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  • Current vaccination rates
  • Active cases in the prison system
  • How we are responding to COVID-19
  • Previous updates

The measures that Corrections Victoria is taking to protect the health and well-being of staff, prisoners and offenders are reviewed daily.

Everyone plays an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19, and decisions are being made with the latest medical advice and state and federal measures in mind.

The latest health advice for COVID-19 is available on coronavirus.vic.gov.au (External link).

Current vaccination rates

Total vaccination rates as at 12 October 2021

Prisoner vaccination rates 75% first dose and 56% second dose
Staff vaccination rates 88% first dose and 67% second dose

Prison populations are not static and some vaccinated people have left custody, with new, unvaccinated people coming into Victorian prisons every day.

Active cases in the prison system

Total active cases as at 9.30pm 18 October 2021.

This data is updated daily. It may change as more information becomes available.

71 total active cases in prisoners in Victorian prisons with 4 active cases in the general population, 68 in managed quarantine. 49 in the Metropolitan Remand Centre, 16 in the Melbourne Assessment Prison, 4 in Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and 2 in Ravenhall Correctional Centre.
9 total cases in Victorian prison staff - 2 at Port Phillip Prison, 2 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre, 1 at Ravenhall Correctional Centre, 1 at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, 1 at Marngoneet Correctional Centre and 2 at Melbourne Assessment Prison.

There are four active cases that were in the general prison population when they received their positive COVID-19 test result.

The other 67 active cases have been contained to quarantine and isolation units across the prison system since their arrival and do not pose a threat to the general prison population or staff.

There are currently 11 active COVID-19 cases in prisoners who identify as Aboriginal.

There are currently nine active cases in prison staff. Active cases in prison staff may include some staff exposed in the community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result but have not been at work during their infectious period.

Prisoner movement within prisons may be temporarily restricted in accordance with our established protocols while contact tracing is underway.

Cases in the general prison population

Two are at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and have been moved to an isolation unit. Prisoner movement at the Melbourne Assessment Prison is no longer restricted, based on advice from the Department of Health. Further surveillance testing will occur over the coming weeks.

Two are at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre and have been moved to isolation units. Prisoner movement at Ravenhall is no longer restricted, based on advice from the Department of Health. Two further surveillance testing rounds will be conducted at Ravenhall over the coming weeks.

No staff members have been infected with COVID-19 via contact with prisoners.

Cases in new arrivals are managed under quarantine arrangements

Corrections Victoria has established protective quarantine units across five prisons as a preventive measure against the risk of COVID-19:

  • Melbourne Assessment Prison
  • Metropolitan Remand Centre
  • Port Phillip Prison
  • Ravenhall Correctional Centre
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

All prisoners coming into the Victorian prison system are required to spend 14 days in a protective quarantine unit. This does not affect current prisoners transferring between facilities.

Existing prevention and management measures, including quarantine protocols, remain in place across the prison system for all other prisoners.

Prisoner movement within prisons may be temporarily restricted in accordance with our established protocols while contact tracing is underway.

Case updates from the last 24 hours

Two newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Two prisoners in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre. One prisoner in quarantine tested positive for COVID-19 at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

One prisoner at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre was cleared by the Department of Health. One prisoner at the Melbourne Assessment Prison was cleared by the Department of Health.

One contractor at the Melbourne Assessment Prison tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway.

Visiting a prisoner

In-person personal visits to Victorian prisons are suspended.

Zoom visits are generally available, but may be impacted while prisoner movement at a facility is restricted. 

Some prisons may not be able to offer frequent phone calls for prisoners. We understand that telephone contact is important for prisoners and their friends and family. Phone access will be provided, subject to prisoner movement restrictions, as soon as possible.

Prisoners and their families and friends can still use postal mail and emails to stay in contact.

Professional visits may occur in person, if essential, but zoom visits are preferred.

Contact us

For all other concerns, please contact the relevant prison or call 1300 191 835 (External link).

How we are responding to COVID-19

 

Prisons

Admission procedures and prevention measures within prisons

Established processes for preventing and managing communicable diseases in custody are in place across Victoria’s prison system, including:

  • All new prisoners are tested and required to spend 14 days in protective quarantine, regardless of COVID-19 risk. This includes prisoners who have recently arrived from overseas.
  • Staff and visitors are screened and temperature checked prior to entering a facility. Anyone who presents with any COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors is turned away.
  • Anyone entering a prison or post-sentence facility including staff, service providers, visitors and contractors must wear a face mask at all times while on site.
  • Physical distancing measures, increased hygiene standards and use of personal protective equipment are in place.

In line with Corrections Victoria’s ongoing COVID-19 management plan, and consistent with existing advice from the Department of Health, measures continue to be taken to protect the health of staff and prisoners. This includes isolation measures, contact tracing and thorough cleaning.

Quarantine arrangements

Prisoners in the protective quarantine units are supported with access to in-cell phone calls, video-based visits, books, education material, printed exercise routines and televisions.

Prison and health staff, including Aboriginal Liaison Officers and specialist mental health services, regularly check-in and monitor the health and wellbeing of all prisoners, including vulnerable and high-risk people.

All prisoners continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Personal protective equipment

All staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask and eye protection while on site.

Face masks are mandatory for prisoners who have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, including for those in protective quarantine. They are also available to all other prisoners, who are being encouraged to wear them.

In-person personal visits

In-person personal visits to all Victorian prisons are currently suspended. More information on what prison visitors need to do and how to arrange contact is available on the Contacting and visiting prisoners page (External link).

If you have any urgent concerns – please contact the prison (External link) directly or call 1300 191 835 (External link).

Professional phone and video calls

Professionals and service providers are able to hold phone and video calls with prisoners.

There is significant demand for phone and video calls to prisoners during the COVID-19 measures. Corrections Victoria is continually reviewing the most appropriate use of the available devices. 

More information is available on the Professional phone and video call page.

Providing property to prisoners

In line with the suspension of in-person personal visits, visitors are unable to drop off property at prisons.

Property can be posted to prisons. 

Prisons will only accept property provided by a person who is listed on the prisoner’s valid visitors list.

Please see the contacting and visiting prisoners page for more information

Sending money to prisoners

Money for prisoners can no longer be dropped off at prisons. To send money to prisoners, you can:

More information on this, including cost, is available on the Contacting and visiting prisoners page.

Prisoner health and support

Health and other support services are operating across the prison system.

Prisoners are regularly updated about COVID-19 and informed of the changes that impact on them.

All prisoners receive a medical screening by a general practitioner upon entering prison custody, which includes an assessment for any risk of self-harm or suicide.

As with the broader community, this situation may cause stress for some prisoners. Prisoners continue to have access to a range of mental health supports. They are also encouraged to exercise and eat a healthy diet.

Prisoners can also access medical and psychiatric care throughout their imprisonment.

Access to phone and video calls has been increased and prisoners are encouraged to write to their family and friends. Corrections Victoria understands the importance of these connections. 

If you are worried about a prisoner’s mental health, please telephone the prison and ask to speak to a manager about your concerns or call 1300 191 835 (External link)Contact information for each prison is available on this page.

 

Community Correctional Services

CCS continues to operate and anyone subject to a community correction order, parole order or supervision order must continue to comply with the conditions of their order.

Justice Service Centres remain closed to the public. However, CCS offenders can continue to attend in-person appointments. The number of offenders that can be serviced in person at each location is determined by COVIDSafe requirements and individual location COVIDSafe plans. Physical distancing measures will be maintained wherever possible during in person appointments and a DJCS supplied mask must be worn by both staff and offenders in line with government requirements. 

Where in-person attendance cannot be accommodated, offenders continue to be supervised via telephone, Zoom or other technologies.   

More information is available on the Changes to CCS page.

Information is also available for CCS stakeholders.

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Previous updates

Case updates from 17 October

Two newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

One prisoner in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Seven prisoners have been cleared by the Department of Health. This includes four prisoners at the Metropolitan Remand Centre, one at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, one at Port Phillip Prison and one at Melbourne Assessment Prison.

One staff member at the Metropolitan Remand Centre tested positive for COVID-19.

Case updates from 16 October

Five newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Four prisoners in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

One prisoner at Melbourne Assessment Prison has been cleared and moved out of isolation.

Case updates from 15 October

Nine newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Seven prisoners in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

One newly arrived prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Four prisoners at Melbourne Assessment Prison have been cleared and moved out of isolation.

Case updates from 14 October

Three prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Case updates from 13 October

One newly arrived prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Three prisoners in quarantine tested positive to COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

One staff member at Port Phillip Prison tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is underway and restrictions placed on prisoner movements.

Five prisoners have been cleared by the Department of Health. This includes two at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre, one at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, one at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and one at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Case updates from 12 October

One prisoner in the general population received a positive COVID-19 test as part of surveillance testing. The prisoner has been moved to isolation as per standard procedure.

One newly arrived prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Two prisoners in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre received a positive COVID-19 test as part of surveillance testing.

One prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre and was then bailed.

Case updates from 11 October

One prisoner in quarantine at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre has returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

One prisoner at the Metropolitan Remand Centre has been cleared and moved out of isolation.

One prisoner at Melbourne Assessment Prison has been cleared and moved out of isolation.

Two COVID-19 positive prisoners at the Metropolitan Remand Centre have been released.

Case updates from 10 October

One staff member at the Melbourne Assessment Prison tested positive for COVID-19. Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

Case updates from 9 October

One prisoner in quarantine at Melbourne Assessment Prisoner returned a positive test result for COVID-19. Two newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre. One newly arrived prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

One COVID-19 positive prisoner from the Melbourne Assessment Prison was released on bail and is being supervised in the community.

Case updates from 8 October

A case in the general population at the Melbourne Assessment Prison was identified on 8 October 2021. Extensive surveillance testing regime is underway. Prisoner movement has been restricted.

Two newly arrived prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered the Metropolitan Remand Centre. One newly arrived prisoner with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered Melbourne Assessment Prison. One prisoner in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

One COVID-19 positive prisoner from the Melbourne Assessment Prison was released on bail and is being supervised in the community.

Case updates from 7 October

Three prisoners in protective quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and 1 prisoner in protective quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre returned positive COVID-19 tests. All prisoners were moved into isolation as per standard procedure and do not pose a threat to the general prison population or staff.

Case updates from 6 October 

A further prisoner in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result on 5 October. A prisoner in the general population at Ravenhall Correctional Centre also returned a positive test result on 5 October.

Three prisoners in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and one prisoner in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre returned a positive test result on 6 October.

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Prisoner movement at Port Phillip Prison, Melbourne Assessment Prison, Metropolitan Remand Centre, Fulham Correctional Centre and Barwon Prison is temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

Ravenhall operations remain restricted while we await all test results from surveillance testing of staff and prisoners.

Case updates from 5 October

Three prisoners in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result for COVID-19 on 5 October.

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Prisoner movement at Loddon Prison and Port Phillip Prison is temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

Ravenhall operations remain restricted while we await all test results from surveillance testing of staff and prisoners.

Case updates from 3 and 4 October

Two prisoners in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and one prisoner in quarantine at Port Phillip Prison returned a positive test result for COVID-19 on 3 October.

One prisoner in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and another prisoner in quarantine at Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result on 4 October. One prisoner in the general prison population at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre returned a positive test result on 4 October following continued extensive surveillance testing of staff and prisoners. 

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Prisoner movement at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Port Phillip Prison has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

Ravenhall operations remain restricted while we await all test results from surveillance testing of staff and prisoners.

Case updates from 1 October

One prisoner in the general prison population at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre returned a positive test result for COVID-19 following extensive surveillance testing of staff and prisoners.

Six prisoners in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and one prisoner at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre returned a positive test result for COVID-19. The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Prisoner movement at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Barwon Prison, the Fulham Correctional Centre and Dame Phyliss Frost has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

Ravenhall operations remain restricted while we await all test results from surveillance testing of staff and prisoners.

As of 28 September 2021

Three prisoners in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison have returned a positive test result for COVID-19. The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

A staff member at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre has tested positive for COVID-19. Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

Prisoner movement at the Metropolitan Remand Centre, the Ravenhall Correctional Centre, the Melbourne Assessment Prison and Langi Kal Kal Prison has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

As of 27 September 2021

One prisoner in the general prison population at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre has returned a positive test result for COVID-19. The 79-year-old prisoner has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Surveillance testing of all prisoners and staff is underway.

One prisoner in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and three prisoners in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre have returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

The movement of prisoners at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Port Phillip Prison, Langi Kal Kal Prison, Hopkins Correctional Centre and Ravenhall Correctional Centre is temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway. The movement of prisoners at Metropolitan Remand Centre remains restricted while contact tracing for previous cases continues.

As of 26 September 2021

Two staff at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre have tested positive for COVID-19.

Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

The movement of prisoners at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and the Ravenhall Correctional Centre is temporarily restricted while contact tracing for all current cases is underway. The movement of prisoners at the Melbourne Assessment Prison is temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway following a staff member being advised of attendance at a tier one exposure site.

As of 24 September 2021

A prisoner in quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) has returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

The prisoner will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

In addition, a staff member at the MRC has tested positive for COVID-19.

Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

As of 23 September 2021

On 23 September, a prisoner in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result for COVID-19. Separately, a recently arrived prisoner in protective quarantine at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre has returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

The movement of prisoners at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and the Metropolitan Remand Centre has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing for current cases is underway.

Update published 21 September 2021

An additional four staff members at the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) have tested positive to COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive staff members at the location to five.

Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

The movement of prisoners at MRC has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

Updated published 19 September 2021

A staff member employed at the Metropolitan Remand Centre has tested positive to COVID-19.  

Corrections Victoria is working with the Department of Health to assist with contact tracing.

The movement of prisoners at MRC has been temporarily restricted while contact tracing is underway.

On 18 September, two prisoners with known positive test results for COVID-19 entered Melbourne Assessment Prison and on 19 September a recently arrived prisoner in quarantine arrangements tested positive to COVID-19.

The prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Update published 16 September 2021

On 16 September, a prisoner in quarantine at the Melbourne Assessment Prison returned a positive test result for COVID-19.

The prisoner will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Update published 14 September 2021

On 14 September, three prisoners in protective quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre returned positive tests results for COVID-19 and were moved into isolation as per standard procedure.

Corrections Victoria has established protective quarantine units as a preventive measure against the risk of COVID-19.

All prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

Update published 13 September 2021

On 12 September, a prisoner in protective quarantine at the Metropolitan Remand Centre returned a positive test result for COVID-19 as part of routine testing upon entering the prison system.

On 13 September, a prisoner was transferred to the Metropolitan Remand Centre after having tested positive prior to admission and was received straight into the isolation unit.

Corrections Victoria has established protective quarantine units as a preventive measure against the risk of COVID-19.

Both prisoners will continue to be monitored, assessed and provided with health care and a range of supports.

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