Youth Detention Population in Australia 2018
Feb 8, 2019
In December 2018 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report titled "Youth detention population in Australia 2018."
This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2014 to June 2018. Among the 980 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2018, most were male (90%), aged 10–17 (84%) and unsentenced (60%). Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people made up 59% of the youth detention population, despite making up only 5% of the population aged 10-17. This means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people were 26 times as likely as non-Indigenous young people to be in detention.