Tasmanian Prison Service Update  

Here’s the latest News on the latest Tasmanian Prison Service’s Joint Consultative Committee, and Southern Remand Centre.  


Last week CPSU representatives met with TPS management, which they do each fortnight for the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) meeting.  These meetings discuss any operational matters in the TPS that cannot be resolved at operational level.  


The meeting discussed various issues including:   

  • First Class officer Assessments,  
  • Fire Evacuation plans for RPC, and  
  • Staff rotations   

If you’re a Member and you want to see the minutes of this meeting, contact organiser Blair Dowker on 0417 377 251 or b.dowker@tas.cpsu.com.au.  

The next JCC meeting is scheduled for 24 August.  Please let your nearest CPSU Delegate or CPSU organiser Blair Dowker know if there are any operational concerns that you would like raised at this meeting.   


Southern Remand Centre (SRC) – Update: 

Two weeks ago, your CPSU representatives wrote to TPS management raising concerns about populating the Southern Remand Centre (SRC) with inmates before it was ready.  It was clear to delegates and members that there were many faults with the building, and the operational planning was not finished. It would be dangerous to populate SRC with inmates before these concerns are addressed.   

Please see copy of letter sent on behalf of CPSU members below.

Late last week the CPSU received a response to our letter from TPS management.  Delegates are currently working through this response to ensure that all concerns are addressed before the SRC is populated with inmates.  We will update members with next steps once this happens.  Further questions or concerns on this issue? Contact your nearest CPSU delegate or CPSU Organiser Blair Dowker on 0417 377 251 or b.dowker@tas.cpsu.com.au.  

Work in the TPS? Interested in joining our team of skilled hard-working delegates? 

If you are interested in learning more about the role of a delegate, speak to one of our current delegates or email b.dowker@tas.cpsu.com.au. It is a rewarding experience that can help to develop your career while supporting your colleagues receive respect at work. 
If you have any questions about this update or on any other issue, don’t hesitate to get in touch.  

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