Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Youth Justice Strategy

The Queensland Government committed to developing a Youth Justice Strategy in the 2018-19 budget. The Strategy will provide a whole of government road map for preventing and responding to youth crime in Queensland.

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women will lead the development of the Strategy which aims to:

  • reduce the number of remanded young people in custody
  • reduce reoffending among young people, and
  • address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander young people in the youth justice system.

The Strategy will outline ways to achieve the Queensland Government’s Advancing Queensland priority to keep communities safe and reduce rates of youth reoffending by 5% by 2020-21. The Our Future State website provides information about this target and Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.

The Strategy will chart a course to reduce offending and reoffending by young people and will outline proposed actions that develop their potential and support them to be the best they can be.

Developing the Youth Justice Strategy

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women will lead the development of a Youth Justice Strategy to address these key issues. The Youth Justice Strategy will outline a road map to create safer communities, reduce offending behaviour and ensure all young people have pathways to positive futures. It will form the foundation for how government and communities prevent and respond to youth crime over the next five years.

The Strategy will reflect contemporary research and evidence about what works to prevent youth crime and reduce reoffending. It will build on the work of experts and advisors including that of Mr Bob Atkinson. Mr Atkinsons’s Report on Youth Justice was recently published.

A fact sheet is available which tells you more about how the Youth Justice Strategy will be developed.

View the Youth Justice Strategy fact sheet (PDF, 779 KB) View the Youth Justice Strategy fact sheet (DOC, 366 KB).

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