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The majority of offenders are required to undertake unpaid community work as a condition of their order. Community work provides offenders with the opportunity to pay back the community for their offending behaviour and assists in their rehabilitation by developing and improving work-related skills.
Community work can help offenders make a fresh start in life. Offenders given work opportunities and skills are less likely to reoffend and many projects incorporate accredited training. Community work can increase offenders’ self-esteem and well-being and give their lives new purpose and direction.
Safety and supervision
Community Correctional Services (CCS) takes a number of factors into consideration when determining community work placements, including community and offender safety as well as the offender’s health, work skills and availability. Offenders are placed either on an individual placement or in a community work team of up to 12 people. Generally, work teams are directly supervised by a CCS field officer.
The number of hours an offender is required to work, and the period in which the work hours must be completed, are determined by the court when the order is issued.
Offenders with special needs
Community work programs provide for offenders with special needs, including physical or mental impairment or disability, specific gender, religious, cultural or linguistic considerations, and those with childcare responsibilities.