A new service targeting persistent offenders
The Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS) is an innovative $32 million program being launched as part of the NSW Government's reforms to reduce reoffending and make our communities safer.
Persistent reoffenders, and repeat offenders charged with a domestic-violence offence, will be targeted with services which identify and address their criminal behaviour before they attend court and when they are released from custody.
This way, they will immediately be offered the opportunity to receive the one-on-one interventions they need to turn their lives around and make a more positive contribution to the community. EOMS enables access to intervention at times where it previously was not available.
Justice NSW has engaged non-government providers to deliver EOMS. EOMS is being rolled out in Dubbo and Lismore and Mission Australia is the chosen service provider in these areas.
EOMS will also be rolled out in three new locations: Tamworth, Liverpool, and Parramatta / Burwood.
Centacare New England North West will deliver EOMS in Tamworth and arbias Ltd will deliver EOMS in Liverpool and Parramatta/Burwood.
The Department of Justice will assess participation rates in these areas and has plans to expand to other areas where there are a high number of priority offenders.
The service is an opportunity for the offender to address the issues that underlie their offending, such as drug and alcohol or anger issues.
It will contribute to the NSW Government's aim of significantly reducing adult and domestic violence reoffending.
The Department of Justice and its contracted service providers delivering the EOMS (EOMS Providers) are required to comply with, and ensure staff comply with, the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) (HRIP Act). Privacy Codes of Practice (Privacy Codes) have been made for the EOMS under these privacy laws. These Privacy Codes permit certain limited information exchange to occur in specific circumstances between Police NSW, Corrective Services NSW and the EOMS Providers for the purpose of operating the EOMS, without first obtaining a potential participant or participant's consent. Once a person is referred to an EOMS Provider, their consent must be obtained to exchange any further information.
The Privacy Codes for EOMS can be found on the Information Privacy Commission's website at: http://www.ipc.nsw.gov.au/privacy-codes-practice
If you are an EOMS participant and you wish to request access to your personal information you can email the Department of Justice at EOMS.Enquiries@justice.nsw.gov.au. The request will be determined by the Department of Justice.
If you are an EOMS participant and you have any enquiries or complaints in relation to your privacy or personal information while you are participating in EOMS you can contact the Department of Justice, Information Access and Privacy Unit, on 83461067 or 83461294 or complete the complaints form available here [DOC 28KB]
For more information about privacy visit the Information and Privacy Commission's website at: www.ipc.nsw.gov.au
EOMS Fact Sheet
Strategy to Reduce Reoffending