Community Service Order Administration Assistant, Nowra Community Corrections
Eight years with Corrective Services NSW
Nerice Low took an administration job with Nowra Community Corrections a year
ago, she never expected to be making a difference in offenders’ lives.
on her time in the role so far, the former South Coast Correctional Centre
roster clerk was surprised to see the impact court-ordered community work can
have on offenders’ rehabilitation.
role is about making the right connections, ensuring that offenders in the
community are provided work opportunities so they can learn new skills and give
not-for-profit organisations a helping hand,” Ms Low says.
had a single mum placed with the Salvation Army who thought she wouldn’t
succeed because she worked casually, was studying and had child-minding
commitments. With some support she completed the order and was taken on in a
paid position afterwards.
work not only gives them new skills, it improves their self-esteem and really
strengthens their connection to the community.”
Low 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
Low started a career with Corrective Services NSW in 2010, after moving to the
Shoalhaven for a sea-change. The former Sydneysider had previously worked for
NSW Agriculture and looked forward to taking up another government role.
42-year-old now works as a Community Service Order Administration Assistant
alongside fellow Community Corrections Officer Allison Horlock and several
field officers, to ensure offenders have enough support to complete their
court-ordered community work.
the initial induction through to the end of their order I am in regular contact
with offenders, giving them encouragement, communicating with them and
reminding them of the importance of completing their order,” she says.
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.
are nearly 1,600 Community Corrections staff working at more than 130 reporting
locations across the state, supervising offenders on parole and court-ordered