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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Link out



Link out is a voluntary program for male and female prisoners in Victoria. The program provides support to participants before and after their release from prison, and aims to assist participants prepare for their release and transition to life in the community.

Link out is delivered by a range of community services including: Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO), Jesuit Social Services, Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO), and the Stepping Up Consortium.

The program is intended for prisoners with complex needs who are at risk of reoffending. Applicants who are assessed as eligible for Link out are prescribed a support package and assigned a support worker. Support workers meet with the participants to identify transitional needs and develop a case plan to address these needs. Support may include help with:

Referrals to the program can be made at any time during a prisoner's sentence by completing a referral form. Prisoners can self-refer or prison staff can refer on a prisoner's behalf.

Abstract adapted from Victorian Department of Justice


Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)
1 Hoddle St
Richmond Vic 3121
PO Box 14278
Melbourne Vic 8001
Ph: (03) 9413 7000
Fax: (03) 9413 7188

Jesuit Social Services
10 Dawson Street
Brunswick Vic 3056
Ph: (03) 9387 1233
Fax: 03 9387 1178

Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)
Level 1/116 Hardware Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
PO Box 14093
Melbourne Vic 8001
Ph: (03) 9605 1900
Freecall: 1800 049 871
Fax: (03) 9602 2355

Related publications

Link Out : a support program for men leaving prison (2012)

Corrections Victoria

This brochure provides information on the Link out program, a support program for men leaving prison. It provides details on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 2 April 2015
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