The new Offending Behaviour Programs service delivery model, was introduced on 1 April 2015. The new model provides a state-wide approach to the delivery of offending behaviour programs and services, which ensures consistency, credibility and confidence in service delivery. At the end of 2014–15, 22 of the 23 measures recommended had been fully implemented. The one outstanding measure, the case workflow system at the Adult Parole Board, will be implemented by December 2015. Increasing number of offenders under Community Correctional Services supervision In the latter part of 2014–15, the number of offenders on supervised court orders significantly increased. After increasing by more than 1000 in 2014, the number of offenders on supervised court orders increased by more than 1500 in the six months to 30 June 2015. Since March, the number of offenders on supervised court orders increased by approximately 70 per week. The key drivers of this growth in offender numbers are the abolition of suspended sentences, increased use of a combined sentence of imprisonment and a Community Correction Order (CCO), and the Guideline Judgement on the CCO handed down by the Court of Appeal on 22 December 2014. The Guideline Judgement confirmed that the CCO is capable of being highly punitive and, as such, may be suitable for relatively serious offences that might previously have received a medium term of imprisonment ( Boulton v The Queen ; Clements v The Queen ; Fitzgerald v The Queen  VSCA 342). To support Corrections Victoria’s capacity to manage this increasing demand, the 2015–16 State Budget provided $65 million in output funding and $26 million in capital funding to expand the capacity of CCS to supervise offenders in the community. This included $2 million over two years for family violence programs to address perpetrator behaviour. The funding provides for 143 additional CCS staff, a number of new CCS locations and a suite of programs and services aimed at reducing recidivism and increasing opportunities for offenders to make reparation to the community. The Budget also provides pilot funding for four mental health clinicians across the Melbourne and Sunshine Magistrates’ courts. These staff will provide advice to inform the appropriateness of including a mental health treatment and rehabilitation condition for inclusion on a CCO. The pilot aims to improve the quality of mental health screening and recommendations provided to the court when magistrates are considering including a mental health condition on a CCO. 38
Report on output performance Performance measures Unit of measure 2014–15 actual 2014–15 target Performance variation (%) Result Quantity Average daily offenders under community-based supervision number 8362 7798 7.2 The actual is above the target due to significant growth in the number of supervised offenders.
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