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Tasmania Prison Service (TPS)

Vision and Purpose

Our vision is to improve the lives of those committed to our care and to deliver social and economic benefits to the Tasmanian community.

Our mission is to contribute to a safer Tasmania by providing a safe, secure and constructive environment for prisoners, encouraging them to address their offending behaviour, leading to rehabilitation, personal development and safer communities.

Currently the TPS is working through a Change Program that concentrates on continual improvement, development of processes, and implementation of cultural change.

What's New and Upcoming Events

COVID-19 (coronavirus) - temperature testing and temporary changes to visits

The Department of Justice and Tasmania Prison Service are committed to keeping our staff, prisoners and members of the community safe from the spread of viral infections, including COVID-19.

As such, non-contact temperature scanning is now mandatory across TPS facilities to assist in the identification of those who may be unwell, or in need of COVID-19 testing.

Consequently, persons intending to enter TPS facilities are expected to participate in an automatic non-contact temperature scan.

Staff and members of the community who return a temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius or higher (as advised by the Tasmania Health Service) will be instructed to seek medical advice in line with national health guidelines and will not be permitted to enter a TPS facility until they have received a certificate of health from a medical practitioner, or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Further to this, given that a high temperature is one of a number of possible symptoms of COVID-19, the TPS requests that you seek medical advice before attending a TPS facility if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling Unwell
  • Cough, sore throat or runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

If you have any of these symptoms, or have been in recent contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been tested, you should seek medical advice, or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Additional information about the scanning process is available at scanning points in TPS facilities.

We also encourage you to visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) web site for up-to-date information about the virus in Tasmania and our state pandemic response strategy.

It has also been necessary to make some temporary changes to the operation of visits at our prisons. For current information about visiting a Tasmanian prison, click here.

Infrastructure Works

Under the continual Change Program a major infrastructure and Projects Team has been formed. The team will be developing and reviewing the current use of buildings and the operational needs of the TPS over the next 10 years.

Click here for information about the infrastructure works.

Artists with Conviction Exhibition

The Artists with Conviction exhibition is an annual event providing prisoners within the TPS facilities, as well as offenders serving orders with Community Corrections and TPS staff the opportunity to display their works of art and written pieces in the community.

Artists with Conviction is an important aspect of the TPS Activities program.

Click here for information about Artists with Conviction.

Kids' Days

Kids' Days are a time for mums and dads in prison to have a special visit with their children, to have fun together, and create some great memories.  Each Kids' Day is based on a different theme, with lots of activities and games to keep everyone entertained. The Program is operated by the Christian Family Centre in conjunction with the TPS.