​​Cess​​no​​ck​​ Correctional C​entre

Cessnock Correctional Complex is being expanded. The works are divided into three components: 

  • A 400-bed maximum-security facility for male offenders, Hunter Correctional Centre has been completed.
  • A 330-bed maximum-security facility for male offenders and a new staff administration building are currently under construction and are due for completion mid 2019.
  • A 280-bed minimum-security facility for male offenders is currently in the design phase and is due for completion in late 2020.
Photo: Cessnock Correctional Complex, expansion overview.

On 30 January 2018 the new Hunter Correctional Centre was commissioned and officially opened. The Rapid-Build Prison design provides contemporary, campus style dormitory accommodation and provides inmates with  up to fifteen hours of structured activity per day. This offers inmates high levels of opportunity for work, education and training to engage them and help prepare them for release.

The completion of this 400-bed maximum security facility will alleviate the state-wide pressures on the prison system and support CSNSW operations. 

The 400-bed maximum-security Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock Photo: Recently completed 400-bed maximum-security facility.

REF and associated reports:

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.

Copies of the REF are available by: