Custodial Correctional Officer, Rebecca Bates’ career with QCS started at Numinbah Correctional Centre eight years ago. In that time, she has worked in administrative and visits processing roles at Numinbah and Palen Creek Correctional Centre.

“In May last year I attended the QCS Academy and graduated as a Custodial Correctional Officer. I was then appointed to the position of the farm officer at Numinbah Correctional Centre,” she says.

Rebecca competed in last year’s Australasian Police and Emergency Services games with her mares Immenhof Fame and WPH Isabella. “Fame and I won overall Supreme Champion, Show Jumping Exhibit. We also won a gold medal in her combined training (dressage and show jumping) class and a bronze in her hunter hack class. WPH Isabella was awarded a bronze medal in her show horse class and bronze in the combined training,” says Rebecca. “It was a great competition where participants came from all over Australia and New Zealand to compete.”

Before corrections, she worked with horses on her family’s thoroughbred and performance horse stud.
Rebecca’s experience with horses has assisted in her role at Numinbah, where QCS has recently partnered with Racing Queensland to deliver the Certificate II in Stable Hand (Racing) course. “The course is facilitated by Racing Queensland and we have two educators that have been attending the centre three days a week,” she says.

Health and safety within a workplace, rules and regulations of the racing industry, communication in the workplace, horse handling and management skills, and basic riding practises are topics that are covered in the course.

“The women have been able to learn riding skills and it has been a fantastic introduction to working with horses for the women,” says Rebecca.

“There are many opportunities for employment in the racing industry and there are tracks in all of the capital cities and major country towns across Australia. This certificate will open up opportunities for women that cannot return to their previous employment or that have not been employed for some time.

“It has been great to watch the women grow throughout the course and see their confidence increase, and I hope that more opportunities for further training and courses can evolve for the future,” says Rebecca.