For conditions of entry that apply to all prisons, such as general behaviour and the search process, refer to the general information for contacting and visiting prisoners. The following additional details are specific to Barwon Prison.
Visitor entry processes
If you have previously visited Barwon Prison, you will notice a few changes to the entry requirements, both from a coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission reduction and security perspective.
New processes at the gatehouse mean smaller groups within the processing area. This may take visitors slightly longer to complete the entry requirements.
Barwon Prison has introduced body scanning technology to further enhance safety and security. All persons will be required to remove shoes, jackets and bulky outerwear before passing through the Millimetre wave technology as a condition of entry.
Facilities for children
Children are welcomed and well catered for at Barwon Prison, however, unfortunately at this time, books, toys and play equipment will not be accessible for children during visits in order to reduce touch points and help prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please note that prams are not permitted into or beyond the gatehouse foyer. Barwon Prison provides prams once visitors have passed through the entry procedures at the gatehouse. Your personal pram may be stored at the John Coshall Centre.
An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Parents are requested to pack all items back in the appropriate storage place at the conclusion of the visit. If you require assistance at any time, please approach the officer on duty for advice.
Authorised items for visitors
The prison provides limited secure storage boxes at the gatehouse for visitors to store personal items. Please do not enter the gatehouse foyer with large amounts of personal items. Large handbags or backpacks are difficult for Barwon Prison to cater for. At the end of the visit, visitors can collect their stored property from the gatehouse following the sign-out procedure.
Visitors with babies or young children may request to enter the prison with:
• 1 baby bottle (containing milk, formula, flavoured milk, cordial, juice or Ribena) only
• 1 dummy
Other baby care items such as nappies are provided and available in the visit centres.
Vending machines are currently unavailable to reduce touch points and help prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Food and drink (excluding water on request and baby formula/milk/drink for young children) will not be permitted during visits at this time.
As smoking is not permitted at any time inside the visit centres, visitors are not permitted to enter the prison with cigarettes.