Monitoring places of detention
We visit places where people are detained to check their treatment and conditions.
Places that people cannot leave at will, and we inspect, include:
- court cells
- mental health facilities
- intellectual disability facilities
- aged care facilities
- COVID-19 managed isolation and quarantine facilities
- immigration detention centres
- child care and protection residences
- youth justice residences.
The Ombudsman then makes recommendations to these places to improve the conditions of detention and detainee treatment.
We have more information about this work in multiple languages and accessible formats.
The Chief Ombudsman’s designation on 1 April 2020 as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic required him to reset his planned inspection programme. These resources provide more information about his inspections during the pandemic.
Statement of principles & inspection criteria
The Ombudsman provided agencies responsible for places of detention with a set of principles and his inspection criteria, to guide them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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