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Tasmania Prison Service

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

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.

The opening of the Vanessa Goodwin Mother and Baby Unit occurred on the 21 October 2018. The new 5 bed unit has been built to accommodate prisoners and their children and includes an outdoor play area. Click here for more information about this unit and other infrastructure works, including information about the additional two accommodation areas also built within the Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison.

National Corrections Day

National Corrections Day was held on 18 January 2019.  The Tasmania Prison Service recognised the hard work and dedication of our staff by holding a number of staff events and medal/award presentations.

Artists With Conviction Exhibition

The Artists with Conviction exhibition is an annual event providing prisoners within 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 Sport and Recreation program.

Artwork from AWC 2018Artwork and Sculpture from AWC 2018 Sculpture from AWC 2018

The 2018 exhibition was held between 1 November and 6 November at the Waterside Pavilion at Mawson Place. The theme "Down the Rabbit Hole" resonated with the participants, producing some raw and honest work, and the greatest number of entries to date for this event.

Sculpture AWC 2018

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.

The next Kids' Days will be held as follows:-

Risdon Prison Complex  

16 July 2019

8 October 2019

Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison

17 July 2019

9 October 2019

Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison

18 July 2019

10 October 2019