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Youth justice

Programs that divert young people away from the justice system or that address underlying causes of offending are crucial to addressing the high rate of detention of young people in WA and creating a more prosperous future for the State.

For up to date information refer to the Commissioner's Indicators of Wellbeing data resource.

Read the Commissioner's policy statement on youth justice here.


Speaking Out about Banksia Hill – Feedback poster for young people – February 2022

ANZCCG Position Statement: Incarceration of Children in Australian Youth Detention Centres - October 2022

Speaking Out about Banksia Hill – Report for the new Commissioner – December 2021

ANZCCG recommends raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility

The ANZCCG recommends the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to at least 14 years, in line with the UN Committee recommendation. ANZCCG members will continue to advocate for this reform.

Issues papers

Youth justice

Youth justice, 2019

Youth justice, 2013

Policy briefs

Youth justice - Supporting vulnerable children and young people in WA

Developed from the Commissioner's 2014 Wellbeing Monitoring Framework

Children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry


Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission, August 2017

Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Submission to the Department of Corrective Services, April 2017

Young People in the Youth Justice System, Review of the Young Offenders Act 1994

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission, December 2016

Draft terms of Reference for the ALRC Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Indigenous Australians

Submission to the National Children's Commissioner, May 2016

Implementation of Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) in the context of Youth Justice Detention Centres

More information

Youth Justice in WA Report for the Commissioner by Dr Harry Blagg

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