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Prisons 2019

Collectively improving Australia’s correctional facilities

9-10 July 2019 | Mercure Brisbane

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Australia’s prison population is on the rise. First surpassing 40,000 in 2017, our nation now houses over 42,000 inmates – a significant increase on the 26,000 only a decade ago.

As state governments continue to face mounting challenges associated with housing so many prisoners, the pressure is now on to help stem prisoner growth and match the low recidivism rates of other countries around the world.

Prisons 2019 is a two-day, national conference designed to facilitate thought-provoking insight into the life cycle of correctional facilities and explore what more can be done to support those incarcerated in them.

Join us on 9-10 July 2019 at the Mercure Brisbane as we discuss some of the most pertinent issues currently facing the corrections systems, including:

  • How are Australia’s prisons currently performing?
  • How is new legislation impacting correctional facilities?
  • What new and innovative techniques are needed to finance, construct, and deliver new prisons and expand services?
  • Are pop-up prisons and modular construction viable options for delivering urgently needed bed space?
  • How does prison design impact those who live, work and visit there?
  • How can the introduction of contemporary technologies assist prison workers and support prisoners to re-enter society?
  • What is the relationship between overcrowding and mental health? How does this impact prisoner outcomes and recidivism?
  • Why are Indigenous persons far more likely to be incarcerated?



8:50 am

Registration and morning refreshments

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Morning Chair


9:10 am

  • Why is the prison population continuing to grow?
  • Recidivism rates: Why are we failing prisoners, especially young people?
  • Overall performance of correctional facilities

9:50 am

  • Current performance of WA’s correctional facilities
  • What has changed over the past 12 months?
  • Looking ahead to 2020

10:30 am

Morning Tea and Networking Break

11:00 am

  • What changes have we seen recently and what is predicted in the near future?
  • Impact of OPCAT on facilities
  • Overall performance of QLD’s prisons


11:40 am

  • The role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office
  • Where the process is currently
  • Application of OPCAT principles in facility development

12:20 pm



1:30 pm

  • Looking at the recently released NSW Audit Office’s report
  • What are the outcomes and recommendations?
  • How great are the pressures being placed on prison infrastructure?


2:10 pm

The presentation will look at how areas which inmates use throughout the day including; visits, holding cells, classrooms can be designed differently to better align to experiences in life outside the wire.

2:50 pm

Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

3:20 pm

Human Rights Instruments and Prison Architecture

Professor Elizabeth Grant, The University of Canberra & The University of Queensland


4:00 pm

  • What are the benefits when compared to traditional building methods?
  • Where are the negatives?
  • How adaptive are prisons to modular construction when compared with different infrastructure sectors?

4:40 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

4:50 pm

End of Day One and Networking Drinks

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • How is the government tackling high recidivism rates?
  • What can be done to ensure that prisons don’t create further crime?
  • Improving community safety and the public’s confidence in the justice system


9:50 am

  • Ensuring that sufficient infrastructure across the sector is being delivered
  • Allowing adequate resource to be available for the operation of facilities
  • Developing procurement models and investment opportunities

10:35 am

Morning Tea and Networking Break


11:05 am

  • An insight into the recent report from the Victorian Audit Office
  • What where the findings?
  • What suggestions have been made because of the report?

11:45 am

Reducing the number of young Aboriginal people incarcerated

12:15 pm



1:15 pm

  • Assessing differences in custodial deaths across jurisdictions
  • What factors were most likely to result in a death in custody?
  • Overall findings from the initial collation of data

1:55 pm

  • Primary Health Care in Prison – Expanded Scope of Practice for Nurses and Aboriginal Health Practitioner
  • Public Health Programs Initiatives
  • Integrated IT system connecting health care of clients to Remote/Rural Community
  • Continuous Quality improvement – Client Feedback Facilitation & Management
  • Improvements of the health outcomes for the ATSI population in prison
  • Work clearance – Medical Exception Classification

2:35 pm

  • Observations, outcomes & statistics from facilitation of a multi-media Peace Education Program in maximum security correctional facilities
  • Education that leads to the participant’s self-awareness
  • Education that develops social tools for peaceful co-existence with others through being able to resolve conflict amicably

3:15 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:20 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2895+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1795+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing

General Pricing

  • Early bird rate: $2,695 + GST – Expires on 15 May 2019
  • Standard rate: $2,895 + GST – From 16 May 2019

Public Sector and SME rate

  • Early bird rate: $1,595 + GST – Expires on  15 May 2019
  • Standard rate: $1,795 + GST – From 16 May 2019


Professor Neil Morgan

Inspector Custodial Services, Western Australia

Michael Manthorpe

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Kevin Hughes

Director – Performance Audit, NSW Auditor-General's Office

Anthea Doyle

Studio Principal, NBRS Architecture

Professor Elizabeth Grant

The University of Canberra & The University of Queensland

David Donnelly

Partner, Allens

Kyley Daykin

Director – Performance Audit, Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Senior Representative, UQ Deaths in Custody Project, University of Queensland

May de los Santos

Health Centre Manager, Prison Health, Top End Health Services

Priscilla Moore

District Manager, Top End Health Services NT

Catherine Gavigan

Director, National Centre For Training and Development


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when & where

09 - 10 Jul 2019

Mercure Brisbane
85-87 N Quay, Brisbane City
QLD 4000
+61 (07) 3237 2300

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Conference Manager
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