Meet your
PACCOA
Delegates
  1. Liz Moore (TAS)  Membership Co-ordinator
    Liz Moore (TAS) Membership Co-ordinator
  2. Yolanda Sanders (NSW) President
    Yolanda Sanders (NSW) President
  3. Alicia Murphy (SA) Sub-Delegate
    Alicia Murphy (SA) Sub-Delegate
  4. Carol Sailiai (TAS) Sub-Delegate
    Carol Sailiai (TAS) Sub-Delegate
  5. Megan White (QLD) Secretary
    Megan White (QLD) Secretary
  6. Alisha Bridge (QLD) Sub-delegate
    Alisha Bridge (QLD) Sub-delegate
  7. Jessica Ryan (ACT) Sub-Delegate
    Jessica Ryan (ACT) Sub-Delegate
  8. Michaela Klaaysen (VIC) Sub-Delegate
    Michaela Klaaysen (VIC) Sub-Delegate
  9. Wayne Voak (WA) Treasurer
    Wayne Voak (WA) Treasurer
  10. Tanya Hendry (WA) Sub-Delegate
    Tanya Hendry (WA) Sub-Delegate
Our History
PACCOA, the Probation and Community Corrections Officer's€™ Association, is a not for profit national group which works to promote understanding of, and discussion about, issues of offender management, particularly issued related to community-based management.

PACCOA promotes professional development of probation/community corrections officers; enhancing the quality of justice and the safety of the community by professional development and participation in discussion.

PACCOA was formed in 1998 to fill a void in national communication, brought about by the existence of separate state, territory and federal justice processes.

PACCOA's aims are:
  • To develop the profession of probation and parole / Community Corrections
  • To advance the quality of justice in society through the contributions of members;
  • To provide an organisation through which members can develop a professional identity;
  • To represent members on matters relating to community based offender management;
  • To promote, monitor and improve practice standards.
  • To exchange ideas with other relevant bodies.
  • To support social justice policies.
  • To co-operate with other agencies in implementing crime reduction strategies and strategies to minimise the impact of crime upon communities.
  • To promote awareness of matters relating to offending behaviour and offender management
  • To promote research on relevant issues
  • To promote ethical practice amongst members.
  • To contribute to professional education of members.
Whilst not being an industrial body, PACCOA contributes to debate on issues that have industrial and professional implications.

Background

Under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, responsibility for most aspects of justice administration is devolved to state and territory jurisdictions. By arrangement with the Commonwealth Government, administration of sentences and community based options for federal offenders is administered by the state and territory jurisdictions.

Probation and Community Corrections programs in Australia have developed within the individual state jurisdictions, largely in isolation from each other. There was little cross fertilisation of ideas and exchange of information on community based offender management, with implications for how resources were used.

Community based offender management has often been overlooked by the wider criminal justice debate and researchers, resulting in the field being in a subsidiary position to custodial corrections. The impact of this has been felt in areas of funding and has made the profession vulnerable to the vagaries of politics.

PACCOA commenced as an initiative by workers and middle level administrators seeking to develop a national identity for the profession. It was formed in 1998 to fill the void in national communication, brought about by state and territory based processes. The constitution was adopted at an inaugural General Meeting, held at Parramatta, NSW on 12 March 1998. PACCOA seeks to:
  • Provide a forum for all interested parties to contribute to the development of ideas on crime reduction through offender management:
  • Contribute to the enhancement of practices wisdom for those working in the profession.


Our Goal

The goal of PACCOA is to enhance the quality of justice and the safety of the community through our professional development and participation in relevant issues.

Structure of PACCOA

PACCOA is registered within the State of New South Wales as an Incorporated Association. Its routine affairs are managed by an Executive Committee  which consists of one delegate drawn from members in each participating jurisdiction. In those jurisdictions which have associations affiliated with PACCOA, (currently New South Wales), those associations nominate the delegate to PACCOA. 

In the other jurisdictions, financial members elect their own delegate to the Executive. Office bearers are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Co-ordinator  and Treasurer and the life of the Executive is from Annual General Meeting to Annual General Meeting.

CODE OF ETHICS
Upon applying to join PACCOA, each applicant undertakes to be bound by our Code of Ethics as follows:

PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
  • Each member of this Association holds that they will respect the inherent dignity and worth of every human being and seek to ensure that, within the scope of their work, human and civil liberties are safeguarded.
  • The Association expects of its members unfailing honesty, respect for the dignity and individuality of human beings, and a commitment to professional and compassionate service. In pursuit of these goals, members will:
  • Treat colleagues and others supportively and with courtesy and fairness;
  • Respect the importance of all elements of the criminal justice system and cultivate professional relationships;
  • Adhere to lawful requirements of privacy and confidentiality in discharging their professional duty;
  • Be diligent in recording information upon which decisions are made;
  • Help offenders to increase their range of legitimate options and encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions;
  • Maintain the integrity of private information; They will not seek personal data beyond that needed to perform their responsibilities;
  • Report without reservation, any corrupt or unethical behavior discovered in the course of their professional duties;
  • Not use their official capacity in any matter in which they have a personal interest; 
  • Recognize the importance of community protection, public safety and the rights of victims of crime;
  • Not to promote any partisan political process;
  • Not accept any gift or favor to imply an obligation that is inconsistent with their professional responsibilities;
  • When conducting research and information analysis ensure objectivity, verification and a balanced approach;
  • Avoid significant personal or business relationships with offenders they supervise. Sexual relationships with offenders they supervise, or have supervised are unethical;
  • Accept that education, training, support and supervision are basic to their work and hold themselves responsible for the standard of their work with offenders;
  • Respect the privacy of offenders and hold information obtained in the course of professional service in confidence, except where the law demands otherwise or there are ethical or moral reasons not to do so.

To view a copy of the PACCOA Constitution, please click here .
 

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