Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Youth Justice Strategy

In February 2018 Mr Robert (Bob) Atkinson was asked to examine and report on youth justice matters. His report recommended that the Queensland Government adopt 4 pillars as its policy position for youth justice:

  • intervene early
  • keep children out of court
  • keep children out of custody
  • reduce reoffending.

The Queensland Government committed to developing a youth justice strategy by the end of 2018. The strategy will build on the findings of the Atkinson Report on Youth Justice, and reflect contemporary research and evidence about what works to prevent youth crime and reduce reoffending.

When it is completed, the youth justice strategy will form the foundation for how government, business and communities work together over the next 5 years. It will also 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.

Developing the youth justice strategy

To inform the development of the strategy, state-wide consultation occurred during August and September. It involved face-to-face discussions, workshops, forums and online surveys and polls with those who will be key to the successful delivery of the final strategy, including:

  • industry and academic experts
  • our staff
  • young people
  • community leaders
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and respected persons
  • members of the legal and judicial community
  • non-government organisations
  • government agency partners
  • general public.

Consultation closed on Friday 14 September. All feedback received is being considered as part of the development of the youth justice strategy.

Find out more

Learn more about the development of the youth justice strategy with our fact sheet or email the project team

View the youth justice strategy fact sheet (PDF, 231 KB) View the youth justice strategy fact sheet (DOCX, 804 KB).

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