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Port Phillip Prison

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

  • Phone 03 9217 7200
  • Fax 03 9217 7228
  • Postal address PO Box 376
    Laverton VIC 3028
  • Street address 451 Dohertys Road
    Truganina VIC 3029

This information is specific to Port Phillip 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


From Melbourne
From Spencer Street turn right at Flinders Street and continue along Charles Grimes Bridge Road. Follow the signs and take the Westgate Freeway westbound. Take the Grieve Parade exit and, at the roundabout, take the third exit onto Dohertys Road. The prison is on the corner of Dohertys and Palmers Roads, Laverton North.

From Princes Highway
Continue along the Princes Highway city-bound and take the Old Geelong Road exit at Laverton. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Fitzgerald Road in Laverton North. You'll come to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto Dohertys Road, Laverton North.

Public transport

To Laverton railway station
The bus departs from Sunshine Railway Station Bus Terminal (bus 400) and runs via the overpass, Durham Road, Anderson Road, Forrest Street, Tilburn Road, Station Road, Western Highway (Ballarat Road), Westwood Drive, Robinsons Road and Riding Boundary Road to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. The bus then departs via Riding Boundary Road, Robinsons Road and Middle Road to the Metropolitan Remand Centre. It then departs from the Metropolitan Remand Centre via Middle Road, Robinsons Road, Palmers Road, Dohertys Road to Port Phillip Prison. It then travels via Dohertys Road, Fitzgerald Road, Old Geelong Road, Bladin Street, Wright Street, Thomas Street, Woods Street, Lohse Street and Maher Road to the terminus at Laverton Railway Station.

To Sunshine railway station
Bus will travel in the reverse direction.
Westrans (Altona) operates this service.
Contact Westrans (Altona) on 03 9398 2712.

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 between 9am and 5pm daily.

The public can use the following email address for visits :

It is recommended that you phone the prison before you visit.

Dress Standard

Effective from 7 March 2016, a new dress standard has been introduced at Port Phillip Prison for all social domestic visitors, visiting prisoners at the prison.

Prison Profile

Security level


Operational capacity

1,087 (30 June 2016)


  • 13 accommodation units each with a kitchen servery, tea room, laundry, day room, recreation area and outside courtyard
  • each cell within units have a shower, hand basin, toilet, desk, chair, television, kettle, storage shelves, intercom and bed
  • 20-bed inpatient hospital unit


Port Phillip Prison was the third privately operated prison to open in Victoria. It received its first prisoners on 10 September 1997.

Read Port Phillip Prison Visitor Information.

The operator's contract was extended in 2016: see the Project Summary for further information.