Tasmania Prison Service

Gifts and personal property

Note: Any item delivered or sent to a prison for a prisoner or detainee will be subject to security checks to ensure that items of contraband are not brought into the Prison.


Family and friends can provide:

  • socks
  • thermal underwear (white only)
  • singlets (white)
  • short sleeve T-shirts (white with no logo).

These items can be hand-delivered to a prison, and the prisoner or detainee will be notified regarding when to collect them.

Electrical items


Prisoners and detainess are allowed a television set no bigger than 34 cm (diagonal screen measurement). Remote controls are allowed.

The prisoner or detainee will be notified when the television arrives and has been checked by Security. This may take approximately seven days.

Television sets must be intact (undamaged) and have a serial number.


PlayStation game consoles may be allowed with a maximum of six games. A request form must be completed.

A maximum of ten music CDs are also allowed. All music CDs delivered for prisoners or detainees must be accompanied by a receipt.

Other items

Clock radios and electric kettles can be purchased through the canteen.

Reading material

Magazines and newspapers can be purchased through a local newsagency only. A request form must be submitted.

Prisoners and detainees must have approval to receive magazines and newspapers, families and friends cannot send these items in themselves. There are restrictions on what publications can received.

Prisoners and detainees have access to library books from Libraries Tasmania, which operates a local branch within the Prison Service.

Updated: 1st January 2021