Banksia Hill Detention Centre
Banksia Hill is the only detention centre for offenders aged 10 to 17 years in Western Australia. It accommodates young males and females from all over the State who:
- have been sentenced to a period of detention
- have been arrested and are waiting for a first Court appearance or bail determination
- are waiting for their court case if they have been denied bail, or
- are waiting to be sentenced after conviction.
In some cases, where required by law or directed by the Children's Court, a young person aged over 17 may also be held at Banksia Hill instead of an adult prison.
Visiting times at Banksia Hill Detention Centre
Arrangements outside of these times can be made in special circumstances and for parents/guardians from regional and remote areas. Please call +61 8 9333 2222.
All visits should be booked on +61 8 9333 2222.
Parents and guardians can visit young people at any of the times listed above, usually up to 4 times per week.
Friends and relatives must get written permission from the parent or guardian of the young person in custody before booking a visit. They will need to show this written permission prior to being allowed into Banksia Hill for a visit.
Visitors under 18 years must also get approval from their own parent or guardian to visit to the young person. The visitor must be accompanied by an adult who is already approved to visit that young person (ie parent, guardian or relative).
If a family is having issues and they want to avoid someone who may also visit another young person, they should tell staff so the visits can be planned.
Sometimes visiting times can be heavily booked. During these times, people from remote or regional areas may be allowed to visit instead of those who visit more regularly.
All visitors must sign a statutory declaration which confirms their identity. They must also be willing to have their photo taken and put on record.
Banksia Hill has a zero tolerance illicit drug policy.
Strategies to prevent the trafficking of drugs or other prohibited items into Banksia Hill include the searching of visitors entering the centre.
Searches of visitors by staff may include pat down, strip and personal property searches. Drug detection dogs and metal detectors may also be used.
Visitors found in possession of prohibited items may be refused entry into Banksia Hill.
Visitors found in possession of illicit drugs will be refused entry and WA Police contacted.
Visitors who are found to have breached Banksia Hill's security policies may have their future visiting privileges reduced or terminated.
Drug detection dogs will not only detect drugs carried on a person, but may also identify or "indicate to" a person who has used, handled drugs, or been in close contact with a person who has used drugs.
A positive indication will result in you being searched by staff and your visit being changed from contact to non contact. Further positive indications by a drug detection dog may result in you being banned from visiting Banksia Hill.
You should consider the following before your visit:
- Dogs can detect the use of some drugs up to 5 days after use
- Shower, wash your hair and wear clean clothes
- Ensure you travel in a vehicle that has not been used by a person who uses drugs.
Banksia Hill is located near the corner of Warton and Nicholson roads in Canning Vale. Entry is off Warton Road and is accessible by bus or a combination of bus and train.
You can plan your trip using the Transperth Journey Planner or call Transperth on 13 62 13 for details.
Keeping in touch
Young people at Banksia Hill can make phone calls to approved phone numbers at free recreation times during the day. Parents and guardians must give permission to allow calls to anyone other than themselves.
Each young person is allocated 7 free phone calls per week. Extra calls can be bought with money earned by the young person from work within the centre. Additional calls are also allowed to lawyers, youth justice officers or if there is a family crisis.
Letter writing is encouraged as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends. The address to send to is:
Banksia Hill Detention Centre
Locked Bag 1512
CANNING VALE WA 6155
A $20 gift can be put into the young person's account on their birthday and at Christmas. The young person can use the money in Banksia Hill to buy items including snacks, drinks and phone calls.
A one-off sum of money can also be put into the young person's account to help them buy items such as a stereo system to use while in the centre. This money can be given as cash at the gatehouse or posted to the centre.
Gifts, personal items and clothes
Giving gifts to young people in the centre is discouraged as it can create jealousy which may lead to aggression among other young people.
Educational or religious reading material and shoes (sneakers) can be handed in at the gatehouse to be passed on to the young person. Photos and other personal items may also be allowed depending upon individual circumstances.
Parents and guardians can provide the young person with their own clothes for court appearances.
All other items will be considered contraband and taken from the young person, unless previously authorised by staff.
Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016