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Support for Indigenous Correctional Officers in SA

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Media Release Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory

Support for Indigenous Correctional Officers in SA

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Coalition Government has launched a new programme to provide one-on-one training and support to help more First Australians become Correctional Officers in South Australia.

Visiting Indigenous employment services provider, Maxima Group, in Adelaide today, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, launched the Correctional Services Training and Employment Programme (C-STEP) with funding of $255,000 over the next three years.

C-STEP will provide training and support for 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers and develop pathways into employment as Correctional Officers in South Australia’s Adelaide, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Mobilong and Cadell prisons.

“These new Correctional Officers will ensure more culturally-appropriate support and is provided to Indigenous prisoners within South Australian prisons which in turn will reduce reoffending rates,” Minister Scullion said.

“Programmes like C-STEP provide valuable employment opportunities as well as increasing culturally-appropriate care to Indigenous prisoners.”

The Maxima Group will support C-STEP participants to complete Certificate II in Justice Studies and be job-ready to start working in the South Australian Department for Correctional Services.

Participants who successfully apply for Correctional Services jobs will then undertake a one-year traineeship and mentorship programme where they will undertake further studies, leading to a Certificate III in Correctional Practices.

“From day one students will be given one-on-one tailored support to assist in applying for Correctional Services jobs as well as on-the-job support for the first year in their new roles,” Minister Scullion said.

“The South Australian Department for Correctional Services Strategic Plan 2014-2017 has made the recruitment of more Indigenous Correctional Officers a priority - a priority that the C-STEP helps meet.”

Media contact: Ben Houston (0429 236 016)