The Minister for Corrections announced in December 2020 the establishment of a new oversight committee to address reforms for staffing matters in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and Court Transport Unit (CTU).
The objective of the committee was to look at ongoing issues around training and development, staffing levels, rosters and workforce culture and develop a blueprint for change. A summary of the Committee’s Terms of Reference (TOR) is available below.
Ms Christine Nixon was announced as the Chair of the Oversight Committee in February 2021, and the Committee met for the first time on 24 March 2021. Committee membership included staff and Executives from ACT Corrective Services and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, and representatives from the Human Rights Commission, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Official Visitors and the Community and Public Sector Union.
About the Committee
Independent Chair – Ms Christine Nixon
Ms Nixon has had a distinguished career. She commenced with the New South Wales Police Force in 1972, where she rose to the rank of Assistant Commissioner. Ms Nixon became the first female Chief Commissioner of Police in Australia (Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police) in April 2001 and led a significant program of organisational reform. As former Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, she oversaw the largest recovery and rebuilding operation ever undertaken in Victoria.
Other Committee members
The Blueprint for Change Oversight Committee also included representatives from:
- Official Visitors
- Human Rights Commission
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Staff from AMC and the CTU
- Senior Executives from ACTCS and JACS
A range of engagement mechanisms were used to ensure staff are engaged in the work of the Committee.
Blueprint for change report
The Committee released their final report on 7 April 2022: A new future for custodial services
The report outlined six findings and 15 recommendations. The recommendations focused on addressing the most concerning and urgent issues identified by staff including staff resource level, culture, management skills, the safety environment, training and development as well as detainee tension.
The Oversight Committee’s responsibilities will now transition to an internal committee to oversee the implementation of recommendations. Staff will continue to be consulted on the design of the reform program as they work together to deliver a best practice correctional services model for staff and detainees.