Media Releases

Private sector not the answer for WA's prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has strongly rejected a discussion paper released by the Economic Regulation Authority, which is part of a State Government push towards privatisation of prisons.The ERA is conducting an ... Read More

Warning as Bandyup Women’s Prison sets yet another record

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned that tensions at Bandyup women’s prison are continuing to escalate, as prisoner numbers hit yet another new high.The prison muster at Bandyup hit 340 this week; well above the ... Read More

Government needs to learn lessons from Queensland and stop privatising prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned the State Government against pursuing its privatisation agenda for the WA prison system.The warning comes on the back of Campbell Newman’s crushing election loss in Queensland, ... Read More

Assault of prison officers highlights overcrowding in prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union says the assault of four prison officers yesterday at Hakea Prison highlights the increasing danger of overcrowded prisons.A prisoner attacked four officers at Hakea Prison on Saturday.WAPOU ... Read More

Government forced to address overcrowding in women's prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it remained unconvinced that converting part of a male prison to house female prisoners was the best option to alleviate overcrowding.The State Government has announced it will convert ... Read More

Prison numbers skyrocket under Barnett Government

A recent report reveals the prison population in Western Australia has increased by almost a third since the Barnett Government was elected.The snapshot of the state’s prison system by the Economic Regulation Authority ... Read More

Union raises questions about government's agenda behind review

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised questions about whether the State Government is planning to use an Economic Regulation Authority review into the prison system as a justification to pursue its privatisation ... Read More

Committee raises concerns about Prison Officers' Discipline Bill

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the State Government to clarify a number of issues raised by a Standing Committee report into the Prison Officers’ Discipline Bill.The Standing Committee on Legislation’s ... Read More

Unions reach breakthrough EBA with Serco at Acacia Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it was pleased staff at the privately run Acacia prison had voted overwhelmingly to accept an EBA offer from their employer, Serco.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said he was delighted that ... Read More

Staff shortage forces Hakea Prison into lockdown again

Hakea prison has been in lock down since Thursday morning due to dangerously low staffing levels.The prison was around 27 Prison Officers short on Thursday and 17 short on Friday, even after all available staff were called ... Read More

Workers frustrated as Serco drags its heels in EBA negotiations

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said staff at Acacia prison were becoming increasingly frustrated with their employer Serco for failing to reach a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.Staff at Acacia overwhelmingly rejected ... Read More

Safety concerns amid chronic staff shortages in prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has raised serious safety concerns, amid chronic staff shortages in several of the state’s prisons.Casuarina maximum security prison has been on rolling lockdowns in the past week because ... Read More

New report into Acacia Prison vindicates Union EBA stance

A new report into the Serco-run Acacia prison has found significant issues with staffing levels, which is also one of the main issues of contention in current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations.A report by the ... Read More

Prisoners locked down as prisons run short of staff

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said it was shocking that prisoners at the state’s two largest prisons were on lockdown because there were not enough staff to operate them.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said Casuarina was 34 ... Read More

Prison units still closed as prisoner numbers soar

New figures have revealed WA’s prisons are bursting at the seams, and are currently holding almost 30% more prisoners than they’re designed for.The figures revealed Albany regional prison was currently the most ... Read More