Police and Justice
Management of injured workers
Operational staff in the NSW Police Force and Fire and Rescue NSW are more likely to suffer injuries and emotional stress compared to their other government workers, due to their high-risk work environments. The way agencies manage injured workers directly affects the outcome of the injury, and the psychological wellbeing of those injured, as well as the productivity and morale of other staff. Injury prevention and management also impacts on staffing budgets and the delivery of front line services.
This audit topic is material, as workers compensation and death and disability schemes costs in the two services amount to over $500 million annually. This audit may examine whether the NSW Police Force and Fire and Rescue NSW:
have programs and practices that prevent injury and provide for early intervention
- are reducing the number of medical discharges of injured workers
- are reducing the length of time off work and help injured workers return to work more quickly
- have policies to provide for alternate or light duties where required
- are reducing workers compensation premiums and death and disability scheme costs.
Support programs and services in prisons
According to Report on Government Services (ROGS) data, approximately 46 percent of inmates in NSW reoffend and return to prison. This adds significantly to the costs of custodial services, and to the costs to the broader community arising from preventable reoffending. NSW has the second-highest rate of reoffending of all states and territories, and this rate has steadily increased over the past five years.
Providing access to resources and services in prisons to improve rehabilitation outcomes has been shown to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Services and amenities in prisons also assist in keeping inmates gainfully occupied, and can contribute to reducing disturbances that arise from boredom and inactivity. However, in April 2015, the Inspector of Custodial Services found that available programs and services had not increased in step with increases in the prison population.
This audit may assess the availability, efficiency and effectiveness of support programs in adult prison, including targeted rehabilitation support programs, vocational and employment programs, and appropriate amenities and services.
Implementation of the NSW Government’s Program Evaluation Framework
(See description of audit above under Public administration and finance).
- Delivery of capital works
- Victims Support Scheme