Lyons Street Diversionary Service – Diversionary Centre & Cell Watch Visitor Program

As a result of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths is Custody both the Diversionary Centre and the Cell Visitor program were established. The Diversionary Centre aims to provide an alternative to formal custody for intoxicated persons. The Cell Visitor Program aims to ensure the safety and wellbeing of detainees in the Cairns Watch-House. The Cairns Watch-House is the largest in Queensland outside of Brisbane, and has the capacity to hold 100 detainees at any given time. People can be held in the Watch-House for up to 30 days.