Youth detention population in Australia 2014

  • Publication
  • Release Date: 28 Nov 2014
  • Author: AIHW
  • Media release
 

This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2010 to June 2014. On an average night, close to 1,000 young people were in detention, about half of whom were unsentenced. Nationally, numbers and rates of young people in detention remained relatively stable over the 4 years; but trends varied among states and territories. About half of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

  • ISSN: 1833-3230
  • ISBN: 978-1-74249-663-4
  • Cat. no: JUV 53
  • Pages: 78
Findings from this report:
  • Indigenous young people aged 10–17 were 25 times as likely as non-Indigenous young people to be in detention

  • The number and rate of young people in detention on an average night decreased over 4 years to the June quarter 2014

  • 52% of young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2014 were unsentenced

  • Trends in the size of the youth detention population varied among the states and territories over the 4-year period

Table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Notes
    • Summary
      • Fewer than 1,000 young people in detention on an average night
      • Numbers and rates have decreased
      • Decrease in sentenced detention rate
      • Half of those in detention are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
      • Trends among the states and territories vary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Key principles in youth detention
      • 1.2 Youth detention age limits
      • 1.3 Legal status
      • 1.4 States and territories
      • 1.5 Detention data
    • 2 Recent trends in detention
      • 2.1 Key points
      • 2.2 Number in detention
      • 2.3 Rate of detention
      • 2.4 Legal status
    • 3 Recent trends in unsentenced detention
      • 3.1 Key points
      • 3.2 Number in unsentenced detention
      • 3.3 Rate of unsentenced detention
    • 4 Recent trends in sentenced detention
      • 4.1 Key points
      • 4.2 Number in sentenced detention
      • 4.3 Rate of sentenced detention
    • 5 State and territory trends
      • 5.1 Key points
      • 5.2 New South Wales
      • 5.3 Victoria
      • 5.4 Queensland
      • 5.5 Western Australia
      • 5.6 South Australia
      • 5.7 Tasmania
      • 5.8 Australian Capital Territory
      • 5.9 Northern Territory
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Data and methods
      • Appendix B: Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set 2012-13 data quality statement
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications