In October 2001, the department firmly established its commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal people with the signing of a Declaration of Reconciliation. In June 2011, the department reaffirmed its commitment to reconciliation renewing the Declaration.

In early 2016, the department once again renewed its commitment with an updated Declaration of Reconciliation.

Our vision for Reconciliation

The Department for Correctional Services is committed to improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizens of South Australia whose lives are touched by the Criminal Justice System.

The department shares the vision of Reconciliation Australia for everyone to wake to a reconciled, just and equitable Australia.

The department aims to inspire and enable all Australians to contribute to reconciliation and break down stereotypes and discrimination.

We undertake to manage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the department’s care and custody with respect and compassion. Where possible and to the best of our ability, we will provide services and support that recognise diverse cultural needs, and address the intergenerational trauma that many have suffered in their lives.

For more information regarding the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2023, please contact

More information on Reconciliation is available at Reconciliation Australia.

Racism. It Stops With Me

The Department for Correctional Services is a proud supporter of the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign.

The department has released a special video to highlight our support and commitment to the national campaign.

We hope this video will inspire other individuals and organisations to respond effectively to racism.


  • Download: DCS Reconciliation Action Plan 2020 - 2023.pdf (38.6 MB PDF)