Corrective services across Australia have been constantly reviewing measures to prevent and manage the COVID-19 risk in prisons.
Following the National Cabinet Meeting on Friday, 20 March 2020, a joint decision has been made to suspend all personal visits to adult correctional facilities across Australia over the coming weeks.
Individual jurisdictions will decide when the new measure will be introduced based on their operational needs, with the suspension to begin in Queensland on Monday 23 March 2020.
This decision has not been made lightly and responds to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and state and federal health measures.
We understand the importance of family and community connections to both the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, and to families and friends.
Which is why we are increasing phone access for prisoners where possible and appropriate, and are also encouraging them to write letters.
The health, safety and security of the entire community, including our staff, prisoners and visitors, remains our top priority.
Visits will recommence as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will continue to follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer, and federal and state authorities.
We will continue to keep prisoners and visitors updated.