In May 2016 the Minister for Corrections, David Elliott, and the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW, Peter Severin, announced the 'Better Prisons' initiative, which would remove over 130 qualified teaching positions in NSW prisons. The proposal would see administrative clerks replace the senior education/education officers and outsource the provision of education to private providers.
The proposal to privatise prison education highlights significant issues such as prisoners' dependency on private corporations whose main objective is to maximise profits, as well as the problematic outlook that education is merely a means of production. Thus, implementation of the proposal would compromise rehabilitative environments for inmates in the prison system. For a summary of the issues, please refer to the Summary Paper here.