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Tamworth Correctional Centre is a medium security facility for male offenders located in the Northern Tablelands, 397km north of Sydney. It serves as a reception correctional centre for Tamworth and surrounding districts.


Cnr Dean and Johnston Street
Tamworth NSW 2340

Phone: (02) 6766 4977

How to Get There

From the New England Highway (Brisbane Street) turn onto Peel Street following the signs to Manilla. Approximately 1 km west of Brisbane Street, turn right into Dean Street (follow the Hospital signs).

The Centre is located immediately on the left past Johnston Street. Car parking facilities are available via the Dean Street entrance.

Visitor Information


Bookings are essential for all visits. Visits must be booked by phoning the Visits Booking Line - (02) 6764 5360, Monday to Friday: 9-1130am.

Before travelling for a visit, please call the correctional centre to confirm visit and visiting time.

Visit times:

Saturdays and Sundays:

  • 9am - 11am
  • 1pm - 3pm


Visitors should contact the Centre to ensure the inmate they wish to visit is currently housed there. For more information go to Information for Visitors.

Inmates can have a maximum of two visits per weekend.  Visitors may only book in for one visit at a time.  If a second visit is required visitors will need to ring back on the Thursday.

Visitors may be asked to leave on a first come, first leave basis to make room for new visitors.

Inmates must apply for extra visits.

Before travelling, visitors should book accommodation which is available in the city.

Visitors need to produce two primary forms of identification.

Legal Visits

Legal practitioners may visit seven days between 930am and 3pm. Notification of intention to visit must be given by telephoning the Centre 24hours in advance.


Tamworth Correctional Centre has an industries section that employs 20 inmates. It is also involved in community projects which employs 12 inmates, and a building maintenance program that employs 8 inmates. It also runs a furniture unit which restores school furniture and a metal fabrication operation which produces mobile cattle yards.


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.

Special Programs

The Centre employs a welfare officer and an Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor to assist inmates address relevant issues .

Community Involvement

Tamworth Correctional Centre has a high degree of involvement in environmental projects.