Media Releases

Out-of-hours court sittings: a stretch on prison resources?

The Liberal Party’s promise to fund out-of-hours court sittings does not explain how it will pay for additional prison officers to deal with any extra burden on the prison system, the WA Prison Officers’ Union said ... Read More

Three prison officers assaulted at Albany: overcrowding fears went unheeded

The Western Australian Prison Officer’s Union warns the overcrowding of the state’s prisons has contributed to the recent assault of three prison officers at Albany Regional Prison.About 20 prisoners were involved in a ... Read More

Angry Prison Officers meet to decide future course of action

Prison Officers at two of WA’s biggest prisons have stopped work this morning to consider where next in their campaign following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and the state government.Officers at ... Read More

Barnett Government talks with Prison Officers reach stalemate

WA Prison Officers are angry after negotiations between their union and the state government reached a stalemate yesterday.The talks broke down when the Department of Corrective Services reneged on providing in writing a ... Read More

Prison officers relaunch television advertising campaign following weeks of government inaction

After more inaction by the Barnett Government the WA Prison Officers’ Union have taken the decision to relaunch their ‘Respect the Risk’ television advertising campaign.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said prison officers ... Read More

Premier must rule out support for prison needle exchange program

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Premier to immediately rule out the introduction of a needle exchange program in the state’s jails.The union’s call was prompted after Mental Health Minister Helen Morton ... Read More

Banksia Hill:Government should have seen this coming

This morning’s serious incident at Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre has exposed the inadequacies of the way we incarcerate both juveniles and adult prisoners in unsuitable and unsafe conditions.WA Prison Officers’ ... Read More

Inspector’s Report shows need for change at Hakea

A new report into Hakea Prison backs prison officers’ claims of poor management at the prison and the need for urgent change and investment in infrastructure.The report, by the Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan, ... Read More

Officers assaulted at Wooroloo Prison

After 13 assaults over the holiday season and nearly 100 in the last year 3 more prison officers have been assaulted at Wooroloo Prison over the weekend.An officer was seeking to manage the visits at Wooroloo Prison when ... Read More

More officers assaulted at Hakea Prison

With Perth’s temperature continuing to rise tempers are beginning to flare in the state’s overcrowded prison system.At least three prison officers at Hakea Prison were assaulted yesterday in the latest confrontation at a ... Read More

Prisoner assaults three more officers at Casuarina

A violent prisoner has assaulted another three prison officers at Casuarina Prison today just over a week after he attacked five officers while being escorted to make a telephone call.The prisoner, who has been under ... Read More

Prison officers meet to discuss department’s dismal EBA offer

Prison Officers at Hakea, Casuarina and Bandyup Prisons will meet today to discuss the Department of Corrective Services’ offer of a new enterprise bargaining agreement.The Officers will attend hour-long special ‘branch ... Read More

State Government set to open negotiations with Prison Officers

The Department of Corrective Services will sit down with the Prison Officers’ Union today almost three months after first being approached to commence talks on a new enterprise bargaining agreement.Prison Officers have ... Read More

Three prison officers assaulted at Casuarina today

Three prison officers were assaulted at Casuarina Prison today while escorting a prisoner from his cell to make his daily telephone call.The unprovoked attack has resulted in the officers being sent to hospital for immediate ... Read More

New ABS figures show WA imprisonment rates on the rise

Official figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Western Australia’s prisons have the second highest imprisonment rates in the country.The ABS “Prisoners in Australia, 2012” report shows that ... Read More