Langi Kal Kal was established by the Victorian state government in 1951. Located at Trawalla, near Beaufort, it was initially a prison for adult offenders, but it also received people under 17 years of age. Langi Kal Kal became a 'training centre' in 1958. In 1965, Langi Kal Kal became a Youth Training Centre specifically for young offenders with custodial orders. In June 1993, it became an adult prison again.
In addition to the standard Youth Training Centre Program, including community service projects and weekend camping, the Centre operated a general purpose farm on its 2700 acre property and supplied farm products to other Departmental institutions. The farm activities and other education and social programs were used to simulate community employment conditions that could provide positive, realistic experiences in the areas of skills training, education and employment.
At any one time, Langi Kal Kal housed between 50 and 120 young people. In its more than 45-year history, a total of about 5500 young people passed through.
In March 1993, when the Langi Kal Kal Youth Training Centre closed, Malmsbury became Victoria's main youth training centre for 17 to 20-year-old people.
Sources used to compile this entry: James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0367.pdf; 'Langi Kal Kal', in Finding Records, Department of Health and Human Services, State of Victoria, https://www.findingrecords.dhhs.vic.gov.au/collectionresultspage/LangiKalKal. See the 'List of records held by the department' section for information about records relating toLangi Kal Kal Youth Training Centre..
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 17 March 2009, Last modified: 25 October 2018