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Port Phillip Prison

Port Phillip Prison is a maximum security prison, which can accommodate up to 1107 prisoners. As Victoria’s largest prison, its primary roles include the management of prisoners in custody, administering custodial sentences for assigned prisoners, delivering a range of significant health services, programs, education and industries in an environment that encourages positive behaviour and attitudes leading to self-directed rehabilitation.

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


An education centre within the prison offers courses provided by Kangan Batman TAFE (Laverton Campus). Courses offered include:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Information Technology
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Cooking
  • Horticulture
  • Art
  • Textiles
  • Laundry
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Koori Education
  • Koori Art
  • Full time education with access to distance education


The prison operates both domestic and revenue producing industries from six industry complexes and a number of satellite industries located across the site. Some of the industries operated at the prison include:

  • Ground maintenance
  • Building maintenance
  • Cleaning
  • Kitchen/Bakery
  • Carpentry/joinery products
  • Garment Assembly
  • Assembly and packaging
  • Laundry (prison)
  • Laundry (commercial)
  • Prisoners are also employed in the accommodation units, hospital, admissions, programs etc.

Professional Services

Programs aimed at assisting prisoners address their offending behavior, personal development or release into the community are offered including:

  • Drug and Alcohol Programs provided by Moreland Hall
  • Dedicated Youth Unit for young offenders
  • Dedicated unit for prisoners with a cognitive impairment
  • Anger Management
  • Relationships
  • Study Skills
  • Social skills
  • Stress Management
  • Offending Behavior Pre-Release Program
  • Home Orientation
  • Problem Solving
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Community Involvement based programs

Health Services

Health services are provided by St Vincent's Correctional Health Service, a major Melbourne public hospital. The Health Service provides tertiary in-patient and secondary in-patient care. The Health Service provides the state-wide acute medical, surgical and psychosocial care to prisoners in Victoria. Services provided include:

  • Primary care, including out-patient services: Dental, Pathology, General Medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Specialist medical/surgical, Optometry, Pharmacy, psychiatry.
  • In-patient Psychosocial rehabilitation unit.
  • In-patient secondary care at Port Philip Prison.
  • In-patient care at a 10 bed maximum security ward at St Vincent's hospital in Melbourne. 

The prison has a large variety of both active and passive recreational facilities. Each unit has its own table tennis and pool table as well as a range of board games. Other prisoner facilities include tennis courts and gymnasium. The following organised sports are available to prisoners:

  • Soccer
  • Football/rugby
  • Cricket (indoor and outdoor)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball/Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Indoor bowls


Visits take place daily. Visits are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Processing is completed at 3:30 pm). Both personal and professional visits take place in the visits centre which consists of indoor and outdoor tables and chairs and vending machines for refreshments.