The Victorian correctional sector is undergoing a period of growth and change. Over the past five years there have been significant increases in the state’s prisoner population and changes to how bail, parole and community corrections orders operate. These changes, and corresponding increases in the numbers of prisons, custodial officers and community corrections officers, raise integrity challenges.
The corrections sector faces corruption and integrity issues not encountered in other areas of the public sector. The provision of contraband, inappropriate relationships, excessive use of force and inappropriate access to information are risks that are created or increased by the specific nature of the correctional environment.
IBAC investigations have highlighted the need for continued vigilance to prevent corrupt conduct, even where policies and systems may be in place to address misconduct and corruption risks.