The Victorian Government is building a new maximum security prison of at least 700 beds in Lara in the vicinity of the existing Lara Prison Precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

Providing a new maximum-security facility is an essential part of the Government’s commitment to improving community safety.

The Lara Prison Precinct expansion is a part of ongoing planning to ensure the prison system is safe, secure and well-equipped to meet demand.

The Victorian Government is committed to keeping the community informed about the planning and construction this new prison.

This site will be the central hub for information and updates as the project progresses.

Corrections in Victoria

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the new maximum security prison be called?

The working name for the build of the new prison is the Lara Prison Precinct Expansion Project.

Once a Community Advisory Group is established, they will provide recommendations for the name of the facility for the Minister's consideration.

Where will the new prison be located?

The new maximum security prison will be built in the Barwon South West Region in the outer-Geelong suburb of Lara, in the vicinity of the existing Lara Prison Precinct which includes Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

Land will be purchased in the coming months and the department will ensure the local community is informed as the project progresses.

What opportunity will the community have to provide their input?

A Community Advisory Group, featuring representatives of the local community, will be established to ensure local input throughout the planning and development stages.

The role of the group will be to use their local connections to share information about the project with the community and provide feedback from community members to the project team and the government.

Expressions of interest to become a member of the Community Advisory Group will open in mid-May.

What job opportunities will be available?

The new maximum security prison will create hundreds of ongoing local jobs and thousands of direct and indirect construction and related jobs.

Construction of Victoria’s new maximum security prison will support hundreds of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors.

The new correctional facility will provide opportunities for a range of businesses in the area that can supply goods and services to the centre, to construction teams and – later – to staff and visitors.

The new correctional facility will bring about hundreds of ongoing jobs to the area, with a range of roles available, including:

  • Prison officers
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Administration
  • Maintenance staff
  • Allied health professionals.

Find out more about jobs in corrections at https://www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/

Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) will be established to ensure the local community are engaged and informed on the planning and development of this vital new prison.

CAG members will be selected on the basis that they live or operate a business near the proposed site of the new prison, with strong links to the community in Lara or Geelong, an awareness of local issues, and a sound understanding of the area’s urban and natural environment.

Members will be required to attend regular CAG meetings, identify relevant issues of public interest or concern in relation to the precinct, as well as provide advice on issues raised in relation to the expansion.

The group provides locals impacted by the expansion works with a mechanism to have their concerns addressed and their voices heard.

A call for expressions of interest for membership on the CAG will be released in mid-May 2018 and will be published on this website.

If you would like to receive a notification once applications open please email prisonexpansion@justice.vic.gov.au

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