It is with great sorrow that Corrections Victoria acknowledges the passing of a 38-year-old Aboriginal man at Loddon Prison on Sunday, 11 September 2022.

The passing of any person in custody is a heartbreaking tragedy and everybody at Corrections Victoria sends their deepest condolences to the man's family.

We recognise that all passings in custody impacts family, friends, victims and the broader Aboriginal community.

Corrections Victoria is providing support to the family to ensure culturally appropriate notification and grieving processes are followed. The Aboriginal people in our care and staff are being supported and a Smoking Ceremony at Loddon Prison is being arranged. 

We will continue to support the family, consult with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus and work alongside community organisations during this time.

The Aboriginal Justice Caucus was advised, and Corrections Victoria staff continue to work closely with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus and the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. 

The Coroners Court of Victoria will formally determine the cause of death, in accordance to their process. 

The department will publish non-identifying information regarding deaths in custody as soon as practical once the family or next of kin has been informed. If the next of kin requests that information is not published online, we will respect these wishes.