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
Location Borallon, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°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
Status Open
Security class Medium Security / Open Campus
Capacity 492
Opened 1990; Re-opened in April 11, 2016
Closed January 2012 (2012-01)6
Managed by Serco Australia Pty Limited

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

The prison was accredited by the Correctional Education Association (CEA). It was the first facility outside the United States to achieve this distinction. Borallon had also received ISO 9001 Quality Assurance certification, becoming the second prison in Australia to receive this certification. It was the first prison in the world to be endorsed to both CEA and ISO 9000 standards.[citation needed]

Whilst the prison buildings, equipment and land are owned by the Queensland Department of Corrective Services, Borallon Correctional Centre was originally operated by Corrections Corporation of Australia, an American company that runs many correctional facilities in the U.S. It opened on 2 January 1990. In September 2007, Serco Australia won the bid to take over management at the prison.[2] The facility cost $22 million to construct.[3]

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 have 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 is Custodial Officer training which is conduct in-house at Borallon Correctional Centre. Borallon Correctional Centre employees cannot transfer to another prison nor do they receive public service benefits. Borallon Correctional Centre employees cannot wear the Department of Corrective Services Uniform.

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. The final date for visits to prisoners was on 22 January 2012.

Borallon re-opened on April 11, 2016 and it was renamed the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, Borallon will be Queensland's first dedicated training prison, with a focus on education, training and employment outcomes.

Borallon Prison has different types of cells, including 95 residential cells, 153 cells with earlier safer cell design and 244 old cells, which require major changes. The older "suicide risk" cells, with recognized "hanging points" require major changes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Borallon Correctional Centre". Department of Community Safety. 1 November 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Successful Qld prison tenderers announced". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ James, Adrian L.; A. Kieth Bottomley; Alison Liebling; Emma Clare (1997). Privatising Prisons: Rhetoric and Reality. London: Sage Publications. p. 12. ISBN 0-8039-7549-X. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

External links[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.