Port Phillip Prison Contract Extension Project

The Government has extended the contract with G4S Correctional Services (Australia) for the continued management and operation of Port Phillip Prison.


Port Phillip Prison Contract Extension Project


Service delivery commenced

Department or agency

Department of Justice and Regulation


G4S has owned and operated the Port Phillip Prison since September 1997. The original contract included an option to extend, subject to the State and G4S agreeing to the extension terms.

Port Phillip Prison is a maximum security facility located in Laverton in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The Prison has the capacity for 1 087 prisoners.

The prison accommodation includes fourteen accommodation units, a 20 bed inpatient unit for secondary health care and a 30 bed forensic mental health unit.

Port Phillip Prison provides on-site secondary health services and forensic mental health services for its prisoners and the prison system across the State. It also houses Victorian prisoners from all correctional facilities requiring off-site tertiary medical treatment.

The project is a public private partnership, with the private sector responsible for maintenance and operations including custodial services.

Following a negotiation process, on 17 December 2015 the State and G4S Correctional Services (Australia) Pty Ltd entered into an Amended and Restated Prison Services Agreement for the continued management and operation of the Port Phillip Prison. The terms of the Agreement will come into effect on 10 September 2017, at the expiry of the current contract term.

Subject to the performance of G4S, the extension arrangements will continue for up to 20 years.

The State and G4S have also entered into a site lease, which will terminate on the termination or expiry of the Amended and Restated Prison Services Agreement, at which time the prison facility will revert to the State at nil cost.

The contract extension involved updated sub-contracts for services at the Port Phillip Prison:

  • Honeywell Limited is the Facilities Management Sub-contractor, delivering facilities management services as well as lifecycle and maintenance works;
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Ltd is the Health Services Sub-contractor, delivering primary and secondary health services;

  • the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) is the forensic mental health services provider;

  • Bendigo Kangan Institute is the Education Services Sub-contractor, delivering educational programs to prisoners;

  • Compass Group B&I Hospitality Services Pty Ltd is the Catering Services Sub-contractor, delivering food and related services to prisoners; and

  • the Uniting Church is the Drug and Alcohol Sub-contractor, delivering rehabilitation services.

A Project Summary was released in June 2016 and is available from the link below. The contract is also available using the link below.

Contact information

Carolyn Kopke
Contract Manager
Email: carolyn.kopke@justice.vic.gov.au

Related information

Port Philip Prison Contract Extension - Project summary (PDF 785.92 KB)

Tenders Vic: Prison Services Agreement Port Phillip Prison Contact

Reviewed 08/07/2024
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