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Youth justice

As of 3 April 2017, the Department of Justice and Regulation is responsible for the statutory supervision of young people in the criminal justice system. 

The department’s Youth Justice Service provides programs and resources to assist these young offenders to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their lives effectively without further offending. Through supervision, offending related programs and linkages to appropriate support services, the youth justice service promotes opportunities for rehabilitation and contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.


The Youth Justice Service objectives are to:

  • where appropriate, support diversion of young people charged with an offence from the criminal justice system
  • minimise the likelihood of reoffending and further progression into the criminal justice system through supervision that challenges offending behaviours and related attitudes and promotes pro-social behaviours 
  • provide supervision and rehabilitation through the provision of case management and other services to assist young people address offending behaviour and support successful reintegration into the community
  • work with other services to strengthen community-based options for young people enabling an integrated approach to the provision of support that extends beyond the court order
  • engender public support and confidence in the Youth Justice Service.


Who's involved

Youth Justice Service

Contact details for the Youth Justice Service across the state.

Youth Parole Board

Parole allows young people on a youth justice centre order to serve part of a custodial sentence in the community.

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The Children's Court jurisdiction in Victoria

The Criminal Division of the Children's Court deals with matters relating to criminal offending by children and young people aged 10 to 17 years.

Community supervision

Community supervision programs are aimed at diverting young people from the criminal youth justice system.


Youth Justice Custodial Services aim to engage young people in change by addressing their offending behaviour and equipping them with the skills required for positive community participation, within a safe and secure environment.

Support services

Young people involved with the youth justice service often present with complex needs, the department offers a range of support programs both in the community and in custody.

Youth Justice Group Conferencing

Group conferencing is a program based on restorative justice principles, and takes a problem-solving approach to offending.

Children's Court Youth Diversion Service

Children'€™s Court Youth Diversion Service provides an opportunity for eligible children and young to address harm caused by their offending by taking responsibility and completing a diversion activity.

Youth justice reviews and reporting

Periodic reviews and reports related to the youth justice system.

Youth Justice Court Advice Service (YJCAS)

The Youth Justice Court Advice Service is provided by the department to assist young people appearing in children's courts as well as Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts.

Justice Assurance and Review Office

The office provides independent assurance and reviews into the operations, conduct and performance of Victoria's youth justice system; making it better for the community, staff and people held within and visiting facilities.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.