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Philippa, Acting District Manager, Mount Gravatt Community Corrections

Acting District Manager Philippa, from Mount Gravatt Community Corrections, was drawn to a career where she could make a difference in people’s lives and contribute to her community in a meaningful way.

Joining Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) allowed her to do both and for the past seven years, she has dedicated her career to improving community safety through a variety of roles.

“Our role in community corrections is to keep communities safe and I look after a talented team of officers who case-manage and supervise offenders subject to probation, parole or other community-based corrections orders,” Philippa said.

“We keep them accountable to their order requirements, support their rehabilitation and take action if an offender presents a risk to community safety.

“My role also ensures our office operations run smoothly, while supporting the team in delivering quality case management.

“Working in community corrections requires resilience, given we work with complex people and often deal with difficult situations.

“The work can be very high paced and dynamic, so I’ve learnt to be flexible and take each day as it comes.

“Safety is central to the work I do as a manager and I am always looking at new ways to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our officers.”

Philippa said workplace culture and wellbeing were also a strong focus for her and that she was fully supportive of balancing career and home through flexible work arrangements.

“My experience has been very rewarding, positively challenging and always interesting and I urge anyone thinking of joining QCS, to take the plunge,” she said.

“If you are resilient, have good interpersonal communications skills and a strong interest in social justice and criminology, a career in QCS may just be for you.”

In Philippa’s spare time, she is a Mum to two kids, plays the violin and is a member of the Brisbane Concert Orchestra, where she attends weekly rehearsals and performs at various community venues such as Queen Street Mall, Old Museum Building and Brisbane City Hall.