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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

Authorised Private Property that can be left at the prison by a visitor (who is listed on your “visits list”) without requiring “Governors Request” include:

Clothing

  • T-shirts, white, crew neck, no pockets or logo (new)
  • Shorts (plain black, no logo, not cargo style, no lower pockets)
  • Singlet, white (new)
  • Thermal underwear, white (new)
  • Underwear (new)
  • Socks (new)
  • Cap (plain black or bottle green, no visible brand name)

No prisoner will be allowed to wear any clothing that has visible brand names.

Bedding

  • Doona single (new)
  • Doona cover single (new)
  • Sheets single (new)
  • Pillow (new)
  • Pillow case (new)
  • Bath towel and or face washer (new)

Personal

  • Photographs standard size (80mm x 160mm)
  • Reading glasses/glass case
  • Coffee cup x 1 (new)
  • Personal and legal papers
  • Books (including hard cover) max 3
  • Magazines/Newspaper (not restricted category) max 3

Any items not on the above list will require “Governors request” approval before being accepted. This will be determined in accordance with Schedule 4.8 (2) of the Operating Procedures and Regulation 28 of the Corrections Regulations 2009. Property left at the prison by your visitor can be collected from the Store window between 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm on Mondays

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 June 2017)

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.