Villawood Redevelopment Project

Upgrade of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre

The Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney is undergoing a major upgrade.

The Australian Government has committed $204 million to the project which is managed by the Department of Finance on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

The redeveloped centre includes improved processing areas, visitor meeting spaces, and detainee amenities.

Input from stakeholders, staff, people held in detention, visitors and local residents was incorporated into the centre’s design. The design, including landscaping, is intended to improve the look of the centre for the local community and for the people in detention without compromising security.

The design

Master plan for Villawood Immigration Detention Facility

Please click here for a high resolution version of the masterplan.

Key features:

  • The new entry is located away from residential areas.
  • Administration building with staff offices, interview and meeting rooms.
  • Health facilities.
  • State of the art security system with low level lighting to reduce light spill on residential areas.
  • Purpose-built accommodation no more than two storeys high.
  • Landscaping will act to integrate the centre’s buildings and perimeter.
  • Preservation and restoration of heritage buildings will be undertaken.


The first stage of construction was opened in May 2014. Stage 2 of construction was completed in October 2015. Stage 3 is being redesigned to deliver higher security accommodation and is due for completion in 2019.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.

Centre entrance

The redeveloped Villawood Immigration Detention Centre opened in May 2014.  The new entrance to the centre is from Birmingham Avenue.

The Blaxland Centre entrance has not changed, and is via Birmingham Avenue.

Read more about the new visitor access arrangements that started in May 2014.

Concept drawing recreational building

Concept drawing recreational building

Concept drawing aerial view of redevelopment

Concept drawing aerial view of redevelopment