Diversion From Custody

Purpose built in 1996, the Murri Watch Diversionary Centre is located at 15 Hubert Street, Woolloongabba. The Centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a safe, monitored environment for clients recovering from the effects of intoxication, and an alternative to being taken into police custody for public intoxication offences.

Centre staff provide a range of care, support and referral services to ensure the health and wellbeing of clients.

The Centre has a bed capacity of 14, with separate accommodation for male and female adult clients. Staff rosters include both male and female workers on each shift in order to deliver gender appropriate and culturally sensitive services.

Clients are referred to the Centre by

  • Queensland Police Service seeking to divert intoxicated people from police custody to a safe monitored environment.
  • Other government and community services seeking diversion services for people intoxicated in public places.
  • Individuals (self-referrals) and community members seeking diversionary care and support services for intoxicated people.

Rest and recovery for clients in a culturally appropriate and safe environment is still the overall best practice and approach to assist our clients.

Where clients present with problematic issues, the Diversion Centre Support Officers assess the client’s needs with a holistic approach providing support and referral for each individual client.

Clients have access to meals, light refreshments, laundry facilities, showers, clean clothing, transport, case management and referrals to other service providers.


Head Office, Diversionary & Cell Visitor Services
  • 15 Hubert Street, Woolloongabba Qld 4102
  • PO Box 8144 Woolloongabba Qld 4102
  • Telephone: 07 3891 6431
  • Fax: 07 3891 6031