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Youth Justice contributes to community safety in Queensland by supervising children and young people (10 to 17-years-old) who come into contact with the youth justice system. This includes providing specific youth offender-based programs and services that hold children and young people accountable for their offending behaviour, encouraging their reintegration into the community and contributing to the safety of Queensland communities.

There are 26 Youth Justice Service Centres across the state supervising children and young people on community-based orders. Service centres deliver offender-based programs and services to address the underlying causes of offending including health concerns, and connect young people with education, training and employment opportunities. Service centres also deliver restorative justice conferencing. These initiatives support young people in moving away from the criminal justice system.

There are 2 youth detention centres in Queensland, located in Townsville and in Brisbane. Youth detention centres accommodate young offenders and offer health, education and cultural services – including individual case management, specialised counselling, education and training, and life skills to assist their transition back into the community.

The services delivered by Youth Justice in Queensland are underpinned by the Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld). Find out more about the legislation we manage.

Youth Justice is committed to addressing the over-representation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the youth justice system. Initiatives implemented to address this include:  

  • the establishment of the Youth Justice First Nations Action Board, comprised of Youth Justice staff from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. The Board provides advice to senior management in ways to reduce over-representation of young people in the youth justice system and is acknowledged as an important step in understanding the cultural considerations of children and young people
  • establishment of the Youth Justice Cultural Unit responsible for setting the policy, practice and program settings for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and young people
  • implementing recommendations from the Independent Review of Youth Detention to improve cultural practice, services and programs for children and young people in youth detention
  • achieving the vision of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Action Plan.
  • Youth justice reform

    Youth Justice has undergone a number of reforms both within the community and in detention to provide improved outcomes and services to children and young people in the youth justice system.

  • Transition 2 Success program

    T2S is an alternative education and vocational training program aimed at improving outcomes for young people within the youth justice system.

  • Youth Justice First Nations Action Board

    This board helps us to develop culturally appropriate approaches to reducing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the youth justice system.

  • Youth Detention Review implementation

    The Independent Review into Youth Detention took place in 2016. The Review examined the practices, policies and programs of Queensland's youth detention centres, and made 83 recommendations to the Queensland Government.

  • Inclusion of 17-year-olds in the youth justice system

    The Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old persons) Amendment Act 2016 commenced on 12 February 2018, meaning young offenders aged 17 will now be dealt with in the youth justice system.

  • Social Benefit Bond – reoffending

    This Bond, known as the Reoffending Bond, will allow us to provide a multi-systemic therapy service to young people (10 to 16 years old) in the South East Queensland youth justice system.

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Youth Justice is working to improve community safety and reduce reoffending by young people who have been involved with the youth justice system. Find out more.

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