Our prisons

The Department of Justice and Regulation is responsible for running Victoria's 11 public prisons and one transition centre. You can learn a little about each one by clicking the location names below.

 

 

Barwon Prison

Address: 1140 Bacchus Marsh Road, Lara VIC 3212

Security level: Maximum

Operational capacity: 478

Accommodation: Barwon Prison is divided into four accommodation areas. Separating prisoners into manageable areas allows for the effective supervision, security and safety of the prison, and also enables the appropriate provision of prisoner services.

History: Barwon was the first new prison in Victoria to be designed specifically for unit management. Construction of the prison started in 1986, and the first prisoners were received in 1990. Barwon Prison is the only maximum security prison located outside of the metropolitan area.

 

Beechworth Correctional Centre

Address: 494 Flat Rock Road, Beechworth VIC 3747

Security level: Minimum

Operational capacity: 210 

Accommodation: The centre has several accommodation types to meet varying offender needs. There are 50 two-man portable accommodation units, along with 22 shared accommodation units. These include 15 eight-bed and 6 six-bed units, and one four-bed disabled unit.

History: The Beechworth Correctional Centre was commissioned in 2005, after the historic 144-year-old Beechworth Prison closed in December 2004. Situated 270 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Beechworth is the furthest from Melbourne of Victoria's prisons.

 

Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

Adddress: 101-201 Riding Boundary Road, Ravenhall VIC 3023

Security level: Maximum

Operational capacity: 512 

Accommodation: Dame Phyllis Frost Centre is one of Victoria's two women's prisons, and houses offenders and alleged offenders on remand across several security levels.

Many prisoners live in self-contained cells with ensuite facilities. There are also two special cell blocks, housing 20 prisoners each, designed for protection prisoners and prisoners with a history of poor behaviour. There are shared cottage-style Medium security units as well, which house ten prisoners in separate rooms, while minimum security units house five prisoners. Each unit has individual kitchen and dining facilities and prisoners are required to cook and prepare their own meals and do their washing, ironing and housework. Groups of prisoners share activity areas and a quiet area for reading and writing.

History: The prison facility, originally known as the Deer Park Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (MWCC), opened in 1996. It was the first prison in Victoria to be privately designed, financed, built and operated.

The facility is now being managed and operated by Corrections Victoria as the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, named after the well-known campaigner for women prisoners. In the 1950s, Dame Phyllis Frost persuaded the State Government of the day to set up the Consultative Council for Female Prison Reform. Until her death in 2004, she worked tirelessly with governments, prison administrators and non-government agencies for improved conditions, rehabilitation and education for women in prisons.

 

 

Dhurringile Prison

Address: Murchison-Tatura Road, Murchison VIC 3610

Security level: Minimum

Operational capacity: 328

Accommodation: This minimum security prison features many different shared accommodation styles, including single and double prisoner units, through to larger self-catered share-housing arrangements. Dhurringile is also a working farm, with a dairy that produces around 7,000 litres of milk per day.

History: Dhurringile Prison was originally a 68-room homestead for a large farm and was completed in 1877. During the second World War it was used as an internment camp for 'alien civilians' and later for prisoners of war. After the war, the Presbyterian Church used it as a training camp for English and Scottish orphans, until the Victorian Government purchased it in 1965 to use as a minimum-security prison. Over the years, the grounds have been reduced to just over 100 hectares (one square mile). The prison is situated 160km north of Melbourne.

 

Hopkins Correctional Centre

Address: Warrak Road, Ararat VIC 3377

Security level: Medium (protected prisoners)

Operational capacity: 782 

Accommodation: Hopkins Correctional Centre is located close to Ararat, approximately 200 kilometres west of Melbourne.

Hopkins provides medium security accommodation for offenders with protection requirements, including a number of sex offenders. The prison includes single, double and triple-bed accommodation, as well as cottage accommodation and a unit for aged and medically infirm prisoners.

All prisoners capable of work are placed full-time in an industry area; such as wooden products, screen printing, metal fabrication, number plate printing, laundry, kitchen and general maintenance.

History: Hopkins Correctional Centre (previously known as Ararat Prison) was opened in 1967, replacing the century-old Ballarat Gaol. An ongoing redevelopment program has included a new external security fence, new kitchen and mess room, major industries complex, new accommodation and program areas and a new visits centre.

 

 

Judy Lazarus Transition Centre

Address: 50 Adderley Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Security level: Minimum

Operational capacity: 25

Accommodation: Five five-person self-contained, self-catered units.

History: The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre took its first prisoners in 2007. The Centre provides a supervised pathway back into society for selected prisoners nearing the end of their sentence. It is named after Judy Lazarus, a prominent advocate of prisoner resettlement and former CEO of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders.

 

Langi Kal Kal Prison

Address: Langi Kal Kal Road, Langi Kal Kal VIC 3352

Security level: Minimum

Operational capacity: 428

Accommodation: Langi Kal Kal is an open-plan prison that operates as a working farm, with cattle and sheep and a famed Angus stud. It is expected that every prisoner will work in some way, whether it be in commercial industries or serving the prison's internal needs. There are two accommodation units, Ripon and Lexton, divided into two sections. Most units provide single accommodation, but there are also some shared rooms.

History: In 1938, this property was a 70,000-acre farming property with a substantial farmhouse built around 1900. After World War Two, the land was subdivided and the central area, including the farmhouse, became a fully functioning prison in 1951. In 1965, the property was converted into a youth training centre before being revived as an adult prison in 1993.

 

 

Loddon Prison Precinct

Address: Matheson Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Security level: Medium

Operational capacity: 468

Accommodation: Loddon Prison is a campus-style prison within a secure perimeter. The landscaped grounds, modern buildings and wide range of programs and activities aims to provide an environment that resembles a general community setting to aid with offender transition.

History: Loddon Prison was the second Victorian prison designed specifically for unit management (Barwon Prison was the first). Construction began in 1988 and cost $29 million. The first prisoners arrived in 1990 after Castlemaine Prison closed.

 

Marngoneet Correctional Centre

Address: 1170 Bacchus Marsh Road, Lara VIC 3212

Security level: Medium

Operational capacity: 559 (+300 at Karreenga annex) 

Accommodation: Marngoneet features both single-man cell and shared accommodation, while the Karreenga annex has self-catered, cottage-style accommodation..  

History: Officially opened in 2006, Marngoneet  is located near Lara, approximately 70km west of Melbourne. The Karreenga annex was opened in 2016.

The name 'Marngoneet' is taken from the local Wathaurong community language and means 'to make new'. The development of the facility was supported by the local Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative. The word 'Karreenga' pays respect to the local Wadawurrung Community and is a Koori word meaning to grow.

 

 

Melbourne Assessment Prison

Address: 317-353 Spencer Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Security level: Maximum

Operational capacity: 256

Accommodation: Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) is a maximum security facility providing the primary statewide assessment and orientation services for male prisoners received into the prison system. MAP comprises units with different roles or functions, such as protection and the Acute Assessment Unit – a 15-bed, secondary psychiatric facility.

History: Planning for MAP began in 1974, with construction commencing in 1983. It was officially opened in 1989. Initially known as the Melbourne Remand Centre, the prison was built to accommodate remand prisoners. In 1997, the prison became the reception prison for all male prisoners in Victoria and was renamed the Melbourne Assessment Prison.

 

Metropolitan Remand Centre

Address: Middle Road, Ravenhall VIC 3023

Security level: Maximum security remand

Operational capacity: 883

Accommodation: Melbourne Remand Centre (MRC) is designed in a 'campus' style, with facilities and accommodation surrounding open space for physical exercise. Accommodation is a mix of single and double cells in variable-sized units. Each accommodation unit has program and resource facilities, interview rooms and satellite links.

History: MRC is one of three prison facilities built as part of the redevelopment of Victoria's corrections system under the Corrections Long Term Management Strategy. MRC officially opened in 2006.

 

Tarrengower Prison

Address: 9 Maldon-Shellbourne Road, Nuggetty VIC 3463

Security level: Minimum

Operational capacity: 72

Accommodation: Fifteen self-contained units providing single room accommodation, with shared kitchen and living areas in each unit.

History: Originally a farm, the prison was opened in 1988 after the property was purchased and accommodation units were built. Tarrengower is the only completely minimum security female prison in Victoria.