A representative for the Police Minister says day-to-day operations at the Maryborough prison will not change.
A representative for the Police Minister says day-to-day operations at the Maryborough prison will not change. Robyne Cuerel

Union believes review will lead to prison privatisation

THE Together Union has labelled a department change for staff at Maryborough Correctional Centre as the first step in potentially privatising the high-security facility.

Queensland Corrective Services and its facilities will transition to the Department of Justice and Attorney-General later this year.

The move, announced on Tuesday, is part of more than 120 recommendations made in the State Government's Keelty Review.

The report also said prisoner transport and the operation of police watchhouses should be considered for outsourcing.

Together Union secretary Alex Scott said the changes were about frontline services being privatised.

Police and Community Safety minister Jack Dempsey could not say before deadline how the staffing levels at the prison would be affected or if there would redundancies.

The Minister said on Tuesday the majority of QCS staff would remain located in their current office location in the short-term.

"What they have said is that every Correctional Centre across the state can be subject to contestability and a business case, that's clearly going to result in the privatisation of every correctional centre, watchhouses as well as prisoner transport."

A representative for Mr Dempsey said day-to-day operations at the prison would not change.

"The Keelty Review was about breaking down silos in between emergency agencies and providing the best possible cohesive emergency and disaster response to all Queenslanders," the representative said.


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