Maryborough prison will move under the umbrella of the department of Justice and Attorney-General later this year.
Maryborough prison will move under the umbrella of the department of Justice and Attorney-General later this year. Robyne Cuerel

Changes ahead for ambulance and M'boro prison officers

STAFF at Maryborough Correctional Centre will move departments by the end of the year and the Fraser Coast's ambulance officers will move to Queensland Health within weeks.

The moves are a result of the State Government's Keelty Review, a 361-page report released on Tuesday by Premier Campbell Newman and Police and Community Safety minister Jack Dempsey.

In a statement, Premier Newman and Mr Dempsey said the Queensland Corrective Services would join the department of Justice and Attorney-General later this year.

"The majority of QCS staff will remain located in their current office location in the short-term," the statement said.

The review also recommended prisoners who are kept in police watchhouses, often before a court appearance, be managed by correction officers rather than police.

The statement issued by Premier Newman said the Queensland Ambulance Service was expected to move to Queensland Health by October 1.

"Around 85% of QAS tasks are directly linked to Queensland Health," the statement said.

The Keelty Review made a series of other recommendations that will overhaul the Department of Community Safety.



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