Media Releases

Prisons must not loosen COVID-19 restrictions

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) warns one COVID-19 case inside WA prisons could create a breeding ground for the virus in WA. WAPOU is urging both the government and Department of Justice to maintain consistent restrictions across all WA priso ...

WA Prisons need faster action on Covid-19 to avoid mass outbreak

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) warns a COVID-19 outbreak in WA prisons could wreak havoc on the already struggling system. The first prisoner claiming to have coronavirus was transported to Hakea Prison yesterday where he remains in isolation ...

Prison Officers Stop Riot at Understaffed Wooroloo Prison Farm

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) has commended the professionalism of prison officers involved in a major disturbance at Wooroloo Prison Farm overnight. Prison officers were forced to risk their own lives to put out a number of fires started by ...

Hake at risk of serious incident due to overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned of more serious incidents at Hakea Prison as overcrowding reaches an all-time high.  WAPOU is concerned for the safety of prison officers and other staff working at the maximum-security prison with the p ...

Record Number of Prison Officers Ride

A record number of prison officers will be joined by their families, members of the WA Police Union and government officials to take part in the third consecutive Stand T.A.L.R (Talk, Ask, Listen, Refer) Ride. In a show of solidarity more than 170 partici ...

WA PRISON OFFICERS’ UNION WINS FIGHT TO REVERSE PRIVATISATION OF WA PRISON.

The WA Prison Officers Union (WAPOU) has welcomed the decision from the WA Government to bring Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility back into public hands.   WAPOU has been campaigning for the government to take back control of the Sodexo run ...

WA prison officers win Australasia Movember challenge

WA prison officers are the 2019 Prison Officers’ Association of Australasia (POAA) Movember Challenge winners. The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) team raised a total of $12,247, as prison officers across the state battled through endl ...

Second unit closed at Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison due to failure to attract and retain staff

The WA Prison Officers’ Union’s warning of another unit closure at Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison has come to pass. The Department of Justice made the announcement to staff on Monday that Unit 3 would be temporarily closed.  40 beds i ...

WAPOU supporting female equity in WA prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is delivering in support of women’s equality in the workplace by sending two of our members to the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries (WIMDOI) conference in November. It is the first time WA fem ...

Brave prison officers taken to hospital after cell fire

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has praised the brave work of a number of prison officers who risked their own lives to remove a prisoner from a cell fire. Prisoner officers at Bandyup Women’s Prison attended the fire this afternoon after a pris ...

Hakea Prison tension at an all time high

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned of more assaults, deaths and prisoner escapes if serious staffing shortages are not dealt with at Hakea Prison. In the past five months Hakea has seen four deaths in custody, numerous serious assaults on pris ...

Greenough Regional Prison plans fail to eliminate riot risk

The WA Prison Officers’ Union warns plans to upgrade Greenough Regional Prison will not eliminate risk and will leave it as unsafe as it was prior to the 2018 riot. WAPOU was told by the department last week how the $12.3 million dollars allocated f ...

WAPOU calls for reform to strip searching in WA prisons

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) has welcomed the findings of a review into strip search policies at WA prisons, especially in relation to staff and visitors, but says a trial of less invasive and more effective scanning technology should be co ...

WAPOU recognises prison officers on National Corrections Day

WAPOU RECOGNISES PRISON OFFICERS ON NATIONAL CORRECTIONS DAY The WA Prison Officers’ Union has commended the efforts, courage and professionalism of WA prison officers after what has been a difficult year in prisons across the State. On National Cor ...

WAPOU calls for better medical facilities at women's prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) has welcomed recommendations for improved infrastructure, a new infirmary and better operational processes at Bandyup Women’s Prison, but says prison officers acted as fast as they could during a birth eme ...