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Across Victoria, there are 11 publicly operated prisons, two privately operated prisons (Fulham Correctional Centre and Port Phillip Prison) and one transition centre (Judy Lazarus Transition Centre), which provide a range of correctional services from maximum security imprisonment to reparation and treatment programs. Two of the prisons are for women prisoners only - Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Tarrengower Prison; the remaining prisons are for male prisoners only.
In addition, a new prison at Ravenhall will be delivered as a public-private partnership with the private sector responsible for design, construction, facility management and operations.
Corrections Victoria – a business unit of the Department of Justice – is responsible for prison management in Victoria and all prisoners in both publicly and privately-managed prisons, including administering the contracts of the two private prison providers. Corrections Victoria is responsible for achieving the appropriate balance between a high level of community safety and the humane treatment of prisoners, focusing on strategies to rehabilitate prisoners in custody and tackling the underlying causes of crime to reduce re-offending. It sets, monitors and reviews standards in both public and private prisons, undertakes business planning, and initiates and manages correctional infrastructure programs.
An independent business unit of the Department of Justice – Office of Correctional Services Review – reports independently to the Secretary to the Department of Justice on the effectiveness of Corrections Victoria's management of the Victorian prison system.
The Security and Emergency Services Group (SESG) provides high-level support to all areas of Corrections Victoria, through its service delivery and ongoing policy committment.
The Women's Correctional Services Advisory Committee provides expert advice on the delivery of correctional services to women.
Download a map of the locations of all prisons and community corrections offices in Victoria.