Official Visitors are drawn from the community and are appointed by QCS pursuant to the Corrective Services Act 2006. The Official Visitor Scheme plays an important role in the Queensland corrections system by ensuring a regular, easily accessible, independent program of visitation to assist prisoners to manage and resolve their complaints. As community representatives Official Visitors provide a further mechanism for ensuring that administrative decisions made within corrective services facilities are fair and accountable.
The Office of the Chief Inspector is responsible for appointing Official Visitors and coordinating the scheme. The role of the State Coordinator Official Visitors is to directly liaise with and support the Official Visitors in their role and functions.
The Official Visitors report directly to the Chief Inspector on the outcome of investigations and other issues relating to the discharge of the position. These reports assist the Chief Inspector to identify systemic issues; inform the annual inspection program; and to initiate remedial action where necessary.
An Official Visitor must act independently of, but collaboratively with, Centre Management and staff. They also have a responsibility for reviewing certain orders under the Corrective Services Act (Safety Orders s.53 CSA; Maximum Security Orders s.60 CSA).
To contact an Official Visitor telephone Ms Nick Meakins, State Coordinator, Official Visitors on 32396517.
Last updated: 14 October 2010