Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

All personal visits to adult prisons are currently suspended.

Personal visits will resume on advice from health authorities, and we will keep prisoners and visitors updated. 

Prisoners have increased access to phone and video calls, emails and letters. See the Contacting a prisoner page for information.

If you are a legal practitioner or professional service provider, please refer to the Professional phone and video calls page.

Please see Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19) page for information on other measures that Corrections Victoria is taking to protect the health and wellbeing of prisoners and staff. 

The latest on coronarvirus (COVID-19) is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website (External link).

All visitors are to show extreme caution whilst entering or exiting the Middle Road - Robinson Road intersection to access Metropolitan Remand Centre.

03 9217 7777
03 9217 7778
Postal address
PO Box 500
St Albans
Street address
Middle Road

Please also refer to the current information about visiting a prisoner which is the same for all prisons in Victoria. 


Getting there


Via the Westgate Freeway: from the city take the Westgate Freeway and exit at the Western Ring Road.

Exit at the Western Highway (to Ballarat). Exit at Robinsons Road (left) then first right into Middle Road.

NOTE: Do not use Derrimut Road to get to Middle Road as it is cut off by the railway line. You need to travel via Robinsons Road.

Via the Hume Freeway: from the Hume Freeway, veer right onto the Western Ring Road.

Exit at the Western Highway (to Ballarat). Exit at Robinsons Road (left) then first right into Middle Road.

Public transport

To Laverton railway station

The bus departs from Sunshine Railway Station Bus Terminal (Bay 13, bus no. 400) and runs via the overpass, Durham Road, Anderson Road, Forrest Street, Tilburn Road, Station Road, Western Highway (Ballarat Road), Westwood Drive, Robinsons Road and Riding Boundary Road to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
The bus then departs via Riding Boundary Road, Robinsons Road and Middle Road to the Metropolitan Remand Centre. It then departs from the Metropolitan Remand Centre via Middle Road, Robinsons Road, Palmers Road, Dohertys Road to Port Phillip Prison. It then travels via Dohertys Road, Fitzgerald Road, Old Geelong Road, Bladin Street, Wright Street, Thomas Street, Woods Street, Lohse Street and Maher Road to the terminus at Laverton Railway Station.

To Sunshine railway station

Bus will travel in the reverse direction. Westrans (Altona) operates this service.

Contact Westrans (Altona) on (03) 9398 2712.


Visiting times

To visit a prisoner, you must be on their approved list (refer to Arranging a visit in the general information for prison visitors). Once you are on the list, you can visit at any of the times below.

It is recommended that you phone the prison before you visit.

Professional visits see also timetable below.

Mainstream visits

Mainstream visits are capped at 20 bookings per hour.

Day Unit Times
Monday All accommodation areas
All restricted access only
9.00am - 3.45pm
4.00pm - 6.15pm
Tuesday Professional visits only N/A
Wednesday All accommodation areas 9.00am - 6.30pm
Thursday All accommodation areas 9.00am - 6.30pm
Friday All accommodation areas 9.00am - 6.30pm
Saturday All restricted access only
All accommodation areas
9.00am - 11.15am
11.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday All accommodation areas 9.00am - 5.30pm

Contact and non-contact visits

Personal and professional visits 9.00am - 6.30pm weekdays
9.00am - 5.30pm weekends
Child-free visits (restricted access prisoners only) Monday 4.00pm - 5.00pm and 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Saturday 9.00am - 10.00am and 10.15 - 11.15am
Restricted regime prisoners 9.00am - 2.00pm daily (last processed at 12.30pm)

No visits on Tuesdays (except for professional visits), Christmas Day or Good Friday. On these days the visit centre will be closed.

Prisoners may have three adult visitors and a reasonable number of children (subject to space availability) per visit day.


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 visiting a prisoner. The following are additional details specific to Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC).

  • First time visitors to Metropolitan Remand Centre will need to allow extra time for registration before the visit can begin.
  • Prisoners are not permitted in the visit centre before their visitor. Visitors are checked in through the visitors' reception centre where their names are taken, identification checked and any approved property booked in. The prisoner is then called for a visit and will report to the officers' station where staff shall ensure the prisoner is properly dressed (in visit overalls) and searched to ensure no contraband is taken to the visit centre.
  • Throughout the visit it is the responsibility of visitors to ensure children are well behaved and that they remain in the visit centre.
  • Prisoners are prohibited from entering the children’s play areas within the visit centre.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside the visit centre.
  • Each adult visitor will be permitted to take up to $20 in coins per visit into the visit centre for use in the food and drink vending machines. The vending machines do not provide change so visitors need to ensure they have the correct change as it is not available at the officers’ posts.
  • At the end of the visit, visitors must return their visitors pass and can collect any outgoing property from the visitors' reception centre.


The following items may be left for prisoners without management approval and retained by prisoners in their cell (fluorescent colours and camouflage are not permitted). This list has been compiled to be as detailed as possible, however, it is important to note that acceptance of any items of property is at the discretion of MRC staff.

  • 3 plain white t-shirts or long sleeved tops
  • 3 plain singlets
  • 2 plain black sports shorts (above the knee, no high cut running shorts/ footy shorts, no cargo shorts, no lycra/ skins, no zips, no velcro and no logos or motifs)
  • 7 pairs of briefs or boxer shorts (new only, tags and packaging intact)
  • 7 pairs of socks (new only, tags and packaging intact)
  • 2 pairs of thermal underwear- long johns (new only, tags and packaging intact)
  • 2 pairs of thermal underwear- tops (new only, tags and packaging intact)
  • 2 sets of pyjamas (new only, tags and packaging intact)
  • 6 standard sized photographs per visit (no Polaroids)
  • 1 hat or cap (plain, no motifs)
  • 1 pair of shoe laces
  • 1 suit (for court), no navy coloured trousers
  • 1 collared dress shirt (for court), no light blue colours
  • 1 tie (for court)
  • 1 belt (for court)
  • 1 pair of shoes (closed in, dress type for court)
  • Approved magazines, books or newspapers – 3 in total per visit (The MRC will not accept items that contain erotic material or depictions of nudity, military or weaponry related articles, tattoo publications, drug, hydroponic or homebrew material, depictions of excessive violence including video game/ computer magazines or any other themes that are deemed inappropriate or offensive).

All other property should be considered as unauthorised unless prior approval has been granted.

Please note the following:

  1. All property that is dropped off must be clean and in a reasonable condition.
  2. Prisoners are issued with an allowance of prison issue clothing upon arrival at the MRC. This includes t-shirts, track-suits, shorts, a jacket, socks and briefs. A hat and a pair of runners will also be issued if required.
  3. All personal property stored in-cell is the responsibility of the prisoner. The MRC is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal property that is stored within prisoners’ cells.
  4. Prisoners must seek prior approval before any property is sent in via mail to the MRC. If approval has not been granted before property is received via the mailroom, it may be returned to sender.
  5. Since 5 August 2019, the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) has been washing all garments (hot wash) which are dropped off or mailed in for prisoners. MRC will not be liable for any damage caused to these items as a result of this process.  
  6. Informal footwear, such as runners and thongs, will not be accepted at the MRC. These items can be purchased by the prisoner through the MRC Special Spend Request process or via the MRC’s canteen.
  7. Prisoners may also seek approval to purchase additional items, such as runners, stereos and CD’s through the MRC Special Spend Request process. Approved purchases are then ordered through the prison store.
  8. The MRC has the capacity to store one personal property box per prisoner. Property exceeding this allocation will be required to be sent out or disposed of. Prisoners may request that any excess property be sent out, collected by family or friends or disposed of. Property that exceeds the above allowances may not be accepted at the MRC.
  9. All property dropped off by visitors will be delivered to the prisoners as soon as practicable.


Refer to Property and money for details about how much money can be deposited for a prisoner and in what format.

At MRC, all cash received at property counter is receipted immediately and will be available within prisoner accounts the following day. Cash will not be received in the current month for the following month’s allowance. For example, a visitor who attends the prison on 28 May cannot deposit cash into the prisoner’s account for June. All cash deposits for the new month will commence processing on the first day of the new month.

Please do not deposit any cash into the 'mailbox' in the front foyer as no staff member is responsible for the security of that box. Any cash placed in the 'mailbox' will not be accepted on the prisoner's behalf until a family member reclaims it and follows correct procedures for payment of cash into a prisoner’s account.

Money orders and bank cheques may be posted or delivered (by a valid visitor) to the prison a few days prior to the end of the month for the following month, however these will be placed in the internal mail (to the Finance department) and will not be processed until the first of the new month.

When money orders are received via the mail office, the envelope is stamped to advise the prisoner that a money order has been received. On completion of sorting the inward mail the money orders are also passed onto the MRC's Finance Department for processing the next business day.

If money is received from a person who is not on the approved visitor list, the prisoner is advised and has seven days to have the person included on their visitors list. Otherwise, the money order will be sent back to the sender, unless prior approval has been obtained.


Prison profile

Security level

Maximum security remand

Operational capacity

954 (30 June 2019)


The centre is designed on campus-style lines. Accommodation is a mix of single and double cells in variable-sized units. They are built to the state's Building Design Review Project standards. Facilities include:

  • two 77-bed and one 87-bed general accommodation units
  • one 127-bed protection unit
  • one 88-bed orientation unit
  • 204 beds in varied units allocated for special needs such as (but not limited to) vulnerable prisoners, young adult, prisoners at risk
  • one 13-bed management unit

Each accommodation unit has program and resource facilities, interview rooms and satellite clinics and each area has its own recreational facilities including a walking track and basketball courts.


Metropolitan Remand Centre is one of three prison facilities built as part of the redevelopment of Victoria's corrections system under the Corrections Long Term Management Strategy. The Remand Centre officially opened in April 2006.

The project was designed and delivered under a Partnerships Victoria project. The Department's Major Project Delivery Services team administers the partnership with private sector partners responsible for construction and maintenance of the accommodation, security systems, buildings and grounds.

Read Metropolitan Remand Centre Visitor Information.