Our performance compared nationally 2002-03
The Department reviews its performance against similar organisations. The charts below demonstrate
how the Department is positioned in relation to other Australian States and Territories, based on the
latest performance information reported in the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2004
The charts indicate that Queensland’s overall corrective services performance continues to be strong and compares favourably with other jurisdictions.
Deaths in custody
The rate of unnatural deaths in custody for all prisoners at 0.08 per cent was below the Australian average
of 0.10 per cent.
While Queensland had no unnatural deaths of Indigenous prisoners during 2002-03, the Australian rate was 0.07 per cent.
The rate of escapes from open custody of 1.56 per 100 prisoners per year was just above
the Australian average of 1.53.
More significantly, there have been no escapes from secure custody centres in Queensland since 1998.
Cost per prisoner/offender
Queensland had the lowest cost per prisoner per day for the “all prisons” category.
In 2002-03 the “all prisons” cost per prisoner per day was $146.00, as compared to the
Australian average of $159.40.
In community corrections the cost was $7.00 per offender per day. Queensland achieved
the lowest cost of all Australian jurisdictions per offender per day - the highest
The rate of assaults for prisoner on officer at 1.18 and prisoner on prisoner at 4.70 were
both lower than the Australian averages.