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​Donna Shaw

Manager, Blacktown Community Corrections
27 years with Corrective Services NSW

Donna Shaw knows Corrective Services NSW inside out: For 27 years she’s been enjoying a diverse career that’s taken her from behind the prison walls and into the community.

Today the 46-year-old Manager of Blacktown Community Corrections oversees a team of 35 staff who each supervises around 25 to 40 offenders on court-ordered community orders.

“I loved it when I first came into the job and I still do. There’s a lot of room to grow within the department and I’ve taken every opportunity that has come my way,” Ms Shaw says.

Ms Shaw is among the more than 9,000 Corrective Services NSW staff being celebrated for their commitment to community safety on National Corrections Day, Friday 18 January.

One of the highlights of Ms Shaw’s career was earning the Commissioners Commendation in 2013 for exemplary leadership and dedication to Community Corrections.

“My role suits me well as managing people is one of my strengths. I’m open, honest and what you see is what you get. This approach has always served me well, whether it has been while working with staff or offenders,” Ms Shaw says.

After starting at Mulawa Correctional Centre, now known as Silverwater, in 1991, Ms Shaw completed stints at the Sheriff’s Department, parole units and transitional centres before making the move to Community Corrections in 1999.

The 2019 National Corrections Day theme is Working Corrections, focussing on inmate industries and the work of Community Corrections officers, who manage offenders on court-ordered community work.

There are nearly 1,600 Community Corrections staff working at more than 130 reporting locations across the state, supervising offenders on parole and community-based orders including court-ordered community work.

Donna Shaw