Project

South Queensland Correctional Facilities Expansion

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
South Queensland Correctional Facilities Expansion

In order to cope with the growing prison population and over-crowding in south-east Queensland prisons, Building Queensland has developed a business case to investigate options to relieve capacity constraints.

The South Queensland Correctional Facilities Expansion includes the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and South Queensland Correctional Precinct (Gatton), which were originally two separately planned expansions. The two projects were combined in order to take a system-wide approach to addressing capacity constraints across south-east Queensland. Several options were explored including: 

  • better use of existing infrastructure, including reviewing the roles/functions of the correctional centres
  • expanding capacity of existing facilities, including construction of new cell blocks, upgrading and expanding prisoner support facilities, and 
  • construction of new cells on a greenfield site.
     

 

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2017 Detailed Business Case complete by Building Queensland.
Aug 2019 Procurement planning underway.
Major Contract

Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct - Stage Two

PROJECT STATUS
Under Delivery
Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct - Stage Two

The Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct (SQCC) is a two-stage expansion and upgrade project. Stage one has already been completed. 

The Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct Stage Two is located at Millers Road, Spring Creek, about 12 kilometres north-east of Gatton and 100 kilometres south-west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley.

Stage Two involves the construction of a new 1,004-cell, high security facility for male prisoners in Gatton, in order to address growing demand for correctional facilities in Queensland over the next three to five years. 

The Queensland Government declared that this new correctional centre will adopt a ‘health and rehabilitation’ operating model, with the aim of supporting safer communities through enhanced mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services for prisoners, with a particular focus on addressing the ice epidemic and its link to violent and property crime.

The Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct is managed and operated by Serco Australia, however after the Queensland Government’s announcement in 2019 to transition the SQCC to public operations, the centre will no longer be under the control of Serco Australia, with the transition to public operations expected to occur on 1 July 2021.

Key Dates

Aug 2020 Contract Award
Mar 2021 Construction Commencement
2023 Expected Construction Completion

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Queensland Government
Successful Tenderer: John Holland Group
Related contracts:
Principal consultant
Successful Tenderer - Guymer Bailey Architects

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2016 Detailed Business Case underway.
Mar 2019 Queensland Government announced the transition of the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC) to public operations.
Aug 2020 John Holland announced that it had been awarded the contract for the expansion of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct in Gatton.
Estimated Total Cost
(2018)
Sector
Social
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
Queensland |
Resources
Government resources
SQCC transition page (QCS)
Major Contract

Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre

PROJECT STATUS
Prospective
Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre

The Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre (AGCC) is a high security remand centre for male prisoners with a capacity for 890 single beds, located 20 kilometres south-east of Brisbane. This project proposes to expand the AGCC given that it is over capacity by 35 per cent, with 600 remandees sharing single occupant cells.

The proposed development options include:

  • construction of new cell blocks at the existing facility
  • the construction of cells at a new greenfield site
  • reform options to reduce forecast demand, and
  • upgraded and expanded prisoner support services facilities.

AGCC was previously managed and operated by GEO Group Australia until Queensland Government announced its decision to transition the centre to public operations in March 2019. Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) has been operating the AGCC since 1 July 2020.

PROJECT HISTORY

Dec 2016 Building Queensland (BQ) identified the AGCC as a priority project in their Infrastructure Pipeline Report.
Nov 2017 Building Queensland finalised the business case for the project, to be reviewed by the Queensland Government.
Mar 2019 Queensland Government announced the transition of the AGCC to public operations.
Jul 2020 Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) began operating the AGCC.
Sector
Social
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
Queensland |
Resources
Government resources
AGCC transition page (QCS)
Project pages
Building Queensland