John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Acacia Prison preferred tenderer announced.

    27/03/2006 2:53 PM
     
    27/3/06

    Serco Australia has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the contract to manage Western Australia’s Acacia Prison.

    Justice Minister John D’Orazio said that the company had been selected after a rigorous and independent tender process that began in June 2005.

    Mr D’Orazio said the Department of Corrective Services and Serco would now finalise negotiations on a five-year contract that was expected to be in place by May 16.

    The Minister said the department would also oversee the transition of prison management from AIMS Corporation, the current contract holder, and be responsible for managing the new contract.

    “The Government’s primary concern is that the safety of the community and the security of frontline prison staff is ensured during this transition,” he said.

    “It is expected that most of Acacia’s operational staff will transfer their employment to Serco Australia.

    “Acacia, a medium security facility housing more than 700 prisoners, is the State’s only privately operated facility.

    “The new contract will emphasise both the security of the prison and the provision of suitable programs aimed at reducing re-offending.

    “The department will have an important ongoing responsibility for ensuring that the terms of the new contract are complied with.”

    The State Tenders Committee approved the selection of Serco Australia last week.

    Serco Australia does not currently operate prisons within Australia, but its parent company Serco is responsible for more than 3,500 prisoners in the UK.

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