Consultation on the Prison to Work Employment Service Offer

The Prison to Work—Employment Service Offer is a new program announced in the 2017‑18 Federal Budget, as part of the Closing the Gap—Employment Services package to support progress on achieving parity in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The Prison to Work—Employment Service Offer will be implemented progressively from January 2018, subject to negotiations with the states and territories. Specialist organisations, which have experience with Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, will be engaged to provide services that are designed to assist Indigenous prisoners access the support they need on their release, better prepare them to find employment and reintegrate into the community. A consultation paper is now open for comment from organisations and individuals.

Consultation Paper

The Department is seeking written submissions using the questions in the consultation paper as a guide. If you have any questions regarding the content of the consultation paper you can call 1300 733 514, or email Please be aware that responses to questions or requests for clarification may be published for the benefit of all interested stakeholders without identifying the source of the question or clarification.

All submissions need to be sent to by 5.00 pm (Canberra time) on 28 August 2017.

Download the Consultation Paper.

Closing: Monday 28 August 2017 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Prison to Work—Consultation Paper Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Prison to Work Consultant Paper