Member News

WAPOU Industrial Officers

This coming week we bid farewell to Industrial Officer Sophie Van Der Merwe. Sophie recently resigned from WAPOU and will shortly take up a new role in a government agency.Sophie has been with WAPOU for a little over six years during which time she has ti ...

The Push-Up Challenge

Well done to Kath Carroll and those members from across the state participating in The Push-Up Challenge 2020.The Push-Up Challenge brings people together, strengthens personal fitness, relationships at home and at work, and importantly raises awareness o ...

Prison visitors smuggling drugs

This week I also spoke to The West Australian journalist Ben Harvey about the promising results from recent drug tests in prisons.The ban on visitors has seen widespread sobriety in the state’s prisons, with the vast majority of samples from a recen ...

Reminder on Facebook page conduct

WAPOU would like to remind members to take care when commenting on posts on our Facebook page, which is a public forum and can be viewed by anyone. To assist with this, we have compiled some examples of the sort of offensive or violent language that is no ...

Professional standards investigations

This week we have seen a lot of media over a small incident regarding a prison officer.  I want to firstly make the point, the charge is over an unfounded allegation and this is what it should be treated as, as it goes through the court system.  ...

Commencement of Industrial Agreement negotiations

Despite all that is occurring due to the current global pandemic, WAPOU has commenced bargaining with representatives from the Department of Justice and Public Sector Labour Relations for the Prison Officers Industrial Agreement. The current agreement ex ...

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 ...

Win for Prison Officers

We are pleased to announce after years of campaigning by WAPOU, prisoners who assaulted a Prison Officer and are suspected of having an infectious disease, will undergo mandatory testing.   The Prisons Amendment Bill 2020, passed Parliament yesterday ...

Casuarina Prison Glass Testing

On the eve of the opening of two new units at Casuarina Prison local members have expressed concerns that the large expanse of glass around the control rooms and officer interview rooms was a risk to staff. Casuarina members have requested grills to be in ...

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 ...

Hakea TOIL Issue

A long-running dispute at Hakea, in relation to 12-hour shift officers not getting their second meal break, is getting closer to being resolved.   TOIL approvals are now being processed and officers should be able to make arrangements with their loca ...

VSO Bulk Recruitment

The Department of Justice’s recent decision to engage in “bulk recruitment” for the many state-wide VSO vacancies means that individual positions will not be advertised for the foreseeable future.   This is likely to have an impact ...

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 ch ...

COVID-19 Advice

WAPOU has welcomed the release of new advice from Public Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) for vulnerable workers in high-risk settings such as prisons. The updated advice followed a consultation PSLR and WAPOU, where specific concerns were raised on behalf ...