Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Minister calls for goodwill from union over workload management

    21/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk says extensive talks led to the workload management strategy agreed to in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission last week.


    “The plan is a result of both the Department of Corrective Services and the Civil Service Association being willing to achieve a workable solution to managing workloads,” Ms Quirk said.


    “Community justice service (CJS) officers play a vital role in managing offenders, whether they are on parole or on community-based orders.  We will support these officers in performing their important function.


    “Goodwill on both sides will go a very long way to ensuring that public safety is maintained and offenders are supervised to the standard that the community expects.”


    The Minister said 100 community justice service officers were recruited and trained in 2007; 55 community corrections officers and 45 juvenile justice officers.


    So far in 2008, 37 additional staff have been recruited and trained and an extra 48 recently recruited community justice officers will undergo training later this year.


    Staff numbers have risen by 398 in the CJS division of the Department of Corrective Services since 2001.  Figures show a four per cent CJS staff attrition rate between August 2006 and February 2008.


    Minister's office - (08) 9213 7000