Corrections expected to shed 60 jobs

Up to 60 jobs could be affected by a proposed restructuring of the Corrections Department's national office in Wellington.

Acting chief executive Christine Stevenson said the affected positions would be in areas such as human resources, property, legal and administration. No changes were proposed to frontline staff or services.

The proposal would ensure the size of the national office reflected reducing offender numbers.

"It's too early to say what impact the changes might have on individuals, however, supporting our staff through these changes will be a top priority for the organisation," Stevenson said.

"Allowing for vacancies and the opportunity for redeployment, up to 60 positions could be impacted by the proposed changes, in areas such as human resources, property, legal and administration."

Staff had been given the opportunity to comment on the proposal and a final decision would not be made for some weeks.

The proposed changes would build on changes made across the organisation two years ago, Stevenson said.

At that time Corrections integrated its three service arms - prisons, rehabilitation and probation - into one team to be responsible for the day to day management and rehabilitation of all offenders across the country.

It also strengthened our regional structures to devolve decision making from the centre into four regions.