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Ravenhall Prison Project

Ravenhall Prison birds eye map

A new medium security men’s prison is being built at Ravenhall, in Melbourne’s west, to accommodate 1,000 prisoners.

The new prison will be adjacent to the Metropolitan Remand Centre and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre on vacant government-owned land.

The Ravenhall Prison Project is being delivered as a full service public private partnership (PPP), with the GEO Consortium being responsible for the design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the facility over 25 years.

GEO Consortium was selected to deliver the project following a comprehensive tender process. Key GEO Consortium members are GEO Group Australia, John Holland Group, Honeywell and Capella Capital.

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as Forensicare, will provide forensic mental health services at the prison, and health services will be delivered by Correct Care Australasia (formerly GEO Care).

Key alliance partners, including Kangan Institute, YMCA, The Gathering Place and Melbourne City Mission, will deliver programs and services both in custody and post-release in the community .

Major features of the project include:

  • built capacity for 1,300 prisoners to meet possible future demand
  • a 75-bed mental health unit, together with forensic mental health services for approximately 100 other prisoners on an outpatient basis
  • plans for service providers to continue to engage prisoners after release to further reduce their risk of reoffending
  • incentive payments for reducing reoffending across the prisoner population
  • flexible prison design allowing future changes to cater for prisoners with different needs.

Construction commenced in February 2015 and is expected to be completed in late 2017.

A Project Summary provides an overview of the project and its contractual and commercial aspects.

Ravenhall aerial view
Artist's impression of the new prison

Entrance to the new prison

Community information

In 2013, the Department of Justice and Regulation, in conjunction with the Ravenhall Prison Project Community Advisory Group (CAG), invited interested individuals, businesses and community groups to attend information sessions on the proposed men's prison at Ravenhall. The CAG, which includes representatives from the cities of Melton and Brimbank as well as the local community, provides input on local matters relating to the development.


Further information

Ravenhall Prison Project brochure

Project Summary

Fact sheet: The Project

Fact sheet: Environment and Heritage

Fact sheet: The Site

Fact sheet: Transport

Annual Report Year 1 - Compliance with EPBC 2013/6778 Conditions


For further information or to obtain a copy of information in languages other than English, please email or phone (03) 8684 8300.

Ravenhall Prison Project Newsletter

For the most up-to-date information about the project, read the Ravenhall Prison Project Newsletter or subscribe to the newsletter by emailing

Ravenhall Prison Project Newsletters

Industry information 

Those interested in business opportunities associated with the project may register their details on the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway, link).  ICN is an independent organisation financially supported by Australian, New Zealand, state and territory governments.

Information is also available on the Partnerships Victoria website (External link).

Ravenhall Prison

  • Street address 97 Riding Boundary Road
    Ravenhall VIC 3023