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We manage the Official Visitor Program in accordance with the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 and the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987
Official Visitors are independent community members who come from a range of backgrounds.
They visit adult and youth custodial centres to:
Official Visitors also submit reports which assist us to identify broader issues within the custodial environment.
In 2017 we comenced a Review of the Adminstration of the Official Visitor Program. The Review included looking at relevant legislation and polices, other Official Visitor Programs operating in Australia, a data analysis of population trends, and consultation with Official Visitors, Corrective Services NSW, Youth Justice NSW, and the relevant Ministers.
Review of the Adminstration of the Official Visitor Program (PDF, 698.3 KB)
Inmates and young people can talk to an Official Visitor confidentially when they visit a centre. An Official Visitor will normally attend an adult or youth custodial centre either fortnightly or monthly. In-person visits have been reduced at times due to COVID-19.
Inmates and young people can confidentially write to:
The Inspector of Custodial Services
Official Visitor Program
PO Box R1769
ROYAL EXCHANGE NSW 1225
Members of the public can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about how an Official Visitor may be able to assist someone in custody.
Official Visitors are appointed in accordance with NSW legislation.
We advertise for new Official Visitors periodically. If you would like to be considered for appointment, or would like further information about the Official Visitor Program please contact the Official Visitor Coordinator at email@example.com
The Official Visitor Program continues to operate, although necessary adjustments have been made so that Official Visitors can safely provide support to inmates and detainees.
11 May 2023
We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work and we pay respect to the Elders, past, present and future.