Department of Communities and Justice
|Formed||1 July 2019|
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Headquarters||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
The New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice, a department of the Government of New South Wales, is responsible for the delivery of services to some of the most disadvantaged individuals, families and communities; and the administration and development of a just and equitable legal system of courts, tribunals, laws and other mechanisms that further the principles of justice in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It also provides services to children and young people, families, people who are homeless, people with a disability, their families and carers, women, and older people. The department is the lead agency of the Stronger Communities cluster of the New South Wales government.
The department was formed on 1 July 2019 following the 2019 state election that saw the formation of the second Berejiklian ministry. The department assumed most of functions from the former Department of Family and Community Services, and the former Department of Justice. The new department was originally meant to be named Department of Family, Community Services and Justice when announced on the gazette in April 2019, but was changed to its current name in June 2019.
Adult correctional operations are governed by the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999. Other relevant laws include the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW), Crimes Act 1900 No 40 (NSW), Crimes (Interstate Transfer of Community Based Sentences) Act 2004 (NSW), Protected Disclosures Act 1994 No 92 (NSW), Summary Offences Act 1988 No 25 (NSW), Prisoners (Interstate Transfer) Act 1982 No 104 (NSW), and Parole Orders (Transfer) Act 1983 No 190 (NSW).
Juvenile justice operates under the terms of the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 (NSW), the Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987 (NSW), the Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW), and the Children (Interstate Transfer of Offenders) Act 1988 (NSW).
DCJ is made up of seven divisions, including:
- Courts, Tribunals and Service Delivery, which supports the work of the State's Supreme Court and subordinate courts and tribunals
- Corrections, which manages prisons and supervises offenders in the community, such as parolees and those sentenced to community service
- Child Protection and Permanency, District and Youth Justice Services, which manages child protection, foster care, adoption and juvenile detention centres
- Housing, Disability and District Services and Emergency Management, which provides services to people experiencing homelessness or disability, and communities facing natural disasters
- Law Reform and Legal Services, which includes the State's Director of Public Prosecutions
These are supported by a Strategy, Policy and Commissioning and a Corporate Services division.
Each division is led by a deputy secretary (the deputy secretary for Corrections is known as the Commissioner of Corrective Services). The deputy secretaries report to secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter.
- Attorney General, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, presently The Honourable Mark Speakman
- Minister for Police and Emergency Services, presently The Honourable David Elliott
- Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections, presently The Honourable Anthony Roberts
- Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, presently The Honourable Gareth Ward
- Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, presently The Honourable John Sidoti
- Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, presently The Honourable Bronwyn Taylor MLC
All ministers were appointed with effect from 2 April 2019; however Mark Speakman has served as Attorney General since 30 January 2017. Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.
- Ageing, Disability and Home Care including the Office for Ageing
- Community Services NSW
- Crown Solicitor's Office
- Disability Council of New South Wales
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- Home and Community Care Program Advisory Committee
- Home Care Service of New South Wales
- NSW Businesslink Pty Ltd
- NSW Government Telecommunications Authority
- Guardianship Tribunal of New South Wales
- Information and Privacy Commission
- Inspector of Custodial Services
- Institute of Sport Staff Agency
- Legal Aid NSW
- Multicultural NSW Staff Agency
- Ministry for Police and Emergency Services
- NSW Crime Commission
- NSW Institute of Sport
- NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- NSW Trustee and Guardian
- Office of Sport
- Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
- Office of the New South Wales Sheriff
- State Emergency Service
- "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- "About us". NSW Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019". NSW Legislation.
- "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Miscellaneous) Order 2019". NSW Legislation. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- "Department of Communities and Justice - Executive Structure" (PDF). NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- Department of Communities and Justice website
- "Administrative Arrangements (Administration of Acts—General) Order 2019 [NSW]: Schedule 1 - Allocation of the administration of Acts (157)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 12-17. Retrieved 4 April 2019.