Wellington Correctional Centre is a minimum and maximum security institution for male and females. It is situated in the Central West, 360km north-west of Sydney and 50km south-east of Dubbo. Wellington is the reception prison for the Orana region.
PO Box 386
Wellington NSW 2820
Phone: (02) 6840 2800
How to Get There
The nearest railway station is Wellington Station on the Central Western Line, approximately 7km from the Centre. A taxi service operates from the station. Bus services also operate from Sydney and Dubbo.
Mitchell Highway: If travelling this route from south, proceed across the Macquarie River then turn right at the Mudgee turnoff. Similarly, if travelling this route from north, turn left at the Mudgee turnoff after entering the town limits. The Correctional Centre is approximately 6 km from the turn off and is well sign posted.
Bookings: Visits must be pre booked. Bookings may be made on (02) 6840 2871 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
Saturday and Sunday
9:00am - 11:45am
12:15pm - 2:45pm
Conditions: Restrictions advised to visitors when booking to come to Centre are:-
- All visitors must have a booking.
- Maximum of 4 adults and a manageable number of children per visit.
- 1 visit per day.
- Bring 1 photograph or 3 other forms of ID to be established as a visitor
- Bring a $2 coin for locker hire.
- No track tops with hoods may be worn into the Centre.
- Must not be on any order such as AVO which would prevent a person from visiting an inmate.
- Visitors may deposit up to $100 per week into an inmate's account.
Legal practitioners may visit seven days between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Notification of intention to visit must be forwarded on letterhead twenty four hours in advance.
Wellington Correctional Centre is a large industrial complex employing inmates in a wide variety of jobs that include:
- Engineering, including light fabrication;
- Packaging and Assembly;
- Food Services Unit where meals are prepared for inmates;
- Internal and External Ground Maintenance and Hygiene where inmates are involved in maintaining all the grounds and buildings;
In all business and service units inmates are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of vocational programs as part of the Work Readiness process.
Wellington Correctional Centre has a Community Projects Program which takes selected minimum security inmates to work on local projects on a daily basis in the nearby community. It also has a Mobile Outreach Program which operates as a self sufficient camp enabling minimum security inmates to undertake community projects within a 500 km radius of the Centre.
Accredited courses, with nationally recognised qualifications, are made available to inmates at each correctional centre.
The Adult Education and Vocational Training Institute (AEVTI) provides literacy, numeracy and communications courses in all centres. Many centres also offer vocational courses such as Information Technology, Horticulture, Construction, Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft.
AEVTI contracts TAFE NSW and other providers to deliver courses in a range of vocational areas such as Hospitality, Business Skills, Building, Cleaning, Transport, Aboriginal Studies, Horticulture and various WorkCover licenses.
AEVTI also co-ordinates traineeships and offers support for distance education.
Each centre has a library giving inmates access to a range of fiction, non-fiction and reference books. Inmates can also login to a secure internal network called the Inmate Legal Portal which gives them access to material of a legal nature.
For more information regarding these programs visit the AEVTI WebPage.
Wellington Correctional Centre has a wide range of programs to assist inmates to address offending behaviour. Programs may address issues such as addictive behaviour, alcohol and other drugs, anger management, life skills, domestic violence and parenting skills. The following programs are currently available at the Centre:
- Getting SMART
- Think First
- Life Management
- Domestic Abuse for Men
- Best Bet
- Out of the dark (DV for Women)
- Personal Effectiveness program
- Health Survival
- Mothering at a Distance
- Seasons of Growth
The Centre also partners with external agencies such as Barnardos to deliver programs to address specific needs.
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