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Fresh start for Parklea includes a boost in frontline officers

Published date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

More than 50 additional prison officers will immediately boost security and rehabilitation on the frontline at Parklea Correctional Centre under a strengthened contract between the new operator and the NSW Government.

MTC/ Broadspectrum will officially take over the running of the centre in Sydney’s west in April next year, with today’s contract-signing focussed on improved accountability across key performance areas including security, inmate rehabilitation and reducing reoffending.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the $90 million per annum contract was an investment in jobs and community safety.

“I’m confident that MTC/Broadspectrum will deliver quality outcomes and we’re already seeing that in this massive jobs boost, which will increase the number of officers on the ground,” Mr Severin said.

“The new contract is more stringent and robust. It is outcome focused and specific, which will improve our ability to hold the operator accountable for achieving key performance indicators.

“New measures will be put in place to increase security, including introducing new technology and screening to detect mobile phone usage and contraband.

“We have learned from the existing contract with GEO Group at Parklea and we are confident the new contract will provide strong results for the community.”

CSNSW Acting Assistant Commissioner of Governance and Continuous Improvement Carlo Scasserra said there would be no room for poor performance under the new contract.

“Corrections is a very difficult line of work and there are always going to be challenges. That being said, we won’t accept poor performance and the new contract will make sure of that,” Mr Scasserra said.

“Monitoring mechanisms within the new contract will ensure the required standards and performance indicators are met and we are confident that should any issues arise, they will be addressed proactively.”

The contract includes security, transport, facilities management and maintenance, education, rehabilitation programs and health services through St Vincent’s Health.