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The Official Visitor Scheme provides independent monitoring and evaluation of juvenile justice centres operated by Juvenile Justice. Established under the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987, the scheme ensures the protection of rights, improves advocacy and enhances other forms of assistance related to the welfare and treatment of young people in custody.
Official Visitors have the power to enter and inspect juvenile justice centres and confer privately with any person who is resident, employed or detained at that centre.
Official Visitors report to the Minister for Juvenile Justice regularly, independently of the agency. This includes formal written reports every six months on standards of care relating to detainees' security, welfare and rehabilitation. These reports detail the Official Visitor’s concerns and views about the performance of the centre in accordance with the standards set out by the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators’ Standards for Juvenile Custodial Facilities.