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Prison Researcher
03-28-2012, 01:55 PM
People worry about travelling to see their loved one and being turned away, especially on that first visit.
Please help ease visiting worries by sharing any experience you have of the visiting arrangements.

Share updated information, tips and advice on the do's and don'ts;
what to wear, what not to wear, what items you can/can't take to visiting, etc.
so that others can be prepared and hopefully, enjoy that special time with their friend/loved one.

We wish you happy visiting!

(If you are interested in finding someone to share the travel costs/journey with, please see the carpool thread.)

Prison Researcher
03-28-2012, 02:06 PM
Applying for a Visit
Before visiting a Correctional Centre for the first time, a personal visitor must apply for approval using a Queensland Corrective Services Form 27 Application to Visit a Prisoner (Personal Visitor) which is attached here:

5949 - (Word Doc) click title to download

Once this form has been sent to the correctional facility, centre staff will undertake a security check on you, which can take a few weeks.

You will not be able to visit the centre until security clearance and criminal history checks have been done on you.

Make sure you declare ANY convictions you may have on this form. If you have a criminal record in another State, please apply for a copy of these from the relevant State Police Service.

You must return the Form 27 to the correctional centre along with photocopies of appropriate identification, which must be signed by a Justice of the Peace.

Accepted proof of identification is:

EITHER A current driver's licence or passport

OR Any three (3) of the following:


Medicare card
Pension or Social Security Card
Birth Certificate
Other photographic identification
Credit or bank card with a signature
A statutory declaration verifying the visitor's identity and signature which has been signed by a Justice of the Peace.


The correctional centre keeps a register of all people who have received security clearances, which includes information on:



the full name of the visitor
date of birth of the visitor
date of the security check
file number of any criminal history of the visitor
the prisoner(s) who is/are being visited


Each visitor's security clearance will be updated every 12 months.

Once clearance is granted by the correctional centre, you will be able to make a visits booking. All personal visits to a prisoner MUST be booked in advance during nominated booking times.

Don't forget, you will need to bring approved identification with you EVERY time you visit the correctional centre.

Booking times
To book a visit, please phone (07) 5422 5205 Monday to Thursday between 9am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3pm ONLY. Bookings will NOT be taken outside these hours.

Visiting times

Thursday

Session 1
9am – 11am - Secure 2

Session 2
1:30pm – 3:30pm - Residential

Friday

Session 1
9am-11am - Residential

Session 2
1:30pm-3:30pm - Secure 2

Saturday

Session 1
9am-11am - Secure 2

Session 2
1:30-3:30pm - Residential

Sunday

Session 1
9am-11am - Residential

Session 2
1:30-3:30pm - Secure 2

Visits are limited to three adults per session. There is a limit to the number of children; four children on normal visits days. Any extra visitors or children must be approved prior to visit. Prisoners are permitted one x 2 hour visit per week. Special visits are to be applied for to the General Manager by the prisoner.

Arrival times
Please arrive at the centre at least one hour before the start of your visit.

Transport to the Centre
Woodford Correctional Centre is not serviced by public transport. The Prison Transport Group runs a bus service from Roma Street, Brisbane (Translink 125) and from the Caboolture Bus/Rail interchange to the Centre. For further information, contact the Prison Transport Group on Toll Free 1800 334 379.

Other information
Nappies will need to be provided [two ONLY]. Visitors may bring in two bottles and one bib (containers are not permitted). No hand washing facilities are available inside the centre.

No cigarettes, money or drinks are allowed to be brought into the centre.

Contact details
Postal Address: Private Mail Bag 1 Street Address: Neurum Road
Woodford QLD 4514 Woodford QLD 4514
General enquiries: (07) 5496 1111

Visitor Checklist
If this is your first visit, have you filled out a Form 27 Application to Visit a Prisoner (Personal Visitor) and sent it to the correctional centre along with
appropriate identification?
Have you booked your visit and checked the visiting time?
Do you have appropriate identification with you, such as your driver’s licence, passport, Medicare card, pension or social security card, birth
certificate, or other photographic identification?
Are you and your children dressed according to correctional centre rules?
Have you left at home any unnecessary valuables or prohibited items?
If the centre provides lockers to store your personal items (at a small charge), do you have the right money?
Have you allowed plenty of time to get to the correctional centre well ahead of visiting time?
If you are taking personal items for an inmate, have you filled in the appropriate paper work and has it been authorised?
If you are planning to deposit money into an inmate’s bank account, do you have the correct amount on you?
Remember to use the bathroom before you enter the prison. If you need to use the facilities during your visit, you may only be allowed to continue with a non-contact visit or your visit may be terminated.

For further information, contact visits staff at this correctional centre

Visitor Information Brochure attached below (PDF)