Contacts and Resources

Contributed by Lorana Bartels and Caroline Doyle and current to September 2020.

There are a range of services available to detainees once they are released from the AMC. Some of these services include:
  • Aboriginal Legal Service assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services. Contact (02) 6249 8800.
  • ACT Corrective Services Extended Throughcare Program is a voluntary program that aims to promote and contribute to community safety through coordinating community resources to support eligible detainees leaving the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Eligibility is determined by time in custody, and support is available for 12 months post release. Please contact 62055055, to check eligibility or access support.
  • ADACAS (the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer AdvocacyService). Contact 6242 5060 or email
  • Argyle House Ainslie Village provides accommodation to both men and women. Eligibility is income based. Contact 61626800
  • Calvary Riverina provides drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation programs to men and women. Contact (02) 69326800.
  • CatholicCare provide intensive outreach for Throughcare clients who require additional support post release. CatholicCare work with both men and women for a period of 2 or 4 weeks. Referrals via Throughcare; contact details above.
  • Directions Pathways to Recovery provides treatment and support to people impacted by alcohol, drugs and other addictions. Contact: 6132 4800 or
  • Everyman Australia provides counselling, disability support, Indigenous, early intervention and violence prevention programs and services. It also includes a program of managed accommodation for single men, with complex needs at risk of homelessness including those who are leaving custody or are involved in the criminal justice system. Contact 6230 6999. Referrals for the Managed Accommodation program via Throughcare; contact details above.
  • Karralika supports adults and their families in Canberra and surrounding regions who have range of alcohol and drug problems. Contact: 6163 0200 or
  • Lesley's Place Drug and Alcohol Residential and OutReach Service provides supported accommodation for up to three months and outreach support for women experiencing alcohol and drug problems. Contact 6241 7233 or
  • Marzenna House is a drug and alcohol service, providing alcohol and drug treatment and support in a residential setting for women. Marzenna House offers longer support before returning to the wider community. Contact 6241 7233 or
  • OneLink provides information and connections for support services in the ACT including but not limited to child youth and family services, counselling, tenancy support and emergency accommodation. Onelink accepts referrals from ACTCS to assist with finding emergency, short term or transitional accommodation for clients in the community or detainees exiting the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Onelink can refer clients to services such as Samaritan House, Minosa House, Karinya House, Toora, and EveryMan Australia. Contact 1800 176 468 or
  • Oolong House provides residential drug and alcohol treatment for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men. Contact (02) 44220644
  • Prisoners Aid offers support to detainees and their visitors. Detainees Aid assists in providing small amount of money and help detainees and their families once the detainee is released. Contact: 6257 4866 or
  • Salvation Army Canberra Recovery Services (CRS) is a residential alcohol and drug treatment service for adults operated by the Salvation Army. Contact 6295-1256 or
  • Shine for Kids provides support for children, young people and families with relatives in the criminal system. Contact: 9714 3000 or
  • Street Law assists individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing a legal service and by connecting clients with other services. Contact: 6218 7995 or
  • Tjillari Justice Aboriginal Corporation provides support for adults in the criminal justice system to break the cycle of intergenerational offending through building strong culture and strong families. Contact 0402062191
  • Toora Coming Home Program provides services to women exiting the Alexander Maconochie Centre that will reduce homelessness and recidivism. The Coming Home Program provides outreach support and manages four properties on a head lease agreement with Housing ACT. Referrals via Throughcare; contact details above
  • Wellways Detention Exit Community Outreach Program is a recovery-focused outreach program supporting people diagnosed with a mental illness, who are exiting detention, to transition back into the community. Contact 1300 111 400 or
  • Wellways runs the Detention Exit Community Outreach (DECO) program, a recovery-focused outreach program supporting people diagnosed with a mental illness, who are exiting detention, to transition back into the community. For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.
  • Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service offers a wide range of clinical and social health services and programs. Contact 6284 6222.
  • Women's Legal Centre provides legal assistance to women with a focus on family law, victims of crime, employment and discrimination. Contact: 6257 4499.
  • Worldview Foundation delivers holistic life management programs and provides employment opportunities for disadvantaged people through its group of social enterprises. Contact
  • Yeddung Mura provide case management and outreach services to Indigenous males exiting the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Yeddung Mura aim to relieve disadvantage amongst the Indigenous community by providing ‘good pathways’ to clients facing unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Contact: 1800 864 663 or

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