Banksia Hill Detention Centre (BHDC)

Banksia Hill Detention Centre is a youth detention centre south of Perth.

Important information for visitors

Masks are mandatory for Perth, Peel and South West from 6.00 pm, 16 January 2022.


Public Health Directions have been issued by the WA Chief Health Officers restricting access to correctional facilities (prisons, workcamps, Banksia Hill Detention Centre and the Corrective Services Academy) for the protection of vulnerable populations.

This means all persons aged 12 years and older, unless exempt, will be required to be at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1 December 2021 to be permitted entry, and fully vaccinated by 1 January 2021.

Visitors must provide proof (hard copy or digital) that they have been vaccinated in a form stated below:

  • An Australian Immunisation Register immunisation history statement (for proof of partial vaccination, minimum requirement by 1 December 2021);
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate (for proof of full vaccination, minimum requirement by 1 January 2022).

Alternatively, proof of exemption will need to be provided. For more information refer to the WA Correctional Facility Entrant Directions.


Banksia Hill is the only detention centre for offenders aged 10 to 17 years in WA. 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

Visitors may be searched

Visitors may be searched when they enter prison grounds. Tough new penalties for trafficking contraband to apply from 27 June 2020.

This includes the use of drug detection dogs which are used to detect prohibited items and substances. Searches include visitors' cars in the prison car park.

Handheld devices such as metal detectors will be used to ensure that visitors are not attempting to smuggle contraband inside the prison.

The Superintendent is authorised to examine any article in the visitor’s possession, including items of clothing. Where items of clothing are required to be removed for examination, prison officers of the same sex as the visitor will perform the search, or where the visitor is a child it will be a female officer.

No cameras, no drugs, no weapons, no alcohol

How to book a visit

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Bookings can be made by phone.

To make a booking call 9333 2215.

Parents and guardians can visit young people at any of the times listed, 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 Visitor Declaration which confirms their identity. They must also be willing to have their photo taken and put on record.

In addition to face to face social visits, E-visits remain an option for young people whose family members or friends are unable to attend the Centre in person.

E-visits can be booked by calling the Centre on 9333 2215 (as per standard social visitor process).

E-visits will take place Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 10.00 am.

Visiting hours

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Monday:

  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Tuesday:

  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Wednesday:

  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Thursday:

  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Friday:

  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Saturday:

  • 12.45 pm to 1.45 pm
  • 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Sunday:

  • 12.45 pm to 1.45 pm
  • 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Visitor Code of Conduct and Dress Standards

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Social visitors are expected to dress appropriately for the prison environment to preserve the good order and security of the prison and the safety of visitors.

Read and learn more about Visitor Code of Conduct

Read and learn more about Visitor Dress Standards

Getting there

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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.

 

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You can plan your trip using the Transperth Journey Planner or call Transperth on 13 62 13 for details.

Aboriginal visitor information

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Banksia Hill Detention Centre allows for visits outside of normal visiting  hours for parents/guardians from regional and remote areas. Please call 9333 2222 to arrange.

The Department of Justice recognises the importance of maintaining the prisoner’s family relationships and links with their community. For more information visit Aboriginal visitors.

 

Keeping in touch

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Young people at Banksia Hill Detention Centre 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:

Young person's full name

Banksia Hill Detention Centre

Locked Bag 1512

CANNING VALE WA 6155

Prisoner's welfare concern

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If you have serious concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of a prisoner in custody, you can call 61 8 9333 2222 to request a welfare check be undertaken.

Calls to this number are for emergency purposes only.

You will be asked to provide your name, the prisoner's name, your relationship to the prisoner and the nature of and reason for your concerns.

Note: No information regarding a prisoner can be released to a third party without the prisoner's written consent.

Sending money

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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 Detention Centre 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 Banksia Hill Detention Centre. This money can be given as cash at the gatehouse or posted to the centre.

A money order can be sent to:

Banksia Hill Detention Centre
Locked Bag 1512
CANNING VALE WA 6155

Gifts, personal items and clothes

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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 give the young person their own clothes for court appearances.

All other items will be considered contraband and taken from the young person, unless previously authorised by staff.

 

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Page reviewed 18 January 2022