For conditions of entry that apply to all prisons, such as general behaviour and the search process, refer to the general information for visiting a prisoner. The following additional details are specific to Barwon Prison.
Facilities for children
Children are welcomed and well catered for at Barwon Prison. To assist in entertaining children whilst visiting the prison, books, toys and play equipment are available. 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. 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.
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 are permitted 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.
$40 in gold coins is permitted per visit (not per visitor) for use in the vending machines located in the visit centres.
As smoking is not permitted at anytime inside the visit centres, visitors are not permitted to enter the prison with cigarettes.