Corrections to dump 130 staff

02:10, Jun 21 2012

The Corrections Department will dump 130 staff in a major restructure.

Chief executive Ray Smith has confirmed the restructure, which will hit staff in the national office and some regional offices and save $10m.

"I know that this has been a testing time for many of our staff and I thank them for their patience and professionalism during this time," Smith said.

After staff consultation, there had been a "small reduction" in the number of jobs lost compared with what was proposed in May, Smith said.

"Frontline staff will not be affected," he said.

The restructure would see the three service arms of the department - prisons, rehabilitation and probation - brought together.

The single unit would be responsible for the day to day management and rehabilitation of all offenders across the country, he said.

"By doing this we can more easily target the underlying causes of their offending, and work together to co-ordinate the management of each of them at every stage to offer programmes and training with the aim of reducing re-offending by twenty five per cent by 2017."

"Overwhelmingly, feedback from staff was supportive of the change," Smith said.