Victoria’s prison system

Through Corrections Victoria, the Department of Justice is responsible for running adult prisons in Victoria. Laws outline how prisons are to be governed and when parole is available to a prisoner.

Who is responsible for Victoria’s prisons?

Corrections Victoria

Corrections Victoria, which is part of the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation (“Department of Justice”), is responsible for the administration of adult correctional services. (For Corrections Victoria’s contact details, seeContacts”.)

Corrections Victoria implements court judgments and orders of the Adult Parole Board. It sets strategy, policy and standards for the management of correctional facilities. It also develops programs for the management and rehabilitation of prisoners and the community based supervision of offenders.

Commissioner of Corrections Victoria

Corrections Victoria is headed by a Commissioner of Corrections (“Commissioner”), who is an executive officer of the Department of Justice. The Commissioner is supported by two deputy commissioners. The Commissioner is appointed by the Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation (“DJR Secretary”).

The Commissioner’s role is to assess the performance of all correctional services to achieve the safe custody and welfare of prisoners and offenders and to manage the classification and allocation of prisoners to prisons. Legislation requires the Commissioner to exercise these functions impartially between all providers of correctional services.