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released: 4 Dec 2015 author: AIHW media release

This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2011 to June 2015. There were fewer than 900 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2015, just over half (55%) of whom were unsentenced. Numbers and rates of young people in detention dropped slightly over the 4 years, but trends varied among the states and territories. Just over half (54%) of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
    • Fewer than 900 young people in detention on an average night
    • Numbers and rates in detention have decreased
    • Sentenced detention rate has decreased
    • Just over half of those in detention are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • Trends vary between the states and territories
  • 1 Introduction
    • Youth detention in Australia
    • Youth detention data
  • 2 Trends in detention
    • Numbers
    • Rates
  • 3 Trends in sentenced and unsentenced detention
    • Numbers
    • Rates
  • 4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
    • Numbers
    • Rates
  • 5 State and territory trends
    • Numbers
    • Rates
    • Sentenced and unsentenced detention
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Technical notes
  • Youth detention data sources
  • Methods and technical notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols
  • References
  • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Youth detention population in Australia 2015. AIHW bulletin no. 131. Cat. no. AUS 196. Canberra: AIHW.

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