The Tasmanian Government notes the release of the Custodial Inspector’s Prisoner Survey and Staff Engagement Survey undertaken within the Tasmania Prison Service (TPS) last year.

While work is already underway to address a number of issues identified by respondents, the TPS will consider the results of both surveys to identify if any further actions are required.

Importantly, work is already well advanced to better support staff, with the implementation of a comprehensive wellbeing program to support our hard-working Custodial Officers, and an enhanced focus from management on ensuring staff are receiving appropriate training for their roles.

Constructive discussions with unions occurred last week regarding this work and we will continue to engage with them moving forward.

We are also committed to the rehabilitation of prisoners in Tasmania, so they can get their lives back on track and contribute to our community, with a range of measures currently underway to facilitate this.

These include:

  • increasing the availability of therapeutic programs to address the causes of offending;
  • enhancing access to work and educational opportunities, including through a revised partnership with TasTAFE and Libraries Tasmania on site, to deliver education and library services to prisoners through a collaborative and integrated prison education model; and
  • supporting prisoners to maintain relationships with their friends and family.

We will continue doing all we can to ensure our prison system is run as effectively and efficiently as possible, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community, and the successful rehabilitation of prisoners.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections