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Single cells with ensuite facilities.
Two special cell blocks housing 20 prisoners each designed for protection prisoners and prisoners with a history of poor behaviour.
Medium security units house ten prisoners in separate rooms while minimum security units house only five prisoners. Each unit has individual kitchen and dining facilities and prisoners are required to cook and prepare their own meals and do their own washing, ironing and housework. Groups of prisoners share activity areas and a quiet area for reading and writing.
The prison facility, originally known as the Deer Park Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (MWCC), opened on 15 August 1996 and received its first prisoners that same month. It was the first prison in Victoria to be privately designed, financed, built and operated.
On 3 October 2000, the government took control of the facility and appointed an administrator under section 8F of the Corrections Act, and section 27B of the prison contract to operate the prison. On 2 November 2000, the Minister for Corrections announced the transfer of ownership and management of MWCC to the public sector.
The facility is now being managed and operated by Corrections Victoria and is called the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre after the well-known campaigner for women prisoners. In the 1950s, Dame Phyllis Frost persuaded the State Government of the day to set up a Consultative Council for Female Prison Reform. Until her death in 2004, she worked tirelessly with governments, prison administrators and non-government agencies for improved conditions, rehabilitation and education for women in prisons.
Read Dame Phyllis Frost Centre Visitor Information.