AUSTRALIAN FIRST PRISON CULTURE SURVEY

The Office of the Chief Inspector forms an integral part of QCS accountability. The aim of the office includes reinforcing standards of accountability, transparency and performance across correctional facilities through its program of inspections, investigations and reviews, and to facilitate additional external scrutiny regarding the treatment of prisoners by coordinating the Official Visitors Scheme.

The Office of the Chief Inspector has agreed to collaborate with the University of Cambridge and Griffith University to trial the use of the Measuring the Quality of Prison Life (MQPL+) survey.

The MQPL+ survey was developed in the United Kingdom by leading academic Professor Alison Liebling from the University of Cambridge. The survey has been used internationally, in Belgium, Canada, Sweden, India, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Philippines, USA, Chile, Sierra Leone, New Zealand and Estonia.

The MQPL+ provides a quantitative baseline measure of prisoner and staff perceptions of prison social climate. The MQPL+ is self-administered and contains 130 statements from 18-21 dimensions relating to how staff (Staff Quality of Life (SQL) version) and prisoners (MQPL+ version) consider their quality of life.

Brisbane Correctional Centre will be the first Australian prison to trial the MQPL+ in its entire form. The trial commenced in October 2015.