Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre is located in Wacol, Queensland, 20 kilometres south-west of Brisbane.
Arthur Gorrie has been continually managed by GEO on behalf of Queensland Corrective Services since opening in 1992. It is Queensland’s largest correctional centre.
Arthur Gorrie's primary role is to safely and securely house over 1000 adult male remand prisoners for the period leading up to, and during, their trial. As a consequence, a high number of prisoners move into and out of Arthur Gorrie every day, and the average length of stay can be very short.
The team at Arthur Gorrie have had great success in motivating and encouraging prisoners to participate in education, community, and health improvement programs, despite the fact that remand prisoners are not obliged to participate in any prison activities.
General Manager's Message
"Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre is committed to providing Better Corrections and contributing to Safer Communities by focusing on a safe and secure environment that is responsive to all key stakeholders' needs.
The rehabilitation of prisoners prior to release, and effective reintegration of prisoners contributes to the safety of the wider community; this priority is “Better Corrections”.
In recent times, Arthur Gorrie has been recognised by the Queensland Government for its environmental programs and its innovative prisoner support programs.
Arthur Gorrie has established strong community partnerships. Some of the organisations with which we are actively involved include the RSPCA, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia Zoo, Carleton Industries and Goodna Special School."
Troy Ittensohn, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre General Manager
An inspiring partnership with the RSPCA sees prisoners caring for dogs whose health or behaviour has made them hard to place with families. Prisoners train these dogs resulting in a greater chance of them being adopted, whilst the prisoners benefit from the trust and responsibility placed in them.
Arthur Gorrie’s award-winning Mental Health First Aid Training program trains prisoners as well as staff to identify and report the early signs of suicide or self-harm in their fellow prisoners.
Arthur Gorrie has a contractual target to engage prisoners in purposeful activities. This is a challenge as remand prisoners must volunteer for these activities and prisoners generally stay in Arthur Gorrie for very short periods. By using innovative programs, and individual case management, Arthur Gorrie achieves class-leading levels of purposeful activity.
Arthur Gorrie performs well against key correctional indicators.
Arthur Gorrie’s high-profile early-intervention schools program helps divert Queensland teenagers from offending by highlighting the impact of a criminal record on a person’s life and future prospects.