31/08/2016 - 15:07

Broadspectrum earmarked for court security contract

31/08/2016 - 15:07

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Serco will likely lose its contract to provide security and custodial services to courts in Western Australia, after Broadspectrum was named preferred proponent for the tendered contract today.

Serco will likely lose its contract to provide security and custodial services to courts in Western Australia, after Broadspectrum was named preferred proponent for the tendered contract today.

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the state government would enter negotiations with Broadspectrum, which was recently acquired by Spanish company Ferrovial.

Negotiations are expected to be completed in October, with Broadspectrum to begin working under the contract by early next year.

“Broadspectrum provided a comprehensive response to the request for tender, drawing on several decades of experience in court custody and prisoner transport services in the United Kingdom,” Mr Francis said.

“The company also has significant experience in providing custodial services in Australian immigration detention.”

The contract, previously held by Serco, was re-tendered in June after the Public Administration Committee concluded it would be necessary in order to ensure a cost-effective service was being delivered.

Broadspectrum will now negotiate the contract with the Department of Corrective Services, with the scope of work involving security and custody at a number of metropolitan and regional courts across WA, as well as the transport of persons in custody.

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