Governance and our Executive


Governance in the public sector is defined as:

‘…the set of responsibilities and practices, policies and procedures, exercised by an agency’s Executive, to provide strategic direction, ensure objectives are achieved, manage risks and use resources responsibly and with accountability.’ 

Effective governance encompasses the important role of leadership in ensuring that sound governance practices are embedded throughout the organisation and the wider responsibility of all public servants to apply governance practices and procedures in their day-to-day work.

DCS Governance

Strategy and Direction is led by the Executive Group and comprises process and activities which set and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation, shaping and mapping the way forward.

Whilst Strategy and Direction is predominantly at a corporate level and is the domain of the Executive Group, it cascades down throughout the organisation for actioning, ensuring operational alignment with the strategic direction set by the Executive Group.  This includes:

  • Strategic and Business Planning (corporate, divisional, Business Unit level)
  • budget setting and review
  • performance reporting
  • research
  • policy
  • ICT strategy
  • innovation and continuous improvement
  • workforce planning
  • agency performance monitoring
  • oversight of corporate risk and compliance obligations
  • strategic inter and intra government collaboration
  • direction setting for the organisation.

The DCS Executive Group

The Executive team consists of:

  • Chief Executive
  • Deputy Chief Executive – Statewide Operations
  • Executive Director – Community Corrections & Specialist Prisons
  • Executive Director – People and Business Services
  • Executive Director – Offender Development
  • Executive Director – Office for Correctional Services Review
  • Director – Aboriginal Services