The Australian Corrections Medal, which was established in 2017, is awarded for distinguished service by "an operational member of an Australian state or territory civilian correctional service for adults".
Shaun Braybrook commenced his Corrections career in 2001 as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Port Phillip Prison, before undertaking the role of Assistant Manager, Operational and Program Development, Indigenous Policy and Services Unit with Corrections Victoria. He is currently the General Manager of the Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place, a culturally appropriate residential diversion program for Aboriginal men subject to Community Correction Orders. As the inaugural manager, Shaun has been responsible for the development, implementation and successful operation of this facility since it opened in 2008. It provides offenders with an important opportunity to learn new skills, reconnect with culture, and participate in programs and activities which will prevent further contact with the criminal justice system. While an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Port Phillip Prison, Shaun introduced a live radio broadcast from inside a maximum security prison, allowing Aboriginal prisoners to go on-air and connect with their loved ones - a first for Victoria, which has now become an annual event across Victoria's prisons. Shaun is highly respected as a positive, Aboriginal role model across Corrections Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community more broadly.
Tracy Jones has served Corrections Victoria with distinction for more than 30 years, excelling in a range of leadership roles across prisons, community corrections, head office and regional services. She is currently General Manager of the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC), Victoria’s main women’s prison. During her time as General Manager at DPFC, the Victorian women’s prison population has doubled in size. Through Tracy’s vision and drive, DPFC has transformed into an effective system that places offenders alongside the services and supports that best suit their needs. She has ensured that DPFC is a safer and more effective environment for behaviour change. Tracy has always modelled and promoted an empathic, respectful and genuine approach towards prisoners in her care. Despite the demands of her role, she has been able to maintain positive relationships and a contemporary understanding of issues facing women prisoners. Her focus on helping prisoners to make better choices informs all of her operational decisions and strategic objectives. Tracy is one of the most highly regarded and respected leaders working in Victoria's correctional system and is committed to providing the best outcomes for offenders in her care.
Congratulations, Shaun and Tracy!