There were no recommendations in the review paper as all recommendations were contained in the Inspector’s Directed Review. Recommendations relating to the contents of this review paper in the Inspector’s Directed Review are as follows:
The conditions of detention at Banksia Hill should be enhanced so as to meet improved standards of decency and dignity, including:
- minimisation of lockdown arrangements;
- cessation as far as possible of double-bunking (other than necessary buddy-cell arrangements);
- effective climate control measures, particularly in summer;
- improved dietary standards; and
- attention to standards of bedding and clothing.
Physical security assessments should be regularly undertaken at Banksia Hill by the Department’s Emergency Support Group or other independent experts. The testing should reflect practical risk not just the physical strength of a structure. Where weaknesses are identified, appropriate remedial measures should be taken in a timely way and in a manner consistent with detention centre philosophies. All decisions and actions should be clearly recorded.
The Department should ensure that it engages proactively with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services with respect to fire fighting capability at every site where new units or fences have been built or where other major construction activity has occurred.