Legislation and standards
The Inspector of Detention Services Act 2022 (IDS Act) provides for the appointment of an Inspector of Detention Services. It also defines the role and powers of the Inspector.
Some parts of the IDS Act commenced (by Proclamation No.1) on 9 December 2022. This supported the appointment of the Inspector and provided the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman with a period to undertake establishment activities, such as hiring of staff, before commencing operations. The remaining provisions of the IDS Act commenced on 1 July 2023, as set by Proclamation No.2.
The Inspector of Detention Services Regulation 2023 also commenced on 1 July 2023
Under the IDS Act (s 8(1)(d)) we are required to develop and publish standards for inspections. The following standards are available:
Youth detention centres
We are currently preparing standards for inspections of watch-houses.