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Youth justice orders and supervision periods: 2015–16

This fact sheet summarises information on the number of supervised orders administered by state and territory youth justice agencies, and the periods of supervision experienced by young people were under supervision in 2015–16.  In 2015–16, almost 10,600 young people were under youth justice supervision under almost 55,000 orders, an average of about 5 orders per person. These young people served almost 14,000 periods of supervision, an average of about 1.3 periods per person.

Trends in youth justice supervision to 2015–16

This fact sheet summarises the long-term trends in the rates of young people under youth justice supervision. It includes 10-year national trends, and trends for individual states and territories for up to 10 years where data are available. Nationally, over the 10-year period to 2015–16, the rate of young people under youth justice supervision on an average day fell from 24 per 10,000 young people in 2006–07 to 21 per 10,000 in 2015–16.

Types of community-based youth justice supervision: 2015–16

This fact sheet outlines the types of community-based supervision that young people were under in 2015–16. More than 9,500 young people were under community-based supervision during 2015–16, under almost 23,800 orders, an average of 2.5 orders per young person.

Young people in sentenced detention: 2015–16

This fact sheet provides summary information about young people in sentenced detention in 2015–16. On an average day in 2015–16, less than half (44%) of all young people in detention were sentenced, and almost one-third (30%) had been in sentenced detention at some time during the year.

Youth detention entries and exits: 2015–16

This fact sheet provides information about the numbers of young people under youth justice supervision who entered and/or were released from detention in 2015–16. In 2015–16, more than 7,800 young people entered detention, and almost 7,900 were released from detention.

Remoteness, socioeconomic position and youth justice supervision: 2015–16

This fact sheet provides information about the remoteness area and socioeconomic status of young people under supervision during 2015–16, based on their last known address. Young people from Remote areas were 6 times as likely to be under supervision as those from Major cities, while those from Very remote areas were 10 times as likely. Young people from the lowest socioeconomic areas were about 6 times as likely to be under supervision as those from the highest socioeconomic areas.

First entry to youth justice supervision: 2015–16

This fact sheet provides information about the first time young people who were supervised during 2015–16 entered youth justice supervision. In 2015–16, more than one-third were new to supervision in that year, and the other two-thirds had been supervised in a previous year. Almost three-quarters had first entered supervision when they were aged 14–17.

Youth justice supervision history: 2015–16

This fact sheet summarises the supervision histories (all available information on prior youth justice supervision) of young people who were under youth justice supervision during 2015–16. About 9 in 10 had been under community-based supervision either during 2015–16 or in a previous year, and about 6 in 10 had spent time in detention.

Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2015–16

This fact sheet summarises some of the similarities and differences between young people and adults in the justice systems in Australia. In 2015–16, the most common principal offence among young people was theft, while among adults it was illicit drug offences.

Comparisons between Australian and international youth justice systems: 2015–16

This fact sheet looks at Australian and international approaches to youth justice. On an average day in 2015–16, the rate of young people in youth detention in Australia (3.4 per 10,000 young people) was higher than in England and Wales (1.9 per 10,000), but lower than in Canada (5.0 per 10,000) and the United States of America (13.9 per 10,000).

Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2015–16

The majority of young people who receive a supervised youth justice sentence serve only 1 sentence, and do not return. For those born from 1990–91 to 1997–98, about 61% had only 1 sentence before the age of 18.Of the young people aged 10–16 in 2014–15 who were released from sentenced community-based supervision, about 22% returned to sentenced supervision in 6 months, and 46% returned within 12 months. Of those released from sentenced detention, 48% returned to sentenced supervision within 6 months, and 74% returned within 12 months.

Youth justice in Australia 2015–16

There were about 5,500 young people (aged 10 and older) under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2015–16, due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. This number has decreased by 21% over the 5 years to 2015–16. Around 4 in 5 (82%) young people under supervision on an average day were male. Most (84%) young people were supervised in the community and the remainder were in detention. Indigenous young people continued to be over-represented in the youth justice system: young Indigenous people were 17 times as likely as non-Indigenous young people to be under supervision on an average day.

New South Wales: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in New South Wales in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Queensland: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in Queensland in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

South Australia: overview of youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in South Australia in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Victoria: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in Victoria in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Tasmania: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in Tasmania in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Northern Territory: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in the Northern Territory in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Western Australia: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in Western Australia in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Australian Capital Territory: youth justice supervision in 2015–16

This fact sheet focuses on youth justice supervision in the Australian Capital Territory in 2015–16 and includes some national comparisons. This is one of a series of fact sheets on youth justice supervision in 2015–16.

Youth detention population in Australia 2016

This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2012 to June 2016. There were just over 900 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2016, just over half (57%) of whom were unsentenced. Numbers and rates of young people in detention dropped slightly over the 4 years, despite a slight increase in the most recent year. Just over half (55%) of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

Vulnerable young people: interactions across homelessness, youth justice and child protection: 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2015

This report reveals that individuals who experience multiple, cross-sector services in the specialist homelessness, protection or youth justice service areas are a particularly vulnerable group. Clients experiencing 2 or more of these services were more likely than specialist homelessness services-only clients: to report having substance use issues; to report having mental health issues; to have an over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and to receive more days of support and more support periods from specialist homelessness services agencies.

Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2014–15

This report presents information on young people aged 10–17 who were both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision in 2014–15; it demonstrates the insights that can be gained through data linkage. Two (2) in 5 (40.8%) young people in youth justice detention in 2014–15 were also in the child protection system that year. Those who were younger at their first youth justice supervision were more likely to also be in child protection.

Comparisons between Australian and international youth justice systems: 2014–15

This fact sheet examines Australian and international approaches to youth justice.

Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2014–15

This fact sheet summarises some of the similarities and differences between young people and adults in the justice systems in Australia.

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