Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Justice reinvestment recommendations

The Review made 83 recommendations. These have been sorted into work programs for implementation.

Justice reinvestment is based on the idea that solutions to offending can be found in the communities that offenders come from.

It believes that those communities are best placed to identify and put in place solutions that hold offenders accountable and reduce offending. Funds are redirected to support localised solutions.

Community members, businesses, government and the not-for-profit sector must work together to succeed.

Our objectives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will lead local responses to offending that result in fewer young people from their communities being in detention.

In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities justice reinvestment will fund:

  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • diversion from the youth justice system.

The way forward

To achieve this we will:

  • work with the Cherbourg community on a justice reinvestment trial
  • build on our ability in Youth Justice to enable justice reinvestment initiatives.


Recommendation 9 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that consideration should be given to the implementation of justice reinvestment collaborations between existing community-based services and YJ. (7.R7)

A Youth Justice led project is underway. A consultant has been working with the Cherbourg community to assess suitability and readiness for justice reinvestment.

Cherbourg Local Council has endorsed a final report by the consultant.

The long-term implementation responsibility of this recommendation has been transferred to the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Youth Justice will remain a stakeholder throughout the implementation.

Recommendation 11 (status: in progress)

The Review recommends that the Tasmanian experience highlighted in the QNADA submission should be examined closely with a view to incorporating practices and concepts of social justice return in the YJ funding framework. In particular, in relation to reintegration support for young people exiting youth detention. (7.R9)

We are examining the work that has taken place in Tasmania and looking for learnings that can be used in Queensland. Research is particularly exploring re-integration support models and social return on this investment.

This recommendation is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2019.