Cessnock Correctional Complex

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

  • Hunter Correctional Centre, a new 400-bed maximum-security facility for male offenders, has been completed;
  • A 330-bed maximum-security facility for male offenders and a new staff administration building are currently under construction and due for completion mid-2019;
  • A 240-bed minimum-security facility for male offenders is currently in the design phase and is due to open in late 2020.

Project Update

Planning and design of the 240 bed expansion includes: 

  • 240 minimum-security beds for male inmates across five accommodation blocks; 
  • New reception area, health clinic, gatehouse, and visits area; and 
  • Additional parking for staff and visitors.

The 330-bed expansion site continues to take shape.  Once complete, it will provide a new health clinic, industries and programs area, an administration building as well as additional parking for staff and visitors.

The Hunter Correctional Centre, one of the rapid build prisons, was officially opened on 30 January 2018 and is now operational.  

This Rapid Build Prison contains dormitory accommodation which provides up to fifteen hours of structured inmate activity per day. This offers inmates high levels of opportunity for work, education and training, to better prepare them for reintegration into the community. 

Photo: Cessnock Correctional Complex, expansion overview.

Overview of expansion site

For further information, please contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team by phoning 1800 875 345 (8am-5pm Monday-Friday) or emailing newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au

Project Details

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

Corrective Services NSW is considering an alternative permanent access road into the centre.  

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. 

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