Three Corrections Victoria staff have been recognised in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
They have been awarded the Australian Corrections Medal (ACM) for distinguished service by an operational member of an Australian state or territory civilian correctional service for adults.
Sibel Bulus started with Corrections Victoria in 2007. Since that time, she has served in a range of frontline roles, including Community Corrections Officer, Community Work Manager, and Principal Practitioner of Sunshine Community Corrections Service (CCS).
Ms Bulus is currently the Acting Manager of the Parole Central Unit. In this role she leads a team to support the integrity of the parole system, connecting Community Corrections, prisons and the Adult Parole Board. She guides and mentors staff who work with offenders and directly supervises offenders that present as non-complaint or high complex needs.
As Community Work Manager, she was responsible for a range of initiatives which contributed to better outcomes for both offenders and the community.
In 2014, Ms Bulus was one of the first staff members to become a Principal Practitioner. Her leadership was important in the delivery of parole and post-sentence reforms coming from the Callinan Review in 2013.
Ms Bulus has also worked as Regional General Manager, most recently in the North East Metro Area in 2020-2021. In this role, she improved cooperation with the Heidelberg Magistrates Court and oversaw initiatives that increased understanding of best practice case management.
Throughout her career, Ms Bulus' professionalism and commitment to staff development, best practice outcomes for offenders, and service provision to the community has remained unwavering. Her integrity and contribution over her 15 years of service has been an asset to Corrections Victoria.
Andrea Lynch has dedicated 30 years of service to Corrections Victoria, starting as a Community Corrections Officer in 1991. Since then she has worked in case management and supervisor roles, eventually becoming the Director of Community Corrections Services (CCS). As the afterhours Duty Director role she engages with offenders to resolve issues and acknowledge good progress while working directly with offenders in Case Review Hearings.
When Director of CCS Ms Lynch was a key driver and influencer in the delivery of Community Correctional Services in Victoria, ensuring that service delivery is aligned to best practice and legislative requirements. She led a range of CCS reforms and initiatives, demonstrating her adaptability while providing support and guidance with integrity.
Ms Lynch has overseen a number of complex projects including:
- the review and provision of updated Director's Instructions (and an Offender Management Manual) for the management of sex offenders
- the introduction of the Specialist Case Manager role
- the development of E-Justice and the VISAT tool
- the monitoring of CCS offender deaths, and Internal Management Reviews.
Ms Lynch also oversaw the CCS Organisational Review, conducted between November 2006 and April 2007. This review assessed the CCS service delivery model and organisational structure to improve the operation and effectiveness of CCS, particularly regional operations.
Now, as the General Manager for the East Metropolitan Region, Ms Lynch has guided the region through reforms and expansion, remaining a stable and revered leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Lynch's leadership during the pandemic has prioritised staff wellbeing, best practice approaches and community safety through unprecedented shifts to service delivery.
Gary Taylor started working as a Custodial Officer in 1994. He is a driven officer with a focus on improving frontline custodial practices, particularly in the provision of healthcare to prisoners in the care of Corrections Victoria.
Mr Taylor works now as Senior Prison Officer at St Vincent's Hospital holding cells. This role involves a high degree of autonomy and personal accountability and he is often an unofficial liaison between medical providers and Correction Victoria. His tireless and innovative approach means some of the state's vulnerable prisoners get the appropriate medical care when they need it most.
Mr Taylor has fast become an expert on the coordination, scheduling and movement of prisoners from correctional locations to healthcare providers. He developed a workable structure at St Vincent's Hospital that helps 50 to 60 prisoners per month access vital medical care, without compromising the safety of the community.
In his collaboration with external stakeholders such as G4S prisoner transport and medical practitioners, Mr Taylor makes sure prisoners are able to access both emergency medical care and scheduled appointments with specialists. His role at St Vincent's is highly complex, responsible for the coordination of prisoner movements, navigating bed availability, and supporting escort officers as well as providing for the safety and security of prisoners and staff.