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.
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
“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.
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.
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.