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​​​New Prisons


Between 2011 and 2016 the inmate population in NSW rose sharply by 33 per cent, placing significant pressure on existing Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) infrastructure. The population is still rising. In the 2016/17 Budget the NSW Government announced a $3.8 billion infrastructure plan for the state’s prison system to address current and future needs. The program will deliver new facilities as well as upgrade, expand, or repurpose existing centres over four years.

The infrastructure program is part of CSNSW’s Better Prisons program to deliver an expanded prison system, which operates more efficiently and maintains safety and security for inmates and staff. 

New prisons are being planned or built across NSW and site details are listed outlined below. 

Construction projects

This is the largest single prison expansion in the state’s history. The projects will generate thousands of new jobs, both temporary during construction and permanent after completion. 

A number of projects have now been completed, including: 

  • Berrima Correctional Centre; 
  • Illawarra Reintegration Centre (Unanderra); 
  • Mary Wade Correctional Centre (Lidcombe); 
  • Parklea Correctional Centre Area 4;
  • Macquarie Correctional Centre (Wellington); and 
  • Hunter Correctional Centre (Cessnock). 
Projects underway include: 
  • Bathurst Correctional Centre; 
  • Cessnock Correctional Complex;
  • Dillwynia Correctional Centre (South Windsor);
  • Junee Correctional Centre; 
  • Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre (Silverwater); 
  • Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (Kempsey); 
  • Parklea Correctional Centre; and 
  • South Coast Correctional Centre (Nowra). 


In addition to these projects the State Government is building a new 1,700-bed correctional centre in Grafton.  Northern Pathways Consortium is the managing contractor for this development.  For more information, please visit Grafton Correctional Centre.

Rapid-Build Prisons

CSNSW has now completed and officially opened two Rapid-Build Prisons: Macquarie Correctional Centre at Wellington and Hunter Correctional Centre at Cessnock. These facilities provide a number of unique features and benefits:

  • 400 bed dormitory-style accommodation with 16 pods, each containing 25 individual cubicles;
  • Interactive televisions in cubicles  for inmates, giving them greater responsibility for their education, employment, programs and paperwork;
  • A range of industries, programs and recreational activities, which ensure inmates have a balanced and purposeful daily routine;
  • State-of-the-art security and surveillance systems; and
  • A strong focus on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of reoffending without compromising on safety and security.

​Community Consultation

CSNSW has been a good neighbour to local communities for many years and is determined to maintain and nurture these important relationships. You can find out more about the community consultation process via our Community Consultation Process webpage.

Information about visiting inmates and NSW correctional centres can be found via the Corrective Services NSW website. To learn more about the infrastructure projects refer to the locations tab at the top of this page. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team on 1800 875 345 Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm or email newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au