Department of the Legislative Assembly

ANSWERS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS

21 August 2007

263. Correctional Services – Prison and Custodial Services

Ms CARNEY to MINISTER for JUSTICE and ATTORNEY-GENERAL

(Please note ‘Berrimah’ refers to the Correctional Services facility in the Top End; ‘Alice Springs’ refers to the Correctional Services facility in Alice Springs; and ‘Officers’ refers to Prison Officers).

1. What is the average per meal cost of food provided at Berrimah and Alice Springs?

2. What is the average per meal cost of food provided at each of the watch-houses?

3. How many staff are employed at Berrimah and Alice Springs, and please provide details of the levels at which each staff are employed?

4. How many officers are there now working, or rostered to work, at Berrimah and Alice Springs?

5. How many officers were working, or rostered to work, at the same time last year at Berrimah and Alice Springs?

6. What is the prisoner capacity at Berrimah?

7. What is the prisoner capacity at Alice Springs?

8. What is the optimum prisoner to staff ratio in Berrimah and Alice Springs?

9. The Alice Springs gaol was built for 400 prisoners, but there has been an agreement between the department and prison officers to ensure it runs safely with 450 prisoners. Please provide details of that agreement, as well as the number of prison officers required if prisoner numbers are between 400 and 450?

10. Does this agreement involve the ability to call in more staff if prisoner numbers exceeded 400? How does it work; how many times have staff had to be called in?

11. Is there a similar agreement in place for Berrimah and, if so, what are the details of such on agreement?

12. How many times have more staff been called in to work as a result of overcrowding?

13. How many times has Alice Springs operated where there have been over 400 prisoners and not enough staff?

14. How many times has Berrimah operated where there has been prisoners over the Berrimah capacity level?

15. In Alice Springs, is it the case that there are 138 prison officers currently rostered to work at Alice Springs? If so, is that sufficient for 400 prisoners? If not, what is the number?

16. Is it not the case that Alice Springs and Berrimah are regularly understaffed?

17. How many shifts have been understaffed in 2006-07 at Berrimah and Alice Springs?

18. How many prison officers retired or resigned from Alice Springs and Berrimah in 2006-07, and how does that compare with the preceding two years?

19. How many new recruits were there in 2006-07 and how does that compare with the preceding two years?

20. How many times has the department advertised for new officers? What form did the advertising take, where did it occur, and what has been the cost?

21. How many times do you expect to advertise for prison officers in 2007-08?

22. How much was spent on all forms of advertising in 2006-07, and how does that compare with the preceding two years? Is there an advertising budget? Will there be more ads in 2007-08?

23. Understaffing and other staff issues lead to the Cayer review commissioned a couple of years ago. Have the issues that led to the review been resolved and, if not, please outline issues that remain unresolved?

24. Please outline what parts of the Cayer review have not been implemented, and provide reasons as to why that is the case.

25. What has happened to the money allocated as a result of the Cayer review?

26. The draft Tungsten report provided to government in 2004, recommend at page 2 that ‘a new high security correctional facility will be needed in Darwin by 2014 and planning should commence for this in the next three years’: Has planning commenced and, if not, why not?

27. Given the current focus on child abuse, is it reasonable to expect that more offenders will be charged and sentenced in the future? If so, how will Berrimah and Alice Springs handle significantly more prisoner numbers, and what plans do you have in place to deal with this issue?

28. Is it expected, on the basis of the advice provide to you by the DPP about the increase in the number of files, and the increase in the number of WAS clients, that the prisoner numbers will continue to grow in any event, and that Berrimah and Alice Springs will not have the space to accommodate them?

29. What plans do you have in place to deal with prisoner numbers increasing, based on all of the indications you have available to you?

30. Please provide details about the sex offender programs at Alice Springs and Darwin, and include:

(a) What do they involve?
    (b) How many staff are involved?
      (c) How is success measured?
        (d) What is the nature of the programs?
          (e) Who runs the programs and what are their qualifications?
            (f) When did they start; when did they finish; and explain the reasons for any cessation in delivery?
              (g) How much did each program cost?
                (h) Provide any other relevant information about the programs.
                  31. Does the 2007-08 budget include any additional funding for sex offender programs at Berrimah or Alice Springs? If not, why not?
                    32. Have the sex offender programs which have operated to date been adequate, and do you expect the number of programs to increase?

                    ANSWER

                    (Please note ‘Berrimah’ refers to the Correctional Services facility in the Top End; ‘Alice Springs’ refers to the Correctional Services facility in Alice Springs).

                    1. Darwin Correctional Centre
                      (DCC) $3.16 per meal

                      Alice Springs Correctional Centre
                      (ASCC) $3.33 per meal

                    2. Northern Territory Correctional Services (NTCS) does not have operational responsibility for the police watch-houses.

                    3. Darwin Correctional Centre –
                      31 December 2007
                    PositionActual
                    Custodial
                    Superintendent
                    1
                    Deputy Superintendent
                    3
                    Chief Prison Officer
                    10
                    Chief Industries Officer
                    6
                    Senior Prison Officer
                    26
                    Senior Industries Officer
                    3
                    Prison/Officer
                    141
                    Prison Officers in Training (In school)
                    11

                      PositionActual
                      Administrative
                      T6
                      1
                      T3
                      1
                      AO2
                      2
                      AO3
                      4
                      AO4
                      1
                      AO6
                      2

                    ` Prison Services

                    and Programs

                    EO1 Manager Prison Services
                    1
                    A08 Sent Management & Reintegration
                    1
                    A07 Coordinator Prison Services
                    1
                    A05 Cultural Liaison Officer
                    1
                    A04 Reintegration Worker
                    2
                    A04 Indigenous Support Worker
                    3
                    P3 Principal Psychologist
                    1
                    P2 Psychologist
                    2
                    P2 Sentence Management Case Worker
                    1
                    P1 Treatment Intervention Worker
                    3
                    P1 Welfare
                    1
                    HLPE 3 Senior Education Officer
                    1
                    LPE Lecturer
                    5
                      Alice Springs Correctional Centre
                    PositionActual
                    Custodial
                    Superintendent
                    1
                    Deputy Superintendent
                    1
                    Chief Prison Officer
                    9
                    Chief Industries Officer
                    5
                    Senior Prison Officer
                    14
                    Senior Industries Officer
                    3
                    Prison/Officer
                    99
                    Prison Officers in Training (In School)
                    5





                      Administrative
                      T6
                      1
                      T3
                      1
                      AO2
                      2
                      AO3
                      2
                      AO4
                      1
                      AO6
                      1


                    Prison Services

                    And Programs

                    EO1 Manager Prison Services
                    1
                    A07 Manager Prisoner Rehabilitation
                    1
                    A05 Project Officer
                    1
                    A04 Aboriginal Liaison Officer
                    0
                    A03 Administrative Liaison
                    1
                    P3 Principal Psychologist
                    1
                    P2 Senior Case Manager
                    0
                    P2 Psychologist
                    0
                    P1 Treatment Intervention Worker
                    1
                    P1 Welfare Officer
                    1
                    P1 Case Manager
                    0.5
                    HLPE 3 Senior Education Officer
                    1
                    LPE Lecturer
                    4


                    4. DCC 201

                      As at 31 December 2007 there was a total of 207 Officers employed at DCC. Of these, four officers are on temporary transfer and working in other areas.

                      ASCC 139

                      As at 31 December 2007 there was a total of 139 Officers employed at ASCC.

                    5. DCC 199
                      ASCC 161

                      Note: The above numbers include 10 additional prison officer training positions at both Darwin and Alice Springs Correctional Centres which were funded over a two-year period as recommended by the Review of Adult Custodial in the Northern Territory (CAYA Report).

                    6. The capacity of DCC is 450 prisoners.

                    7. The capacity of ASCC is 400 prisoners.

                    8. There is no optimum prisoner to staff ratio as this can vary depending upon prisoner classification, prison design and prisoner programs. The prisoner to staff ratio reported within NTCS is based upon uniformed staff to prisoner ratio as follows:

                      DCC 2.23
                      ASCC 2.63

                    9. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) exists which is an operational agreement negotiated between the staff associations and local management specifying the number of positions required when prisoner numbers exceed 400. The agreement allows for additional custodial positions in order to manage the increase in prisoner numbers. Details of additional staff as per the agreements are:

                    (a) the design capacity of the low security cottages is 84 prisoners. When prisoner numbers exceed 84 and up to 100 prisoners, one additional prison officer x 12 hours (8 am to 8 pm) x seven days is rostered;
                      (b) the design capacity of the Management Zone J, K, L & M accommodation blocks is 316. When prisoner numbers exceeds 316 and up to 332 prisoners, one additional prison officer x 12 hours (8 am to 8 pm) x seven days is rostered;
                        (c) the design capacity of the Maximum security G accommodation block is 100 prisoners. When prisoner numbers exceed 100 in G block, one additional prison officer x 12 hours (8 am to 8 pm) x seven days is rostered;
                          (d) when overall prisoner numbers exceed 421 and up to 430, in addition to above, one additional prison officer x 12 hours is rostered for the night shift (8 pm to 8 am) and one additional prison officer x 12 hours is rostered for the day shift (8 am to 8 pm) for the period where the numbers exceed 421;
                            (e) when overall prisoner numbers exceed 431 and up to 440, in addition to above, one additional prison officer x 12 hours is rostered and one additional prison officer x eight hours is rostered for the period where numbers exceed 431; and
                              (f) when overall prisoner numbers exceed 441 and up to 450, in addition to above, one prison officer x 12 hours is rostered for the period where the numbers exceed 441.

                              10. The MOU or operational agreement provides the necessary flexibility to roster additional staff as and when required. During the previous 12 months staff have been called in to fill 664 shifts.

                              11. A MOU also exists for DCC which allows for prisoner numbers to exceed 450. The agreement allows for additional staff to be called to fill custodial positions in order to manage the increase in prisoner numbers. Details as per the agreements are:

                              (a) the agreed capacity of the Low Security Units is 130 minimum security prisoners. If the prisoner numbers exceed 130, one additional prison officer x 12 hours is rostered for the period where the prisoner numbers exceed 130;

                              (b) the agreed capacity of the mainstream prison is 320 prisoners. When prisoner numbers exceed 320, one additional prison officer is rostered on the evening shift and one additional prison officer is rostered on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays for the period that the prisoner numbers exceed 320. In addition, two prison officers are paid an on-call allowance during this period for the purpose of short notice call-in for any exigency which may occur;

                              (c) if the M Block dormitories accommodate in excess of 100 prisoners, one additional prison officer x eight hours is rostered for the period that the prisoner numbers exceed 100.

                              (d) where remand prisoners exceed the 75 prisoner capacity of C Block, one additional officer x eight hours is rostered for the period that remand numbers exceed 75; and

                              (e) when female prisoner numbers exceed 30 in J Block, one additional officer x eight hours is rostered for the day shift (8 am to 4 pm), one additional officer x eight hours is rostered for the evening shift (4 pm to 12 midnight) and one additional officer x eight hours is rostered for the night shift (12 midnight to 8 am).

                              12. For the financial year 2006-07 there were 443 additional shifts incurred at DCC as a result of the operational agreements in place to manage additional prisoner numbers. In the period between 1 July and 31 December 2007 there were an additional 128 shifts incurred at DCC.

                              13. For the financial year 2006-07 there were 87 occasions when numbers exceeded 400 prisoners. In the period between 1 July and 31 December 2007 there were 111 days when numbers exceeded 400 prisoners.

                                On each of these occasions the additional staff required as a result of operational agreements were rostered on overtime.

                              14. During 2006-07 there were 181 days where prisoner numbers exceeded 450. In the period between 1 July and 31 December 2007 there were 16 days when numbers exceeded 450 prisoners.

                              15. The approved number of Equivalent Full Time positions for the ASCC is 152 prison officers. At this time there are 137 prison officers plus five prison officers in training. Recruitment action is currently under way to fill the vacancies.

                                Despite the vacancies, the MOUs ensure that the required number of custodial positions are filled each day utilising overtime. If staff are not available, parts of the prison are locked down on a rotational basis.

                              16. Staffing of DCC is not an issue; however, recruitment and the retention of staff at ASCC does create some operational difficulties. Despite these difficulties, the MOUs negotiated with staff ensure that the centre is staffed to the required level utilising overtime shifts.

                              17. At DCC there were 73 occasions during 2006-07 when the prison was partially locked down due to staffing deficiencies. This was a result of a number of unscheduled escorts, prisoner medical escorts and staff sick leave.

                                At ASCC there were 103 occasions during 2006-07 where the prison was partially locked down due to staffing deficiencies.

                              18. ASCC 2006-07 28
                                2005-06 17
                                2004-05 25

                                DCC 2006-07 16
                                2005-06 18
                                2004-05 11
                              19. ASCC 2006-07 13
                                2005-06 15
                                2004-05 31

                                DCC 2006-07 20
                                2005-06 39
                                2004-05 19

                              20. It is departmental practise to run an annual recruitment campaign and, from this campaign, a register or eligibility list for employment is compiled. As additional staff are required applicants are called for from the list of those eligible and placed into a training school. However, should the eligibility list be exhausted prior to the next scheduled annual recruitment campaign, additional recruitment activity will occur. The methodology behind this is to be proactive in recruitment and training and not reactive to staff shortages.
                                There were two recruitment campaigns for Prison Officers in 2006-07. The first was in January 2007 and positions were advertised in the NT News, Katherine Times, Centralian Advocate and Tennant and District Times.

                                Due to a poor response for positions in Alice Springs, a second campaign was conducted in May and June. Advertisements were placed in the Courier Mail (Qld), Daily Liberal (Dubbo, NSW), Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill, NSW), Transcontinental (Port Augusta, SA), Border Watch (Mt Gambier), Goldfields Express (Kalgoorlie WA), Broome Advertiser (Broome WA), North West Telegraph (Roebourne WA), NT News, Katherine Times, Tennant and District Times, Centralian Advocate and on IMPARJA Television.

                                The interstate papers were chosen on their proximity to regional prisons and endeavoured to attract experienced officers to Alice Springs and rural people to the Northern Territory or Prison Officer in Training positions in Alice Springs and Darwin.

                                A total of $20 851 was spent on Prison Officer recruitment advertising in 2006-07 compared to $4851 in 2005-06.

                              21. The annual recruitment campaign will commence in February 2008 with advertising for experienced Prison Officers and Prison Officers in Training. Advertisements will be placed in line with the second campaign in 2007 with the addition of Victorian and Tasmanian papers.

                                Any additional advertising will be undertaken on an as needs basis.

                              22. A total of $20 851 was spent on Prison Officer recruitment advertising in 2006-07 compared to $4851 in 2005-06. Figures are not available for 2004-05 as NTCS recruitment expenses before January 2006 were not recorded separately.
                                Advertising for Prison Officers will commence in February 2008.

                              23. The terms of Reference to the CAYA Review is at Attachment A.

                                The CAYA Implementation Plan is at Attachment B.

                              24. Recommendation 25: Review the flat award in both institutions and consider returning to shift work penalties:

                                This is an industrial issue and the issue of consolidated allowances is currently an item on the agenda in the EBA negotiations.

                                Recommendation 31: Make transition to living units model in Alice Springs:

                                This recommendation has been deferred pending approval of full capital works funding to enable changes to existing infrastructure to facilitate livings skills units.

                                Recommendation 64: Apply new classification instrument across the service:

                                This recommendation will be addressed in line with the introduction of the Integrated Offender Management System in 2008.

                              25. The funding allocated to implement the recommendations of the Adult Custodial Services Review has been spent on the implementation of recommendations reported in Attachment B.

                              26. The Department of Justice, together with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, is currently preparing a Capital Works Master Plan for Government’s consideration.

                              27. Refer to answer 26.

                              28. Refer to answer 26.

                              29. Refer to answer 26.

                              30. (a):
                                The Sex Offender Treatment Program run at DCC and ASCC is based on the Western Australian Indigenous Sex Offender Program but with extensive adjustments for relevance to the Northern Territory Indigenous population.
                                The program has eight modules (see below) and is delivered over two/three days per week for at least six months, including pre-assessment and development of a post-release management plan.
                                A review of the development, implementation and evaluation of management and treatment programs for convicted adult and juvenile sex offenders in the Northern Territory will shortly commence as a forerunner to the implementation of programs funding under the Northern Territory government Closing the Gap Program which recently allocated $4.4m to expand rehabilitation programs.
                                Sex offenders also undertake other programs relevant to their criminogenic needs.
                                (b):

                                Two treatment staff members facilitate each program, and both staff are required to have core clinical skills and experience. Success is measured by the participant’s attendance, level of participation, completion of all tasks, and development of their relapse prevention plan. All participants are monitored on a six monthly basis post-release to determine if they have re-offended.
                                Additional programs will be delivered commencing in 2008 following recruitment of additional professional staff. A recruitment campaign run in November 2007 will be finalised in mid-January 2008 which is likely to employ five new staff members at NTCS.

                              (c):
                                Learning Outcomes:
                                The participants are expected to learn new ways of thinking that will reduce the likelihood of re-offending and gain a better understanding of offending patterns and participants’ sexual offence cycle. Participants should understand the full impact of sexual offending behaviour on primary victim/s, secondary victim/s and the ‘trickle’ effect of harm done to family, community and society generally. A detailed release plan is developed that involves family, friends and professionals.
                                Key Areas Addressed:

                                Colonisation; denial and responsibility taking (cognitive distortions / justification, minimisation, denial of sexual offending, excuse thinking, victim blaming, permission thinking); legal issues and informed consent; offence patterns and ‘seemingly unimportant decisions’ taken in order to sexually offend; sexuality, intimacy, sexual fantasies; emotional regulation (grief and loss, jealousy, anger management, etcetera); victim empathy; sexual offence cycle; relapse prevention; support and surveillance networks.
                                (d):

                                At Darwin and Alice Springs Correctional Centres the program is run by two treatment staff. Their qualifications are as follows:
                                Barbara Sampson – DCC:
                                  Principal Psychologist, DCC;
                                  B.A. (Hons.) Sociology, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Majors Psychology and Sociology, Deakin University, Victoria;
                                  Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy;
                                  Leadership Development Program, Mt Eliza Business College, Victoria;
                                  Certificate Clinical Drug Assessor;
                                  Certificate Critical Incident Stress Management;
                                  Certificate Workplace Training;
                                  Certificate Small Business Management;
                                  Certificate Mediation in Schools; and
                                  10 years experience working in prisons (maximum-, medium-, low-security facilities with both male and female prisoners).
                                Marguerite Fawcett – DCC:
                                  Treatment Intervention Worker, DCC;
                                  B.A. (Hons.) Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts Majors Sociology and Development Studies, Deakin University, Victoria;
                                  Certificate IV Correctional Services (Community Corrections) Practices;
                                  Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training (Charles Darwin University);
                                  Certificate in Motivational Interviewing;
                                  Certificate in Counselling; and
                                  12 years working in Community Corrections as a Senior Probation and Parole Officer.
                                Spud Dinning – ASCC/Central Australian Aboriginal Congress:
                                  Bachelor of Social Work;
                                  Accredited training in STATIC 99/STABLE 2000 assessments (used in the assessment of sex offenders);
                                  Accredited training in Sex Offender Treatment Programs (SOTP) facilitation skills; and
                                  Experience in SOTP in the Queensland Correctional Services System.
                                Christine Weir – ASCC:
                                  Manager, Prisoner Rehabilitation Team;
                                  Social Worker;
                                  Undergraduate studies in Social Work;
                                  16 years experience in social work in Department Correctional Services in South Australia (SA);
                                  Accredited to facilitate SA treatment programs;
                                  13 years continuous client intervention services (individual and group work facilitation) in a custodial environment (SA and NT); and
                                  Previous Facilitator in ASCC.
                                Dr Charlotte Ho, Principal Psychologist:
                                  Doctorate in Psychology;
                                  Experience in administering pre-treatment assessments to sex offenders; and
                                  Experience in facilitating SOTP.
                                Heike Billstein, Treatment Intervention Worker:
                                  Bachelor of Arts; and
                                  Two years experience in client intervention services.



                                (e):

                                The delivery of the first of the sex offender treatment programs commenced at ASCC on 18 October 2005. The first group completed the course on 12 April 2006. A second group completed the program in 2007, and a third program commenced on 6 November 2007 which will run until April 2008.
                                The first Sex Offender Treatment Program commenced at DCC on 30 August 2006 and completed on 3 April 2007. The next program is due to commence in January 2008.
                                (f):

                                The cost of delivering the program in 2005-06 was $331 340 and in 2006-07 it will be $305 000.
                                The program was provided to NTCS by Western Australia Corrections as an exchange for the NTCS Indigenous Family Violence Program. The program at DCC is one of a number of programs run by the Treatment Team as part of Prisoner Services. The cost of the program at DCC would be a percentage of the overall Prisoner Services costs for staff and operational activity.
                                (g):

                                The information provided above is extensive.

                              31. The 2007-08 budget includes additional funding of $550 000 for sex offender programs.

                              32. The Department of Justice has had some difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified and experienced staff to deliver the program in Alice Springs. It is too early to assess the effectiveness of the programs. It is possible that the demand for programs will increase if more offenders are arrested.


                              ATTACHMENT A

                              NTPOA STAGE 2 ISSUES

                              i duties, range of knowledge, skills and experience required at each management level of the NTCS and determine future requirements;

                                ii current industrial relations environment across the NTCS;
                                  iii current performance accountability practice across the NTCS and provide recommendations to assure and enhance accountability at all levels;
                                    iv internal NICS communications;

                                    v the need for increased flexibility in the application of operational and RI HR systems across the NTCS;

                                    vi operation arrangements which place staff at risk;

                                    vii reasons for staff leaving the employment of the NICS (exit interviews with staff member, with LHMU/ NTPOA representative involved);

                                    viii the cost implications arising from the loss of staff;


                                    ATTACHMENT B
                                    REVIEW OF ADULT CUSTODIAL SERVICES IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

                                    A PATH TO GOOD CORRECTIONS

                                    IMPLEMENTATION PLAN — January 2008

                                    No.RecommendationAction To DateComments
                                    1Maintain Northern Territory Correctional Services Mission and Strategic Direction.Strategic directions and mission reconfirmed and articulated to stakeholders.Completed
                                    2NTCS align its organisation with the MissionOrganisation structure reviewed and realigned as appropriate.Completed
                                    3Appointment of a new Director of NTCS.Completed
                                    4Superintendents to report to the Director.Superintendents appointed in both Darwin and Alice SpringsCompleted
                                    5 & 6Recruit new Deputy Director Indigenous Affairs and Programs.Director Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Indigenous AffairsCompleted
                                    7.Review the Deputy Commissioner positions and adjust duties to Deputy Directors across the serviceRecruitment action completeCompleted
                                    8Programs staff to report to Superintendents across the service.New prison management structure implemented.
                                    Prison Services Managers appointed in each centre to assist with integration of Programs staff.
                                    Completed
                                    9Expanded interaction across the service with other correctional systems and organisations — ongoing.NTCS have established links especially with OLD, WA and NSW.Completed and on-going
                                    10Develop individual development plans for senior managers across the service — for the life of the project.Commenced Individual development plans.Ongoing
                                    11Continue leadership, change management, teamwork course across the service — staged over 3 years.Two courses of three weeks completed for approximately 110 staff.Ongoing.
                                    12Recommendation for minimum of 5 days training per year for each prison officer.A training plan is currently being developed in conjunction with correctional centres, to facilitate training without coverage of additional officers.Ongoing
                                    13Ten additional correctional staff be assigned to each of Darwin CC and Alice Springs CC for up to two years to support training.Additional in both Darwin and Alice Springs now absorbed into operational rosters.

                                    Completed
                                    14Each prison officer to have specific supervisor to facilitate personal development and management.Consultations with stakeholders commenced.Ongoing
                                    15Development of performance appraisals and training needs for non-security staff.Consultations with stakeholders commenced.Ongoing
                                    16Practice of regular rotation of CPO and SPO staff through roster to cease.CPO and SPO Living Skills Unit not to rotate for substantial periodsCompleted
                                    and Ongoing
                                    17Rotation of POs to be reduced.Separate roster for LSU introduced on opening of the centre on 1 July06Completed and ongoing
                                    18Expanded correctional officer training.A training plan been developed in conjunction with correctional centre to facilitate training.Ongoing.
                                    19One week orientation for non-security staff in both institutions.Draft Orientation program introduced.Completed
                                    20Assessment of current psychological testing for recruits.Assessment undertaken and changes made in the administration of same.Completed.
                                    21Develop steady intake plan for correctional officers.OCPE Determine issued to approve on- going intake.Completed
                                    22Involvement of correctional centre managers in the screening and selecting of recruits.Correction centre managers fully involved in the selection of recruits.Completed
                                    23Exit interviews to be conducted.Review of process completed, revised process in place.Completed
                                    24Implement the action plan for Indigenous employment across the service,Indigenous Employment Support worker commenced in Human Resources to develop action plan.Completed and ongoing.
                                    25Review the flat award in both institutions and consider returning to shift work penalties.Part of EBAOngoing
                                    26Continue to develop service wide process to adjust rosters to meet agreements and provide enough weekends off.Analysis of rosters completed.Completed
                                    27Establishment of a joint union-management task force to examine high sick leave usage.
                                    Task force established. Research completed, options being prepared by HR sub-committee for submission to OCPE.Completed
                                    28Rosters to be maintained at authorised levels.Rosters are currently maintained at authorised levels at DCC.Completed and ongoing
                                    29Replacement of correctional officers on the roster when long term absences occur.Initial discussions held between Human Resources and prison management in relation to options to address long term absences - to be considered in the total budgetary context.Completed and ongoing
                                    30Specialist HR support for CorrectionsHR support in DCC and ASCC established. Completed.
                                    31Make transition to Living Units model in Alice Springs.Deferred. DCC Living Skills Unit EstablishedDeferred pending approval of full capital works funding.
                                    32Living Unit planning in Darwin through to implementation.Other areas of Darwin deferred pending approval of capital works funding.Ongoing.
                                    33Review reward and accountability structures.Linked to devolution of functions to correctional centres and career development and performance appraisal system for senior management.Completed
                                    34Recommendation for Government to update legislation to reflect changes in management structure.Review of operation legislative changes currently being undertaken. Other changes to be brought to Cabinet as required.Ongoing
                                    35Establishment of a task force to assess compliance with the Australian Guidelines and the Service’s Mission and Strategy.A process for checking compliance implemented and policies and procedures being assessed.Ongoing.
                                    36Superintendents to be responsible and accountable for delivery on measurable results tied to the Mission.Superintendents appointed and functions devolved to correctional centres. Accountable measures and reporting mechanism to be developed further.Completed
                                    37Regular audit/evaluation of each of the major activities of the Service.Research and Evaluation Officer recruited.Ongoing.
                                    38Expand Official Visitors Scheme across the service — ongoing.Anticipated achievement late 2008.Ongoing.
                                    39Liaison with DHCS to develop mental health units in both Centres. MOU to be developed.Subject to a joint Cabinet submission with DHCSOngoing
                                    40Mental Health units to meet Australian Guidelines.Subject to a joint Cabinet submission with DHCSOngoing
                                    41Increase ambulatory mental health services to remainder of prisons.Funds provided by DHCSCompleted
                                    42When mental health units established, only inmates able to be accommodated without escort would be transferred to Hospital for treatment.Subject to a joint Cabinet submission with DHCSOngoing
                                    43Hire additional case management staff.Analysis of potential roles and responsibilities completed, recruitment action completed within budget.Completed
                                    44Review of legislation to allow sale of products produced but not used internally, and restoration of operational funds to prison industries. Review of legislation completed. Opportunities for sale of products being investigated deferred due to other items being a higher priority.Completed
                                    45Establish basic education targets — ongoing in Darwin and Alice Springs.Review of Education structure in both prisons completed. Prison education profile reviewed and updated.Completed and on going — within revised budget allocation
                                    46Meet prisoners’ criminogenic needs through the delivery of targeted programs.Sex Offender program commenced in Alice Springs and DarwinCompleted and ongoing within revised budget allocation
                                    47Expand programs to evening shift, increase the work day for inmates.Introduction of revised roster in the new LSU will allow expansion of program delivery.Ongoing
                                    48Improve family-inmate visits and correspondence.Family-inmate visits area completed in the new Low Security Area. Mainstream Prison Visits area dependent on budgetary constraintsPending approval of capital works funding. Family visits introduced - ongoing
                                    49Develop special measures to manage long-sentence and life-sentenced inmates. Management committee formed to develop and monitor sentence plans for long/life-sentence prisoners.Completed
                                    50Organised art and music sales in both institutions.Consultations continuing.Completed and ongoing
                                    51Improve sport and recreation facilities and programs.Improved sport and recreation facilities included in LSU, improvements to mainstream prison dependent on budgetary constraints.Completed and ongoing
                                    52Audit/Evaluation of all programs staged to commence in Alice Springs and flow through to Darwin — ongoing.Research and Evaluation Officer to develop audit and evaluation program. Partnership developed with CDU to assess overall implementation of the Review.Completed
                                    53Target highest risk cases with intensive programming in-line with IOMS.Additional psychologists recruited to assess inmates needs and develop and deliver targeted programs. Funded through recommendation 46Ongoing pending introduction of IOM
                                    54Improve consistency in use of appropriate security procedures.Security workshops held in each correctional centre and security and response plans developed. Audit strategy developed.Ongoing
                                    55Enhance preparedness for crisis response.Security workshops held in each correctional centre and security and response plans developed. Audit strategy developed.
                                    56Review the dog squad operations.Review done implementation await EBA and staffing modelCompleted
                                    57Strip searches to used randomly for internal movement within the prison.Implementation of recommendation devolved to Superintendents to progress as possibleOngoing
                                    58Add equipment and personal portable alarms in both institutions.Delivered and installedCompleted
                                    59Partner with organizations to reduce rate of Indigenous incarceration.Elders visiting program implemented in each correctional centre for 2005. Other partnerships negotiated as opportunities arise.Completed and ongoing
                                    60Partner with organisations within and outside Government to achieve mutual objectives.Partnerships pursued with CDU, OLD, WA and NSW Corrective Services, NAALAS, Congress, Larrakia Nation, and others on an on-going basis.Completed and ongoing
                                    61A comprehensive approach to be used to adding facilities. (staff training, programs space, offices)10 year Capital Works plan being developedOngoing
                                    62Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS)Lease agreement with Queensland Corrections near to completion. Proposed to ‘go live;’ mid 2008. Pending further fundingOngoing, pending further funding.
                                    63Increase number of minimum security accommodations.New low security area completed and provides additional low security accommodation. Awaiting Master planCompleted and ongoing
                                    64Apply new classification instrument (if one has been selected) across the Service.Due 2007-08Ongoing
                                    65Defer construction of new remand centre. Significant improvements needed to Reception, Remand and Maximum Security areas at DCC.10 year Capital Works plan being developedOngoing
                                    66Mobile work camps, half-way houses staged to commence in Alice Springs and flow through to Darwin — ongoing.Additional opportunities being considered in line with available fundingOngoing
                                    67NTCS to receive clear and consistent message from Cabinet, DOJ and Director.Communication strategy developed.Completed
                                    68Cabinet to approve sufficient funds for NTCS to meet objectives.-Ongoing
                                    69Bring in change management specialists across the Service.Proposal being developed involving a partnership with CDU and other external providers.Ongoing
                                    70Advisory committees set up across the Service.Steering committees disbanded. Working parties formed as required.Completed. Implementation of recommendation devolved to Superintendents to progress as possible in line with construction model
                                    71Stakeholders to work together to develop review recommendations.Implementation structure developed to include input from stakeholders. To be reviewed together with CDUOngoing
                                    Last updated: 04 Aug 2016