Two weeks of theoretical training took place before on-the-job training commenced. The matron expected her staff to give and command respect, be punctual, well presented, work as a team, and to not pity the inmates whilst being patient, fair and compassionate in their dealings with them
Shifts ran on a 24 hour schedule - 9am to 9am, including rests - until the transfer to Bandyup Prison when three shifts were introduced. The officers oversaw the prisoner work duties, as well as the reception. Around midnight, a Men's Division officer checked up on the single night shift officer.