Students and researchers

The Department of Corrective Services (DCS) places a high value on research and recognises the enormous benefits it can bring.

The Department prioritises research applications falling within the scope of the Strategic Research Priorities 2013-2014 but will consider other research proposals on a case by case basis.


The method of contact for all researchers planning to conduct research involving DCS data, clients, staff or facilities is through the Research and Evaluation Committee (REC).

REC is the committee which brings together representatives from across the whole Department to consider applications for research and help guide researchers through the research process.

Postal address

Department of Corrective Services
Team Leader, Research and Evaluation
Locked Bag 22
Tel: +61 8 9264 6341

Research application

First step: Expression of Interest

The first step in the research application process is to send a brief 2 to 3 page Expression of Interest (EOI) to REC outlining the overarching purpose of the proposed study along with a general summary of the research methodology, timelines, and what access to the Department would be required eg which prisons, what type of data, what type of client sample, etc.

REC will consider this EOI with reference to, among other things, the Department's Strategic Research Priorities 2013-2014 and with respect to the Department's capacity to support/facilitate the proposed research given the stated methodology and timelines.

If REC considers the proposed research to be of direct interest to the Department and if the relevant divisions have the capacity to support its conduct, the researcher will be invited to submit a full application for research approval.

Next step: Application

Download and complete the Application Form for the Conduct of General Research and Evaluation Projects (revised October 2013).

Applicants are advised to download the Code of Conduct for Researchers and the Information and Guidelines for Researchers.

Health and Medical Research

Please note that health and medical research proposals are to be completed on the Application Form for the Conduct of Health and Medical Research.

REC Meeting calendar

REC meets on the last Tuesday of every second month (February, April, June, August, October and December) to consider applications.

Applications must be submitted to the committee, via email to at least 4 weeks prior to the next meeting date in order to be considered at that meeting.

Last updated: 31-Dec-2013