Industries Manager, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre
33 years with Corrective Services NSW
Paul Lancaster enjoys something, he sticks with it. That’s how the 59-year-old
has clocked up 33 years working for Corrective Services NSW.
boilermaker by trade, Mr Lancaster usually works as an Industries Manager at
the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, but is currently acting as a Project
Manager looking after 10 staff and 650 contractors completing the 440-bed
expansion of the prison at Kempsey.
the expansion project is complete, we’ll have a couple hundred inmates working
in Corrective Services Industries, and undertaking education or programs,” Mr
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
started as a correctional officer in 1985 and became an overseer a year later.
Working in industries makes me feel like I’m making a real difference; we’re
equipping inmates with skills that make them more employable and more likely to
break the cycle of crime,” Mr Lancaster says.
have the chance to work in furniture, upholstery, buy-ups, food services and
ground maintenance. They learn great work ethic and experience a workplace as
close to reality as possible so they can transition easily to employment
outside of custody.”
spent time in the Navy before joining CSNSW, where he has enjoyed a successful
career that has included stints working at Grafton and St Heliers correctional
2019 National Corrections Day theme is Working Corrections, focussing on
inmate industries and the work of Community Corrections officers, who supervise
offenders on court-ordered community work.