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Publication date: Friday, 26 May 2017
Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the John Morony Correctional Centre following a competitive tender process designed to lift standards, reduce reoffending and improve efficiency.
Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the NSW Government had identified the preferred proponent following a rigorous market testing process for the prison near Windsor, in Sydney's north west.
CSNSW submitted an in-house bid and three private providers also submitted bids in the market testing process, which started in August last year and is designed to encourage improvement and innovation through competition.
"While we still have to negotiate a final outcome, this decision is a major vote of confidence in the public prison system's ability to deliver quality service at good value for money for taxpayers," Mr Elliott said.
"This is a major step in finalising the future operations of John Morony Correctional Centre and we now need to get on with finalising the process to ensure we get the best possible outcome."
The CSNSW in-house bid team now need to confirm a Heads of Agreement, reached with the Public Service Association last year, endorsing the new operating model, which will have a focus on rehabilitation, security, health and good value for money.
"The success of the CSNSW in-house bid now rests upon the final agreement of the PSA," Mr Elliott said. "I strongly encourage the union and prison staff to take the advantage of this opportunity to deliver a strong publicly-run operating model that is efficient, effective and helps reduce reoffending."
Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin thanked staff for their patience during the tender period. "I wish to commend our staff and management at John Morony Correctional Centre for their support and continued good work during the tender process."
The in-house bid team will continue discussions with the Negotiation Team which includes NSW Treasury and a final outcome is expected in the coming months. John Morony Correctinal Centre is a medium to maximum-security prison with about 430 inmates.