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 5824 8800
Other
Note: the email address above is the Corrections Victoria general email; the prison does not have its own general email address. 
Fax
03 5824 8986
Postal address
Locked Bag 1
Murchison
VIC
3610
Street address
Murchison-Tatura Road
Murchison
VIC
3610

The below information is specific to Dhurringile Prison.

Please also refer to the general information about contacting and visiting prisoners which is the same for all prisons in Victoria. 

Dhurringile Prison Review has now been completed. Interested people can find out more about the review, its findings and the additional measures to be introduced in this community bulletin, which was released on 16 December 2014.

 

Getting there

Car

Follow the Hume Highway until you reach the Shepparton exit (just north of Seymour). This exit is approximately 100km from the centre of Melbourne.

Take the Goulburn Valley Highway through to Nagambie and take the Murchison exit, which is approximately 45km along the highway.

Follow the highway a further 5km to Murchison East and turn left. Drive west for approximately 2km to Murchison.

Turn right off the Goulburn River Bridge, then drive through the town and follow the road to Tatura. The prison is approximately 10km from Murchison on the right. The main feature of the prison is the tower of the mansion, which can be seen approximately 2km before reaching the prison.

Turn right at the driveway and follow the signs.

Public transport

Trains do travel to Murchison East on the Seymour Line, this is a V-Line service (External link).

We offer a bus pick up from Murchison East train station on Saturday and Sunday ONLY and this is for the afternoon visits only.

On Saturday the train arrives into Murchison East at approx 11.07am, and the visitors are returned to the train station via our bus at 4.20pm to catch train back to Melbourne.

On Sunday the train arrives into Murchison East at approx 11.32 and the visitors are returned to the train station via our bus at 5.20pm to catch train back to Melbourne. 

 

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 session times listed below. 

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

Visiting times

Type Days and session times
Mainstream

Saturday and Sunday
10.00am - 12.00pm

Child free

Saturday and Sunday
3.30pm - 5.30pm

No visitors will be permitted on prison grounds until 15 minutes before visit start times.

All visitors are to use the first car park designated for visitors.

 

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 Dhurringile Prison:

  • Visitors are checked through the Visitors’ Reception Centre where names are taken, identification checked and any approved property 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 at the Visitors’ Reception Centre for the temporary storage of visitors’ personal items. Lockers are available for visitors using public transport only.
  • At the end of the visit, visitors can collect any outgoing property from the Visitors’ Reception Centre and must sign out of the appropriate register.
 

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

All clothing and footwear that is handed in it must be new and in its original packaging.

The following items may be brought into the prison by visitors who are on a prisoner’s Approved Visitors List:

Clothing

  • underpants, jocks, boxer shorts x 6
  • singlets (bottle green) x 4
  • t-shirts (short & long sleeved, bottle green with no motifs or pockets x 4
  • polo shirts - bottle green x 4
  • King Gee/Yakka workwear - green only (work shorts, pants and long-sleeved shirt) x 2
  • thermal tops, pants (white only - will be regarded as underwear) x 2
  • socks x 6
  • handkerchiefs x 6
  • slippers or moccasins (low ankle, NO ugg boots) x 1 pair
  • pyjamas (no motifs) x 2
  • dressing gown (no motifs)
  • sports shorts - bottle green (length above the knee, no cargo pockets, no high cut running shorts) x 2

Miscellaneous

  • family photos (non-offensive and no polaroids) x 1
  • paperback books, magazines, newspapers x 6 in total. 

Dhurringile will not accept 'objectionable material' that describe, depict, express or otherwise deal will matters of sex, nudity, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in a manner that is likely to cause offence to any person.

All other property should be considered unauthorised unless prior approval has been given by the Operations Manager.

All property will be in accordance with the points system as outlined in Schedules 4.8(1) & 4.8(2) of the Deputy Commissioner's Instruction (DCI) 4.08.

 

 

Prison profile

Security level

Minimum

Restricted Minimum

Accommodation

  • 50 x 2 man portable accommodation units
  • 29 x 6 man self-catering units
  • 13 x 6 man non self-catering units
  • 1 x 12 man non self-catering unit
  • 1 x 52 bed re-locatable cellular unit
  • 1 x 6 bed disability unit

History

Dhurringile Prison was originally the 68-room homestead for a large farm and was completed in 1877. During the second World War it was used as an internment camp for 'alien civilians' and later for prisoners of war. After the war the Presbyterian Church used it as a training camp for English and Scottish orphans, until the Victorian Government purchased it in 1965 to use as a minimum-security prison. Over the years the grounds have been reduced to just over 100 hectares (one square mile). The prison is situated 160km north of Melbourne.