Port Augusta Prison

Port Augusta Prison (PAP) is the largest regional prison.

It accommodates both male and female high and medium security prisoners.

Address: Highway 1, Stirling North SA 5700 | Directions using Google Maps

Postal address: PO Box 6, Port Augusta SA 5700

General telephone enquiries: (08) 8648 5400

Map of Port Augusta Prison


Visit Booking

Visits must be booked in advance – find out more about visiting prisoners.
Bookings are currently made by telephone.
Visit bookings can be made on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (excluding public holidays) between the hours of 09:00 – 11:30 and 13:00 – 15:30.

Telephone Booking Number: (08) 8648 5470
There is an automated phone answering service

  • for domestic visits – listen to  the instructions and press option 1, and then option 1 again 

Visiting Hours

Monday to Thursday None None None
Friday None None None
Saturday 8.30 – 11.00 13:15 – 16:00 None
Sunday 8.30 – 11.00 13:15 – 16:00 None
Public Holidays 8.30 – 11.00 13.15 – 16:00 None
Christmas 8.30 – 11.00 13.15 – 16:00 None

Special visiting arrangements

Visit session times vary depending on prison unit.

Professional visits

Booking requests can be made by phoning (08) 8648 5400 during business hours: 09:00 – 17:00.
There is an automated answering service:

  • Professional visitors should select Option “4”
  • Information will then be requested regarding the booking request and your call will be transferred to the appropriate manager to arrange the booking.

Please note Option “1 Visits”, is for domestic visits and should not be used by professional visitors.

All professional visitors need to contact the prison at least 24 hours in advance to make a booking and report to the prison gatehouse upon arrival.

Port Augusta Prison provides some limited video-link appointments to facilitate prisoners’ access to their legal services.

Prison Information

Maximum number of prisoners 617
Gender Mixed
Security level High and Medium
Accommodation type Cells and units
Smoke free Yes
Facilities Crisis intervention and support services, prisoner assessment and sentence planning, case management services.
Programs Education and vocational training.
Core Programs, such as the Making Changes Program, which addresses substance use and other general offending behaviour.

Prison Industries

Types of Industry Opportunities for work and training in the kitchen, laundry, garden, nursery and other trade workshops.
Example of products made The prison industry program includes seed propagation, seasonal vegetable production, timber furniture production and metal products fabrication.

Additional Information

Port Augusta Prison contains an accommodation unit dedicated to Aboriginal prisoners.

The unit, called Pakani Arangka, which means ‘a good growing place’, is a 36 person unit and dual occupancy accommodation. The unit, located within a large garden, enhances the ability to provide culturally specific programs and allows cultural interaction amongst offenders.

The programs that support Pakani Arangka include a range of education and vocational programs, as well as culturally specific training, such as men’s leadership and enhanced cultural awareness training.

Pakani Arangka requires that prisoners agree to demonstrate a high level of institutional conduct and display a sound work ethic, in order to provide a stable communal living environment.

Port Augusta Prison manages a video conferencing facility, which allows prisoners to appear before the court via audio-visual link (AVL) without the need to leave the prison.