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Report on Youth Justice

Bob Atkinson AO, APM, Special Advisor to Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Queensland Government


Until 12 February 2018, Queensland remained the only jurisdiction in Australia where the age of adulthood in terms of entering the criminal justice system was 17 years. In November 2016, the Queensland Government passed legislation to change the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 years. The legislation commenced on 12 February 2018. This change afforded an opportunity to review the way in which Queensland deals with young offenders, with a focus on keeping communities safe and building pathways to help young offenders change their ways and achieve better life outcomes. Youth Justice Services, as part of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, in collaboration with key agencies, commenced a plan of action for the inclusion of 17 year olds in the youth justice system. A key feature of the plan was that the numbers of children in detention would not increase with the addition of 17 year olds. This would be achieved at key touchpoints in the system by adopting new initiatives and approaches, including: supervised bail accommodation services; (SBAs) to house children who would otherwise be on remand in youth detention centres; an increased use of diversions away from court by police; reducing delay in children’s court, proceedings by providing additional court and prosecution resources.


Oceania - Australia

Year Language

2018 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Report


Judicial, Judiciary, Justice, Juvenile, Law, Legislation


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