​South Coast C​orrectional Centre

Project Summary

The South Coast Correctional Centre at Nowra has been selected for expansion as part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion Prison Bed Capacity Program. 

The expansion will see the following additions and alterations:

  • 160 maximum-security beds;
  • 200 minimum-security beds;
  • Conversion of an existing 200 minimum-security beds to medium-security;
  • Refurbishment and extensions to existing buildings, including visits area, clinic, AVL suites, car park and reception area; and
  • New industries building, High Intensity Program Unit (HIPU) and staff amenities building.

Project Update

Construction commenced in May 2017. To date this project has employed nearly 200 construction workers and, once complete, will create many new jobs for custodial staff.  

As of April 2018, construction has reached the halfway mark and is progressing well. Minister for Corrections David Elliott inspected the site on 6 April 2018 in the company of Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin, Member for the South Coast Shelley Hancock and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward. 

More than 2km of security fencing has been erected, and the new staff amenities building and expanded car park are complete. Installation of the HIPU and construction of the 200-bed minimum-security are on track for completion in the second half of 2018. Once construction and fit out of the 200-bed minimum-security facility is finished, this part of centre will be operationally tested before it is officially opened later this year.

Work continues on the 160-bed maximum-security facility and upgrades to the existing centre. All work should be completed by mid-2019.

REF and associated reports:

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was completed on 6 October 2016. 

Copies of the REF are available by emailing newprisons@justice.nsw.gov.au Copies of the REF are available by emailing 

Aerial view of the South Coast Correctional Centre expansion.