Darwin Correctional Centre

The Darwin Correctional Centre replaced the Berrimah Correctional Centre as the main facility for adult prisoners in the Top End.

It has 1048 beds for both male and female of all security ratings.

The facility has been designed to give prisoners the best chance of rehabilitation and reintegration through education and employment programs.


The centre includes the Complex Behaviour Unit, and a Pre-Release Work village.

Complex Behaviour Unit

The unit accommodates:

  • male and female offenders with mental health and behavioural needs
  • prisoners placed on custodial supervision orders who have been found unfit to plead or are not guilty of an indictable offence due to mental impairment
  • other prisoners who are mentally ill or have complex mental health and behavioural needs.

The Pre-Release Work Village

Prisoners work in fulltime employment during the day, and participate in structured education and development programs back at the centre in the evening. The village provides real life experiences in the workforce.

Prisoners can also develop skills in trade and employment through the Sentenced to a Job program.

Find out more information on Sentenced to a Job by going to employing prisoners in your business.


Go to visit a prisoner to find out more information on visiting times, rules and how to book a visit.

Biometric security system

You will be asked to give your finger prints and an eye scan on arrival.

Find out more about fingerprint and eye scanning.

How to get there

The Darwin Correctional Centre is located on Willard Road (off Gunn Point Road), Holtze (Howard Springs) approximately 30 kilometres from Darwin.

There is no public transport to the Darwin Correctional Centre. You must use your own transport or catch a taxi.

Contact details

GPO Box 1066
Howard Springs NT 0835
325 Willard Road, Holtze
Howard Springs NT 0829
Phone: (08) 8901 4141
Fax: (08) 8922 0108

Information hotline

If you have any information that may be of interest to the Darwin Correctional Centre you can call 1800 682 377 and either speak to someone or leave an anonymous message.

Last updated: 25 July 2018