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Serco signs deal for Australia’s largest prison

Serco Group has signed the contract and completed financial agreements to operate the New Grafton Correctional Centre (NGCC) in New South Wales, Australia. Serco previously announced in March 2017 that it had been named preferred bidder on the project.

The international service group is part of the NorthernPathways consortium which will design, build and operate NGCC in a Public Private Partnership for the NSW Government (the State). When completed, NGCC will be the largest correctional facility in Australia.

Serco’s contract for operation is expected to commence in 2020. The estimated total contract value to Serco over a 20-year term is approximately £1.5 billion.

NGCC will consist of individual facilities holding three different categories of inmates. It will include a 1,000-bed male maximum security facility; a 300-bed female maximum security facility; and a 400-bed male minimum security facility. Both the centre itself, and the programmes that inmates will participate in, are designed with the goal of reducing reoffending and making communities safer.

The contract draws on Serco’s experience of managing correctional facilities in the UK, New Zealand and elsewhere in Australia. It will be the first time that Serco has managed a correctional facility which includes women.

Speaking about the contract award, Rupert Soames, Serco Group Chief Executive, said: “The contract award for NGCC clearly marks a further important expansion of our international Justice business, and by total contract value it also represents Serco’s largest ever contract. Serco already operates Australia’s current largest correctional facility, Acacia Prison, and at the heart of our custodial operations is the commitment to making a positive difference by safeguarding society and reducing reoffending. This contract demonstrates our strength in delivering best practice particularly in regard to rehabilitation, reintegration, education and training programmes, as well as innovation, world-class systems, recruitment and partnering.”

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