Karnet Prison Farm

Karnet is a male prison farm in the State's South West.

Important information for visitors

Visits are returning to pre-COVID normal operation, however for the health and wellbeing of all, we ask that you continue to take some precautions when visiting family and friends.

If you are unwell or have symptoms, please do not attend a face-to-face visit, alternatively an E-visit can be booked through the relevant facility.

Please wear a mask if you have been declared a close contact.

It is recommended that all persons continue to practice COVID-Safe hygiene habits, including hand washing/sanitising and covering coughs and sneezes.

Please be aware that social visits may be temporarily suspended if there are high numbers of COVID-19 cases at a facility.

We will endeavour to minimise disruption to visits and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Karnet Prison Farm is a minimum-security facility managing male prisoners. It produces food including milk, meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables for the State's prisons. Karnet focuses on preparing prisoners for successful re-entry into the community when they are released, giving them job skills linked to industry and farming practices.

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

All visits are by appointment only.

To book for the following weekend’s visits call 9526 3205

Monday to Thursday:

  • 9.00 am to 11.00 am
  • 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Please advise staff if you’re a new visitor when making a booking. New visitors will be required to complete a Visitor Declaration Form (DOCX), produce 100 points of ID and have their photograph taken to become a registered social visitor. 

E-Visitors not attending the prison in person (due to living in a remote community, interstate or overseas) will be required to have  the Visitor Declaration Form witnessed by a person authorised under Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005  and emailed to the prison prior to their E-Visit booking. Visitors are to ensure they have their 100 points of ID (refer to the Visitor Identification Form (DOCX)) ready prior to the commencement of the E-Visit. Interstate E-Visitors are not required to produce the 100 points of ID but must provide a photo ID.
Registered visitors are not required to bring ID into the prison, however visitors should have photo ID readily available (ie in their locker) as they may be asked at any time to produce it.  

Visiting hours

In person visits have a maximum capacity of 3 adult visitors and 3 children per prisoner.

In person visit times:

  • Saturday morning: 8.45 am – 10.45 am
  • Saturday afternoon: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Sunday morning: 8.45 am – 10.45 am

Upon arrival, visitors are to report to the Shared Facilities Building at the front carpark. Visitors must arrive at the prison 15 minutes prior to their scheduled visit time for screening.

E-visit times:

  • Sunday afternoon: 1.00 pm – 2.40 pm for a maximum of 20 minutes only. 

E-visit sessions are for a maximum of 20 minutes and can only be booked by the prisoner. 

Karnet Prison Farm is closed to visitors on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Visiting with children

Children are welcome to visit the prison provided those under the age of 18 years are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Children visiting with adults must use the phone booking option only.

Child visit restrictions may apply to some prisoners. 

Visitor Code of Conduct and Dress Standards

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

Karnet Prison is about 40 minutes drive east of Mandurah.

There is parking available for visitors.

Aboriginal visitor information

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.

Prisoner's welfare concern

If you have serious concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of a prisoner in custody, you can call 6 18  9526 3200 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 to prisoners

Money can be transferred to a prisoner once you are an Approved Visitor via:

Alternatively, the Cashier accepts cash at the time of your visit. Cashier Office does not carry change. 

Cashier office hours are:

Monday to Friday

  • 8.30 am to 11.00 am
  • 12.00 pm  to 2.30 pm

The Gatehouse accepts cash only on the weekends at the time of your visit.

You can send a money order or cheque to:

Prisoners full name
Karnet Prison Farm
PO Box 22

Official Visitors

Official Visitors are different from social visitors and must have permission to visit in an official capacity.

For more information or to book an official visit phone +61 8 9526 3205.

Official Visits are available Monday to Friday:

  • 8.45 am to 10.45 am
  • 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.


Page reviewed 24 January 2023