Member News

Department of Justice Prison Officers Industrial Agreement 2018

Dear Member, I am writing to you to advise that the Department of Justice Prison Officers Industrial Agreement 2018 was registered in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission yesterday, 20th February 2019. The Department of Justice have advi ...

Industrial Agreement - Ballot of Members Result

In December, WAPOU asked members to complete a ballot on the Department of Justice Prison Officers' Union Industrial Agreement 2018. The purpose of the ballot is to seek the endorsement of members to send the proposed agreement to the West Australian Indu ...

2019 Black Dog Ride

The 2019 Black Dog Ride was an incredible day for WAPOU, with more than 100 prison officers and their familes coming together to participate. This year's ride departed from Fremantle Prison, with the procession riding through the main gates. We even made ...

WAPOU Member News - January 2019

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

Prison Officers Industrial Agreement 2018 - Key Documents

Members can access these documents by following the links below. Prison Officers Industrial Agreement 2018 Variations matrix ...

Officer and Related Party Disclosure Statement 2017/18

The Officer and Related Party Disclosure Statement 2017/18, in accordance with Section 293J Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, can be found here. ...

Verbal updates from Branch Representatives to October State Council

Acacia No delegate present. Academy No delegate present. Albany No delegate present. Bandyup Current dispute involving application of Standing Order E6 and reduction in services when VSOs redeployed. Some officers are being redeployed up to seven times d ...

WAPOU Women's Committee established

In an historic move, WAPOU’s newly formed Women’s Committee provided their inaugural report to the October State Council.  The Committee’s vision is to promote, support and empower women who are a minority within the corrections ind ...

Regional Staffing Update

The recent riot at Greenough Regional Prison highlighted the problem with regional staffing that WAPOU members have been aware of for some time. This issue is a particular problem at prisons such as Greenough, Eastern Goldfields, West Kimberley and Broome ...

Industrial Agreement Update (Public Prisons)

Discussions have slowed on the new Industrial Agreement, despite in-principle agreement being reached in June. The issue that remains is clause 18.12 which relates back to the days of 8-hour shifts and shift handovers. 18.12 - The handover time existing a ...

2018 Educational Scholarships

The Scholarship Programme comprises of 40 Scholarships to the value of $250.00 each (including GST). Who Is Eligible? All financial members of the Union who are parents and have a dependant child who is a full time student at any level of study are eligi ...

Addressing Staffing Shortfalls (Acacia and Melaleuca)

Our members at Acacia and Melaleuca are all to familiar with the dangers associated with low staffing. The issue of staffing shortfalls at Acacia was highlighted by WAPOU Secretary Andy Smith in a recent article published in the Sunday Times and Perth Now ...

Addressing Staffing Shortfalls (Public Prisons)

WAPOU recently welcomed the Department’s commitment to recruit an additional 400 Officers by June 2020. This recruitment should cover existing vacancies, attrition and the additional capacity coming online at Casuarina and Bunbury. However, WAPOU me ...

Regional Staffing

This issue is a particular problem at prisons such as Greenough, Eastern Goldfields, West Kimberley, and Broome. WAPOU have been actively involved in discussions with the Department about ways to resolve the issue. WAPOU welcomes the current commitment to ...

Industrial Agreement Update (Public Prisons)

Work continues on the new Industrial Agreement. While in-principle agreement was reached in June, effectively locking in back-pay to 11 June 2018, there are still some cost-neutral clauses that need to be agreed prior to the new agreement going to a ballo ...