About the program

The Work Ready, Release Ready (WRRR) is one of the flagship programs to emerge from recommendations in the 10by20 Strategic Policy Panel Report, to reduce reoffending 10% by the year 2020. Specific recommendations on prisoner Employment and Industry outcomes can be found on p.46.

Since the release of the report, DCS has secured $9.2M in the South Australian State Budget for the rollout of WRRR, commencing from 2017/2018. Workskil Australia has been engaged by the Department as the specialist job network provider and provider of employment support services for WRRR.

Workskil Australia is a South Australian not-for-profit community services organisation and one of the country's largest providers of employment services.

WRRR commenced from March 2018 and aims to support offenders to:

  • make positive changes to enable a crime-free lifestyle,
  • find sustainable employment post-release, and
  • stop offending behaviour.

Program phases

The WRRR Program involves three phases

  1. Work Ready helps to identify skills and develop a Training Plan which can include training and education through VTEC, Prison Industries or TAFE SA.
  2. Release Ready assists participants approaching pre-release to improve their job seeking and interview skills and consider preparation for release including housing, transport and access to other services such as Centrelink.
  3. Employment provides support to find work, attend interviews and adjust to routine while being stabilised in employment.

ork Ready Release Ready Program phases

Program Application

Participants can apply for a place on the WRRR program if they are:

  • Motivated and ready to change
  • High to moderate risk of reoffending
  • Engaged or willing to engage in education, training and / or prison industries

For more information about WRRR please email: DCSWRRR@sa.gov.au