Where we are up to
Corrections Victoria engaged Wan Yaari Aboriginal Consultancy in July 2020 to commence delivery of the Wadamba Prison to Work Program. Wadamba provides Aboriginal young people aged 18-35 on remand at Dame Phyllis Frost and Melbourne Remand Centre with pre and post release employment support.
Whilst the pandemic has impacted delivery of the pilot program throughout 2020, funding has been awarded over two years under the 2021-22 State Budget to continue delivery of services for young Aboriginal adults on remand and allow for a formal program evaluation. Procurement activity was finalised in June 2021 to extend contracted services with Wan Yaari until 30 June 2023.
The Time to Work Employment Service (TWES), delivered by VACRO, provides a pre-release employment support service to sentenced Aboriginal prisoners across all Victorian prisons, with the exception of Melbourne Assessment Prison and Metropolitan Remand Centre. The TWES is a Commonwealth funded initiative and has been extended to continue delivery of services until 30 June 2022.