COVID-19 Updates

Temperature testing in prisons

The focus of the union during these unprecedented times remains the safety and security of its members. WAPOU has been outspoken regarding the importance of maintaining strong measures to ensure our prison system remains COVID-19 free. For this reason, th ...

COVID-19 impacts on Officer Skills Training

A positive COVID-19 story coming from the Corrective Services Training Academy is that efforts to address the risks associated with the highest risk category of skills training – competencies that require physical contact, such as restraints and def ...

Expanded Testing Criteria for Prison Officers / VSOs

The criteria for testing for COVID-19 continues to be expanded, especially for workers in high-risk workplaces such as prisons. WAPOU encourages all members who are experiencing any of the following symptoms to not attend work until such time as you have ...

School’s Back for Term 2

The recent announcement by the State Government that public schools will be opening in Term 2 may have some implications for WAPOU members with school aged children. While the announcement provided flexibility for parents to choose to keep their children ...

Media Release: 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 ...

Vulnerable worker definitions released

New advice has been released for vulnerable workers in high-risk settings such as prisons by Public Sector Labour Relations (PSLR). The updated advice followed a consultation PSLR and WAPOU, where specific concerns were raised on behalf of members. Vulner ...

WAPOU Involvement on the COVID-19 Taskforce

Hakea Senior Officer Sigi Reynolds represents WAPOU in the role of Staff Consultation Officer as part of the Department of Justice’s COVID-19 Taskforce. A key part of the role Sigi is performing is providing relevant information to WAPOU delegates a ...

COVID-19 and Workers Compensation

Just like other approved Workers Compensation claims, costs and personal leave associated with COVID-19 are compensable if, and only if, it has been contracted in the course of employment and the employment is a significant contributing factor to the cont ...

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 ...

Facts and Information

Please get your information from credible and accurate sources. As things are changing quickly, we recommend checking in regularly at the links below.

COVID-19 impact on employment conditions

WA Government Website

Department of Justice Website

Federal Health Department Website

WA Health Department Website

World Health Organisation Website

ACTU Website