Category: Minister for Corrections

Tightening Prison Security With Drone Ban Now In Force

Prisons and youth justice centres are now officially drone-free zones, with new laws passed by the Andrews Labor Government coming into effect today. Under the ban, anyone caught intentionally or recklessly flying a drone at or below 120 metres above a prison or youth justice facility, or within 120 metres of the facility boundary, faces […]

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Planning Underway For Lara Prison Precinct Expansion

Land will be purchased by the Andrews Labor Government, as part of plans to significantly expand the Lara Prison Precinct, which includes the maximum-security Barwon Prison, creating hundreds of local jobs and helping keep the community safe. The planned expansion, which would be roughly double the size of Barwon Prison, follows the Labor Government’s decision […]

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More Prison Beds To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s prison system with more than 470 new beds to be opened in prisons across the state. The Labor Government is providing almost $345 million to help fund the additional beds, as well as a new dedicated premises for the Adult Parole Board and the new Post-Sentence Authority. […]

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Statement On Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard

Corrections Victoria Commissioner Jan Shuard has informed me of her intention to retire in early 2018. Jan has had a long and distinguished career in the corrections system, both here and in Western Australia having started as a prison officer in the early 1980s. She was appointed Corrections Victoria Commissioner in December 2012 after serving […]

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Hopkins Correctional Centre Marks Half A Century

Ararat’s largest employer, the Hopkins Correctional Centre, has marked a significant milestone of 50 years of operation and contribution to the local community. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today visited the centre to celebrate the occasion and to meet with past and present prison staff. The Hopkins Correctional Centre – originally named the HM Prison […]

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Peter Couzens Reappointed Chair Of The Adult Parole Board

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced that His Honour Peter Couzens has been reappointed as Chairperson of the Adult Parole Board. His Honour is a former Judge of the County Court of Victoria and President of the Children’s Court of Victoria, and also served as a Magistrate in Melbourne and regional Victoria for more […]

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Ararat Secure Facility On Track

Construction is underway on a new secure facility in Ararat that will house serious sex offenders and serious violent offenders after they have completed their prison sentence. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today toured the site, where head contractor Kane Constructions recently began work to build the 20-bed facility. The facility, which will feature a […]

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Ravenhall Correctional Centre Officially Opened

Victoria’s 15th and most technologically advanced prison, the Ravenhall Correctional Centre, has been officially opened by the Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney. Ravenhall, which is equivalent to the size of 16 MCGs and surrounded by a six metre high, 1.7 kilometre long state-of-the-art perimeter wall, will start receiving prisoners in coming weeks. More than 1,000 […]

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New Authority To Keep Watch Over Serious Offenders

The Andrews Labor Government is establishing a new statutory authority to keep watch over the state’s most serious offenders – a key recommendation of the Harper Review. The Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment (Governance) Bill 2017 will be introduced into Parliament today to create the Post Sentence Authority. The authority will provide independent […]

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New Base For Corrections’ Specialist Operations Staff

Corrections Victoria’s specialist emergency response unit have a new home at the Metropolitan Remand Centre. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney officially opened the operational base for the Security and Emergency Services Group (SESG) today. Thanks to $4.6 million from the Andrews Labor Government, the hub includes a state-of-the-art armoury, a new kennel complex, purpose-built carports […]

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