Mr Carroll visited Barwon Prison to mark the third National Corrections Day, an occasion which acknowledged the efforts of frontline staff who often work in complex and challenging environments.

Around 5,200 staff work for Corrections Victoria across the state, including 3,150 staff in the state’s 11 public prisons, and more than 1,000 staff in Community Correctional Services and post-sentence residential facilities.

Many more work across the corrections system in the state’s three private prisons and partner organisations such as health services, TAFE providers, and non-government agencies.

Prison staff maintain security and order in challenging and complex environments, while also working to promote rehabilitation.

Community Correctional Services staff work closely with offenders to help break cycles of offending, undertaking risk assessments, delivering evidence-based interventions, and monitoring compliance with court orders.

While much of the work in the corrections system takes place away from the public eye, it is crucial to community safety and to help offenders get their lives back on track.

This year’s National Corrections Day was particularly significant for the maximum security Barwon Prison, which marks 30 years of operation this year.