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​New operator for Parklea prison

Published date: Thursday, 20 September 2018


Minister for Corrections David Elliott today announced joint venture MTC/Broadspectrum will be the new operator for Parklea Correctional Centre under a strengthened contract.

Lessons during the almost 12 years since Labor signed the current contract have informed the new agreement. It will hold the new operator much more accountable for achieving best practice outcomes, including security, inmate safety and rehabilitation.

MTC/Broadspectrum, a joint venture between US corrections organisation Management & Training Corporation and Australian-based provider Broadspectrum, was identified as the preferred proponent following a tender evaluation process which began in March.

“Today’s outcome is a win for the community. The three short-listed companies were evaluated based on their ability to deliver quality outcomes for community safety and MTC/Broadspectrum provided the strongest option,’’ said Mr Elliott.
MTC/Broadspectrum will soon begin transitioning into the prison, including recruiting staff, before taking over operations from 1 April 2019.

The new contract will ensure the provider is held accountable for their performance.

“Corrective Services NSW has developed a new contract that will improve the state’s ability to hold the operator accountable for achieving outcomes. This approach will ensure positive impacts for the community by improving accountability across key performance areas including, safety, security, rehabilitation and reintegration,” Mr Elliott said.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said it is critical there is as little interruption as possible to Parklea operations during this period of change. Corrective Services will work closely with the GEO Group to ensure a smooth transition to the new operator.

Contract negotiations will now finalise arrangements and a contract entered into in November 2018.