In Victoria, there is a minimum of 58 000 prisoner movements per
year. Prisoners need to be moved for a range of
reasons—including being transported for medical treatment and
to attend court.
The audit focused on how effectively, efficiently and
economically prisoners have been transported throughout Victoria’s
criminal justice system. It looked at the movement of prisoners by
Corrections Victoria, Victoria Police and a prisoner transport
contractor, and the extent to which outsourced prisoner transport
services have supported effective service delivery.
The audit found a lack of overarching and coordinated oversight
of prisoner transportation. Governance and risk management
processes do not cover the full movement of prisoners within the
justice system, but instead focus on each area separately and in
isolation from each other. It found that the full cost of prisoner
transportation is not known and that current arrangements do not
Neither Corrections Victoria nor Victoria Police collects
information about the total number and cost of prisoner movements
across the justice system, which means they cannot assess whether
current contractual arrangements are minimising the cost and
maximising the efficiency of prisoner transportation.
The audit identified some initiatives in place which are
designed to improve the efficiency of the system. However, the
audit also identified opportunities to improve service delivery
outcomes specifically related to prisoner separation and the timely
delivery of prisoners.