The AIS Industry Insights Strategy produces quantitative and qualitative research for use by the Industry Reference Committees (IRC) we support.  The information below is drawn from this work, and is complemented by ongoing scanning and analysis of the industry environment domestically, and internationally. It is provided to assist all stakeholders that have an interest in the skills needs of the Corrections industry.

The Corrections industry added $3.3 billion to the Australian economy in 2015-16. The Corrections industry employs over 28,500 people across prisons, juvenile and immigration detention, parole services, correctional administration and management. Correctional services implement the correctional sanctions determined by the courts and releasing authorities such as parole boards.

Correctional services agencies operate or contract with private operators, prison facilities and in some States and Territories, periodic detention centres. They are also responsible for managing offenders on community corrections’ orders. Correctional services agencies administer services and programs which aim to reduce prisoners’ and offenders’ risk of re-offending and also provide advice to courts and releasing authorities.

CORRECTIONS industry metrics

Revenue ($b) 5.07
Profit ($m) 30
Average Wage ($) 80,203.92
No. of Businesses 11
Employment Growth (% to 2022) 5.7

Corrections IRC SKILLS FORECAST – 2017

The IRC Skills Forecasts focus on the prioritisation of the skill needs of the industry sectors each IRC has responsibility for. They are developed and reviewed annually and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval. This document replaces the IRC Workplan released in September 2016. The Corrections Industry Reference Committee has assigned responsibility for the CSC Correctional Services Training Package.

The document is deliberately brief, it does not seek to capture every issue within every sector. It is a snapshot of a continually evolving story that is intended to alert and inform a wide audience and enhance their capacity to act.

IRCs are required to consult broadly with stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-industry view about the opportunities and challenges for the workforce and the Training Package review work necessary to meet industry needs. This consultation process occurred throughout January-April 2016.

Industry Overview: includes information on the overall value and contribution to the Australian economy, including current challenges and opportunities.

Employment includes information on skills shortages, workforce supply side challenges and opportunities, and key workforce data.

Skills Outlook: contains national and international trends, priority skills for industry and other skills related insights.

Proposed Schedule of Work: draws on the information in the earlier sections to clearly articulate the IRCs priorities for Training Package review and development across the four-year period on a year by year basis.

The Corrections IRC Skills Forecast – 2017 is currently with the AISC for its consideration and approval. Work approved by the AISC will become part of the overall National Schedule across all IRCs in the National Training System. More detail about AISC commissioned Training Package activity is available on the AIS Projects page.

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AISC National Schedule



For further information please contact:

Dan Minton
Industry Manager
P (03) 9604 7251
M 0459 021 115