Margaret Anderson – Reintegration Puzzle Conference 2019 Margaret Anderson – Reintegration Puzzle Conference 2019


Margaret Anderson


Australian Classification Board

Margaret worked 18 years in corrective services (adults and young people) in NSW and the NT. In NSW, she case managed the most “serious offenders”, and determined the legislative/policy direction of corrective services. Margaret’s experiences in the NT were diverse, and one of the best was discovering an Aboriginal cultural awareness program operating in the community and inviting the facilitators to adapt it and run it in the then, Youth Detention Centre in Darwin - this was the first such program, despite all detainees then identifying as ATSI. Other highlights included: obtaining pregnancy advice resource materials, in language, to share with a young detainee; and engaging with Indigenous community and health groups, radio stations, music bands, the Menzies Health Research Institute, and the NT Tobacco Control Advisory Committee to prepare everyone for ‘No Smoking at Holtze’ (the new prison precinct) and having printed the “No joke! Quit the smoke!” t-shirts for inmates (which some are wearing in the documentary film, Prison Songs). Margaret is on the board of Prisoners Aid NSW and has a strong interest in social justice issues. Following 18 years in corrective services, Margaret is now the Director of the Australian Classification Board and is very mindful of how technology and media impacts upon people’s lives. She firmly believes in the need for people to create a “digital toolkit” so that they can use today’s technology to create their identity and culture – especially after prison.