We might not often consider it, but infrastructure plays a vital role in keeping Victorians safe.

Our police, emergency services, legal and correctional systems – the people delivering our critical justice and community safety services – all rely on infrastructure to do their work.

This important work relies on infrastructure that is well designed, fit-for-purpose and technologically capable.

The Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA) works with a range of partners in design and construction to deliver Victoria’s new prisons, youth justice centres and court and custody facilities, in addition to emergency services facilities and public safety features, on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS).

We also modernise, expand and upgrade existing infrastructure within the corrections, youth justice and emergency services portfolios.

In 2020-2021 CSBA is leading 47 projects with a combined approved budget of $3.4 billion. These projects involved more than 600,000 hours of contractor work on our sites. 

$3.4 billion



Active projects


Contractor hours

Our year in review

In June 2020, CSBA marked the end of its first year in operation. Download the CSBA Year in Review for an overview of CSBA’s activities and achievements in 2019-20.


In 2020-21, CSBA has 47 active projects underway across Victoria:

Project list
Title Description Location Type Status
Emu Creek Homestead Residential Facility Upgrades to facility and accommodation buildings Beaufort Correctional Under construction
Barwon Prison capital works Upgrade to gatehouse, kitchen and accommodation units Lara Correctional Under construction
Cherry Creek Youth Justice Centre New Youth Justice centre Werribee Youth Justice Under construction
Chisholm Road Prison New maximum security prison Lara Correctional Under construction
Corella Place hardening Security upgrades at Ararat Prison Ararat Correctional Completed October 2020
Dame Phyllis Frost Centre upgrade New prison services, telecourt and accommodation areas Ravenhall Correctional Under construction
Maidstone community residential facility Temporary residential facility established in response to COVID-19 Maidstone General Completed May 2020
Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre upgrade Accommodation and security upgrades Malmsbury Youth Justice Completed November 2020
Melbourne Protective Security Enhancements Installation of concrete block, barriers and anti-vehicle bollards Melbourne CBD Public Safety Completed April 2021
Port Phillip Prison medical expansion Medical unit expansion at Port Phillip Prison Truganina Correctional Completed May 2020
Prison Infill Expansion Program Capacity expansion at multiple prison sites Multiple locations Correctional Under construction
Victorian State Emergency Service headquarters Facility upgrade and refurbishment Melbourne CBD General Finalising procurement
West Melbourne court and custody complex New court and custody complex West Melbourne Courthouse Design and planning phase

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How we work

CSBA has a highly skilled workforce of experienced professionals from across the public and private sectors, including specialists in community safety infrastructure, project management, engineering, cost management, commercial management, planning and design.

As well as keeping the community safe, our projects are constructed in a way that maximises benefit to the Victorian community by creating jobs and providing opportunities for apprentices, trainees, cadets, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, disadvantaged Victorians and people with a disability.

An essential part of our work is consulting with Traditional Owners, local councils, local community members and other key stakeholders across the Victorian Government.

We support three Ministers across five portfolios and have projects across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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Jobs created across major projects


Community Advisory Group meetings held


Work hours allocated to apprentices, trainees & cadets