Media Releases

Union sceptical about new incentive model for women's prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is highly sceptical about the government’s new incentive model for the private operator of WA’s new women’s prison.The government has announced Sodexo will be awarded ... Read More

Union warns Bandyup overcrowding a threat to safety

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is warning that the situation at WA’s main women’s prison is becoming increasingly volatile, as overcrowding hits record levels.The prison population at Bandyup hit a record 402 prisoners ... Read More

Female prisoners forced to sleep on the floor at Bandyup Prison

The overcrowding at WA’s women’s prison has become so severe, female prisoners have been forced to sleep on the floor.This week, the prison population hit a record 402 prisoners, in a prison designed to hold only around ... Read More

Problems at Hakea Prison foreseeable and avoidable

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said a damning report on Hakea prison by the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services has highlighted a number of foreseeable and preventable issues.The report into WA’s remand prison ... Read More

Prison Officers’ Union disappointed over government decision

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it was very disappointed the State Government had named a private provider as the preferred operator for WA’s new Women’s Remand and Reintegration Facility at Hakea prison.The ... Read More

Government denials on staff shortage cost the public $700,000

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has welcomed the Corrective Services Commissioner’s commitment to employing more staff in WA’s overcrowded prison system.Commissioner James McMahon confirmed in budget estimates hearings ... Read More

Concern as prison population hits 6,000 for the first time

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is concerned for its members’ safety, after the state’s prison population exceeded 6,000 for the first time.The prison system is designed to hold around 4,200 prisoners, and the State ... Read More

Prison Officer lucky to escape with minor injuries after serious attack at Albany Regional Prison

A Prison Officer was lucky to escape with minor injuries after a serious attack by a prisoner at Albany Regional Prison.The Prison Officer was in the kitchen yesterday (Thursday) when the prisoner sneaked into the area, ... Read More

Union concerned about Serco savings to meet new contract

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is concerned about what measures contractor Serco will take to make up for the $33 million dollar reduction in its contract to manage Acacia prison.The State Government has today announced ... Read More

Federal report confirms WA locking up women faster than any other state in the country

The latest federal Report on Government Services has revealed that Western Australia has the highest rate of female imprisonment of all the States (bar the Northern Territory).The Productivity Commission’s report reveals ... Read More

Bandyup Women's Prison reaches crisis point

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned that Bandyup women’s prison is at crisis point, after overcrowding reached a new record high.The prison population was at more than 355 this week, in a prison designed to house ... Read More

Union calls on Minister to intervene in pay dispute

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Corrective Services Minister to intervene in its pay dispute with Serco at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility.WAPOU and the CPSU/CSA have been negotiating with Serco for about ... Read More

Concerns about hiring freeze impact on prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said the State Government’s decision to impose a hiring freeze in the public service could have serious consequences for the state’s prison system.As part of its Mid-year Review, the ... Read More

Wandoo staff ramp up industrial action over pay negotiations

Staff at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility are taking further protected industrial action after failing to reach a pay deal with their employer Serco.Staff will walk off the job for four hours from 8am on Monday, which will ... Read More

Delays to women's prison units to add to overcrowding woes

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is very concerned that a delay in building women’s units at the male Hakea prison is going to add pressure to WA’s already overcrowded women’s prison.The State Government originally ... Read More