Sunday, July 21, 2024

WA justice department director general resigns

WA Department of Justice Director General, Dr Adam Tomison, has submitted his resignation after seven years of service to the State.

Adopting the role in 2017, Dr Tomison (pictured) implemented a range of reforms and led Western Australia’s prisons and detention centre through the COVID pandemic.

During his tenure, the Director General has overseen the development of substantial policy and legislation, including the creation of the WA Office of Crime Statistics and Research (WACSAR) – a unit enabling knowledge enhancement through data analytics, evaluation and research.

He was also instrumental in the opening of the State’s first female drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison, Wandoo, as well as similar centres for men located within Casuarina Prison and Bunbury Regional Prison.

“Since his appointment in 2017, Dr Tomison has played an integral role in improving the justice system for all West Australians,” said Attorney General John Quigley.

“He brought great capacity to the Department and created a high performing policy and legislation team to deliver the Government’s significant law reform agenda.

“Dr Tomison’s knowledge and experience in the justice and criminology sectors have been invaluable in overseeing the Department, and indeed his leadership during the pandemic was exemplary.

“I thank Dr Tomison for his outstanding contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”

Corrective Services Minister, Paul Papalia extended his thanks to Dr Tomison for his service as the Director General of the Department of Justice.

“It is a challenging role with many responsibilities, ones Dr Tomison didn’t take lightly,” he said.

“Dr Tomison’s work to establish the nation-leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, for both men and women, is a legacy which will continue to help convicted Western Australians to break the cycle of their substance-related offending.”

His replacement will be appointed in the new year.

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