Objective

The Children’s Court Youth Diversion Service (CCYD) is a pre-plea option that provides an opportunity for young people appearing before the criminal division of the Children’s Court to:

  • accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • understand the harm caused by their actions
  • complete a diversion plan, involving activities intended to reduce the likelihood of further offending
  • have the charge/s discharged, on successful completion of the diversion plan
  • avoid the stigma associated with a criminal record, and its impact on future life opportunities.

CCYD complements the existing suite of options available to divert children and young people from further progression into the criminal justice system. Other options occur pre-court (police cautions), pre-plea (Ropes - a one day interactive education program) and post-plea (deferral of sentence and group conferencing). 

Eligibility

CCYD targets young people with limited or no criminal history who would otherwise be sentenced to an outcome not requiring supervision from youth justice.

The young person’s history and circumstances of their offending are considered in determining whether diversion is appropriate. There are no automatic exclusions regarding the nature or type of offence eligible for diversion, apart from offences that carry a mandatory penalty.

Eligibility is informed by consultation with the young person, their family or carer, legal representative and Victoria Police prosecutors.

Legislation

The Children Youth and Families Act 2005 require both the prosecution and the accused to consent to diversion.

Approach

Diversion coordinators:

  • attend all scheduled sittings of the Criminal Division of the Children’s Court
  • conduct assessments following prosecution consent and a magistrate’s referral
  • provide advice to the court on the young person’s suitability for diversion
  • develop a plan, tailored to the young person’s circumstances
  • engage the young person to foster completion of the diversion plan
  • report back to the court on a young person’s compliance with the court’s direction.

The diversion plan may contain a range of activities for the child or young person. The diversion plan is:

  • designed to build upon or strengthen the individual’s protective factors
  • promote reparation of harm caused by the offence/s
  • proportionate to the offence/s before the court.

The approach used by the Children’s Court Youth Diversion Service is underpinned by research that shows that over-intervening can increase a young person’s risk of reoffending.

Contact CCYD

Central email: ccyd@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

Region Office location Courts

Loddon Mallee

Bendigo

Level 2/10-16 Forest Street, Bendigo VIC 3550

Tel: (03) 5434 5555

Fax: (03) 5434 5670

Bendigo

Echuca

Castlemaine

Maryborough

Mildura

253 11th Street Mildura

Tel: (03) 5022 3111

PO Box 617 Mildura 3502

Fax: (03) 5022 3199

Mildura

Robinvale

Swan Hill

Ouyen

Kerang

North West Metropolitan

Fitzroy

145 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Tel: (03) 9412 5341 or 1300 360 408

Broadmeadows

 

Preston

679-685 High Street, Preston VIc 3072

Tel: 1300 664 977

Fax: 1300 669 522

Heidelberg

Neighbourhood

Justice Centre,

Collingwood

Footscray

71 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tel: 1300 360 462

Fax: (03)9974 4515

Werribee

 

Sunshine

Address: 16-18 Hertford Road, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: (03) 9229 4100

Fax: (03) 92294199

Sunshine

 

Grampians

 

Horsham

21 McLachlan Street, Horsham VIC 3400

Tel: (03) 5381 9777

Fax: (03) 5381 9710

 

Hopetoun

Horsham

Edenhope

Nhill

St Arnaud

Stawell

Ballarat

Cnr Mair and Doveton Street, Ballarat 3353

Tel: (03) 5333 6530

Fax: (03) 5333 6094

Ararat

Ballarat

 

Barwon South West

Geelong

Level 2, State Government Offices, 30-38 Little Malop Street (corner of Fenwick Street and Little Malop Street), Geelong VIC 3220

Tel: (03) 5226 4540

Fax: (03) 5381 9710

Colac

Geelong

Warrnambool

Shop 2, 109 Lava Street Warrnambool  VIC 3280

Tel: (03) 5561 9444

Fax: (03) 5561 9400

Hamilton

Warrnambool

Portland

Gippsland

Bairnsdale

7 Service Street, Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Tel: (03) 5150 4500

Fax: (03) 5150 4586

Bairnsdale

Lakes Entrance

Omeo

Orbost

Morwell

9-11 Hazelwood Road, Morwell VIC 3875

Tel: (03) 5136 2400

Fax: (03) 5136 2444

Traralgon

8-12 Seymour Street, Traralgon VIC 3844

Tel: (03) 5177 2500

Fax: (03) 5177 2555

Morwell

Wonthaggi

 

South East Metropolitan

 

Dandenong

165-169 Thomas St, Dandenong VIC 3175

Tel: (03) 8765 5444

Fax: (03) 87657575

Dandenong

 

Frankston

431 Nepean Highway, Frankston VIC 3199

Tel: (03) 9784 3280

Fax: 9874 3111

Frankston

Moorabbin

Ringwood

25 Ringwood Street, Ringwood VIC 3134

Tel: (03) 9871 5199

Fax: (03) 9870 6688

Ringwood

Box Hill 

883 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill VIC 3128

Tel: (03) 9843 6000

Fax: (03) 9843 6100

Box Hill

Hume

Seymour

Level 1, 8-10 Elizabeth St, Seymour VIC 3660

Tel: (03) 5771 1600

Fax: (03) 5771 1610

Shepparton

163 Welsford Street, Shepparton VIC 3630

Tel: (03) 5832 1500

Fax: (03) 5831 1851

Cobram

Seymour

Shepparton

Wangaratta

43-47 Rowan Street, Wangaratta VIC 3676

Tel: (03) 5722 0555

Fax: (03) 5722 0577

Wodonga

55 Hovell St, Wodonga VIC 3690

Tel: (02) 6055 7777

Benalla

Corryong

Mansfield

Myrtleford

Wangaratta

Wodonga