- Acting Commissioner Tony Hassall officially appointed to the position
- Commissioner Hassall brings 30 years' experience in corrective services
- Joined the then Department of Corrective Services in 2015
Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan has welcomed the appointment of Tony Hassall as Western Australia's Corrective Services Commissioner and Deputy Director General of the Department of Justice.
Commissioner Hassall had been the acting Commissioner since March 2017 and was officially appointed to the role by Director General Dr Adam Tomison, following a publicly advertised recruitment campaign and rigorous selection process.
Commissioner Hassall has spent 30 years in corrective services across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
He started his career in England as a prison officer and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the governor of one of the largest prisons in Europe where he led a significant reform agenda.
He later became area manager for Yorkshire and Humberside, overseeing 12 prisons and more than 9,000 prisoners.
Commissioner Hassall also studied reform and change with a leading US think-tank, and was part of the team that led the initial work to transform the delivery of primary and mental health offender services in the United Kingdom.
After moving to Australia 10 years ago, Commissioner Hassall oversaw the expansion of Australia's immigration detention network.
Commissioner Hassall joined the then Department of Corrective Services in 2015 as Executive Director Operational Support and was made Deputy Commissioner, Regulation and Operational Services in 2016.
In his now official capacity, Commissioner Hassall will oversee the day-to-day operations of Western Australia's prisons as well as leading broader structural reform.
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan:
"The appointment of Commissioner Hassall will be welcome news across Western Australia's prison estate and wider corrective services community.
"Commissioner Hassall has a tremendous challenge on his hands to turn around the State's prison network and tackle the serious overcrowding legacy left by the previous Liberal National Government.
"He has shown in his acting capacity that he is up to the task, and has addressed issues in an upfront manner with the understanding and practicality that comes from having risen through the ranks of corrective services.
"He will join the Department of Justice's Director General Dr Adam Tomison in managing the day-to-day operations of our widely complex prison estate as well as prosecuting the government's broader structural reform.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Dr Tomison and Commissioner Hassall on addressing what are highly complex matters including the significant expansion of the custodial capacity, improving prison security, and pioneering alcohol and other drug addiction treatment."
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