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Acmena Youth Justice Centre

Acmena Youth Justice Centre is located in ​​South Grafton, with a capacity for 45 young people. The c​entre was opened in September 1999, and accommodates male detainees, mainly from the far North Coast, Mid North Coast and New England areas, who are on control orders or remanded in custody. The centre offers a range of health, educational and spiritual services to the young people, including individual case management, specialised counselling, and training in job and living skills.

Lot 57 Swallow Road
Grafton NSW 2460
PO Box 542
South Grafton NSW 2460
Phone: (02) 6643 0000
Facsimile: (02) 6643 0019

How to get there

Public Transport:

Take a train or bus to Grafton Railway Station. The centre is a short taxi ride or a long walk (4km) from the Railway Station. There are no local bus services to drop visitors to the centre.

Private Transport:

The centre is located off Tyson Street, South Grafton. Take the Pacific Highway,turning at the ‘West Trak’ Business’ exit, then left into Swallow Road.

Visitor Information

Bookings: The centre prefers visitors to book a minimum of two days in advance. To book, phone (02) 6643 0000 between 10:00am-4:30pm (seven days a week). Legal visits do not require bookings.

Visit times: Thurs: 3:15pm-4:45pm; Sat and Sun: 1:45pm-3:45pm; Wed: Legal Aid Solicitors only.


The Department of Education operates a school at the centre, so that young offenders can continue their studies while at the centre and learn skills to help them re-enter education, training or the workforce when they leave custody.


Justice Health provides registered nurses for general healthcare, arranges visits from local General Practitioners to provide medical assessments and treatment, and consultant psychiatrists for professional assessment and treatment of young people as required. The Centre em​ploys an Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor to assist young offenders in dealing with their drug and alcohol problems, and a Psychologist who provides assessment, counselling and group work.

Religious Services

The Centre has a Chaplain who provides religious and spiritual support to young people incustody. The Centre can also arrange for young people from non-Christian faiths, including Islam and Buddhism, to receive religious support and counselling​.