Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    New contract delivers more taxpayer savings

    28/10/2016 9:00 AM
     
    • Broadspectrum to provide court security and custodial services from March 2017
    • New contract delivers more services for $36 million less
    • Liberal National Government saves $126 million via private sector contracts 

    The Liberal National Government has today formalised the contract with Broadspectrum to provide court security and custodial services from March 2017.

     

    Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the new court security and custodial services contract had been negotiated for $36 million less than the previous contract, delivering value for money to West Australian taxpayers.

     

    "As well as significantly reducing costs, the new contract provides a range of additional services," Mr Francis said.

     

    "These include extra duties at seven regional courts, increased clearance of people in custody from police lock-ups and improved services at the Supreme Court and Magistrates Court.  This will free up police officers to focus on frontline policing duties.

     

    "Under the contract, youth transport and court custody services will return to the Department of Corrective Services to improve the continuity of care and support for young people. 

     

    "The contract will also provide for financial penalties for performance breaches as well as performance linked payments."

     

    The Minister said that over the next five years, the State Government was set to save taxpayers $126 million by working with the private sector in corrections, court security and custodial services.

     

    This includes extending Serco's contract to operate Acacia Prison ($55 million saving), and the selection of Sodexo to operate the new Melaleuca women's prison ($35 million saving).

     

    Fact File

    • Broadspectrum is a multi-national company operating across a range of sectors including transport, facilities management and defence
    • The court security and custodial services contract term is to 2022, with the option to extend for a further two five-year terms
    • Under the previous contract, more than 36,000 prisoner movements were undertaken by air, coach and secure vehicle in 2015-16
    • The extended contract for the operation of Acacia Prison has been achieved for $55m less than the previous contract
    • The Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility contract is $35m less than the public sector operating comparison and will provide additional services 

    Minister's office - 6552 6500

     

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