“Working Corrections” is the theme of this year’s Corrections Day and provides an opportunity to thank and recognise the dedicated and hardworking correctional staff members (both uniform and non-uniform) who work across our corrections system, including within the Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) and Community Corrections.

In its second year, the day takes the community beyond the prison walls and provides insight into the role Correctional staff play in protecting the community, rehabilitating prisoners, working with those on community based orders (including those on parole) and reducing reoffending.

Corrections Day has been celebrated state-wide with staff events held in Community Corrections offices and within Tasmania’s prison facilities.

Within the TPS a number of awards were given today highlighting the dedication and commitment Correctional staff members have in our communities, including:

  • 52 TPS staff receiving the Long Service Award, for members (uniformed and non-uniformed) who have worked in the TPS for more than 20 years;
  • 37 Correctional Staff receiving the National Medal recognising long and diligent service by members of government and voluntary organisations that assist the community in enforcement of the law in times of emergency or natural disaster;
  • The Senior Management Team Award was this year awarded to the Security and Intelligence team for their significant contribution and positive impact on the profile of the TPS and;
  • A plaque was presented to the staff of the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison for their continued hard work and support, particularly in relation to the prison vegetable gardens.

On behalf of the Government, I would like to take the opportunity to once again thank our dedicated and hardworking Correctional Staff.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections