Youth justice in Australia 2017–18 report
May 24, 2019
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released the latest “Youth Justice in Australia 2017-18” report. The Report summarises the rates and recent trends of young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2017–18, both in the community and in detention.
Some highlights from the Report include:
- A total of 10,638 young people were under youth justice supervision at some time during the year.
- The majority (60%) of young people in detention were unsentenced, meaning they were awaiting the outcome of their legal matter or sentencing.
- Young people spent an average of 6 months under youth justice supervision.
- 49% of young people under youth justice supervision on an average day identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
- On average, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people entered youth justice supervision at a younger age than non-Indigenous young people.