National Corrections Day recognises the important contribution Australia’s 25,000 frontline correctional staff make to keep the community safe.
NSW Attorney General and Acting Corrections Minister Mark Speakman said the day was about showing gratitude to correctional staff for the unique and inherently dangerous work they do.
“I’d like to thank our correctional officers for their ongoing dedication and commitment to protecting the community, rehabilitating inmates and working toward reducing reoffending,” Mr Speakman said.
The NSW Government is investing $3.8 billion in a long-term infrastructure strategy for the correctional system, supporting the recruitment of 1247 staff in 2016-17, including 766 correctional staff.
Since 2011, Corrective Services NSW has recruited more than 2000 correctional officers.
Corrections Day first launched in NSW in 2017 and has been adopted as a national day by Australia and New Zealand.