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Independent Visitor Program

We organise independent volunteers to visit Victoria's youth justice centres.


About the program

Our Independent Visitor Program involves monthly visits by independent volunteer visitors to Victoria's youth justice centres.

Independent visitors play an important role in assisting children and young people in custody, including:

  • providing information and assistance 
  • monitoring their safety and wellbeing 
  • promoting their rights and interests.

What independent visitors do

Independent visitors can enter centres and talk to any child or young person in custody. They can observe the general routines of the centre and talk to staff about services being provided to children and young people. 

After each visit, they meet with the centre's general manager to talk about their observations and discussions. Independent visitors provide a written report to the Principal Commissioner seven days after each visit.

This information helps inform us about services to children and young people in youth justice centres

Calling for volunteers from Aboriginal and African communities

The Commission is looking for volunteers from Aboriginal and African communities to join its Independent Visitor Program in youth justice centres. Visitors play an important role in independent monitoring and assistance of young people in custody. To find out more, download further information below.

General information about the program is available on this page, or by calling the number below.

Want to know more?

For more information about the program or how to volunteer, please contact the Manager, Independent Visitor Program on 1300 78 29 78.