Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

All personal visits to adult prisons are currently suspended.

Personal visits will resume on advice from health authorities, and we will keep prisoners and visitors updated. 

Prisoners have increased access to phone and video calls, emails and letters. See the Contacting a prisoner page for information.

If you are a legal practitioner or professional service provider, please refer to the Professional phone and video calls page.

Please see Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19) page for information on other measures that Corrections Victoria is taking to protect the health and wellbeing of prisoners and staff. 

The latest on coronarvirus (COVID-19) is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website (External link).

Telephone
03 5142 3800
Fax
03 5142 3801
Postal address
Private Bag 30A
Sale
VIC
3850
Street address
110 Hopkins Road
Fulham
VIC
3851

The below information is specific to Fulham Correctional Centre. 

Please also refer to the general information about contacting 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 Melbourne, follow the Princes Highway (M1) in the direction of Sale for approximately 200km. The Fulham Correctional Centre is located on the right of the highway approximately 15km after the township of Rosedale. There are signs to the centre at Hopkins Road. The centre is approximately 500m down Hopkins Road.

Public transport

The city of Sale is located approximately 11km east of Fulham. There is no regular bus service between Melbourne and Sale that is suitable for visitors.

Train travel is available through V/Line. Phone 136 196 or go to the V/Line website (External link).

Alternative transport is available via the Sale Taxi Service: phone 03 5144 3278.

On weekends and public holidays, visitors can use Sale Taxi Service's eight-seater bus which meets the train. At approximately 4pm, on closure of visits, the taxi service departs the centre to take visitors back to the railway station. The cost is subsidised at $5 for the return trip.

There are no other pick-up points and the service is only for valid V/Line ticket-holders travelling between the station and the Fulham Correctional Centre.

 

Visiting times

To visit a prisoner, you must be on their approved list (refer to contacting a prisoner for current information for prison visitors). Once on the list, you can visit at the times below.  

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

Visiting is between 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).

Visitors will be processed between 8.30am to 3.00pm.Visitors arriving after 3pm will not be permitted a visit on that day.

There is a maximum number of four adults and a reasonable number of children per visit.

Animals are prohibited with the exception of trained assistance dogs and seeing eye dogs.

If you are staying overnight, please contact the centre's switchboard operator and we will provide you with contacts for local hotels, motels and caravan parks.

 

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 Contacting a prisoner. The following additional details are specific to Fulham Correctional Centre.

The following items are allowed in the visiting area:

  • car keys (with no attachments)
  • up to $45 cash
  • sanitary items
  • legal papers (approved in writing prior to being brought in on a weekend visit)

Baby items:

  • 2 bottles, or food in unopened clear jars or sealed tins
  • 1 flannel
  • 1 change of clothes
  • 1 baby blanket
  • 1 bib

Lockers are available for public transport users only. These are located in the front reception area.

No Smoking on prison grounds, on entering the site, smoking gear is to be left secured within the vehicle glove box.

Food and drink

Fulham offer one free coffee or tea during the visit.

Also visitors have access to coin-operated drink and snack vending machines, including visitors to Mainstream and Protection prisoners. Prisoners in Strezlecki Cottages and Nalu can purchase barbecue packs prior to weekend visits.

Behaviour

Intoxicated persons, persons under the influence of drugs, and persons displaying aggressive or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated. Failure to comply may lead to the immediate termination of a visit.

 

Dress standards

  • All footwear must have a strap around the back (no thongs or strapless sandals)
  • No caps, hats, scarves or gloves (religious headwear is exempt)
  • No singlets as outer garments for men
  • No revealing or provocative clothing including see-through garments
  • No sunglasses (unless prescription or a medical certificate is presented)
 

Property

A Prisoner pre-approved request form is required for all property. The following property will be accepted:

  • socks (new only) – 3 items per visit
  • underwear (new only) – 3 items per visit
  • singlets or t-shirts (white only) – 3 items per visit (short-sleeved only)
  • photographs (postcard-sized only) – reasonable quantity
 

Prison profile

Security level

Medium/minimum

Operational capacity

893 (30 June 2019)

Accommodation

  • Four 78-bed, two-storey buildings divided into two blocks containing 39 cells
  • Medium-security lodges with 17 bedrooms, communal kitchen and dining room, lounge and laundry
  • Nalu is a 68-bed rehabilitation unit for young adult offenders aged 18 to 25
  • Minimum-security self-contained units for 100 prisoners
  • Each self-contained unit has four single bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry, lounge, kitchen and dining room. Prisoners prepare and cook their own meals and manage their own household budget

History

Fulham Correctional Centre was opened on 20 March 1997, with the first prisoners transferred on 7 April 1997. It was Victoria's second private prison, and first privately operated men's prison. Nalu was opened in September 2003.

Read Fulham Correctional Centre Visitor Information.

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