Inspector: Neil McAllister

Neil McAllister

Neil McAllister commenced his role as inaugural ACT Inspector of Correctional Services on 14 March 2018.  He began working in corrections in 1990 in policy and research roles and as an Inspector for the Queensland Corrective Services Commission.

He was later appointed National Investigations Manager for Australasian Correctional Management responsible for conducting investigations in correctional facilities and immigration detention centres in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales. From 2002 to 2008, Neil worked in Victoria within the Department of Justice and as Principal Inspector in the Corrections Inspectorate.

Since 2008, Neil has worked as a private consultant conducting reviews and incident investigations in a number of jurisdictions, including as a team member on major reviews of New South Wales and Northern Territory corrective services. He was also involved in reviews in the ACT in 2011 and 2014.  During his corrections career Neil has conducted in excess of 130 serious incident reviews, prison inspections and security audits, including 28  reviews of deaths in custody.

Neil is not a stranger to the ACT having lived and worked in Canberra from 1968 to 1989 where he completed his secondary education (Campbell High) and obtained his BA (Social Sciences) from the then Canberra College of Advanced Education (now UC). He later worked in policy and planing roles in Defence, Special Minister of State and Attorney-General's, including three years as Secretary to the Australian Police Ministers' Council. Neil also served as an Intelligence Officer, RAAF Active Reserve, attached to 5sqn, RAAF Base, Fairbairn for six years.

Neil is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) for Queensland.

Deputy Inspector: Rebecca Minty

Rebecca Minty has worked in human rights law and policy for more than ten years, both in the ACT and internationally. Rebecca’s work has focused particularly on conditions and treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, including with the Geneva-based non-government organisation, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, on their Asia Pacific Program (2012 - 2016). She also worked in Bangkok in 2016 as Human Rights Officer for the UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (OHCHR).

In her spare time, Rebecca is co-founder and chair of the Australia OPCAT Network, a group of civil society, academics, oversight entities and individuals interested in effective implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture in Australia.

Rebecca holds a LL.M (International Law), University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a MA in International  and Area Studies (Indonesian Language) from Berkeley as well a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honors) and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the Australian National University.  Rebecca was also a Rotary World Peace Scholar, 2009-2011.  She was admitted to Practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT in 2007.

Research and Inspections Officer: Holly Fredericksen

Holly Fredericksen is a final year law student at the Australian National University. Holly has a strong focus on criminal law and has been involved in research projects on young people remanded in custody and the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.