Northern Correctional Facility Project Update

The Tasmanian Government remains committed to delivering a Northern Correctional Facility (NCF) to provide better rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes for offenders and their families.

A consultation process which engaged the Meander Valley community earlier this year provided valuable feedback to the Project Team about the potential suitability of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC) site for the NCF.

On 5 May 2022 the Government announced that the AYDC site is now the only site being considered for the development of the NCF.

The NCF will have a key focus on rehabilitation, education and reintegration, and will predominantly accommodate sentenced offenders who are progressing through their sentences and starting to prepare for reintegration into the community.

To ensure the NCF can have this focus, the Government is also investing in more maximum security facilities at the Risdon Prison Complex in southern Tasmania. This includes $50 million for the development of a new maximum security unit within the existing Risdon Complex, which will help alleviate current bed pressures for maximum security rated offenders.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) is now commencing initial due diligence investigations at the AYDC site. As part of this, the Project Team is working with their consultants to finalise the following reports:

  • Aboriginal and Historic (European) Heritage assessment
  • Natural Values Assessment
  • Bushfire Risk Management
  • Traffic Impact Assessment
  • Social & Economic Impact Study.

These assessments and reports will help inform the development of a Request for Tender (RFT) for architectural design services that the DoJ expects to release in 2023.

Public Consultation

The Project Team will continue to engage with near neighbours and the local community as this important infrastructure project advances at the AYDC site.

The project team is committed to providing information about the project to the community in a timely manner, and will therefore make any reports from the due diligence investigations publicly available at the earliest opportunity.

Project Overview

Tasmania currently has its main correctional facilities in the south of the State despite over half of the current offender population originating from the north or north-west of Tasmania.

A new, modern, purpose-built NCF will support successful rehabilitation and reintegration through training and education opportunities, and by maintaining better connections to family and support networks in the north.

This will also create a state-wide Corrections system operated by the Tasmania Prison Service.

With a key focus on rehabilitation, education and reintegration, the NCF will predominantly accommodate sentenced offenders who are progressing through their sentences and starting to prepare for reintegration into the community. It will also include a dedicated area to accommodate remandees who have been detained in custody pending their court appearances.

This important project will ensure the Tasmania Prison Service has modern, fit for purpose, and secure facilities that allow for a strong focus on rehabilitation, and that is why the Tasmanian Government is investing $270 million in the project. It is expected to create hundreds of jobs during construction with flow-on benefits to the Tasmanian community. Once the new correctional facility is operational, it will continue to support the local economy by creating employment opportunities for a range of correctional and support staff, and through the use of local contractors and suppliers, wherever possible.

As the NCF will predominantly accommodate sentenced offenders who are progressing through their sentences and starting to prepare for reintegration into the community, the Government is also investing $50 million to build a new maximum security unit within the existing Risdon Prison Complex in southern Tasmania, to help alleviate current bed pressures for serious, maximum security rated offenders.

Publication of Submissions

Submissions and a summary of the feedback collected from the community consultation conducted earlier this year have been published and can be accessed via the links below.

The report on the community consultation process can be accessed on the NCF webpage (PDF, 308.3 KB).

The submissions received from the community consultation process can also be accessed on the Department’s Have Your Say  webpage.

All written submissions received were published in line with the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy (external link).

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ's page for more information about the new Northern Correctional Facility.

Register for Project Updates

If you would like to receive updates on the project’s progress you can register for our mailing list via email to northerncorrectionalfacility@justice.tas.gov.au.

Updated: 29th August 2022