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

Our consultation and engagement period will take place during August and September.

We will consult with industry and academic experts. We will also engage with and incorporate the views of Queenslanders including:

  • our staff
  • young people
  • community leaders
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and respected persons
  • 4 specific communities who are concerned about youth crime, 1 of which is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • members of the legal and judicial community
  • non-government organisations
  • government agency partners
  • general public.

We will target some of our consultation at young women, because we recognise the need for gender specific responses for this group.

How to be involved

Our youth justice strategy survey is on Get Involved. You can contribute your thoughts via the questions on the survey.

If you don’t want to do the survey, you can:

  • email your feedback to: YJStrategy@csyw.qld.gov.au
  • post your feedback to:

    Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
    Locked Bag 3405
    Brisbane QLD 4001

Young people can do a quick poll, share their thoughs and take our youth survey at the Youth eHub

Find out more

Learn more about the development of the youth justice strategy with our fact sheet or email the project team YJStrategy@csyw.qld.gov.au

View the Youth Justice Strategy fact sheet (PDF, 231 KB) View the Youth Justice Strategy fact sheet (DOCX, 804 KB).

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.