Corrective Services NSW


Deaths in custody

Management of Deaths in Custody Committee

The 'Management of Deaths in Custody' Committee is responsible for centralising the consideration, management and reporting of inmate deaths in custody for Corrective Services NSW.

The Committee ensures that Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) complies with Premier's Memorandum 2009-12 (M2009-12) issued on 4 June 2009. This directive requires Ministers and Government agencies to respond to the NSW Attorney General within set deadlines in relation to the consideration and implementation of recommendations arising from coronial inquests.

The Committee, chaired by the Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner and Human Resources, meets monthly and is strategically comprised of senior officers from CSNSW, the Chief Executive of NSW Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and a representative from the NSW Police Force. Since 13 July, 2010 a representative from the NSW State Coroner's Court also attends as an observer on the Committee.

The Committee ensures that the most appropriate and timely action is taken in response to internal reports including investigation reports and coronial findings and recommendations. Additionally, the Committee oversees the implementation of any recommendations arising from investigations of these critical incidents.

The Committee has an active program of reviewing and reporting on the implementation of recommendations arising from internal investigations and other reports and coronial inquiries.

Policy and Procedures - Aboriginal deaths in custody (2020)

Policy and procedures have been developed that must be followed by the Principal Manager, Aboriginal Strategy & Policy Unit and all Regional Aboriginal Project Officers when there is a death of an Aboriginal inmate in CSNSW custody.

This policy applies to all correctional centres and other facilities administered by or on behalf of CSNSW. The Principal Manager, ASPU is responsible for ensuring this policy is applied.

To access visit Policy and procedures - Aboriginal inmate deaths in CSNSW custody (2020) (PDF , 175.8 KB)

The Committee's Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference (PDF , 13.4 KB) ensure that CSNSW takes a proactive approach to duty of care responsibilities and, in particular, proactively manages contributions to inquiries by the Coroner and responses to Coroner's recommendations.


Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is bound by the following legislation and actions are to be in accordance with the relevant legislation in relation to a death in custody.

Government Responses to Coronial Recommendations

This link will take you to the relevant Legal Services Branch webpage on the Lawlink, Attorney General and Justice website which hosts Coronial Recommendations and Agency Responses.

CSNSW - Projects & Initiatives

Projects and initiatives introduced by CSNSW in response to issues arising from investigation reports, coronial inquests and other proactive measures taken by the organisation.

Information for families and friends after a death in custody

CSNSW will assist you after a death in custody. Download our factsheet to find out more. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click on the link to the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF , 49.7 KB) document for answers to the following:

  • What is a death in custody?
  • Who conducts an investigation into an individual's death in custody?
  • What is an inquest?

Contact us - send in your questions and comments using the General Enquiries (Web Form).

Last updated:

30 Nov 2020

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