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Capricornia Correctional Centre review released

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) today released the outcomes of an independent review into the work culture at Capricornia Correctional Centre.

Deputy Commissioner Gary McCahon today travelled to Rockhampton to speak personally to the officers at the Capricornia Correctional Centre about the conclusions and recommendations of the report, which was commissioned in October 2021.

Deputy Commissioner McCahon said that the independent report, conducted by Evexia, provided officers the opportunity to confidentially raise issues or concerns about the operation of the centre as it undergoes transformation, including a significant expansion.

“I was pleased to hear that 102 officers took up the opportunity to participate in an interview, with a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of the staffing group,” Deputy Commissioner McCahon said.

“The review is an opportunity to draw a line under historical issues and move forward with a clear plan for addressing these and building a healthy, safe and inclusive work culture.

“Queensland Corrective Services is already working on strategies to support the General Manager, Chief Superintendent Richard Butcher, as he and his leadership team forge a way forward.

“Chief Supt Butcher has done a remarkable job since he stepped into the role of General Manager in March 2020, and the review showed strong support for his leadership across the centre.

“Ch Supt Butcher has proven himself as a consistent, direct, and honest leader, and officers commented on his proactive, calm and positive attitude.

“It is unsurprising that Ch Supt Butcher and his leadership team have not waited to receive this report, but have already commenced broad consultation with the staffing group on a positive culture framework, including a roadmap of activity and ongoing actions.

“As an agency, our focus now is on ensuring that Capricornia Correctional Centre has a clear roadmap to implement the improvements identified by the report, and ensuring we provide appropriate centralised support for their efforts.

“I would like to thank all of the officers who took the time to participate in the interviews which informed the report, and I want to say very clearly to them – you have been heard.

“I am confident this work, and the actions arising from the review will position Capricornia Correctional Centre well for the future,” Deputy Commissioner McCahon said.

The summary of the review, its findings and recommendations can be found here.