The infrastructure upgrade at Adelaide Women’s Prison was officially opened this week by Minister for Correctional Services Vincent Tarzia and Chief Executive David Brown.

The $50 million infrastructure project has transformed AWP into a sustainable and modern prison that target the specific needs of women under DCS custody and their rehabilitation.

The new infrastructure includes fit-for-purpose accommodations units, which created an additional 80 beds to Adelaide Women’s Prison that houses 252 women.

The upgrade includes a Programs and Education building and a new Health Centre that emulates a community medical clinic.

Key principles of the upgrade were therapeutic design and normalised environment that balance security with accommodation that provides care, treatment and is culturally responsive.

The official opening was also attended by Member for Florey Frances Bedford and Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention, who also sits on the Ministerial Working Group for the Women’s Action Plan.

This infrastructure project is the first time women in custody carried out construction works for a prison while gaining building qualifications, thanks to a partnership with TAFE SA.

The Department thank Mossop Construction + Interiors and Totalspace Design for their work towards the AWP redevelopment.

The next stage of the development is a modern reception and visits centre that elevates the visits experience for families visiting the men and women at AWP and Adelaide Pre-Release Centre.

The Department also acknowledges the efforts of current and former staff and leaders at AWP for working during the construction period without incident.

For more images of the new build, watch the video on our LinkedIn page.