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released: 14 Apr 2011 author: AIHW media release

In Australia, around 7,200 young people were under juvenile justice supervision on any given day in 2008-09. Most (90%) were under community-based supervision, with the remainder in detention. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people continue to be over-represented, particularly in detention. This report presents information on the young people under community-based supervision and in detention and the type and length of their supervision. For the first time, detailed information on all community-based orders supervised by juvenile justice agencies is presented, as well as new analyses on the remoteness and socioeconomic status of young people's usual residence.

ISSN 1833-3230; ISBN 978 1 74249 135 6; Cat. no. JUV 7; 216pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Acknowledgments
    • Symbols
    • Notes
    • Main findings

Body section

  • 1 Overview
    • 1.1 Young people under supervision
    • 1.2 Trends
    • 1.3 States and territories
    • 1.4 Use of detention
    • 1.5 Community-based supervision
    • 1.6 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
    • 1.7 Comparison with adults
    • 1.8 Report structure
  • 2 The juvenile justice system in Australia
    • 2.1 Definition of a young person
    • 2.2 Agencies involved in the juvenile justice system
      • Police
      • Courts
      • Parole boards
      • Juvenile justice agencies
    • 2.3 Young people involved in the juvenile justice system
      • Young people proceeded against by police
      • Defendants finalised in children's courts
    • 2.4 Juvenile justice supervision in the states and territories
  • 3 Data and methods
    • 3.1 Juvenile justice NMDS versions
    • 3.2 Data on children and young people under juvenile justice supervision
    • 3.3 Data on types of supervision
    • 3.4 Data quality and coverage
      • New South Wales
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    • 3.5 Methods
      • National totals
      • Age
      • Duration
      • Number under supervision
      • Population rates
      • Rate ratio
      • Receptions
      • Releases
      • Remoteness
      • Socioeconomic status
    • 3.6 Appendix tables (1.6MB PDF)  (8.3MB RTF)
  • 4 Characteristics of young people under supervision
    • 4.1 Summary
    • 4.2 Age, sex and Indigenous status
      • Number under supervision
      • Rates of supervision
      • Trends
  • 4.3 First supervision
  • 4.4 Remoteness of usual residence
  • 4.5 Socioeconomic status of usual residence

  • 5 Characteristics of supervision and orders
    • 5.1 Summary
    • 5.2 Number of orders and supervision periods
    • 5.3 Length of supervision
    • 5.4 Types of supervision
      • Community-based supervision and detention
      • Legal status
  • 6 Community-based supervision
    • 6.1 Summary
    • 6.2 Number and rate of young people under community-based supervision
      • Number under supervision
      • Rates of supervision
      • Trends
    • 6.3 First supervision
    • 6.4 Remoteness of usual residence
    • 6.5 Socioeconomic status of usual residence
    • 6.6 Legal status
    • 6.7 Types of supervision
      • Supervised or conditional bail and other unsentenced orders
      • Probation and similar orders
      • Suspended detention
      • Parole or supervised release
  • 7. Detention
    • 7.1 Summary
    • 7.2 Number and rate of young people in detention
      • Number in detention
      • Rates of detention
      • Trends
    • 7.3 First supervision
    • 7.4 Remoteness of usual residence
    • 7.5 Socioeconomic status of usual residence
    • 7.6 Legal status
    • 7.7 Receptions and releases
    • 7.8 Unsentenced detention
    • 7.9 Sentenced detention
  • 8 State and territory summary
    • 8.1 New South Wales
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.2 Victoria
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.3 Queensland
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.4 Western Australia
    • 8.5 South Australia
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.6 Tasmania
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.7 Australian Capital Territory
      • Number and rate under supervision
      • Trends
      • Detention
    • 8.8 Northern Territory

  • End matter
    • Appendix - State and territory juvenile justice systems, programs and services
      • New South Wales
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre- and post- release programs
          • Other programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Victoria
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre- and post-release programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Queensland
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre- and post-release programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Western Australia
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • South Australia
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre-and post-release programs
          • Other programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Tasmania
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
            • Lungtalanana
            • Indigenous partnerships
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre-and post-release programs
          • Other programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Australian Capital Territory
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
        • Key elements
          • Diversion
          • Case management
          • Offence-specific and therapeutic programs
          • Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
          • Supported accommodation and bail programs
          • Pre- and post-release programs
          • Other programs
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
      • Northern Territory
        • Key policy directions
        • Key agencies
          • Juvenile justice agency
          • Police
          • Courts
            • Pre-sentencing conference
            • Non-parole period
        • Legislation
        • Juvenile justice remand and detention centres
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Juvenile justice in Australia 2008-09. Juvenile justice series no. 7. Cat. no. JUV 7. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 11 December 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418606>.

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