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To protect, to rehabilitate and to serve


The Department of Justice manages more than 7,100 adults at 16 public prisons and 1 private prison in Western Australia.

As part of its mission to ensure a safer community, the Department’s priorities at all prisons are:

  • security of prisoners
  • safety of our people
  • safety of prisoners
  • rehabilitation.

By providing offenders with the skills they need to address their offending, the Department's staff are committed to breaking the cycle of crime and reducing the number of prisoners who reoffend and return to custody.

Public prisons

The Department operates 16 public prisons, including prison farms, which provide a range of security classifications (minimum, medium and maximum) in metropolitan and regional locations.

Female prisoners in the metropolitan area are placed at Bandyup Women's Prison, Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women, Melaleuca Women’s Prison and Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison. Regional prisons in Albany, Greenough, Roebourne, West Kimberley, Broome and Eastern Goldfields hold male and female prisoners.

In Perth, male prisoners are held at Casuarina Prison, Hakea Prison and at Karnet and Wooroloo prison farms. Bunbury and Pardelup Prison Farm regional prisons are male-only.

Minimum-security prisoner work camps for men are located in Warburton, Wyndham, Walpole, Roebourne and Dowerin.

Private prison

Serco Australia is contracted to operate Acacia Prison, a medium-security facility accommodating male prisoners.

Page last updated: 28-Jul-2021