Overview

The youth justice system is the set of processes and practices for managing children and young people who have committed, or allegedly committed, an offence. In Australia, it deals primarily with young people aged 10–17 at the time of the offence, although there are some variations among the states and territories. A major component of the system is the supervision of young people in the community or in detention.

More reports and statistics on youth justice can be found under Children & youth and Prisoners.

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The number of young people under supervision on an average day fell by 4% between 2015–16 and 2019–20

68% of young people in detention were unsentenced—that is, awaiting the outcome of their legal matter or sentencing

On an average day in 2019–20, 5,323 young people aged 10 and over were under youth justice supervision

64% of young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020 were unsentenced

On an average night in the June quarter 2020, 91% of young people in detention were male

48% of all young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020 were Indigenous

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