Professional Visitor Information

Information for Professionals Visiting Prisoners in South Australian Prisons

The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) is responsible for the safe, secure and humane custody of prisoners. The Department is committed to providing access to both legal and professional visitors. The Department has a number of processes and procedures for the management and administration of professional visits.

This document has been developed to assist professional visitors understand how, when and where they can undertake professional visits.
Professional visitors are people who visit a prisoner in a non-domestic capacity, such as legal practitioners, psychologists, chaplaincy, volunteers, support groups and includes DCS staff visiting for the purpose of undertaking assessments or to develop reports (such as Bail or Parole reports).

There are nine prisons located throughout South Australia, five of which are outside the Adelaide metropolitan area. All institutions are required to have clearly defined processes for booking and undertaking professional visits.
Each institution has a specific role and function within the South Australian correctional system. Each prison has site based visit booking procedures that conform to the Department’s Access Control Standards. This provides each prison General Manager the ability to implement processes which reflect the security needs of their prison in balance with the needs of the prisoner population.

This guide provides information on the visiting requirements and processes for each institution. It is important to note that all processes are in place to maintain the good order and security of the prison system. Accordingly, visiting requirements and process vary slightly from site to site and may be altered at the discretion of the General Manager without prior notification.

 Professional Visits Guide V3 Final 210815.pdf