COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Information for Stakeholders

QCS is committed to keeping safe our corrective services facilities, our workforce and those in our care. In these challenging and constantly changing times, it remains one of our top priorities. This means minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission wherever we can.

In line with the Chief Health Officer’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in a High-Risk Setting Direction all individuals accessing a Queensland corrective services facility to perform work must:

  • as of Friday 17 December 2021, have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination
  • by 11:59pm on 23 January 2022, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Individuals performing work in a corrective services facility include visitors attending for professional, official, or other business. This includes service providers such as cleaners, chaplains, drug and alcohol rehabilitation providers, building maintenance and Elders. It also includes volunteers and students undertaking work placements.

Visitors entering a correctional facility for work purposes will need to
register their visit using the Check in Qld app and provide proof of vaccination.

For some visitors to attend for professional, official or other business, QCS must collect and record specific information about vaccination status.

For more information, including acceptable forms of vaccination proof, whose information must be recorded by QCS and at which facilities the above Direction applies, please click on the below links:

           

Responding to COVID-19 in
correctional centres and
community corrections

What stage are correctional centres
and community corrections
currently implementing?
FAQs: Visitors or workers attending
a facility for professional, official or other business

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QCS operations and COVID-19

The global effort to combat COVID-19 is ongoing and many nations are feeling the effects of this pandemic. These are difficult and challenging times for all of us.

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our COVID-19 Response Planning Tools allow us to quickly and proportionally respond to any community outbreaks in accordance with health advice through a staged approach to restrictions, which may vary as required at any given time across different centres and community corrections offices. QCS strategies continue to be multifaceted, thoughtful, decisive, and responsive.

Our top priorities are the safety of all personnel, including officers and the people in our care, and the safe and secure operation of the correctional system.

QCS’ fundamental strategy has been to keep COVID-19 out of our prisons, and keep all people in our system safe, well, and free from harm. Throughout the pandemic, we have employed all possible strategies to isolate, contain and suppress any cases of COVID-19, to the greatest degree possible, in partnership with our colleagues at Queensland Health. Even as Queensland eases restrictions and we move towards this new phase of living with COVID-19 in the community, QCS continues to take a measured approach to reducing the spread of the virus within our centres.

Our QCS COVID-19 Response Planning tools allow for a staged and proportionate response, enabling different levels of restrictions to be in place in different locations as required to protect the health of all. These tools were developed in conjunction with Corrective Services Administrators Council (CSAC) and are implemented in conjunction with Queensland Health advice and with the support of the Chief Health Officer.

To limit the risk of a prisoner with COVID-19 being received into a prison, all receptions are subject to health screening on admission. While custodial operations are at Stage 2 restrictions, all new reception prisoners are to quarantine for 14 days before being placed with the general prisoner population.

Steps have also been taken by Community Corrections offices located throughout the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Officers have implemented temperature screening and social distancing and adopted alternative mechanisms to face to face meetings to manage offenders where appropriate. We work with external providers to maintain interventions and program delivery whenever possible. Our teams continue to work closely with Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health and local stakeholders to ensure community safety.

QCS’ COVID-19 response involves continuing to work effectively with the judiciary, and engaging with stakeholders, particularly the union, as well as prisoners, offenders and their family.

This page will be regularly updated with current information to assist all our partners and the community at large to understand how QCS is working to keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.