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Prisons 2018

Innovatively Planning and Designing Correctional Facilities for Improved Outcomes

2-3 August 2018 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Early Bird Rate - Expires 30 June 2018


State governments are currently faced with housing record numbers of inmates as an ever-greater number of people are incarcerated across the country. As the Australian prison population continues to rise, so does the impetus on prison infrastructure and prisoner outcomes. What can be done across the sector to match the low recidivism rates of other countries around the world?

Prisons 2018 promises to provide 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 2-3 August, 2018 as we explore some of the most pertinent issues facing the corrections systems with the aim of improving conditions, providing functioning facilities, and stemming the incessant growth in prisoner numbers.

  • How are prisons and the corrections system currently performing and where is new regulation and legislation having an impact?
  • What new and innovative techniques are needed to finance, construct, and deliver prisons as promptly as possible?
  • Does modular construction and pop-up prisons offer the golden ticket to delivering urgently required bed space?
  • How does the design of a prison impact those who live, work and visit there? How can the introduction of contemporary technologies assist prison workers and support prisoners to one-day re-enter society?
  • What impact is overcrowding having on prisoner health and wellbeing and how does this impact the potential to increase positive outcome and reduce recidivism?



8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • The reasons behind the increasing incarceration rate
  • How improved prison policies and performance can help
  • Why do so many prisoners return to custody following release?

9:50 am

  • How are WA’s correctional facilities currently performing?
  • The biggest challenges and opportunities of the past 12 months
  • What changes and improvements are planned for 2019?

10:30 am

Morning Tea & Networking Break

11:00 am

  • How will OPCAT allow for more thorough inspections of prisons?
  • Increasing accountability
  • How will OPCAT be felt at the state level?

11:40 am

  • Outlining the objectives of the recently adopted OPCAT initiative
  • How does the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office intend to carry out its duties as the National Preventative Mechanism Coordinator?
  • How will complying with OPCAT change the treatment of prisoners and the conditions they are housed?

12:20 pm



1:20 pm

  • Looking at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office’s recent report on private prisons
  • How well are private operators complying with their contracts?
  • What is the current performance of Victoria’s two full-service privately operated prisons?


2:00 pm

  • Looking at what is currently on offer in prisons and post release
  • What more can be done to reduce recidivism?

2:40 pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

3:10 pm

  • What are the key factors for indigenous over-representation?
  • What more can the prison and courts system do to reduce recidivism?
  • How can community engagement help?

3:50 pm

  • Looking at the social and economic cost of Indigenous incarceration
  • How can an Indigenous-led approach provide social and economic benefits?
  • Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of imprisonment


4:30 pm

  • Looking at investment opportunities in the prison sector
  • Maximising Revenue streams
  • Ensuring that the necessary prison infrastructure is funded and built

5:10 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:20 pm

Networking Drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

9:50 am

  • How can the design of prisons improve the chances of positive outcomes?
  • Understanding how the built environment impacts prisoner behaviour
  • A look at recent, current and future projects and their key designs

10:30 am

Morning Tea & Networking Break


11:00 am

  • Looking at work currently being completed at Junee, Cessnock, Kempsey, Wellington, Silverwater and Bathurst
  • How is modular construction alleviating current pressures on prison infrastructure?
  • How well do modular cells function?

11:40 am

  • How modular buildings can save time and money while mitigating risk
  • Different types of modular delivery; the advantages and disadvantages
  • Procurement strategies for successful modular construction projects

12:20 pm



2:00 pm

  • Considering how the built environment impacts prisoner health
  • Creating a cohesive approach to the design of prisons
  • Increasing the focus on prisoner wellbeing


2:40 pm

  • Looking at the Technological Incarceration Project
  • Could an advanced form of home detention be possible utilising the benefits of AI?

3:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:30 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
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Packages Price
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Event Pricing

  • Early Bird Pricing – Book by 30 June 2018
    Standard: $2,595 + GST
    Public Sector and SME Rate: $1,495 + GST
  • Standard Registration Pricing – Available from 1 July 2018
    Standard: $2,795 + GST
    Public Sector and SME Rate: $1,695 + GST


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Dr Diana Johns

Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne

Professor Neil Morgan

Inspector Custodial Services, Western Australia

Deborah Glass OBE

Victorian Ombudsman

Michael Manthorpe

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Katrina Rogers

Senior Manager - Performance Audit, Victorian Auditor General's Office

Tony Brown

Senior Manager – Performance Audit, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Dr Elizabeth Grant

CEO, Aboriginal Prisoners and Offenders Support Service

Jodie Sizer

CO-CEO, PwC Indigenous Consulting

David Donnelly

Partner, Allens

Dr Anna Eriksson

Senior Lecturer - Criminology, Monash University

Kavan Applegate

Director, Guymer Bailey Architects

Lew Deegan

General Manager, Modular Building Systems

Jason Veale

Project Director, Turner and Townsend

Andrew Thomas

Senior Architect, Guymer Bailey Architects

Dr Andrew Ramsay

GP Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Noarlunga Hospital, Adelaide, SA

Prof. Dan Hunter

Foundation Dean - Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University

when & where

02 - 03 Aug 2018

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888

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