A warehouse industry at Langi Kal Kal has played a key role in keeping prison staff and prisoners safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of Corrections Victoria’s prison industries program at Langi Kal Kal, prisoners have been trained and employed in warehousing operations to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) across prisons, youth justice facilities, Justice Service Centres and our office locations.

In March 2020, the then new Langi Kal Kal warehouse facility was identified as having potential to ensure a core range of PPE could be stored and made available throughout the pandemic. Six weeks later, capacity at the warehouse had increased from 25% to 120%, with shipping containers being temporarily used to hold overflow stock.

The department was able to buy bulk quantities of PPE for storage and eventual distribution. This helped ensure continuity of supply and isolate the system from supply shortages that occurred at numerous stages throughout the pandemic. To date over $15m of PPE has been shipped from Langi Kal Kal to locations across Victoria.

Industry standard barcode driven scanning technology will soon be deployed at the Langi Kal Kal warehouse, offering prisoners further opportunities to learn skills in an area offering good post-release employment prospects.

Implementation of this barcode scanning Warehouse Management System has already taken place in the industries at Middleton Correctional Centre, which has resulted in streamlined operations for the distribution of a wide range of products across the justice system, as well as equipping prisoners with in-demand employment skills.

Education, training and employment is critical to successful rehabilitation and reintegration. The benefits extend well beyond getting a job and a regular income. It helps offenders change how they think about themselves and discover ways they can be productive members of the community.

Prison industries focuses on producing products and services for sale within the prison system, along with some work for customers from the outside community predominantly replacing imports. Employment in a prison industry emphasises developing work habits and ‘soft’ skills that will help a prisoner to gain employment when released. Prisoners often undertake a linked vocational education program to gain qualifications that are recognised in the community.

You can learn more about the role that work, training and education plays in the Correctional System.