Where required on an order, community work provides an opportunity to pay back the community for offending behaviour and assists in rehabilitation by developing and improving work-related skills.

Community work can help you make a fresh start in life. People given work opportunities and skills are less likely to reoffend. Therefore, many community work programs incorporate structured training and include employment pathways. Community work can increase self-esteem and well-being and provide new purpose and direction.

Safety and supervision

Community Correctional Services (CCS) takes a number of factors into consideration when determining community work placements, including the safety of you and the community, as well as your health, work skills and availability. Community work occurs by 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 you are required to work, and the period in which the work hours must be completed, are determined by the court when your order is issued.

Offenders with special needs

Community work programs provide for people with special needs, including physical or mental impairment or disability, specific gender, religious, cultural or linguistic considerations, and those with childcare responsibilities.