COVID-19 restrictions at Stage 1 statewide
19 April 2021
Due to the easing of restrictions in Queensland and on advice from Queensland Health, we are able relax the restrictions at all of our centres and offices and recommence visits.
All correctional centres reverted to Stage 1 restrictions on 15 April. This means that personal, cultural, official, legal and visits from Elders have been able to recommence.
This means that all centres are open to visitors.
Anyone entering a correctional centre will continue to undergo health screening and temperature checks. For the safety of our officers and the prisoners in our care, please do not come for a visit if you are unwell or showing any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are minor (please self-isolate and get tested immediately).
Please contact the relevant correctional centre for details of current visitor numbers permitted under COVID-Safe plans, to book one-hour contact and non-contact visits. Virtual Personal Visits can still be booked as normal.
Where social distancing is not possible between other officers or prisoners, in accordance with current Queensland Health advice, masks are recommended.
All correctional centres have a COVID-Safe plan in place, including the requirement for social distancing, hygiene and other fundamental measures that help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We also continue to pay close attention to regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces as well as maintaining regular hand washing or sanitising, good cough and sneeze etiquette and adhere to workplace COVID-safe plans.
We understand that restrictions have had an impact on those in our care, especially on their families and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding at this time.
A cautious approach as well as stringent planning and execution has served us well and has kept COVID-19 out of our centres, and we thank you for your patience.
Podcast: Deputy Commissioner McCahon with information for families about Stage 4 restrictions
29 August 2020
We now have thermal imaging in all our prisons:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are virtual personal visits?
A: Virtual personal visits (VPV) are available at Queensland prisons to protect the health of prisoners, visitors and officers.
Our teams are working hard to roll out the program across Queensland to keep prisoners in contact with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual visits are much like normal visits. You must be an approved personal visitor, provide identification, and book a time through the correctional centre.
Thank you to the friends and family who have helped to keep our prisons safe from COVID-19 since the cancellation of physical visits.
As this is a new program, there may be a delay in booking availability due to the demand for visits. We’re working to make sure everyone can virtually visit their loved ones as soon as possible.
For more information and to book, contact your correctional centre.
Q: What measures are in place to stop officers, essential staff and professional visitors from bringing COVID-19 into prisons?
A: We are temperature and health checking every person who enters a Queensland prison. This also includes those working at our centres such as correctional officers and health staff. All officers and essential staff have a role to play by observing social distancing when off shift, and not coming to work if they are unwell.
Q: How can I email a prisoner?
A: QCS has a new service to allow you to send messages to prisoners in Queensland correctional centres. Watch the video to find out how.
Q: How can I transfer money to a prisoner’s trust account?
A: QCS has a new service to allow you to send money to a prisoner’s account. Watch the video to find out how.