AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files 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 subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD 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 disease 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 services 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 governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subjectAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Chronic disease indicators Data sources for monitoring health conditionsDeaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity Mental health National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse
National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National framework for protecting Australia’s children (NFPAC) National indicator catalogue National Youth Information Framework (NYIF) Perinatal data 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 AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics 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 Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
The number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision has dropped in recent years, but Indigenous young people continue to be over-represented, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Youth justice in Australia 2012-13, presents information on young people aged 10-17 under youth justice supervision, both in the community and in detention, during 2012-13. It also examines trends over the preceding 5-year period.
It shows that on an average day in 2012-13, there were 6,329 young people under youth justice supervision due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime.
This was a drop of 1,000 young people from a peak of 7,332 young people under youth justice supervision on an average day in 2010-11 (down 14%).
Similarly, in 2012-13 the rate of young people under supervision dropped to 23.8 per 10,000 (or 1 in 420) young people-down from a high of around 27.6 (or 1 in 360) in 2010-11.
'This decrease was mainly due to a fall in the number and rate of young people under community-based supervision and young males under supervision,' said AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard.
'These are the predominant groups under supervision-on an average day about 85% of young people were under community-based supervision (as opposed to detention), and over 4 in 5 were male.'
In contrast, the number and rate of young people in detention remained relatively stable during this time, as did the rate of females under supervision overall.
'Of ongoing concern is the continuing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who are under supervision,' Mr Beard said.
'Despite the number of Indigenous young people under supervision falling by 5% over the past 5 years, in 2012-13 these young people were 17 times as likely as non-Indigenous young people to have been under supervision.'
Indigenous young people under supervision were also, on average, younger, more likely to complete multiple periods in supervision and spent longer, in total, under supervision during the year than non-Indigenous young people.
This over-representation was also evident when considering where young people lived prior to their supervision, with those from Very remote areas about 6 times as likely as those from Major cities to be under youth justice supervision on an average day in 2012-13.
Accompanying this report are individual fact sheets including specific data at a jurisdictional level for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. These are not available for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, as those jurisdictions did not meet national agreed minimum data requirements.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 17 April 2014
Further information: Tim Beard, AIHW, tel. (02) 6244 1270, mob. 0418 271 395