Ontoit has extensive experience delivering prisons, courts, remand centres, reintegration facilities and emergency services infrastructure projects for a range of corrective services and statutory agencies.

Across the justice sector we have provided strategic advice, procured and managed capital works projects and delivered asset programs through the provision of technical and commercial advisory services.

Our teams remain current with government policy and have been instrumental delivering innovative solutions for court facility design and multi-jurisdictional facilities.

We have experience with various management models, stakeholder and community expectations and we understand the complexities associated with live operating environments.

Our solutions for modular construction of custodial facilities have been incorporated into multiple live projects. We have extensive technical and commercial expertise that has been utilised to enable justice agencies across several states to successfully deliver high value, high risk projects under managing contractor and PPP procurement approaches.

Our team of experts have advised, planned and delivered numerous projects across metropolitan and regional Australia. As an experienced delivery partner we understand the unique requirements working in the justice sector, such as the operational impacts of daily operations, security requirements, reforms in custodial management models, special design requirements and the interactions between multiple government agencies and external stakeholders.

We work in partnership with government agencies and private clients to ensure the projects we deliver are functional, safe, secure and sustainable.


We offer specialised advisory services tailored to the requirements of the sector including:

  • implementation of procurement strategies
  • technical, strategic and commercial advisory services
  • having acted as Gateway leaders and reviewers
  • managing diverse asset portfolios for justice precincts
  • providing reliability based investigations
  • preventative maintenance schedules
  • identifying asset reliability improvements

Dr Mano Nugapitiya

Mano is a qualified project specialist with a strong background in asset management, facility management and operations.

Mano delivers a whole of life asset approach to projects which he has demonstrated over more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. He has extensive experience planning and delivering large scale projects in social and economic infrastructure, predominantly in the public sector.

Specialising in the front end of projects, Mano ensures programs are aligned to organisation business strategies. His specialist skills also includes due diligence, technical leadership, business cases and transaction management.

Lindel James

Lindel is an industry leading infrastructure and government contracting advisor with extensive public and private sector experience gained in professional services and PPPs.

Lindel has advised on a wide range of iconic projects in the housing, health, justice, education, rail, roads and defence sectors. Her expertise includes project leadership, commercial structuring and negotiations, performance regime design, financial analysis and advice on contract implementation, including refinancings and modifications.

Lindel is also experienced in financial structuring, infrastructure procurement, business case development, procurement strategies and managing infrastructure and government services projects.

Ian Corbett

Ian is a highly educated and skilled project specialist who has an extensive background in effectively formulating and delivering major capital works projects. Recognised as an industry leader Ian has a strong background in program and procurement management and is known for his ability to achieve successful project outcomes.

Operating across social and economic infrastructure projects, Ian has amassed considerable experience in commercial advisory, planning, delivery strategies, transaction advisory and transaction closure services for the public sector under all types of delivery models including PPP’s on major transaction projects.

Ian’s ability to build and lead high performing teams coupled with his blend of industry expertise, understanding of the project life cycle and his technical skills benefits the clients and stakeholders he works with.

Ash Ellawala

Ash uses his broad range of technical skills in the planning and execution of large-scale programs on multifaceted projects. With extensive experience in superintendency, project, and program management across all stages of the project lifecycle, Ash delivers outcomes for public and private sector clients.

Working on a wide range of high-risk and complex projects in sectors such as justice, sport, education, transport, property and environmental projects, Ash is responsible for planning, procurement, dispute resolution, risk management, stakeholder management, design management, contract administration, and construction delivery.

Ash’s methodical approach, breadth of industry experience, coupled with his engineering background provides him with an intimate knowledge of the factors required for successful project delivery.