Tasmania Prison Service – Delay in Professional Mail

The TPS has received advice that it is possible that coronavirus may be able to survive on items such as mail and property for up to three days.

As a result, effective from 30 March 2020, the TPS will be quarantining mail for three days before it is processed and sent down to the prison facilities. Prisoners have been advised of this delay.

If there are any documents that need to be provided on an urgent basis, they can be emailed to Only urgent documents should be sent to prisoners this way. I stress that while legal mail will not be read, staff will be opening the electronic documents to print them, and will therefore be inadvertently viewing such documents. Practitioners may wish to consider this prior to sending legal material.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new process, please direct them to