The management of Victoria’s corrections system will be independently examined following the tabling of today’s Ombudsman’s report into the death of Carl Williams, Premier Ted Baillieu said today.
Mr Baillieu has also appointed an independent auditor to monitor and benchmark the implementation of the Ombudsman’s recommendations.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to maintaining the safety and security of Victoria’s prison system,” Mr Baillieu said.
“Although we are still waiting on reports from the Coroner and the Office of Police Integrity into Carl Williams’ death, the Ombudsman’s report today points to serious failings within the corrections system.
“The Government has accepted all recommendations from the report, including recommendation 36 which prevents anyone but a judge under permit from approving the release of a prisoner.
“It is in the interests of all Victorians that our corrections system operates properly,” Mr Baillieu said.
Department of Finance and Administration former First Assistant Secretary Greg Williams will examine the structure and management systems of Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice.
Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer AO APM has also been appointed to lead a State Services Authority review to independently audit and benchmark the implementation of the Ombudsman’s 57 recommendations.
“The department has taken steps over the past year to strengthen and improve the management of high security prisoners, however a fresh set of eyes is needed,” Mr Baillieu said.
“Greg Williams will review the high level management systems of the corrections system to ensure the required operational and personnel improvements are made,” Mr Baillieu said.