Overall, the inspection concluded that Wooroloo was not fulfilling its potential. The recommendations in the report are intended to provide Wooroloo with the tools and resources to regain its former level of strong performance. Long term, stable senior management will be critical to this and there had been some significant developments on this front even before the inspection, including the appointment of a very experienced substantive superintendent. Similarly, resolving conflict between custodial staff is essential because the operation of the prison is heavily dependent on this group.

Most importantly, Wooroloo needs to define and articulate its purpose and priorities, and refocus on strategic objectives. This task must be driven by the prison, but should also be supported by the Department. For the Department, Wooroloo operating to its potential is crucial to the key strategic outcome of reducing reoffending.

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80: Report of an Announced Inspection of Wooroloo Prison Farm