​​Cess​​no​​ck​​ Correctional C​entre

Project Update

On 30 January 2018 the new Hunter Correctional Centre will be commissioned and officially opened. The 400-bed maximum-security Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock is part of the NSW Government's $3.8 billion prison infrastructure program to address the state's rising prison population.

This Rapid-Build Prison design provides a contemporary, campus style dormitory prison which has a central philosophy of providing up to fifteen hours of structured inmate activity per day. This offers inmates a new approach with high levels of opportunity for work, education and training to engage inmates and help to better prepare inmates to reintegrate into the community.

This secure dormitory-style facility will also help alleviate the state-wide pressures and make CSNSW operations safer and more efficient.

This marks the completion of the first of three new facilities at the Cessnock site. The 330 maximum is under construction and the 280 minimum security beds are still in the design phase.

The 400-bed maximum-security Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock Photo: Recently completed 400 Maximum Facility

Project Details

Cessnock CC overview

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the Correctional Centre was completed in October 2016 by JBA Urban Planning Consultants.

Corrective Services NSW is considering an alternative permanent access to the centre.  We are currently undertaking an options review and further details will be published once available.

REF and associated reports:

Copies of the REF are available by emailing newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au or phoning our Stakeholder Engagement Team from Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm on 1800 875 345.