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All Queenslanders deserve to be safe in their homes, workplaces and communities. Tackling youth offending helps people feel safer.

Queenslanders also want children and young people to be brought up safe and well in their families so they can achieve their full potential and contribute as respectful, law abiding citizens.

The Queensland Government is committed to reforming the youth justice system to make our communities safer and reduce youth crime in Queensland.

Through these reforms, we aim to:

  • reduce the number of children and young people offending, re-offending and being remanded in custody
  • address the disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the criminal justice system
  • strengthen prevention, early intervention and rehabilitation responses through evidence-based practice, action learning and improvement.

Since 2015, we have made significant reforms to Queensland’s youth justice system. We are continuing to change the story for young people, but we cannot do this alone. It requires a fundamental shift in the way government, non-government and community organisations work together to support Queensland families, deter young people from committing crime and help them change their own story.