In a maximum security facility such as Banksia Hill, it would be expected that a culture of security awareness would feature prominently in the ongoing management of the centre, staff and detainees. However, numerous examples were uncovered during the Inquiry which indicate a lack of security awareness by both staff and centre management over a prolonged period. These include poor staff compliance and intelligence gathering and the lack of attention to a known security risk of debris around the centre.
Compounding these problems is the absence of disciplinary action taken by the Department in relation to ongoing breaches of security protocols by the staffing group. This indicates an inability on the part of the Department to manage non-compliance. Even at the local level the enforcement of procedures and ongoing identification of risks does not appear to be occurring. This is greatly increasing the operational risks associated with the Banksia Hill facility.