PACCOA 2013 conference Alice Springs 23rd – 25th October – Call for papers

I have been a supporter of PACCOA (Probation and Community Correctional Officers’ Association) for many years, having attended and presented at a number of their conferences. This Australian based association promotes thoughtful and inclusive probation practice. The theme of this years conference, ‘One Country, One People’, provides a time for reflection on the diverse practice of probation practice. The warmth of Northern Territory workers is always a treat. Stay on and visit Uluru, a magical and spiritual place (it is a good drive from Alice Springs). The traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta are the Anangu Aboriginal people.

The Conference

The 2013 conference is to be held in Alice Springs between 23 October and 25 November 2013.  It is anticipated that PACCOA will offer two days of short presentations (up to half a day), including various academic and skill development opportunities.  A third day of skills day training is also planned.

PACCOA is calling for Papers from prospective presenters and workshop facilitators for this conference.  The theme of the conference is One Country, One People; hence researchers and practitioners specialising in relevant services are invited to make submissions to the PACCOA Executive Committee.

Submissions of up to two pages are to include a précis of your presentation proposal and a summary of your current and past experience.  Submissions can be sent to the conference committee chairperson, Jillian Wright (at: or posted to PO Box 40696 Casuarina NT 0811.  Submissions will be accepted until 31 January 2013.


PACCOA was formed in 1998 as a not for profit organisation, to fill a void in national communication brought about by state based independent jurisdictions.  Community based offender management has often been overlooked in the criminal justice debate and by researchers, resulting in the field being in a subsidiary position to custodial corrections.  PACCOA works to promote understanding of, and discussion about, issues of offender management; particularly issues related to community-based management of criminals. PACCOA promotes professional development of Probation and Community Corrections Officers; enhancing the quality of justice and the safety of the community through this professional development.



Published on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, under Announcements

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