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Beechworth Correctional Centre

Note: the email address below is the Corrections Victoria general email; the prison does not have its own general email address.

  • Email corrections@justice.vic.gov.au
  • Phone 03 5728 0055
  • Fax 03 5728 0082
  • Postal address Locked Bag 3
    Beechworth VIC 3747
  • Street address 494 Flat Rock Road
    Beechworth VIC 3747

The information below is specific to Beechworth Correctional Centre. 

Please also refer to the general information about visiting a prisoner which is the same for all prisons in Victoria. This includes details of how to arrange to visit a prisoner for the first time, what identification you will need to take with you and what you cannot take into prisons.

Getting there

Car

From the Hume Highway take the Beechworth exit (Great Alpine Road B500). Turn left at Tarrawingee and head to Beechworth. As you enter the township (about 650 metres past the 60km per hour sign) look to the left for Malakoff Road and a red post box. Turn left into Malakoff Road. Beechworth Correctional Centre is located approximately 3.5km along Malakoff Road on the left.

Public transport

Transport for visitors is provided on weekends and public holidays from the V/Line bus stop. Prior arrangements must be made with the prison if you wish to be picked up. You must provide details of children and indicate if a car seat is required.

Visiting times

To visit a prisoner, you must be on their approved list (refer to Arranging a visit in the general information for prison visitors). Once you are on the list, you can visit at any of the times below.

It is recommended that you phone the prison before you commence your journey to the prison.

Contact visits

General 10am–3.30pm Weekends and public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday unless by arrangement)
Child-free visits 10am–12pm Saturdays

Non-contact visits

General 10am–3.30pm Weekends and public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday unless by arrangement)

Prisoners may have four adult visitors and a reasonable number of children on every visit day.

If more than four visitors arrive, they may share the visiting time as long as only four adults are visiting at one time.

There is no time limit for visits, but visitors must leave by the close of visiting hours.

Visit conditions

For conditions of entry that apply to all prisons, such as general behaviour and the search process, refer to the general information for visiting a prisoner. The following additional details are specific to Beechworth Correctional Centre:

  • Visitors will be checked in through the visitors’ reception centre where names are taken, identification is checked and any approved property is booked in. The prisoner will then be called for a visit. No prisoner is permitted in the visit centre before their visitor.
  • Lockers are available in the visitors’ reception centre for the temporary storage of visitors’ personal items. Mobile phones are not to be brought into the visit centre and must be left in the lockers.
  • Food and drink items may be purchased from the visit centre kiosk during visits.
  • Throughout the visit, it is the responsibility of visitors to ensure any children are well-behaved and remain in the visit centre. Failure to do this may result in the general manager terminating the visit.

Property & money

Property

The following items may be brought into the prison by visitors who are on a prisoner’s Approved Visitors List:

  • underpants, jocks, boxer shorts x 6
  • singlets (white or bottle green) x 4
  • t-shirts (short & long sleeved, white or bottle green with no motifs or pockets) x 4
  • King Gee/Yakka workwear - green only (work shorts, pants and short or long-sleeved shirt) x 2
  • long-sleeved shirt (flannelette or cotton of checked pattern, not lined or padded, no dress shirts) x 2
  • thermal tops, pants (white only) x 2
  • socks x 6
  • handkerchiefs x 6
  • slippers or moccasins x 1 pair
  • dressing gown (plain colours only)
  • sports shorts - black or bottle green (logo must be less than 5x5cm, length above the knee, no cargo pockets, no high cut running shorts) x 2
  • sheets and pillow case (one set only)
  • doona and cover (single bed size) x 1
  • towels x 2

Please note: for all items of clothing & bedding, no blue material will be accepted.

  • mug (ceramic only, no glass)
  • family photos (no polaroids or laminates)
  • watches & sunglasses are available for purchase through the prisoner shop, they will not be accepted at visits
  • books, magazines, newspapers x 6 in total. Dhurringile will not accept magazines which contain any erotic pictorial or media representation of male or female genitalia, military articles, drugs, hydroponics or home brewing, weapons (including hunting magazines) bombs, or publications which support terrorism. These include (but not limited to):
    • any Category 1 or Category 2 restricted publications
    • war, military or hunting magazines or publications
    • magazines or publications which contain violent material

All other property should be considered unauthorised unless prior approval has been given by the Operations Manager.

Money

Refer to Property & money for details about how much money can be deposited for a prisoner and in what format.

At Beechworth Correctional Centre money may be brought in during visits, but only in cash.

Prison profile

Security level

Minimum

Operational capacity

210 (30 September 2016)

Accommodation

  • 22 units: 15 eight-bed, 6 six-bed, 1 four-bed disabled
  • 14 self-catering units
  • 50 x 2 man portable accommodation units

History

The Beechworth Correctional Centre was commissioned in January 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.

Read Beechworth Correctional Centre Visitor Information.