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Dhurringile Prison

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 5824 8800
  • Fax 03 5824 8986
  • Postal address Locked Bag 1
    Murchison VIC 3610
  • Street address Murchison-Tatura Road
    Murchison VIC 3610

The information below is specific to Dhurringile Prison. 

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.

Dhurringile Prison Review has now been completed. Interested people can find out more about the review, its findings and the additional measures to be introduced in this community bulletin, which was released on 16 December 2014.

Getting there

Car

Follow the Hume Highway until you reach the Shepparton exit (just north of Seymour). This exit is approximately 100km from the centre of Melbourne. Take the Goulburn Valley Highway through to Nagambie and take the Murchison exit, which is approximately 45km along the highway. Follow the highway a further 5km to Murchison East and turn left. Drive west for approximately 2km to Murchison. Turn right off the Goulburn River Bridge, then drive through the town and follow the road to Tatura. The prison is approximately 10km from Murchison on the right. The main feature of the prison is the tower of the mansion, which can be seen approximately 2km before reaching the prison. Turn right at the driveway and follow the signs.

Public transport

Trains do travel to Murchison East on the Seymour Line, this is a V-Line service.(External link)

We offer a bus pick up from Murchison East train station on Saturday and Sunday ONLY and this is for the afternoon visits only.
On Saturday the train arrives into Murchison East at approx 11.07am, and the visitors are returned to the train station via our bus at 4.20pm to catch train back to Melbourne.
On Sunday the train arrives into Murchison East at approx 11.32 and the visitors are returned to the train station via our bus at 5.20pm to catch train back to Melbourne.

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 visiting.

Visiting times

9.30am-11.30am Saturday - child free visits
12.00pm-3.45pm Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, (No visits Christmas Day or Good Friday)


All visitors attending the 9.30am - 11:30am child free visits on Saturday must leave the centre by 11.30am.

Visitors attending 9.30am visits will not be permitted back into the prison for the afternoon 12.00pm visits.

No visitors will be permitted on prison grounds until 15 minutes before visit start times.

All visitors are to use the first car park designated for visitors.

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. Prisoners may make a Governor's Request to have more than four adult visitors at one time. The general manager must approve this request.

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 Dhurringile Prison:

  • Visitors are checked through the Visitors’ Reception Centre where names are taken, identification checked and any approved property 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 at the Visitors’ Reception Centre for the temporary storage of visitors’ personal items. Lockers are available for visitors using public transport only.
  • At the end of the visit, visitors can collect any outgoing property from the Visitors’ Reception Centre and must sign out of the appropriate register.

Property

In respect to all clothing and footwear that is handed in it must be new and in its original packaging.

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

Clothing

  • underpants, jocks, boxer shorts x 6
  • singlets (bottle green) x 4
  • t-shirts (short & long sleeved, bottle green with no motifs or pockets x 4
  • polo shirts - bottle green x 4
  • King Gee/Yakka workwear - green only (work shorts, pants and long-sleeved shirt) x 2
  • thermal tops, pants (white only - will be regarded as underwear) x 2
  • socks x 6
  • handkerchiefs x 6
  • slippers or moccasins (low ankle, NO ugg boots) x 1 pair
  • pyjamas (no motifs) x 2
  • dressing gown (no motifs)
  • sports shorts - bottle green (length above the knee, no cargo pockets, no high cut running shorts) x 2

Miscellaneous

  • family photos (non-offensive and no polaroids) x 1
  • paperback books, magazines, newspapers x 6 in total. 

Dhurringile will not accept 'objectionable material' that describe, depict, express or otherwise deal will matters of sex, nudity, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in a manner that is likely to cause offence to any person.

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

All property will be in accordance with the points system as outlined in Schedules 4.8(1) & 4.8(2) of the Deputy Commissioner's Instruction (DCI) 4.08.

Prison profile

Security level

Minimum

Restricted Minimum

Operational capacity

328 (30 June 2017)

Accommodation

  • 50 x 2 man portable accommodation units
  • 29 x 6 man self-catering units
  • 13 x 6 man non self-catering units
  • 1 x 12 man non self-catering unit
  • 1 x 52 bed re-locatable cellular unit
  • 1 x 6 bed disability unit

History

Dhurringile Prison was originally the 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.

Read Dhurringile Prison Visitor Information.