Member News

Agreement to go to ballot

All public sector members will soon be receiving an email with a link to allow them to vote on the offer presented to WAPOU from the Department of Justice for the replacement Prison Officers’ Industrial Agreement. The link will also provide access t ...

Branch Reports to State Council - August

Please find the Branch Reports to State Council for August 2020 below. August 2020 ...

Anna Stewart Memorial Project 2020 Nomination

The WAPOU Women’s Committee invites you to participate in the… Anna Stewart Memorial Project 2020 Program Dates:       Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020 Training Venue:      UnionsWA, Level 4, 44 ...

WAPOU Member News - July 2020

The latest edition of the WAPOU Member Newsletter has been sent out to member emails. Click here to view the latest edition. ...

Branch Reports to State Council - July

Please find the Branch Reports to State Council for July 2020 below.July 2020 ...

TOIL issue at Hakea

Many members have contacted WAPOU recently reporting that their local HR are not allowing them to acquit the TOIL they accrued at Hakea during the long-running meal breaks dispute. The issue is still the subject of a dispute between WAPOU and the Departme ...

New units at Casuarina Prison

The union supported the addition of new units at Casuarina Prison to help relieve a system that was bursting at the seams. The expansion came as remand numbers were set to increase with the resumption of courts and easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The uni ...

Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison success

WAPOU welcomes the news that the Inspector of Custodial Services has found that Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison is showing great promise and achievement. Australia’s first Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Prison for women celebrated two years of operat ...

Threat of COVID-19 to prisons still persists

The outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria has made its way into the state’s justice system and this should serve as a timely reminder not to become complacent about the threat posed by this virus. A prison officer in Victoria returned a positive test and ...

Overtime restrictions put prisons at risk

WAPOU is concerned the overtime restrictions from the Department of Justice will leave prisons understaffed and unsafe. These conditions perfectly match what we saw in the prelude to the Greenough Regional Prison riots in 2018 and last week’s incide ...

WAPOU Member News - June 2020

The latest edition of the WAPOU Member Newsletter has been sent out to member emails. Click here to view the latest edition. ...

Branch Reports to State Council - May & June

Please find the Branch Reports to State Council for May & June 2020 below. May 2020 June 2020 ...

Greenough Prison sally port

WAPOU welcomes the announcement of a safer entrance for female prisoners at Greenough Regional Prison by the State Government. The new female estate is under construction after the original was damaged in the horrific 2018 riot. Last year, WAPOU and membe ...

New legislation for prison visitors

WAPOU welcomed tough new prison laws, which came into effect with the recent resumption of social visits. Visitors to WA jails who attempt to bring in contraband such as drugs will now face a $12,000 fine and 18 months' jail. This is a marked improvement ...

Acacia prison scanner too invasive

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is calling for the use of an invasive body scanner at Acacia Prison to be focused on prisoners, instead of staff and members of the public. The Nuctech MW1000A body inspection device in place at Acacia is the only one ...