Our Respect The Risk petition in Parliament

Posted on October 11, 2019

Safety at work is a right that many of us take for granted each day. However for correctional officers, every time they turn up to work they face the risk of being assaulted simply by doing their job.

This year there have been 167 incidents of assault in correctional centres in Queensland. That is on average an assault on a correctional officer roughly every second day.

Currently, the law states that an assault on front-line professionals such as paramedics, police and nurses carries a penalty of up to 14 years in jail. But for assaults on correctional officers, the law only provides for 7 years.

This is not right. It is time the law is changed to recognise the risk correctional officer face at work every day. 

That is why it is great to see Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders supporting our Respect the Risk petition in parliament to have the law treat correctional officers like other front line professions when it comes to sentencing.

This petition has already gained fantastic support from the community! We are closing in on 3000 signatures with only a week left.

Can you help push the number of signatures over 3000 and beyond? 

Click here to sign the petition.

Show your support for Together members working in correctional centres and add your voice to the calls to Respect the Risk that correctional officers face in their workplaces.

1800 177 244
members@together.org.au