Monday, June 24, 2024

WA Corrective Services staff receive national medal

Forty-eight Western Australian Corrective Services staff have been awarded the prestigious National Medal, for long and distinguished careers with the Department of Justice.

Awarded by the Governor-General, the Medals were presented by Corrective Services Minister Paul Papalia CSC in a ceremony at Perth Town Hall on Friday.

Established in 1975, the National Medal is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal, recognising long and diligent service in organisations that protect life and property and where there is some risk to frontline staff.

To be eligible, staff must have conscientiously served for at least 15 years and demonstrated an excellent standard of conduct.

National Medal Awards

In addition to 34 recipients of the National Medal for 15 years’ service, nine people received the first clasp, indicating 25 years of service and four received the second clasp, representing at least 35 years of dedicated service.

One award was presented posthumously to Brian Williams, who worked at Wooroloo Prison Farm for 21 years. Mr Williams sadly passed away earlier this year, with one of his sons accepting the award on his father’s behalf.

The other recipients represent a broad cross-section of Corrective Services roles from Jason Barnett who oversaw the introduction of the Mallee Rehabilitation Unit at Casuarina Prison, to Elly Gaymer who has worked with young people in detention since 1983.

“These frontline staff achieve great outcomes on a daily basis, so it’s great to see them recognised with such a prestigious award,” Department of Justice Director General Dr Adam Tomison said.

Corrective Services Commissioner Brad Royce APM added: “I commend these long-serving staff members for adapting to many changes and continuing to make a difference to the people in their care and the broader community.”

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