Frequently asked questions

What will the economic impacts on jobs and local business be?

The 33-36 month stage 2 construction phase is expected to create between 275 to 300 full-time equivalent jobs with between 600 to 650 ongoing jobs once the centre is operating. The project will provide significant opportunities for local businesses to supply goods and services. It is estimated the new prison will inject approximately $560 million into the local economy over the next 20 years.

Why is the centre being delivered and operated as a Public Private Partnership?

The NGCC will be delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) to deliver high quality, efficient, value for money correctional services. The private sector will be responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the facility. Ownership will be retained by the NSW Government.

Once the centre is open, the private operator will be required to meet rigorous performance standards to ensure best practice operations. We envisage that the new facility will be at the forefront of safety and security, and an exemplar in inmate management.  In line with NSW Government State Priorities, the operator will have an absolute focus on reducing the risk of reoffending to improve community safety. We look forward to receiving high quality proposals from the shortlisted applicants that demonstrate how they will achieve these outcomes.

How is the planning process progressing?

The Government has commenced the process for obtaining the planning approval for the project.It will be assessed as a State Significant Development and the planning approval will be obtained in two stages:

  • Stage 1 – for the concept design proposal and early works such as road access and bulk excavation
  • Stage 2 – for the design and construction of the new facility.

The stage 1 planning approval will be obtained by the NSW Government prior to the selection of a preferred consortium.

When will the preferred consortium be selected?

Three consortia have been shortlisted and have until November 2016 to submit detailed proposals.  The successful consortium will be selected by mid-2017 and will be responsible for the design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the facility for 20 years.

Why was the site at Lavadia chosen?

It was assessed as the best possible location after a rigorous site selection process. Significant advantages of the site include that it is:

  • Not prone to bushfires or flooding and poses significantly less risk to the environment, community or European heritage
  • Relatively cleared requiring little further vegetation clearing and a relatively flat site minimising site works and costs
  • Currently zoned to permit a range of industrial uses, including as a correctional centre with consent.

When will the new centre open?

Construction is expected to start in 2017 with the centre expected to open in 2020.

Will current inmates be transferred to the new centre?

This will be determined closer to the time the new centre opens, depending on the needs of the state’s corrections system.

What is happening to the existing correctional centre?

Beds have recently been added to the existing prison to ease pressure in the short-term, however, there are limitations to any further expansions and a new centre is critical to service the state's growing inmate populations. Options for the existing correctional centre longer-term will be considered by the NSW Government and the local community and current employees will be kept informed.

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