Bill Deichsel started his career with the Queensland Prison Service in 1961 as a prison officer at H.M. Prison Townsville and since then has spent time working across the state and overseas in many different roles.
He officially retired in 1988 after working as Assistant Comptroller General and Acting Deputy Comptroller General. He was asked to return in 1991, working as an Inspector reviewing systems at prisons including Townsville, and later spent time working in youth detention.
Bill’s career in corrections led to him taking up a secondment to Papua New Guinea in the early 70s, working in prisons near Rabaul, Lae and Port Moresby. Bill recalls the coincidence of working with one of the officers some years later on a development course at the Academy.
He also spent time abroad completing a Senior Management Course in Penal Administration at H.M. Prison Service College in England and took the opportunity to visit prisons as an official observer representing Queensland Prison Service in the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong before returning to Australia.
His ongoing drive for professional development led to him working in H.M. Prison Townsville, H.M. Prison Rockhampton, H.M. Prison Wacol, H.M. Prison Woodford, and H.M. Brisbane Prison Complex across his career.
Although Bill retired nearly 30 years ago, he still lends his knowledge and experiences to the Academy and was a significant guest at the anniversary celebrations earlier this year. Bill’s eagerness to take on new challenges is apparent through his dedicated service which is displayed alongside his photo and uniform at the Academy.