Borallon Correctional Centre

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Borallon Training and Correctional Centre
Borallon Correctional Centre is located in Queensland
Borallon Correctional Centre
Location in Queensland
LocationBorallon, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27°32′59.84″S 152°40′29.14″E / 27.5499556°S 152.6747611°E / -27.5499556; 152.6747611Coordinates: 27°32′59.84″S 152°40′29.14″E / 27.5499556°S 152.6747611°E / -27.5499556; 152.6747611
Security classHigh
Opened1990; Re-opened on 11 April 2016
ClosedJanuary 2012 (2012-01)
Managed byQueensland Corrective Services

Borallon Training and Correctional Centre is an Australian prison located on Ivan Lane, Borallon, Queensland, Australia, approximately 15 minutes from Ipswich. When first opened as Borallon Correctional Centre, it was the first private correctional facility operated in Australia. It had a capacity of 492 prisoners.[1] The centre reopened as Borallon Training and Correctional Centre in 2016.


Whilst the prison buildings, equipment and land are owned by the Queensland Department of Corrective Services, Borallon Correctional Centre was originally operated by Corrections Company of Australia (which was in turned owned by Wormald International, Corrections Corporation of America and John Holland Group).[2] It opened on 2 January 1990. In September 2007, Serco Australia won the bid to take over management at the prison.[3] The facility cost $22 million to construct.[4]

The management company was responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre, financial management and the hiring of staff, within the bounds laid down by the Corrective Services Act 2000. Whilst they were not public servants, staff employed at Borallon Correctional Centre had the same powers and responsibilities as government prison counterparts with respect to the management of prisoners and are offered the same access to Departmental training as their government colleagues; the only exception was Custodial Officer training which was conducted in-house. Employees couldn't transfer to another prison nor receive public service benefits. Prisoners within Borallon Correctional Centre could work or take courses to correct their behavior. They could also complete schooling, TAFE and university studies.

The contract to manage Borallon Correctional Centre was subject to tender between February and May 2007, with GEO, MTC, GSL and Serco selected as bidders. On 4 September 2007, Serco was selected as preferred bidder.

Borallon Correctional Centre was decommissioned in early 2012, in conjunction with the opening of the new Southern Queensland Correctional Centre.[5] The final date for visits to prisoners was on 22 January 2012.

Borallon re-opened on 11 April 2016 as Borallon Training and Correctional Centre promoted as Queensland's first dedicated training prison, with a focus on education, training and employment outcomes.[6]

Borallon has different types of cells, including 95 'residential' cells and 153 'secure' cells. A further 244 cells require major changes to meet current standards due to recognized "hanging points".

Borallon opened 100 new cells in 2018, to make way for an influx of prisoners from Southern Queensland Correctional Centre which is to be turned into a women's prison.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Borallon Correctional Centre". Department of Community Safety. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  2. ^ "History of contract management in Queensland Corrections" (PDF). Australian Institute of Criminology. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Successful Qld prison tenderers announced". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ James, Adrian L.; Keith Bottomley; Alison Liebling; Emma Clare (1997). Privatising Prisons: Rhetoric and Reality. London: Sage Publications. p. 12. ISBN 0-8039-7549-X.
  5. ^ cowen (9 November 2013). "Borallon to stay shut despite prisoner surge | Queensland Times". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Borallon prison re-opens as 'training centre' jail". 15 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Borallon Correctional Centre: What happens when a prisoner gets processed - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 4 January 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ballantine, D. (1993). "Changing of the Guards." Sunday Herald Sun. 4 July.
  • Chester, R (1992). "Australia's First Privately Run Jail Locks in Rising Profits." Courier Mail. 8 June.
  • (2007). "Jail operators lock in deals." Courier Mail. 5 September.

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