Cherry Creek Youth Justice Centre

Kangaroo Drive, Cherry Creek

Construction of Victoria’s new youth justice centre will support thousands of jobs across the steel, manufacturing, construction, engineering and other sectors.

The new facility will provide opportunities for a range of businesses in the area that can supply goods and services to the centre, to construction teams and – later – to staff and visitors.

More than 250 ongoing jobs will be created to operate the facility when it opens in 2022, with roles including youth justice custodial officers, psychologists, teachers, health workers and administrative and maintenance staff.

Local jobs and content

The project has been determined a ‘Strategic Project’ under the Local Jobs First Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP). This means the State will require the private sector to meet minimum local content targets, that is, content from Victoria, Australia and New Zealand.

Having a local-content target is designed to ensure that major projects maximise benefit to local manufacturers and suppliers.

The project is expected to achieve at least 90 per cent local content and will maximise the use of locally milled steel.

Careers in Youth Justice

The new youth justice centre will create more than 250 ongoing jobs in the wider Werribee area.

This will include a range of roles available such as custodial, administration, psychologists, teachers, cleaners, gardeners and facility managers.


Jobs on-site during construction phase


Local content used during construction


Total work hours allocated to apprentices, trainees & cadets

Registering an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Bidders for Strategic Projects such as the new youth justice centre are required to work with the Industry Capability Network (ICN), which acts as a central point of contact between government and local industry, to develop a Local Industry Development Plan. The key purpose of this plan is for bidders to give genuine consideration to engaging local suppliers.

Organisations and individuals who are interested in work on the project can register with the ICN. Local service providers are also encouraged to register to express their interest.

Under the Skills Guarantee, the principal contractors awarded contracts for construction, building, infrastructure and civil engineering which have a pre-tender estimated value at or over $20min must utilise Victorian registered apprentices, Victorian registered trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the project’s total estimated labour hours.

An Aboriginal Employment target of four per cent based on the work’s total estimate labour hours will apply to the project.

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Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) including local residents, stakeholders and councillors from the City of Wyndham is helping to guide the development of the new youth justice centre and keep the local community informed as the project progresses.


Victoria’s new youth justice centre is being built west of Werribee, in the vicinity of Cherry Creek. The site is approximately 11km from the Werribee train station and 1.5km north east of where Little River Road joins the Princes Freeway.