In a wide-ranging shake-up of Corrections Victoria's structure, two of the state's senior commissioners will leave the Department of Justice.
Deputy commissioner Rod Wise and assistant commissioner Brendan Money, two senior officers within Corrections Victoria, will leave at the start of December.
A memo from Department of Justice and Community Safety general manager Nick Selisky to staff states:
"The Prison General Managers met earlier today via video link up and were briefed regarding the roll out of the first stages of the Corrections Victoria restructure. As part of this restructure it has been announced that Rod Wise and Brendan Money will be leaving the Department of Justice & Community Safety in early December 2019."
The Courier understands the roles of regional directors within Corrections Victoria are also being terminated.
"The department is undergoing organisational change to enable it to deliver on its priorities across the corrections and justice systems," the statement said.
"Mr Wise and Mr Money have made significant contributions to Victoria's corrections system and the department thanks them for their many years of service,"
"We are firmly committed to improving outcomes for all Victorians, and with the demand for our services greater than ever we need to ensure our department is flexible and responsive to the challenges ahead.
"The department, including Corrections Victoria, and its leadership remain focused on delivering high quality services during this period of change and ensuring community safety."
Their departure comes as Corrections Victoria undergoes a wider restructure following bullying and harassment allegations made by staff across the state, first aired in The Courier in June 2019.
The Department of Justice and Community Safety has advised the restructure is unrelated to those allegations.
Worksafe Victoria has been conducting a special Corrections Taskforce which has been issuing improvement notices to prisons across the state. One of the notices, obtained by The Courier, was issued in March 2019.
At the time Worksafe investigators found there was a reasonable belief 'that the employer has failed to provide a system of work that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health...'
Both former and current Corrections Victoria staff have contacted The Courier with concerns that a generational culture of bullying, nepotism and harassment has been allowed to continue within the prison system, unchecked by management.