Queensland’s criminal justice system is under increasing pressure, evidenced by congested police watchhouses, a growing backlog in court cases and overcrowded prisons.

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of unsentenced prisoners in Queensland increased by more than double. Within this same period, the number of sentenced prisoners increased by 32 per cent.

Identifying the pressure points across Queensland’s justice system, and the specific drivers, is necessary to manage future demand on the system.

Managing demand across the justice system requires an integrated and coordinated approach by criminal justice entities.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess whether criminal justice entities are efficiently and effectively managing demand across Queensland’s justice system.

Who we might audit
  • Queensland Corrective Services
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Health
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
Parliamentary Committee
Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee
Audit status
Anticipated tabling: to be advised