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.

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On an average day in 2020–21, 4,695 young people aged 10 and over were under youth justice supervision

Of young people under supervision on an average day 84% were supervised in the community with the remainder in detention

The number of young people under supervision on an average day fell by 12% between 2016–17 and 2020–21

On an average night in the June quarter 2021, 819 young people were in detention

On an average night in the June quarter 2021, 91% of young people in detention were male

Half (50%) of all young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2021 were Indigenous

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