Melaleuca Women’s Prison

A women’s prison in the southern suburbs.

Melaleuca Women’s Prison offers assistance to women to address offending behaviour, support reintegration, facilitate personal development and reduce recidivism through:

  • professional and responsible staff
  • an environment that fosters decency and respect
  • the provision of culturally appropriate and responsive services.

Melaleuca Women’s Prison was returned to public operations at 06.00 pm on Saturday 4 April 2020.

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

Visiting hours and how to book a visit

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Bookings can be made by phone. Note: due to high demand, our phone line can be busy at times. We ask you for your patience during this time.

To make a booking call 6258 0285, Monday to Friday during the following hours:

  • 8.30 am to 12.00 pm
  • 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance.

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday

  • 10.00 am to 11.00 am
  • 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm
  • 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
  • 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Weekends and public holidays

  • 10.00 am to 11.00 am
  • 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm
  • 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

To avoid delay, visitors are advised to arrive at Melaleuca 30 minutes prior to their scheduled visit and meet at the Family Visits Centre located outside the Front Gate to register and obtain a locker if required.

Visiting with children

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Children are welcome to visit the prison. Children under the age of 18 years need to be supervised by an adult at all times.

To book a visit with children please tell the Visitors Centre when you book the visit.

Child visit restrictions may apply to some prisoners.

Getting there

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Refer to the Transperth website for public transport options.

Melaleuca is half an hours drive south of Perth. Parking is available for visitors.

Property accepted at the Gatehouse

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We will only accept property for a prisoner that has been approved from within the facility by management. It is important that you communicate with the person you are visiting to ensure we have approved the items you have been requested to bring with you.

Approval must be sought to ensure they are items that are deemed acceptable in addition to ensuring there is enough room in the prisoner’s cell to store the items. If approval has been granted, we will accept these items at the Gatehouse and provide you with a receipt.

What to wear to visit

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When you come for your visit you will have to make sure you've dressed appropriately.

  • No revealing clothing
  • No see-through clothing
  • No ripped or torn clothing
  • No gang colours or offensive logos
  • No tight-fitting clothing or lycra
  • No steel-capped boots
  • No hi-visibility clothing
  • No headwear
  • No smartwatches
  • No swimwear
  • No excessive jewellery 

Visitors to prison must wear underwear and footwear. Pants and skirts/dresses should be longer than mid-thigh.

Exemptions for legitimate cultural, religious or medical reasons or at the discretion of the Security Manager.

You will need to put your mobile phone, bags and personal items in a locker at your visit.

What you can wear to prison. A group of people wearing appropriate and unacceptable clothes.

Aboriginal visitor information

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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.

Sending money to prisoners

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Money can be transferred to a prisoner once you are a registered visitor via:

The Cashier Office accepts EFTPOS and cash before your visit commences.

Cashier Office hours are 8.15 am to 11.30 am and 12.30 pm to 3.45 pm Monday to Friday. 

The Cashier Office does not carry change and is located at the Gatehouse.

On weekends, the Gatehouse accepts Cash only at the time of your visit.

To send in a money order this will need to be deposited through the post, at the below address. Clearly state the recipient of the moneys, whether it is to be placed on their phone or spends, and provide the sender's details on the back.

There are limits of how much prisoner or detainee can have at one time, please speak to the cashier for verification.

You can send a money order to:

Prisoner's full name
Melaleuca Women’s Prison
Locked Bag 4

Official Visitors

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Official Visitors such as police and lawyers are different from social visitors and must prove their identity and legitimate reason for accessing a prisoner on arrival to the prison.

To book an official visit call 6258 0285.

Official visit can be booked Monday to Friday during the following hours:

  • 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
  • 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm


News story

Contraband penalty increase

Warning for prison visitors as social visits resume. Tough new penalties for trafficking contraband to apply from 27 June 2020.
Page reviewed 22 September 2021