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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 of NSW (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.

Click here to view the latest Correctional Industries Consultative Council of NSW (CICC) Annual Report.


Luke Grant

Chairman CICC. 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.

Steve Thorpe

Secretary CICC. 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.

Ian Penfold  
NSW Business Chamber Representative

Ian was appointed to the Board of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2007. He was the past president and has been a councillor of the NSW Business Chamber since 1997. An experienced Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian’s 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. He was also Defence Reserves Support Council Sydney Metropolitan Regional Chairman, Chairman & Director of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors. Ian is also a Director of the New South Wales Business Chamber & Hunter Business Chamber and committee member of the NSWBC Commercial Services Committee and the Investment Committee.
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.

Julie Garland-McLellan

Community Representative

Julie Garland-McLellan is a professional company director and advisor to boards through her own company, Great Governance. Julie has over twenty years governance experience and presents governance training through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and other institutions. She is currently a director of Fitness Australia, the Navy Training Force Board, and the ACT Suburban Land Agency. Julie has written five books on corporate governance and is the publisher of ‘The Director’s Dilemma’ newsletter.

Julie has a diploma and an advanced diploma of Company Directorship, an Executive MBA, a graduate diploma of applied finance and investment, and an honours degree in civil engineering. As an executive Julie has worked with Gamesa Australia, KPMG, BHP, Thames Water and Wimpey Construction. She has served on seventeen boards including ASX listed, private commercial, government sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Judith Henderson

Community Representative

Ms Henderson is an experienced consultant with a proven history of successful design and delivery of major change projects, in the private, public and non-government sectors locally, nationally and internationally. Running her own consulting business, Ms Henderson has extensive experience in leadership, management, organizational development, strategic planning, change management, and performance management to help organisations determine direction, improve performance and to design and develop large international change programs. Ms Henderson's current and former roles include: Strategy Advisor UNAA International Peace Committee, Patron of the Illawarra International Women’s Day Committee (Association) formerly the founding Chair, Director Community Carpooling Association (Prosentient Systems), Co-Chair UN Women Australia Sydney Chapter, Member Russian Ministerial Consultative Council (NSW), Founder and former Company Secretary of the Public Education Foundation, Director (Deputy Chair) on the Board of the former Illawarra Venues Authority, Mentor for the NSW Government Executive Development Program. Invited member of the Council of World Women Leaders roundtable discussions, and Member of the former NSW Premier’s Council for Women.