Dates for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne world cafe events on reforming the prison system

Over the past two years, several of us with an active interest in offender reintegration have been working toward formation of a national offender reintegration coalition. With a small grant from the Ian Potter Foundation, we are holding ‘conversation’-type meetings in several cities including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We have already held our first meeting in Perth on 12 April.

In these meetings, we will be asking participants to discuss two questions and to be as creative as possible without a consideration of cost:

  1. How could prison function differently to prepare people for successful release?
  2. What conditions are needed within communities to effectively support people post-release?

The idea is to conduct a collective ‘re-imagining’ of an inside and outside experience that would facilitate outcomes that are in the best interests of ex-offenders from their point of view and a community point of view.

If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please register your expression of interest to attend on one of the links below:

Brisbane: Fri., 10 May 2019, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm AEST

Sydney: Fri., 24 May 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm AEST

Melbourne: Fri., 31 May 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm AEST 


Photo from our Perth Event which was venue hosted by Red Cross Australia


Finally, we have attached a survey link containing the two questions, providing you an opportunity to contribute if you can’t attend the meeting. Of course, if you do want to attend, completing the short survey will allow you to ‘pre-think’ your input into the conversations on the day.


Because the grant has a short timeline, and we want to produce a discussion paper for this year’s Reintegration Puzzle Conference in late June, please complete the survey by 17 May.

Here is the link to the survey:

Thanks for your interest and involvement with this initiative.


Professor Joe Graffam
Deakin University