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New South Wales - Organisation

Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre (1990 - 2009)

Government-run, Home and Juvenile Justice Centre

Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre was located at Unanderra and run by the Department of Juvenile Justice. It was formerly the Keelong Remand Centre. The name change occurred when the remand centre was transferred from the Department of Family and Community Services to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Some of the boys remained at Keelong during the transfer. Keelong closed in 2009.


Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre was closed in 2009. In 2010 it was alleged that the decision led to overcrowding in other juvenile justice centres, and the housing of boys with serious offenders.

In 2013 the Keelong site was converted to a youth centre, run by Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets Programme.


1990 - 2009
Location - Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre was situated at Staff Road, Unanderra. Location: Unanderra



  • Boyle, Brian, The Child Welfare Schools: Recollections of these unique schools and the men and women who taught in them often under considerable difficulty, unpublished typescript, (618 pp. : ill., ports ; 32 cm), 1996. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Clennell, Andrew; Welch, Dylan, 'Crowding blamed for alleged rape at juvenile jail', The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 2009,; McIlwain, Kate, 'Keelong detention centre given new purpose', Illawarra Mercury, 23 March 2013,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry