Corrective Services NSW

Aboriginal Deaths in CSNSW Custody Thematic Review

The Aboriginal Deaths in CSNSW Custody Thematic Review will carefully consider the deaths of Aboriginal people in the custody of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) since 2010.

The Review will be guided by an external reference group including many Aboriginal experts with considerable relevant experience, chaired by Professor James Ward.

The Review will make recommendations on how CSNSW can reduce deaths in custody and improve the experience of Aboriginal people in custody, in a report to the Minister for Corrections. Please see the Terms of Reference and Project Methodology for further information, or contact

Read a general report on First Nations People’s Deaths in Custody by the NSW State Coroner (PDF, 699.8 KB)

Project methodology

Here is a list of the six work streams to be conducted as part of the project. Further detail will be added in coming months, including some of the reports produced by the work streams.

  1. Literature review.
  2. Statistical analysis.
  3. Review pre-death factors.
  4. Review post-death outcomes (eg. coroners’ recommendations)
  5. Gather information about lived experiences from families and staff.
  6. Review implementation of Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommendations. 
Last updated:

22 Jun 2023

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Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

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