Series VPRS 12701
New Prisons Project Submissions, Briefing Notes and Related Correspondence
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Date Range: Series 1995 - 1996
  Series in Custody 1996 - 1998
  Contents 1996 - 1998
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
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1995 - 1996 Department of Justice VA 3085
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1995 - cont Department of Justice VA 3085
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the Records Description List to identify material of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series contains material relating to the New Prisons Project, which was an initiative of the Kennett Government and involved the setting up of privately run prisons in Victoria. The three new prison facilities (Port Phillip, Fulham and the women's prison at Deer Park) were established after the closure of Pentridge, Sale and Fairlea prisons. The women's prison at Deer Park subsequently reverted to State Government control in December 2000.

    The New Prisons Project was responsible for strategically managing the contracting out of the three new private prisons including project implementation, communication, industrial relations, financial and legal aspects, probity and the bidding process. The records within this series reflect that function.

    Many of the records were accumulated by the Executive Officer of the project (Tim Cave) and a member of the project team (Mark Cotter). The physical arrangement of the series reflects their recordkeeping system.

    The series contains expressions of interest, public comment, bid submissions (including tender documentation), briefing notes prepared by project team members, and correspondence from municipalities keen to have one of the new prisons established within their locale.

    The P2 consignment of this series contains all of the contract documentation relating to the three private prisons.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The arrangement of the series reflects the order in which the records were stored by the Department of Justice project team. Generally the records are grouped together roughly by subject matter. There is no obvious system of arrangement relating to records which belong to various subject categories, not even in alphabetical order.

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