Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be changes to the prison visits.

Before you arrange a visit, please check the Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19) page for the latest information.

Telephone
03 5728 0055
Other
From 21 January 2021, visitors can call (03) 5728 0055, to make a booking only between the hours of 12noon and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Bookings can be made 2 weeks in advance.
Fax
03 5728 0082
Postal address
Locked Bag 3
Beechworth
VIC
3747
Street address
494 Flat Rock Road
Beechworth
VIC
3747

The information below is specific to Beechworth Correctional Centre. General information about contacting and visiting prisoners is the same for all prisons in Victoria. 

 

Getting there

Car

From the Hume Highway take the Beechworth exit (Great Alpine Road B500). Turn left at Tarrawingee and head to Beechworth. As you enter the township (about 650 metres past the 60km per hour sign) look to the left for Malakoff Road and a red post box. Turn left into Malakoff Road. Beechworth Correctional Centre is located approximately 3.5km along Malakoff Road on the left.

Public transport

Transport for visitors is provided on weekends and public holidays from the V/Line bus stop. Prior arrangements must be made with the prison if you wish to be picked up. You must provide details of children and indicate if a car seat is required.

 

In-person visits

In-person visits

  • A maximum of 2 people (including children) will be permitted to visit a prisoner at one time. This means that 2 adults, or 1 adult and 1 child, can attend a visit with a prisoner. 
  • All visits must be booked in advance through the prison’s booking system. 
  • Adult visitors (16 years and older) must be listed on the prisoner’s visitors list and will be required to present 100 points of identification.
  • All visitors over the age of 12 are required to wear a surgical mask supplied by the prison. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, you need to discuss this with the prison and provide your medical exemption in writing prior to your visit. Failure to do so may result in your visit being refused. If you do not have a lawful medical exemption, you will be instructed to wear a face mask.

Any visitor who does not comply with directives associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission reduction measures will not be permitted to enter the prison and will have their visit terminated. This includes visitors who refuse to wear a face mask (unless they have a lawful medical exemption).

See contacting and visiting prisoners for further information on COVIDSafe visiting measures

 

Visiting times

To visit a prisoner, you must be on their approved list. Once you are on the list, you can  book a visit according to the visit sessions times listed below.

It is recommended that you phone the prison before you commence your journey to the prison to check that there are no issues on the day of your booked visit.

Contact visits

Type Days Session times
Mainstream Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday by arrangement) 10.30am - 12.30pm
1.00pm - 3.00pm
Child-free visits Saturday 8.00am - 10.00am
 

Visit conditions

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 Beechworth Correctional Centre:

  • Visitors will be checked in through the visitors’ reception centre where names are taken, identification is checked and any approved property is booked in. The prisoner will then be called for a visit. No prisoner is permitted in the visit centre before their visitor.
  • Lockers are available in the visitors’ reception centre for the temporary storage of visitors’ personal items. Mobile phones are not to be brought into the visit centre and must be left in the lockers.
  • The visit centre kiosk is 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.
  • Throughout the visit, it is the responsibility of visitors to ensure any children are well-behaved and remain in the visit centre. Failure to do this may result in the general manager terminating the visit.
 

Dress standards for visitors

Prisoners are encouraged to maintain contact with their family and friends and one way to do this, is via visits.
As a visitor to a prison, you are required to follow prison rules, including complying with visitor dress standards, which assist in keeping prisons safe.

There are a range of factors that staff must consider when processing visitors, including the visitor’s clothing or items accompanying the visitor, and the suitability of these items for a prison environment.

Such considerations include clothing items that can be used to conceal contraband, conceal a person’s identity, or breach security, or clothing that could lead to unrest or cause incidents amongst prisoners.

Visitors are encouraged to refer to this list as a guide and to contact the prison directly where they are unsure if their attire will be suitable for a prison visit.

The following clothing items are not permitted for the purpose of a prison visit.

  • Gang affiliated clothing, colours or patches
  • Clothing displaying racist/derogatory/sexist or profane messaging, imagery or symbolism
  • Clothing that is considered to be inappropriately revealing of private body parts or sexually provocative in nature. This may include clothing that is:
    • sheer or see through
    • low cut
    • very short e.g. high cut shorts that reveal upper thigh or buttocks, football shorts, miniskirts
    • exposing e.g. midriff or crop tops
  • Gloves
  • High visibility workwear due to similarity in attire with contracted workers
  • Open-toed shoes
  • Scarves (excluding for religious purposes)
  • Watches including any type of smart watch or Fitbit activity device 

Visitors should also be mindful that the following items may pose a concern:

  • Boots and thick sole shoes
  • Hair pieces such as headbands, scrunchies etc
  • Hooded tops or jumpers
  • Jewellery, particularly where it is excessive
  • Sleeveless or strapless clothing
  • Windcheaters, track-pants or t-shirts that are bottle green (men’s prisons) or royal blue (woman’s prisons) due to similarity with prison issued clothing

Please note that there may be other circumstances where an item of clothing is considered to present a security risk or safety concern.
Staff may ask visitors to present an item to be searched, including the removal of hair pieces or jewellery where there are concerns that contraband may be concealed.
You may be asked to place any items of concern into a visitor locker for the duration of your visit.
You may also be required to wear a prison issued T-shirt for visitors.

Failure to comply with prison rules, may result in sanctions, such as refusal of entry to the prison; a non-contact visit or even a visit ban.

 

Property and money

Property

Authorised Private Property that can be left at the prison by a visitor (who is listed on your “visits list”) without requiring “Governors Request” include:

Clothing

  • T-shirts white, crew neck, no pockets or logo (new)
  • Shorts (plain black, no logo, not cargo style, no lower pockets)
  • Singlet, white (new)
  • Thermal underwear, white (new)
  • Underwear (new)
  • Socks (new)
  • Cap (plain black or bottle green, no visible brand name)

No prisoner will be allowed to wear any clothing that has visible brand names.

Bedding

  • Doona single (new)
  • Doona cover single (new)
  • Sheets single (new)
  • Pillow (new)
  • Pillow case (new)
  • Bath towel and or face washer (new)

Personal

  • Photographs standard size (80mm x 160mm)
  • Reading glasses/glass case
  • Coffee cup x 1 (new)
  • Personal and legal papers
  • Books (including hard cover) max 3
  • Magazines/Newspaper (not restricted category) max 3

Any items not on the above list will require “Governors request” approval before being accepted. This will be determined in accordance with Schedule 4.8 (2) of the Operating Procedures and Regulation 28 of the Corrections Regulations 2009. Property left at the prison by your visitor can be collected from the Store window between 4pm-4.30pm on Mondays. 

Money

Refer to the Sending Money section of the contacting and visiting prisoners page for details about how much money can be deposited for a prisoner and in what format.

At Beechworth Correctional Centre money may be brought in during visits, but only in cash.

 

Prison profile

Security level

Minimum

Accommodation

  • 22 units: 15 eight-bed, 6 six-bed, 1 four-bed disabled
  • 14 self-catering units
  • 50 x 2 man portable accommodation units

History

The Beechworth Correctional Centre was commissioned in January 2005, after the historic 144-year-old Beechworth Prison closed in December 2004. Situated 270 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Beechworth is the furthest from Melbourne of Victoria's prisons.