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South Coast Correctional Centre

The South Coast Correctional Centre commenced operation on the 10th of December 2010 to accommodate 600 offenders, classified and on remand.

The Centre provides 395 maximum and medium security male beds and 154 minimum security male beds.

The Centre will cater primarily to inmates from the South Coast, between Helensburgh and the Victorian border, and is located in South Nowra, 7km from the Nowra CBD.


55 The Links Road (via Oxford Street)
Nowra Hill NSW 2541

Phone: (02) 4424 6000
Fax: (02) 4424 6099

Postal Address:

PO Box 538
Nowra NSW 2541

How to Get There

The Centre is located approximately 168km south of Sydney, 86km south of Wollongong, 115km north of Batemans Bay and 206km north west of Canberra.

Public Transport

CityRail Trains- 131 500

The nearest railway station (Bomaderry) is located 10km north of the centre. Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables

Nowra Coaches - 02 4423 5244

Pick up and drop off to the Centre is available by request when making visitor bookings.

Nowra Taxi Service- 4421 0333

Private Transport

From the North

Heading south along the Princes Highway, you will cross the bridge at the Shoalhaven River. Continue along the Princes Highway to South Nowra. Turn right at the roundabout after the Bunnings store, onto Central Avenue. Take the first left after the Good Guys store, onto Oxford Street. The roundabout and entrance to the Centre meets The Links Road.

From the South

Heading north along the Princes Highway, you will pass signs to Jervis Bay. Continue along the Princes Highway to South Nowra. Turn left at the first roundabout, onto Central Avenue. Take the first left after the Good Guys store, onto Oxford Street. The roundabout and entrance to the Centre meets The Links Road.

Visitor car parking is available.

Visitor Information

Inmates are able to have one visit per week, allowing a maximum of 4 adult visitors (17 years+) and a manageable number of children.


All visits must be pre booked. Details must be provided for every person attending the visit, including children. Bookings may be made by telephoning (02) 4424 6075.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • 9am and 3pm

Visit times:

Saturday and Sunday

  • 9am - 3pm


  • Bring a $2 coin for locker hire.
  • Each visit group is permitted to bring up to $30 in coins, for use in snack vending machines.
  • Enclosed footwear must be worn (no open-toes or heels). Any person (including children) wearing open shoes will be refused entry.
  • Appropriate clothing must be worn- nothing midriff, low-cut, backless, sleeveless, strapless or short.
  • All jewellery must be removed, including ear and body piercings (with the exception of wedding bands).
  • All visitors will be subject to a search by a metal detector.
  • Any necessary medications will require a medical certificate.
  • Metal implants will need to be supported by a medical certificate.
  • Use of toilets is prohibited in the visits area, unless a medical certificate is provided stating necessity.
  • No hooded jumpers/jackets, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs or sunglasses.
  • No photos, letters, magazines, cigarettes, cameras, mobile phones, pets, alcohol, drugs, syringes, weapons, blankets, folding money, food or drink to be taken into the centre. 
  • No item of clothing is to be removed in the visits area.
  • No offensive or sexual behaviour is allowed.
  • Failure to comply with any direction may result in your visit being denied.

Money and Property Information

Visitors may deposit up to $400 per calendar month into an inmate’s account. Cash is accepted at the visits counter between 9am and 3pm, 7 days a week. If you are not attending a visit on a weekend, the recommended time is between 1:30pm and 3pm. No change is kept on the premises. Alternatively, money orders may be posted. Both methods require the inmate's name and MIN, and the remitter's name, VIN and address to be provided.

Visitors can leave 5 pairs of socks and 5 pairs of jocks for inmates at the visits counter. This property must be new and in unopened packaging. No boxer shorts, singlets, shirts etc. will be accepted.

Legal Visits

Legal practitioners may visit Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm. Notice of intention to visit must be forwarded on letterhead to the Manager of Security at least forty eight hours in advance. Fax to 4424 6109.

The following requirements are required on arrival at the South Coast Correctional Centre:

  • Current Law Society Identification Card
  • Written confirmation of appointment

Offender Services and Programs

The Offender Services and Programs Team will offer a range of programs and services designed to reduce recidivism and to improve offender motivation to participate in offence-related, transitional and resettlement programs. The common objective is to promote the Throughcare model to meet best practice standards in delivery of services and programs

The Team comprises of the MOSP, Services and Programs Officers, Classification and Case Management Coordinators, Psychologists, Education staff , Program Facilitators and Probation and Parole, who will focus on an integrated approach to programs and services, to contribute to effective correctional centre management by providing offenders with the opportunity to reduce the risk of reoffending.

The Centre will offer a range of Compendium Programs as well as VOTP programs for both male and female offenders. In 2012, a Sex Offender Program for women will also be available for women assessed as suitable to participate.


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.


The Centre is a working gaol and offers a variety of employment and vocational training opportunities.

Sector 1 – Men’s Maximum
Furniture, PSBU – Bumpers, Packing & Assembly

Internal Ground Maintenance, Hygiene Operations

Sector 2 – Women’s
Telemarketing, Buy-up operations, Warehousing / Stores

Internal Ground Maintenance, Hygiene Operations

Sector 3 – Men’s Minimum
Engineering, Internal Ground Maintenance Hygiene Operations (C1, C2 & C3 inmates)

Laundry, Food Services, External Ground Maintenance, Community Projects (C2 & C3 inmates)

Mobile Outreach Program (C3 inmates)