Yatala Labour Prison

Yatala Labour Prison (YLP) is the state’s metropolitan induction and reception prison.

It accommodates male high to medium security prisoners.

It can also accommodate low security prisoners and those in protective custody.

Address: 1 Peter Brown Drive, Northfield  | Directions using Google Maps

Postal address: Peter Brown Drive, Northfield SA 5085

General telephone inquiries: (08) 8262 2421

Map of Yatala Labour Prison


Visit Booking

Visits must be booked in advance –  find out more about visiting prisoners.

Bookings can be made by telephone between 09:00 and 12:00 or 13:00 and 15:00, Monday to Thursday.

Telephone Booking Number: (08) 8343 0401

Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday None None None
Saturday 08:00 – 11:20 13:30 – 15:25 None
Sunday 08:00 – 11:20 13:30 – 15:25 None
Public Holidays 08:00 – 11:20 13:30 – 15:25 None
Christmas 08:00 – 11:20 13:30 – 15:25 None

Special visiting arrangements

Length of visit sessions vary depending upon unit.

Maximum of three visitors at a time.

Lockers are available and are accessible via a digital keypad.

Professional visits

To book a professional visit, phone (08) 8343 0263 between 09:00 and 12:00 or 13:00 and 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Professional bookings can also be arranged by email: DCSProfessionalVisitBooking@sa.gov.au

A professional visit request form is then sent for completion and return to YLP for approval prior to admission.

The professional visiting times available vary in each division, however visit times are generally between 09:00 and 11:00 or 13:30 and 15:30, seven days a week.

G Division and the Infirmary do not do routine weekend visits.

Phone link visits

Phone link visits may be booked for prisoners accommodated in B and E divisions.

All legal representatives who are approved professional visitors at YLP and have registered for phone link visits may participate. Legal representatives are required to agree to the Code of Conduct.

The phone link aims to improve prisoner access to legal services and provides an additional method of access for professional visitors, assisting to eliminate the time spent travelling to and from the location.

Phone links are limited to 20 minutes to enable prisoner movements before the next phone link is due to commence.

A double appointment may be requested for 50 minutes.

Legal representatives will be verified by caller ID when they make their call into the prison.

Prison Information

Maximum number of prisoners 548
Gender Male
Security level High, medium and low
Accommodation type Cell
Smoke free Yes
Facilities Infirmary
Programs The department delivers a range of programs and services to prisoners at the facility, including the Sentence Management Unit (for sentence planning); education and vocational training; Core Programs; and the Sexual Behavioural Clinic.

Prison Industries

Types of Industry Yatala Labour Prison has an extensive Prison Industry program:
- Metal fabrication and welding
- Timber manufacture
- Powder coating and spray painting
- Commercial laundry
Example of products made Sofa frames and bed slats
Construction materials
Refurbishment of bins and containers
Laundry services
Commercial catering

Additional information

YLP 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.

Access control to YLP includes biometric verification (using an iris or fingerprint scan), a Roto turn metal detector, X-ray scanning of approved personal items, an explosive and narcotics trace detector and Hisec 9 entry/exit booths.