The Victorian Government has been charged by the state’s workplace safety authority over a 15-hour riot involving up to 300 prisoners at the Ravenhall remand centre in Melbourne last year.
WorkSafe Victoria accused the Victorian Justice Department of four occupational health and safety breaches after a comprehensive investigation into the disturbance.
During the unrest, masked inmates brandished sticks, bashed in doors and windows, and lit fires.
Hundreds of staff were evacuated from the jail and all of the state’s prisons went into lockdown as a precaution.
The Government’s alleged breaches include failing to provide a safe system of work, failing to ensure the workplace was without health risks and two counts of failing to ensure people other than employees were not exposed to safety risks.
The inmates at Ravenhall were protesting against a smoking ban and more than 100 were charged over the incident.
The County Court heard earlier this year how the riot in June last year caused millions of dollars in damage to the facility.