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Media Releases

Statement on Hakea death

Comments to be attributed to WA Prison Officers’ Union State Secretary Andy Smith   “WAPOU is saddened to hear of the death of a prisoner at Hakea prison on Thursday afternoon. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time, and also w ...


The Department of Justice has been fined $15,000 following legal action taken by the WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU). WAPOU launched legal action against the Department after a prison officer was denied the Public Holiday rate in August last year, ...

Statement on bullying and harassment

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) is calling for the perpetrators of bullying and harassment against prison officers to be held to account after it was revealed that the Department of Justice has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensa ...