Time to Talk


Youth Justice

Development of the Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT

What is the Blueprint?

The Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT will be a strategic plan to reform the youth justice system over the next 5-10 years. It will have a long term aim to reduce the number of young people who come into contact with the youth justice system. We are seeking to develop the best possible youth justice system for the ACT that will benefit everyone and provide a safer community.

The Blueprint will contain the key elements of a quality youth justice system identified by the Human Rights Commission in its report The ACT Youth Justice System 2011: A Report to the Legislative Assembly (the HRC Report).

Who will the Blueprint benefit?

The Blueprint will benefit everyone in the ACT, but especially children and young people, families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and the workforce engaged in the youth justice system.

Who is developing the Blueprint?

The Blueprint is being developed by the Youth Justice Implementation Taskforce. The Taskforce was established by the ACT Government in 2011 and is made up of representatives from the government and community sectors.

What will the Blueprint focus on?

The Blueprint will have a clear focus on early intervention, prevention, and diversion for young people at risk of becoming involved in the youth justice system. It will also aim to enable young people who are already in contact with the youth justice system to achieve improved outcomes both for themselves and for the community.

What is this consultation about?

This consultation is about hearing from the community about what the Blueprint should look like and what it should contain.

The Taskforce considers that the Blueprint should have a clear vision and a set of principles that guide what happens in the youth justice system. It should also identify the things that we want to see changed for children and young people involved in or at risk of involvement in the youth justice system, their families and the community. The Blueprint should tell us what we need to do to achieve the change.

The Taskforce would like to hear from a range of people and agencies including children, young people, families, individuals, groups, community organisations, service providers, workers in the youth justice system, the business sector, oversight bodies and government on what should be covered in each of these components.

How can I be involved in the consultation?

The consultation is open between December 2011 and 30 March 2012. A number of options are available to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the consultation.

1. The Taskforce will lead one community forum in each youth service region.

  • Belconnen.
  • North Canberra and Gungahlin.
  • South Canberra and Weston.
  • Tuggeranong.

The times for these forums will be advertised widely through local networks, media and on this website.

2. Consultation activities and events will be hosted by government and non-government agencies. These activities and events will be for:

  • Children and young people and their families (Families ACT and the Youth Coalition of the ACT);
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and their families (Aboriginal Justice Centre);
  • the youth and community sectors (the Youth Coalition of the ACT); and
  • government and oversight agencies (Office for Children, Youth and Family Support).

Information on these activities will be advertised by host agencies and on the Taskforce and Time to Talk website.

3. Join the discussion online.

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Previous consultation and feedback from this consultation

There has been a lot of consultation about youth justice in recent times. This includes consultation as part of the ACT Youth Justice System 2011: A Report to the Legislative Assembly; the ACT Government’s 2011 Discussion Paper, Towards a Diversionary Framework for the ACT; the ACT Young People’s Plan 2009-2014; and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement.

The Taskforce will consider the outcomes of these consultations, in addition to the comments from this consultation, to help guide the development of the Blueprint.

Key outcomes and themes to emerge from the consultation will be collated and presented in a consultation report that will be released in April 2012.

 More information

Please read the Consultation Paper.

Up-to-date information about the consultation, including upcoming consultation activities, will be available on the Taskforce website.

Written submissions are also welcome. These can be provided directly to the Strategic Projects Group, Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, by email to csd@act.gov.au (please write ‘Blueprint’ in the header), facsimile to 02 6205 7187, or post to Strategic Projects Group, Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601.