Major Contract

Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct - Stage Two

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 1,500-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

Funding contributions

Queensland Government


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


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.
Jun 2022 The Queensland Government expanded the scope of the project in its 2022-23 Budget, allocating $454 million FY2022-23 to deliver an additional 500 beds, bringing the total capacity of the facility to 1,500 beds. With the change in scope, the project’s estimated total cost has increased from $653 million to $861 million.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Queensland |
Government resources
SQCC transition page (QCS)