It is with great sorrow that Corrections Victoria acknowledges the recent passing of a 32-year-old Aboriginal man at Port Phillip Prison on Wednesday 10 August 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 deaths in custody have impacts on family members, friends, victims and the broader Aboriginal community, and we're working to ensure they are provided with the support they need.
The family are central to our response as well as ensuring that we are continuing to support those who are within our care in a trauma informed and culturally responsive way. We are working closely with the family and Port Phillip Prison to ensure all appropriate supports are in place and any cultural consideration are taken into account as well as the organisation of a smoking ceremony being conducted and made available.
The Aboriginal Justice Caucus has been advised, and the Department of Justice and Community Safety will continue to work closely with the Caucus and the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria. We will continue to support the family and consult with Caucus and community organisations and work together during this difficult time.
The Coroners Court of Victoria will formally determine the time and cause of death, in accordance with usual process.
The department publishes 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 respect these wishes.