03 9217 7200
03 9217 7228
Postal address
PO Box 376
Street address
451 Dohertys Road

Please also refer to the general information about visiting a prisoner which is the same for all prisons in Victoria. This includes details of how to arrange to visit a prisoner for the first time, what identification you will need to take with you and what you cannot take into prisons.


Getting there


From Melbourne
From Spencer Street turn right at Flinders Street and continue along Charles Grimes Bridge Road. Follow the signs and take the Westgate Freeway westbound. Take the Grieve Parade exit and, at the roundabout, take the third exit onto Dohertys Road. The prison is on the corner of Dohertys and Palmers Roads, Laverton North.

From Princes Highway
Continue along the Princes Highway city-bound and take the Old Geelong Road exit at Laverton. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Fitzgerald Road in Laverton North. You'll come to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto Dohertys Road, Laverton North.

Public transport

To Laverton railway station
The bus departs from Sunshine Railway Station Bus Terminal (bus 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 the times listed on Visitor Information brochure.

Professional and special visitors can use the following email address to book visits : (External link)

Visit conditions

  • all visits (non-contact and contact) will be one hour duration only
  • a maximum of three adults and a reasonable number of children will be permitted on each visit
  • visitors are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to their booking time
  • visitors who are late will not be permitted entry into the prison
  • visits restricted to a maximum of four visits sessions per day, to a maximum of 15 prisoners at each session
  • no access to outside garden area during visits until normal service are resumed
  • vending machines can be utilised during visits. ($20 maximum in coins.)

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

Dress Standard

Effective from 4 May 2017, a dress standard has been introduced at Port Phillip Prison for all persons, visiting prisoners at Port Phillip prison.


Prison profile

Security level


Operational capacity

1,117 (30 June 2019)


  • 13 accommodation units each with a kitchen servery, tea room, laundry, day room, recreation area and outside courtyard
  • each cell within units have a shower, hand basin, toilet, desk, chair, television, kettle, storage shelves, intercom and bed
  • 20-bed inpatient hospital unit


Port Phillip Prison was the third privately operated prison to open in Victoria. It received its first prisoners on 10 September 1997.

Read Port Phillip Prison Visitor Information including dress standard.

The operator's contract was extended in 2016: see the Project Summary for further information.