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released: 4 Nov 2009 author: AIHW media release

Each day, around 6,000 young people are under juvenile justice supervision in Australia. This report is the fifth in the series on young people under juvenile justice supervision. It shows that the number of young people in detention on an average day increased by 17% over four years from 2004-05 and that over half of those in detention on average day in 2007-08 were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. The report contains information on the characteristics of young people under community-based supervision and in detention as well the type and length of their supervision.

ISSN 1833-3230; ISBN 978 1 74024 970 6; Cat. no. JUV 5; 154pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (197KB PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Main findings
  • Body section (420KB PDF)
    1. Overview
      • 1.1 Number of young people under supervision
      • 1.2 Rate of young people under supervision
      • 1.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander overrepresentation
      • 1.4 Types of supervision
      • 1.5 Trends in supervision
    2. Background
      • 2.1 Juvenile justice system in Australia
      • 2.2 Policy directions
      • 2.3 Data and methods
      • 2.4 Online appendixes
    3. Young people under supervision
      • 3.1 Summary
      • 3.2 Sex, age and Indigenous status
      • 3.3 Trends
      • 3.4 Age at first supervision
      • 3.5 Length of supervision
    4. Young people under community-based supervision
      • 4.1 Summary
      • 4.2 Sex, age and Indigenous status
      • 4.3 Legal status
      • 4.4 Trends
      • 4.5 Types of supervision
    5. Young people in detention
      • 5.1 Summary
      • 5.2 Sex, age and Indigenous status
      • 5.3 Legal status
      • 5.4 Receptions and releases
      • 5.5 Trends
      • 5.6 Remand
      • 5.7 Sentenced detention
  • End matter (305KB PDF)4
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Tables
        • Young people under supervision
        • Young people under community-based supervision
        • Young people in detention
        • Australian population
      • Appendix B Juvenile justice systems in Australian states and territories
        • New South Wales
        • Victoria
        • Queensland
        • Western Australia
        • South Australia
        • Tasmania
        • Australian Capital Territory
        • Northern Territory
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

 Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. Corrections for Juvenile justice in Australia 2007-08: page 64, Table 5.5 – table entry error for row 'both unsentenced and sentenced' fixed and associated text amended.
    Additional supplementary material added. (6 November 2009)
  2. Corrections for Supplementary tables 2007–08: Table 22, Table 23 and Table 37 have been amended (26 November 2009)
  3. Corrections for State and territory appendixes 2007–08: Table 14 and Table 15 have been amended (26 November 2009)
  4. Table A4 has been amended due to table error for unknown Indigenous status column. Table A9 and Table A10 have been amended due to revised data. (17 December 2009)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Juvenile justice in Australia 2007-08. Juvenile justice series no. 5. Cat. no. JUV 5. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 1 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468301>.