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Visitor restrictions at Queensland's youth detention centres (updated 23 July)

23 July 2021

Dear practitioners Please see the latest update from the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs about visiting arrangements for Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and West Moreton Youth Detention Centre:

  • The visitor restrictions outlined in previous notices have been eased from 6:00am today (23 July 2021) and face to face visits can resume again.
  • Queensland has declared New South Wales as a COVID-19 hotspot as of 1:00am this morning, 23 July 2021.
  • Queensland will retain a border zone—border zone residents within New South Wales may enter Queensland without an exemption or having to quarantine. These border zone residents will not be permitted to enter a Queensland youth detention centre. 

19 July 2021

Dear Practitioners,

Please see the follow up from the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs about visiting arrangements for Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and West Moreton Youth Detention Centre:

Further to the announcement on the morning of 15 July, the visitor restrictions outlined below will remain in place until 6:00am Friday, 23 July 2021.

These restrictions will be reviewed on or before 23 July 2021 and we will advise you if there are any further changes.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

28 June 2021

Dear Practitioners,

Please see the following update from the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.

The department continues to actively monitor public health alerts and advice from the Chief Health Officer regarding COVID-19 risks. I am writing to provide an update regarding the visiting arrangements for Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (BYDC) and West Moreton Youth Detention Centre (WMYDC).

Regrettably, all face to face (personal and professional) visits to young people at BYDC and WMYDC will be suspended for the time being. This decision has been made in accordance with Queensland Health advice following the detection of recent COVID-19 cases in QLD. These restrictions will be reviewed on 13 July 2021. We will advise you on this date, or earlier, if there are any further changes or easing.

I appreciate this will impact your operations and apologise for this inconvenience. BYDC and WMYDC will continue to communicate these decisions to young people’s families. Increased access to video-links and phone calls will continue to be promoted to ensure young people are able to remain in close contact with their families.

Visits to Cleveland Youth Detention Centre are not affected by these changes.

The department’s paramount priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of young people in youth detention. To ensure the youth detention centres can continue to operate with minimal disruptions, these decisions are unfortunately necessary.

Last updated 23 July 2021

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