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Visiting – Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The most common frequently asked questions from visitors to Western Australian prisons.

What identification do I need to bring to make sure I can get into the prison?

You will need ID from the following lists:

Any 1 of the following primary documents:

  • valid passport (with photo)
  • valid driver's licence (with photo)
  • any identification card (with photo) issued by a government organisation

or

Any 3 of the following secondary documents (do not contain photos):

  • birth certificate
  • pension or other social security card or other entitlement card issued by a government department
  • driver's licence
  • employer/student card (with or without photo)
  • credit card, keycard or passbook issued by a financial institution
  • Medicare card
  • telephone, gas, or electricity account not more than six months old
  • water or local council rate notice not more than two years old
  • a signed letter from a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations that identifies the visitor by name and signature
  • a signed letter from a member of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation that identifies the visitor by name and signature.

What can't I take into a prison?

The following items will not be permitted entry into a prison:

  • Drugs or any other contraband
  • personal carry bags, briefcases and the like
  • mobile telephones
  • sealed packages of any sort unless they have been authorised by the superintendent (or delegate) and the contents searched.

The designated superintendent may, for individual cases, override the provisions of this section.

Can I bring children when I visit a family member or friend in prison?

Yes, as long as they are supervised by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older and no restrictions apply to the prisoner. Refer to Prison locations for details on how many children are allowed at one time.

What facilities are available for children when visiting prisons?

Children are to be under the control of an accompanying adult visitor at all times and may sit on the visitor's or prisoner's lap as long as no restrictions apply to the prisoner.

How long can I stay? How often can I visit?

Visiting hours at WA prisons vary, depending on whether the prisoner is remanded or sentenced, and appointments should be made up to 24 hours in advance, where possible. To find visit details for individual prisons, including how to get there, refer to Prison locations.

How many people can visit at one time?

All prisons have a maximum of 3 adults per visit rule.

What other options are available if I can't visit a family member or friend at the prison, ie remote, video conference, non-contact?

Video visits are available to prisons. It is the responsibility of the prisoner to apply for them.

Is there certain behaviour and a dress code that applies?

Yes. Please take note of the following rules:

  • visitor's dress standard is to be non-offensive and footwear must be worn
  • no smoking
  • children are to be under the control of an accompanying adult visitor at all times
  • except where the superintendent directs otherwise, children may sit on the visitors or prisoner's lap
  • a greeting and goodbye embrace and kiss is acceptable. Prisoners and visitors may hold hands during the course of the visit
  • other physical contact such as prolonged or frequent touching and kissing which is deemed to be inappropriate by prison staff will not be permitted and may result in termination of the visit
  • lewd, inappropriate or offensive behaviour will result in the termination of the visit
  • no documents are to be signed during visits without appropriate prison approval
  • no articles of any description, unless approved by prior arrangement, are to be passed between prisoners and visitors
  • at the completion of the visit, prisoners are to clean their respective tables or allocated area and put away any toys and books used by their children.

Am I allowed to bring food and drink inside a prison?

Where facilities are provided, only prisoners are allowed to get hot or cold drinks for themselves or their visitors. All food that isn't eaten during the visit has to be removed from the "visits facility" by the visitor.

Are there lockers available for my belongings?

Unauthorised items can be placed in the secure lockers provided in an area or location designated by the superintendent. Deposit boxes for the storage of mobile phones, briefcases and personal carry bags are available for all visitors, excluding social visitors, within the prison gatehouse or another area designated by the superintendent.

Can I get banned from visiting a prison?

Offensive, inappropriate or improper behaviour by either prisoners or visitors will result in termination of the visit by prison staff. A visitor or prisoner may, for the security/discipline/good order of the prison, have a visit terminated.

Bans issued by a designated superintendent for any one or more of the following prescribed reasons, shall apply across all prisons (including Acacia) in the Western Australian prison system:

  • the person has attempted to take a weapon into a prison
  • the person has attempted to take an unauthorised item other than a weapon into a prison
  • the person has coerced or attempted to coerce a visitor to a prisoner to contravene s 50(1) of the Prisons Act 1981
  • the person is the subject of a charge relating to or has been convicted of an offence under the following provisions:
    1. ss 50(1), 50(2), 50(3), 52(4) of the Prisons Act 1981
    2. s 145 of the Criminal Code act Compilation Act 1913.

Can I take a gift at Christmas time or for a birthday?

No however, a cash amount approved by the prison may be deposited into the prisoner's account.

Are conjugal visits allowed?

WA prisons do not allow conjugal visits.

Page last updated: 29-Mar-2017