Help develop standards

Help develop standards for detention inspection

We are starting the process of preparing standards for inspections of place of detention.

Published standards will help to guide the inspection process and inform all stakeholders about expectations. When we carry out inspections, we will use these standards to assess the detention services. Standards will help us to improve the treatment and conditions of people detained.

We are now seeking feedback to help us prepare standards for inspection of:

  • youth detention centres
  • prisons.

About preparing and publishing standards

Standards will help us achieve the purpose of the Inspector of Detention Services Act 2022:

The main purpose of this Act is to promote the improvement of detention services and places of detention with a focus on—
a. promoting and upholding the humane treatment of detainees, including humane conditions of their detention; and
b. preventing detainees from being subjected to harm, including torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

As a starting point in developing Queensland standards, we will use existing standards from other independent inspectorates. Key standards are:

We are seeking the views of stakeholders to help us develop the standards. A stakeholder is any individual, group or organization that is impacted by the Act. We welcome feedback from anyone with experience of detention services.

We acknowledge the standards are lengthy. Stakeholders are welcome to focus on specific sections or provide feedback on specific issues they believe the standards should address.

It is requirement of the IDS Act (s 8(1)(d)), that we develop and publish standards.

Privacy and confidentiality

Feedback submissions will not be published on the Queensland Ombudsman’s website. However, all submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) or the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). Access applications for feedback submissions will be determined in accordance with the RTI or IP Acts.

All personal information you provide is handled in accordance with the IP Act. More information on how this Office manages personal information can be found at

Have your say

Please email comments about inspection standards to by 24 March 2023. 

Last updated: Friday, 24 February 2023 9:43:24 AM