New Grafton Correctional Centre

Infrastructure NSW is managing the delivery of the new Grafton Correctional Centre, a new correctional centre in Lavadia, approximately 12.5 kilometres south of Grafton that will accommodate 1700 inmates.

It will feature state-of-the-art security and surveillance and will focus on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of reoffending without compromising on safety and security.

The NSW Government has partnered with the private sector to design, build, operate and manage the new prison over the next 20 years. Benefits of the project include:

  • About $560 million injected into the local economy over the next 20 years
  • Long-term, local economic opportunities through the procurement of a range of goods and services
  • Up to 1,100 construction jobs and 600 operational jobs created
  • Addressing the critical shortage of correctional centre beds and facilities within NSW.

To learn more about the new Grafton Correctional Centre, please visit

Road and water infrastructure

As part of this project, the NSW Government is providing utilities to the site including water, power and telecommunications. A small section of Avenue Road, between Old Six Mile Lane and the northern end of the project site, will also be upgraded.

Infrastructure NSW is overseeing the delivery of the extended Avenue Road upgrade and water pipe construction project and has contracted Seymour Whyte to carry out the work. The work started on Monday 11 September and will be complete by early 2018.

For more information on this work, read our start of work notification

Project background

In June 2015, the NSW Government announced a new prison would be built in Grafton. In December 2015, a site for the new prison was selected on a 195-hectare site at Lavadia, approximately 12.5 kilometres south-east of Grafton, which was purchased by the NSW Government following agreement with the former landowner.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Stage 1 of the new Grafton Correctional Centre covering the concept proposal and early works was on public exhibition from 13 August to 19 September 2016.

A Response to Submissions report has been prepared which addresses all the submissions received. The report can be viewed here

Planning approval for the new facility was granted by the Department of Planning and Environment on the 14 March 2017. A copy of the consent can be viewed here

In 2016, the NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to design, build, operate and maintain the new centre. Following a competitive tender process, Northern Pathways Consortium were announced as the preferred bidder.

The project is being delivered a Public Private Partnership (PPP) which means Northern Pathways will design, construct, operate and maintain the new facility on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years. Read more here

Construction of the new correctional complex is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed by 2020. It will be designed to operate in accordance with innovative best practice, both in providing safety and security and positive management of inmates.

Latest news

7 September 2017 - First Sod turned on new Grafton prison
16 March 2017 – New Grafton Prison delivers jobs, investment
16 June - NSW Prisoner beds

1 February 2016 - Prison projects to deliver 1,650 beds
19 January 2016 - Community presentation on new Grafton correctional centre
1 December 2015 – Site selected for new Grafton prison
29 November 2015 – Modern, secure cells to house prisoners
10 November 2015 – Additional beds for prison system
18 June 2015 – New prison to strengthen Grafton

Contact us

If you have an enquiry about the project, please contact the project team.

Phone: (02) 1800 449 848

Latest News

First sod turned on new Grafton prison

Monday, August 21, 2017

Minister for Corrections David Elliott today turned the first sod on the new Grafton Correctional Centre, marking a key milestone in the NSW Government’s prison infrastructure plan and delivering jobs and investment to the North Coast. Read more

Major jobs boost from Western Sydney Stadium

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Work on the $360-million Western Sydney Stadium is generating a massive jobs boom in Western Sydney, with $60 million in contracts awarded to local suppliers and more than 2,000 jobs created during and after construction. Read more

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