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What can I bring to a visit?

As a rule, bring in as little as possible as you are not allowed to take anything into the prison with you. Any essential items you bring with you (e.g. medication, wallets, cash, keys) must be left in the lockers that are available at the Visitor Reception Centre. The following items are strictly prohibited: -

  • Mobile phones / Cameras / Video cameras / Recording devices;
  • Cigarettes / Tobacco;
  • Drugs, syringes or any other drug paraphernalia;
  • Weapons (guns, knives etc.);
  • Chemicals / Flammable liquids / Explosives;
  • Medication: over the counter, prescribed or herbal (carriage of diabetic pens and epi-pens subject to approval by a Superintendent);
  • Alcohol and alcohol based products;
  • Bags for personal property, non-transparent, (i.e. briefcases, backpacks, handbags, wallets, purses etc.);
  • Personal property, including keys (other than Visitor Reception Centre locker keys), money, personal identification;
  • Electronic games consoles, MP3 players, iPods, electronic storage devices including USB flashdrives, memory sticks and heart rate monitors (except where approved by a Superintendent);
  • Multi-media items, CDs, DVDs, films, videos, prohibited publications;
  • Electronic items, including rechargeable toothbrushes, razors, clippers etc. (except for medical reasons, subject to approval by a Superintendent);
  • Lighters, matches, candles, incense, aerosol-pressure spray can;
  • Any food or drink;
  • Metal cutlery / glass bottles or glass containers, non-transparent lunch boxes;
  • Colours / patches / gang identification and associated clothing;
  • Paint, pens and highlighters with non-transparent casing, scissors, knitting needles; and
  • Tattooing materials, tools, weights, magnet / magnetic devices.

Application must be made to the Superintendent of the facility to bring any personal items into a prison facility which you are medically required to carry with you, such as Asthma ventilators, walking sticks etc.

Prisoners must obtain prior approval before visitors are allowed to bring in any items for them.  If you are bringing in approved items for a prisoner, they must be given to the Visitor Reception Centre staff prior to your visit.

For each infant taken into a visit, only one full baby’s bottle (in a clear/transparent bottle), one disposable nappy and one dummy will be allowed. Powder and wipes are provided in the visit area of all prisons.

Can I bring food or something to drink in to the visit?

No, you cannot bring anything into the visit, unless you have been given permission to do so or it is for infants as outlined above.

Will I be able to buy food?

Some visiting areas have vending machines for snacks and drinks. You will need to buy tokens for the vending machines before you enter the visit. Tokens can be bought at the Visitor Reception Centre.

Can I smoke during a visit?

No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on prison grounds, including the driveway and carpark. Tobacco products are also not to be brought on to prison grounds.

Can I take my medication into a visit area?

No, you are not permitted to take medication into the prison. If you are going to need medication during your visit you should discuss this with prison staff before attending for the visit.

Can I bring money, gifts and other personal items to give to the prisoner I am visiting?

No item or substance may be directly given to a prisoner by a visitor or vice versa without the approval of a Correctional Officer.

Prisoners must obtain prior approval before visitors are allowed to bring in any items for them/or post any items to them, except for the items listed below. If a visitor is bringing in or sending an approved item for a prisoner, they must give the item/s to, or post the items to, Visitor Reception Centre staff.

Only the following items can be brought in without prior approval:

  • For Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison, pyjamas, socks (black only, explorer style, no ankle socks), underwear (basic cotton only) and brassieres;
  • Singlet tops (white only).

These items must be purchased brand new and be presented with a store receipt to the Visitor Reception Centre. If items are posted, the store receipt must be included in the parcel. Please include a return address should these items need to be returned to you.

Once approval has been given for other items (not included in the list above), family and friends are able to mail or drop off approved personal items and clothing for prisoners. All items must be handed in to, or posted to, the Visitor Reception Centre so that we can make sure it is approved and issue a receipt. We also screen all mail and property to ensure it meets our security requirements.

Prisoners can receive deposits of up to $100 a day into their Private Monies Account, up to a maximum of $300. Money can be deposited at the Visitor Reception Centre; we accept cash, money orders and cheques. Alternatively money can be deposited into a prisoner's account at any Service Tasmania outlet using the prisoner's offender number. You will need to provide identification when you make a deposit.