Logan City Probation and Parole Service has partnered with stakeholders including Centrelink and the Department of Education and Training to deliver several programs to assist offenders in gaining employment.

The Logan Fresh Start Program was introduced this year, with six offenders completing a Certificate II in Landscaping and Rural Operations. Of the participants enrolled in the course, three gained employment and two went on to complete a Certificate III in Landscaping and Horticulture.

Throughout the duration of the course, offenders were also given the opportunity to attend rehabilitation courses focusing on gambling addiction, alcohol abuse and financial planning and budgeting, which can be key factors involved with offending behaviour.

With such a positive outcome allowing offenders to improve their employability, Logan City Probation and Parole Service is in the process of setting up a second rotation of the program.