PROUDLY SUPPORTING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the many communities on whose land we operate and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend our respects to all First Nations peoples across Australia.
Continuum of Care®
GEO Australia delivers evidence-based programs and services both in custody and post-release that support people to develop strategies to live healthy, non-offending lives when they reintegrate into the community.
Through our Continuum of Care model we are transforming lives and contributing to Better Corrections and Safer Communities.
Our Rehabilitation and Reintegration Approach
Positively transforming lives and contributing to safer communities is everyone’s responsibility at a GEO Australia centre. We are committed to implementing a rehabilitative environment that promotes positive behavioural change. Through integrated case-management practices, programs that address key determinants of criminal behaviour, quality education and training, meaningful employment opportunities and through-the-gate reintegration services, we reduce recidivism rates and improve reintegration outcomes for those in our care.
As Australia’s longest running private correctional service provider, we are proud to deliver leading experience, ample resources and a proven track record for successful outcomes for our partners, consumers and communities.
Our Commitment to Improving the Wellbeing of First Nations People In Our Care
GEO Australia acknowledges the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody.
Fully supporting the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 1991, GEO is committed to improving the health and justice outcomes of the Aboriginal people in our care.
Accordingly, each of the correctional centres we manage has dedicated resources and programs to help support First Nations people while in our custody and to help them successfully reintegrate into the community, across five areas of priority:
- Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in custody;
- Providing culturally safe and responsive services;
- Preventing the self-harm and suicide of Aboriginal people in custody;
- Decreasing ongoing justice involvement and recidivism; and
- Ensuring a culturally aware and capable workforce.
GEO also remains totally committed to engaging with and supporting our Aboriginal workforce and Aboriginal communities as we work to deliver on these priorities, as well as promoting the ongoing recognition and celebration of heritage and culture through special events.
Be part of our community
The GEO Group Australia has learnt the NSW Government will not undertake a new tender process to continue the private operation of Junee Correctional Centre beyond the current contract, which ends on 31 March 2025.
A section of The Gippsland Plains Rail Trail in Maffra will receive a much-needed ‘facelift’ following a donation of native plants to Fulham Correctional Centre and the Maffra and Districts Landcare Network.
How we reduce re-offending
GEO’s suite of evidence-based programs and services address key areas of need in the rehabilitation of people that come into contact with the criminal justice system; including substance use, education and employment, as well as family connections and relationships. We pride ourselves on our efforts in helping people address their issues and improve their opportunities on release. Annually on average more than 17,000 prisoners and ex-prisoners complete education, training or offending behavior programs at a GEO Australia centre.
On any given day, 75% of prisoners are engaged in employment, education, vocational training or programs.
How we re-integrate prisoners
Entering the community after a period of incarceration can be a very difficult transition. To help facilitate this transition, GEO has established an ongoing support model called Continuum of Care. This is well demonstrated in our Melbourne facility where we support former prisoners to reintegrate into their community and go on to make a positive contribution to society.
Since opening in November 2017, over 4000 men have voluntarily attended the Bridge Centre for post-release support.
How we serve the community
GEO’s correctional centres provide a diverse range of support to the community, including thousands of hours of community service with the undertaking of maintenance and improvements to local grounds and infrastructure. We have a strong record of providing financial support by way of sponsorships, donations, scholarships and a commitment to ‘buying locally’ wherever possible.
In one centre alone, 13,000 hours of community service is completed each year.
How we partner
GEO has worked hard to develop strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with a large number of community and education partners. These allow our people in our care access to exemplary education and training opportunities to improve their rehabilitation outcomes. These can often coincide with the goals of charity groups seeking to deliver services that benefit the community at large.
GEO is committed to be a leading partner and contributor to community groups and charity organisations.