Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Minister endorses new Corrective Services Advisory Council members

    10/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk announced the final membership of the Corrective Services Advisory Council in State Parliament today.


    Ms Quirk said the advisory council would act as an external source of expert community and client oriented advice on issues relating to the management of offenders.


    “The Department of Corrective Services wants to maximise the chances of reducing

    re-offending wherever possible,” she said.


    “The Corrective Services Advisory Council is a significant step in improving the way the Department of Corrective Services manages offenders in custody and in the community and will play an important role in our ongoing effort to reduce reoffending.”


    The Minister said the advisory council would operate independently of other interests regarding the delivery of correctional services in Western Australia, a role that would greatly aid the development of strategy and service initiatives.


    “The experience and expertise of this group of Western Australians will contribute immeasurably to the development of policy and improving the dialogue on corrective services,” she said.


    The terms of reference for the advisory council are:

    ·       to raise issues relevant to corrective services, including matters that affect or are likely to affect offenders or their families, the ability to reduce recidivism and to successfully reintegrate offenders into the community, the balance of community safety and offender rehabilitation obligations and public perceptions of corrective services;


    ·       to provide advice on research, experience and community opinion relevant to positioning corrective services in WA to meet current and future demands;


    ·       to comment on strategic initiatives and reports relevant to the development of corrective services or that may otherwise significantly impact the delivery of corrective services; and


    ·       to present an annual report to the Minister on the activities, achievements and concerns of the advisory council.


    Ms Quirk said that Rosemary Hudson Miller, Associate General Secretary of the Uniting Church’s Justice and Mission division, would chair the advisory council.


    The inaugural council’s other members include:

    ·       Mr Wayne Johnson, CEO BEGA Garnbirringu Aboriginal Health Service Corporation;

    ·       Mr Dennis Eggington, CEO Aboriginal Legal Service;

    ·       Ms Louise Gray, general manager, Extra Edge Community Services;

    ·       Dr Dorothy Goulding, research fellow, Restorative Justice Research Unit, Murdoch University;

    ·       Mr Christopher Camwell, manager, Youth and Community Services YMCA ;

    ·       Professor Neil Morgan, Faculty of Law, University of WA;

    ·       Mr Ken Steele, chair, State Forensic Mental Health Advisory Council; and

    ·       Mr Terry Quinn, executive officer, Catholic Social Justice Council.


    The advisory council is completed by the ex-officio membership of the Commissioner of Corrective Services, Mr Ian Johnson.


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