Don Dale Youth Detention Centre: Darwin

The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre is located on Tivendale Road, Berrimah in Darwin.

Males and females from across the Northern Territory (NT) are remanded or sentenced to detention at the centre.

Youth justice officers and case management staff are responsible for the day-to-day care of young people in the centre.


Family visits

If you want to visit a young person at the detention centre, you must call the detention centre at least one day before you would like to visit.

To book a visit, call between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

You can visit during these times:

  • Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm
  • and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

You must comply with the rules of detention centre. This includes not bringing items that are not allowed within the detention centre, also called prohibited items.

Read the Northern Territory Youth Detention Centre's prohibited items PDF (463.8 KB).

How to get there

You can take public transport daily from Darwin.

You can take one of the following buses - both buses stop at Tivendale Road:

  • the number 8 (from Darwin City to Palmerston)
  • or number 9 bus (Casuarina to Palmerston).

The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre is just a short walk from the Tivendale Road stop, and is on the site of the old Darwin Correctional Centre.


If you drive to the centre, parking is available on site.

For more bus services, go to public transport for bus timetables.

Professional visits

Professional visitors can visit young people from Monday to Sunday between 11am and 3pm.

You must call the detention centre 24 hours before you want to visit.


Tivendale School is located at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and provides education for the young people who have been remanded or sentenced to detention.

Programs include all of the following:

  • middle and secondary school programs
  • the NT Certificate of Education
  • VET programs
  • Senior first aid
  • Drive Safe NT - learner licence
  • music
  • art
  • road safety program
  • drugs and alcohol program
  • healthy relationships program.

Case management

The aim of case management is to develop a structured plan that identifies the detainee's goals while in detention and beyond.

The case management process includes a plan of action to deliver programs that are likely to promote crime prevention, build safer communities and address the individual psychological, social and emotional wellbeing of the detainee.


Young people sentenced or remanded to detention may be able to access, or to be asked to undertake programs including:

  • Safe Sober Strong
  • Step Up Violence Program
  • Changing Habits and Reaching Targets (CHART)
  • The Seek Education or Employment not Detention Program (SEED).

Last updated: 12 December 2017

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