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About the Department

The Department of Corrective Services (DCS) is a world class corrective services organisation which provides support to the justice system and the community of Western Australia by ensuring the security and safety of the community, staff and those in the Department's care.

The Department of Corrective Services' core focuses are:

  • the security of detainees and prisoners in correctional facilities and offenders on community based orders
  • the safety of our people
  • the safety of offenders, detainees and prisoners
  • rehabilitation.

The Department reports to the Minister for Emergency Services, Fisheries, Corrective Services and Veterans, the Hon Joe Francis MLA, through its Commissioner James McMahon.

The Department of Corrective Services has the following five divisions:

  • Strategic Capability and Review
  • Adult Justice Services
  • Youth Justice Services
  • Regulation and Operational Services
  • Corporate Support

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Department's Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018 (RAP) (PDF 854 KB) aims to enable the Department to continually improve and account for the way it acknowledges, respects, relates to, and partners with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations. The RAP will help the Department achieve the best outcomes for Aboriginal people involved in the WA corrections system.

The RAP has been developed by a Committee comprising Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff and chaired by Commissioner James McMahon. The Corporate Executive team will work with members of the RAP Committee to implement and monitor actions and initiatives.

Developing and implementing the RAP is a cultural change process that is directly connected to the Department's Strategic Plan.

NAIDOC Art Exhibition - Songlines: stories of the living narrative of our nation

Thank you to all who visited this exhibition and voted for your favourite artworks.  The exhibition closed on 22 July 2016. Through exhibitions (PDF 5.6 MB) such as this of art works created by Aboriginal people in our care, the Department of Corrective Services recognises and values Aboriginal pride, dignity and culture.

Artists who displayed their work in the exhibition come from a variety of cultural traditions and languages across Western Australia. They produced the work in response to the NAIDOC Week theme of Songlines: The living narrative of our nation.

Initially the creators of the two most popular artworks were each to receive a package of art materials.  Two artworks were equally the second most popular, so all three artists who created the following pieces will receive packages.

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Aboriginality Through Multiculturalism Black Boy Grass Tree
Aboriginality Through Multiculturalism Black Boy Grass Tree



















Page last updated: 24-Oct-2016