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Corrective Services Industries


Inmate participation in work programs plays a fundamental role in facilitating effective correctional centre management, by eliminating the destructive influences of inmate idleness.

In addition, the programs have an important role in enabling inmates to provide reparation to the community and prepare them for employment on their release.

Whilst CSI work programs attract broad community support on occasions, concerns are sometimes expressed about the impact of these programs upon community employment.


​CSI operates to strict ethical principles and is sensitive to potential impact on the business community. Potential exists for unfair business advantage in specific industries. CSI steers a fine line to ensure contracts and partnerships are appropriate to correctional labour. Our business must always be transparent and able to withstand the strongest scrutiny.

The Correctional Industries Consultative Council (CICC) performs an important function in the business life of CSI. The CICC exists to screen business opportunities and ensure appropriate checks and balances. Members of the CICC are from a cross section of business, trade unions and the community. The CICC meets regularly to examine in detail the operational and business proposals appropriate to CSI function.

As a commercial operation CSI has a competitive outlook, as well as rigorous social objectives aimed at improving post release prospects for ex-offenders.

CSI contracts and partnerships with the private sector must be assessed so that they fit within well defined parameters.
To register an Expression of Interest, or for further information on partnerships with CSI view the “Partner with CSI” page on this website. CSI takes pride in being a good corporate citizen and always ensures that any business proposal meets our established social obligations.


Steve Thorpe

Group Director, Industries & Education, Corrective Services Industries, Corrective Services NSW

Steve Thorpe commenced with CSNSW in 1990 as the Operations Development Manager for CSI. Prior to that he held a number of senior positions in BHP and Smorgons. He holds a Diploma in Metallurgy and has completed a range of courses in the fields of Management, Production Planning, Logistics, Finance and Workplace Health & Safety relating to manufacturing / operational environments.

He was appointed to the position of Executive Director, CSI in January, 2007 and to the position of Director, Industries & Education in December, 2013 where his primary role is to provide continuous meaningful employment and educational services to those inmates within the public sector correctional system focusing on reducing recidivism and the cost of corrections. Included in this position is the responsibility of Secretary of the Correctional Industries Consultative Council of NSW.

Luke Grant

Assistant Commissioner, Corrections Strategy and Policy, Corrective Services NSW

Luke Grant originall​y joined Corrective Services NSW in the 1980’s and held a number of executive positions prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner Inmate Management in 2000. He has worked at the coalface in the areas of inmate classification, offender rehabilitation programs and services and inmate education.

Mr Grant was appointed to his current position in December 2012. This position performs a 2IC function and is called on to act as Commissioner when the Commissioner is absent. This position is responsible for business analysis, workplace relations, media and communications, ministerial and executive support, the administration of sentences and orders. This position is also responsible for Aboriginal offender policy and women’s services and provides strategic advice to the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW-wide business issues. Mr Grant has been actively involved in research collaborations with Universities in offender behaviour and health and has an extensive publication history in peer review journals. Mr Grant holds a Master of Science Degree (Research) and had a background in the tertiary education sector prior to commencing with Corrective Services NSW.

Emma Maiden
Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW

Emma Maiden is the Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW, the first woman to hold this role. Emma commenced with Unions NSW in 2010 as a Senior Industrial Officer, becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2011. Prior to this, Emma worked in either policy, legal and industrial capacities at Slater & Gordon, the Community and Public Sector Union, the Australian Services Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and WorkCover NSW.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Economic (Honours 1) from Sydney University, a Diploma in Law from the Legal Practitioners Admission Board and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Emma was appointed to the CICC in 2012. She is also a member of the Contract Cleaning Long Service Leave Committee and a Board member of legalsuper and St George Community Transport.

Ian Penfold

Ian was appointed to the Board of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2007. He was the past president and has been a councilor of the NSW Business Chamber since 1997. An experienced Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian’s particular skills and experience were acquired as the head of major corporations with licenses for well-known international retail brands. Ian is a former Chairman and Managing Director of Speedo Australia, and Chairman and President of Pentland Australia, which in addition to Speedo, owned the license for other international brands including Lacoste and Ellesse. He is also a former Managing Director of Cork International, a leading consumer products business with international brands and of Charles Parsons & Company Pty Ltd, a major subsidiary of the Charles Parsons Group – a multi-faceted supplier and converter of textile products in Australia. Ian is also Defence Reserves Support Council Sydney Metropolitan Regional Chairman, Director of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, Chair of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, Chair of the Commercial Services Committee and member of the Investment Committee.

Dr Anne Marie Martin
Assistant Commissioner, Offender Management and Programs, Corrective Services NSW

Dr Martin's responsibilities include oversight of classification and placement of offenders held in custody, prison industries and education, programs and services as well as the restorative justice unit. Dr Martin's work history includes providing treatment to sex offenders, assessments and the provision of therapy to children affected by child abuse and neglect through the Women's and Children's Hospital (Adelaide), and psychological services with the Royal Australian Air Force. She began providing group-based intervention with sex offenders and violent offenders assessed as high risk of re-offending within South Australia in 2004, and subsequently developed programs for offenders and undertook management and executive roles within the correctional arena. Since commencing with CSNSW Dr Martin has completed a review of services and programs with the aim of increasing program provision, particularly with offenders that pose the greatest risk of reoffending. Dr Martin currently has oversight of business units that include Corrective Services Industries, education, services and programs for inmates and offenders in New South Wales.

Tracey Freeman

Australian Industry Group Representative

Tracey Freeman is the Director of Freeman HR Pty Ltd, providing Human Resource Consulting services to predominantly manufacturing and construction industry clients since 2007. Prior to this she was Human Resources Manager with Mainteck Services, IMB, and various HR Management positions within BHP Steel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Industrial Relations) in addition to a variety of Leadership, Organisational Change and Work Health and Safety qualifications. Tracey is Treasurer of the Illawarra Industry Council for the Australian Industry Group, former Chair of the Illawarra Skills Shortage Taskforce, and member of the Illawarra Safety Taskforce within Australian Industry Group. She is Chair of Workplace Learning Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands. Tracey is also a former board member of South Coast Tourism and former Chair of Tourism Shellharbour. Tracey brings her experience across manufacturing, vocational education and tourism, coupled with strong community engagement and a belief in rehabilitation and education.

Peter Maa

General Manager, Parklea Correctional Centre, The GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd

Peter Maa commenced his career in corrections with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) in 1987 at the Malabar Reception Prison, Long Bay. As a correctional officer, he worked in a number of correctional centres and specialised positions within the Security and Investigations Branch. Peter was appointed to the position of Governor in 2004 when he was given the responsibility for the transition of the Kariong Correctional Centre from the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Peter has since been appointed to a number of other appointments as General Manager responsible for the Corrective Services Academy, Special Purpose Centre Cluster and the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre at Long Bay.

In 2010 Peter pursued a development opportunity within the private sector operations and was appointed as the General Manager for the Parklea Correctional Centre under the operations of the GEO Group Australia. In 2013 Peter officially joined the GEO Group Australia and continues to manage the operations of Parklea Correctional Centre under the operating contract with CSNSW.​