages young offenders
  • Ombudsman – considers complaints about the treatment of prisoners.

The outcomes we work towards within the wider justice sector are:

Our place in justice sector

Part of the international corrections system

Corrections is a member of the Asian and Pacific Conference of Corrections Administrators (APCCA). This is an annual meeting where senior corrections representatives of nations and territories in the Asia-Pacific region gather to discuss corrections issues.

We’re also a member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA), which provides a forum for criminal justice professionals to join in a dialogue and share ideas and practices aimed at advancing professional corrections.

Better public services

Delivering better public services is one of the Government's top priorities and we’re committed to playing a key role in bringing down the rate of crime.

Targets for the justice sector are to reduce:

  • overall crime by 15%
  • violent crime by 20%
  • youth crime by 5%
  • re-offending by 25% by June 2017

Read more about our efforts to reduce crime on the Ministry of Justice website.