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 coordination staff are responsible for the day-to-day care of young people in the centre.


Visit bookings are limited and should be booked well in advance.

You must provide all of the following:

  • the name of the young person you want to visit
  • the full name of every person visiting the young person
  • a contact phone number
  • the date you want to visit

You may not always be able to visit a young person. The young person or detention centre may refuse your visit.

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 to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone: 08 8922 0400

You can also email

You can visit during these times:

  • Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm
  • 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).

Dress code, identification and security protocols

You are required to wear clothing that covers your legs, shoulders and chest adequately when entering the detention centre.

You are required to wear flat, enclosed shoes. Stiletto heels are not permitted.

Adults must have valid photo identification to be permitted entry to the Centre.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult during visits. Children under 18 do not require photo identification.

Persons appearing under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have their declined or terminated.

You will go through a security screening before you are permitted entry to the detention centre.

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 9am and 4pm.

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for court and legal oriented visits only.

Urgent visits

Please communicate with the Visits Booking Officer if you require an urgent visit booking which is defined as less than 24 hours’ notice.

This will need to be considered and approved by the detention centre management team.


Tivendale Campus, Top End School of Flexible Learning, 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 coordination and specialist treatment services

The aim of case coordination is to develop a structured plan that identifies the young person’s goals while in detention and beyond.

The case coordination 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.

There is also a clinical team on-site who specialise in assessment and treatment services. Young people can access counselling, assessment, and offender-specific treatment through this team.


Young people sentenced or remanded to detention may be able to access, or to be asked to undertake individual or group programs to address their needs such as alcohol and drug misuse, respectful relationships, emotional regulation, life skills, and individual criminogenic-risk based programs.

Last updated: 01 June 2021

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