Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Community Corrections Order

My question is to the Minister for Training and Skills, representing the Minister for Corrections in the other place. My question relates to an outcome of the family violence reform implementation monitor report, and I direct it to the corrections minister as it relates to men’s behavioural change programs and community correction orders. The monitor report stated that there can be at any one time upwards of 500 offenders on the waiting list for men’s behaviour change programs in the community. My party and I would firmly propose that if an offender wants to attend a program or is required to by their sentence, they should have access to address their offending appropriately. Minister, why is funding not keeping up with the continued demand for men’s behaviour change programs?

Thank you, Minister, for passing on that question. This monitor report further raises the issue that it is not uncommon for some men to have their community correction order expire before being able to complete a program. This is a huge concern for us as it implies that someone’s sentence could effectively be useless. If offenders do not actually have to complete any rehabilitation due to a lack of availability, then that is extremely concerning. Minister, in the 2019–20 year, or in the 2020 calendar year if it is easier to calculate, how many offenders finished their CCO without completing a men’s behaviour change program as part of their sentence?


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