Keelong Remand Centre was established at Unanderra by the Department of Youth and Community Services in 1978. It was a remand home for boys who were defined as delinquent and was usually for first offenders. In 1990 the Department of Juvenile Justice took responsibility for Keelong, which became Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre.
According to the notes attached to a collection of images owned by the State Library, Keelong Remand Centre was opened by the Minister in August 1978.
In 1991 the New South Wales Ombudsman, David Landa, presented a report to the Parliament regarding the case of a boy who alleged he had been brutalised at the Mt Penang Detention Centre in 1989. The boy had been moved from Keelong, and stated to the Ombudsman that he preferred the regime there, which was much gentler than that at Mt Penang. Landa reported that Keelong was for first offenders and boys needing support, and that it was a much more appropriate place for the boy in question.
1978 - 1990 Keelong Remand Centre
1990 - 2009 Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre
Sources used to compile this entry: Landa, D.E., Ombudsman, Report to Parliament Under Section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974: Concerning the failure of the former Department of Family and Community Services to issue instructions to superintendent and staff on the requirements of the Children (Detention Centres) Act and its regulations, in terms of minor and serious misbehaviour and in particular instructions on dealing with assaults on detainees by detainees, 2 December 1991; Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra [Image], Date: 6 August 1978; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 23 March 2011, Last modified: 6 December 2013