Community groups have raised concerns about the conditions for women inside Canberra's jail.

The Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) was built as Australia's first human rights compliant prison, but advocacy groups say most of the programs at the AMC are geared towards men, who make up the majority of the prison population.

Marcia Williams from the Women's Centre for Health Matters says there is a lack of education and work opportunities for women.

She says women even have trouble accessing basic services like health care.

"From my perspective I think it was ill conceived to actually have a women's prison inside a men's prison," Ms Williams said.

The ACT Council of Social Service's Susan Helyar says the needs and rights of female detainees are not being met.

"Things around substance abuse and mental health and general physical health, it can be quite hard to get the full range of programs that are available to men," she said.

The ACT Human Right's Commission is auditing the treatment of female detainees at Canberra's jail.

The report is due by the end of the year.


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