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Langi Kal Kal 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 5349 4900
  • Fax 03 5349 4993
  • Postal address Private Bag 4
    Beaufort 3373
  • Street address Western Highway
    Trawalla VIC 3373

Langi Kal Kal Prison is recruiting for prison officers and other roles to work at the prison. Learn more at Live, work and play in the Grampians Region.

Langi Kal Kal (LKK) Prison is on the Western Highway at Trawalla, 150 kilometres west of Melbourne. The Prison provides minimum-security accommodation for prisoners who require a level of protection. LKK Prison was originally a farming property and has also served as a youth training centre.

As a prison, it has been re-established as a working farm with a focus on preparing offenders for reintegration to the community. Accommodation consists of mainly single rooms and has an operational capacity of 236 prisoners. The prison is currently undergoing a 42-bed expansion, due for completion in late 2013.

An additional 12-bed expansion is also underway. All Langi Kal Kal prisoners are expected to work full-time if they are able. Industries include agriculture, horticulture, woodwork, participation in the Landmates program, cleaning services, kitchen and general maintenance

The below information is specific to Langi Kal Kal 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.

Getting there

Car

Langi Kal Kal Prison is situated at Trawalla, 43km from Ballarat, approximately two-hours drive from Melbourne. 

From Melbourne, taken the Western Highway and follow it past the Ballarat Bypass towards Ararat. Approximately 43km (30–40 minutes) drive from Ballarat you will find the Trawalla Roadhouse situated on the right hand side of the road. Turn right at the Trawalla Roadhouse onto the Langi Kal Kal Road which will take you the approximately 4.5 kilometres to Langi Kal Kal Prison.

Public transport

Take the train to Ballarat and then the V/Line coach to Trawalla, where a courtesy bus is available to transfer visitors to Langi Kal Kal Prison on Saturdays and Sundays at the time listed below. The return service drops visitors at Beaufort Station. Prisoners are asked to advise the duty senior officer by Friday evening of visitors requiring the courtesy service.

  Bus picks up at Trawalla Roadhouse Bus departs Langi Kal Kal (then drops at Beaufort Station)
Saturday and Sunday 10.40am  3.15pm

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 visit.

Restricted & non-restricted access

Saturday  9.30am–3.30pm
Sunday  9.30am–3.30pm
Approved child visits  Saturday  9.45am–11.45am  1.15pm–3.15pm
   Sunday  9.45am–11.45am  1.15pm–3.15pm

A maximum of four adults will be accepted at any one time unless pre-arranged approval has been granted.

Parents are responsible for their own children's conduct on visits.

Prisoners who have been convicted of a sexual offence against children will not be permitted to have children under the age of 16 visit them without prior permission of the prison.

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.

Entry

On entry to the prison, proceed straight to the visitors’ centre. You will be required to sign in and place personal items in a locker and a key will be issued to you.

Items not allowed

The following items are not to be brought into the prison:

  • unsealed or opened packets of cigarettes
  • matches
  • any foodstuffs or drinks
  • mobile phones or cameras
  • USB connectors
  • MP3 players or any other electronic devices.

Medication that you need to take during a visit must be packaged in its prescribed packaging and be handed to the visitors' reception area until it is needed, which will be done in front of the visitors' reception officer.

Food and drink

You can purchase cold / hot drinks and a variety of foodstuffs from the visitors' canteen. If you wish to purchase these items you will need to bring suitable change as there is no change available at the prison.

No smoking

There is strictly no smoking indoors or under the verandah of the visitors' centre. This includes during inclement weather. Failure to comply may result in the visit being terminated.

Toilets

There are separate toilet facilities available for use by visitors in the visits area.

Property & money

Property

All articles for a prisoner are to be clearly marked with the prisoner’s name and will be processed and distributed by stores officers after being examined for unauthorised contents. Articles can be brought in on a visit, or forwarded by post. Only newspapers will be distributed on the day of a visit. These should be left at the reception office in the visit centre.

Any property that needs collecting on the way out is also done via the Control Office. You will need to produce your ID and sign for the property. The property can only be collected by the authorised person listed on the form.

The following articles will be accepted:

  • underpants or jockettes
  • singlets (green)
  • bathers
  • t-shirts (green only, round neck with no motifs, pockets, buttons, logos or designs)
  • socks
  • handkerchiefs
  • plain towel
  • plain coloured dressing gown and pyjamas (with no motifs, logos or designs)
  • plain green shorts only (with no motifs, logos or designs)
  • unrestricted books, magazines and newspapers in line with community standards (no R-rated publications, no Pyrenees Advocate, Ballarat Courier or Ararat papers)
  • non-electrical musical instruments (by Governor’s request)
  • slippers or masseur sandals (no moccasins)

Money

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

Money may be left at the Langi Kal Kal Prison during visit times at the visitors’ reception centre.  An announcement will be made at approximately 1pm for anyone wishing to leave money for prisoners.  

Prison profile

Langi Kal Kal is an Indigenous name meaning 'Resting place of the singing cicada'.

Langi Kal Kal is an open-plan prison. It is expected that every prisoner will work.

Security level

Minimum

Operational capacity

219 (30 June 2013)

Accommodation

There are two accommodation units, Rippon and Lexton, divided into two sections. Most units provide single accommodation, but there are also some shared rooms.

History

In 1838 the 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, was set aside for prison purposes. The first prisoners arrived in September 1950, and the prison was officially opened in February 1951. In 1965 the prison became a youth training centre but then became an adult prison once again in June 1993.

Read Langi Kal Kal Visitor Information.