On 28 October 2021, Hon. Shannon Fentiman MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence introduced the Inspector of Detention Services Bill 2021 into the Queensland Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to promote the improvement of services that provide for the detention of people (including children and young people who are detained on remand or sentence) and the places in which their detention occurs. The Bill focuses on promoting and upholding the humane treatment of those who are detained, including the conditions of their detention, and preventing them from being subjected to harm, including torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. The Bill provides for the creation of an independent Inspector role over adult correctional services, youth detention centres and police watchhouses.
The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration. The committee was required to table its report by 21 January 2022.