AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subjectAdoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR - metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data linking Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Chronic disease indicators Deaths
Disability Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM)
Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue National core maternity indicators (NCMI) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee CKDMAC AODTS NMDS WG CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISS NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Indigenous temporary employment register Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Conferences & events Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
Young people living in geographically remote areas or areas of low socioeconomic status are more likely to be under juvenile justice supervision than those in major cities or areas of high socioeconomic status, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Juvenile justice in Australia 2008-09, presents information on young people in detention and under community-based supervision.
‘For the first time, the report looks at the remoteness and socioeconomic status of the residences of young people,’ said report author Ms Rachel Aalders.
‘It shows that on an average day in 2008-09, young people from very remote areas were about 6 times as likely to be under community-based supervision and 5 times as likely to be in detention than their counterparts living in major cities.
‘Similarly, young people from areas of low socioeconomic status were about 5 times as likely to be under community-based supervision as those from areas of high socioeconomic status, and almost 6 times as likely to be in detention.’
Including estimates for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, for which standard data were not provided, on an average day in 2008-09, there were around 7,200 young people under juvenile justice supervision.
Most of these (about 6,200) were under community-based supervision, while about 1,000 were in detention.
Most young people under supervision were men (about 85%). Overall, young men were almost 5 times as likely to be under community-based supervision on an average day as young women, and close to 9 times as likely to be in detention.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people continue to be over-represented in the juvenile justice system.
Although only about 5% of young Australians are Indigenous, almost 40% of those under supervision on an average day in 2008-09 were Indigenous. This over-representation was even higher in detention, where half (50%) were Indigenous Australians.
The overall numbers and rates of young people in both community-based supervision and detention increased slightly over the 4 years to 2008-09.
‘Between 2005-06 and 2008-09, the rate of young people under supervision increased from 22 young people per 10,000 to 25 per 10,000,’ Ms Aalders said.
Canberra, 14 April 2011
Further information: Ms Rachel Aalders, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1112, mob. 0407 915 851
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer 02 6244 1032
Full report: Juvenile justice in Australia 2008-09