Otago Corrections Facility

Otago Corrections Facility is located near Milton in the lower South Island.

OCF was one of four new prisons that opened between 2005 and 2007. A highly secure perimeter fence encloses a large open space containing a range of separate buildings for accommodation and services.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 417 9300

Postal address:
Private Bag 2000
Balclutha 9240

Physical address:
62 Narrowdale Rd
Milburn
Otago 9291

General information

Prisoner capacity: 485
Types of prisoners: Low to high-medium security men
Year established: 2007

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Carpentry Training Workshop 16

The workshop based Carpentry training programmes provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects of introductory carpentry and construction to develop the skills,
knowledge, and attitudes to enter the construction industry. The main course project is the construction of a partial or complete house.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trade Skills Level 2
  • Certificate in Carpentry Level 3
Engineering Training Courses 10

The Engineering Training workshop is embedded with the commercial workshop and provides an intensive introductory course in Mechanical Engineering trades to prepare learners for employment in engineering both in the real world or in the adjacent Engineering Employment activity and as an engineer in the Concrete Workshop.

  • Provides a pathway into: Engineering employment

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Basic Engineering Trade Skills Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Welding Level 3
Hospitality Training Kitchen 10

The Hospitality Training prepares learners for a range of roles supporting employment in commercial catering. Learners develop their knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for Commercial Catering and hospitality.

  • Provides a pathway into: Kitchens and Catering employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Hospitality Level 2

Offender employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen 33 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 10 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoner’s process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
Grounds
Maintenance
19 Grounds Maintenance work parties maintain and beautify Corrections land assets through cleaning, mowing, trimming, planting and maintaining gardens. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 (and above).
Engineering 24 Mechanical Engineering workshop providing engineering services and products for internal and external contracts. Prisoners employed in this activity are employed to fabricate, machine, cut, weld varying grades of steel to produce engineering solutions. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2 (and above).
Farming 28 The OCF Farm is a 130 Hectare dairy farm supporting 400 cows and producing 130,000 KG of milk solids annually. Prisoners employed in this activity experience a range of general and dairy specific farming roles. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Agriculture Level 2 (and above).
Contract Work Parties 22 Contract Work Parties provide a range of services to local government, councils, charities, and iwi to support community engagement projects through providing skilled and unskilled labour to construction, forestry, planting, cleaning, and other projects. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job health and safety.