Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres in Victoria

Terms of Reference

On 10 November, 2016, the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:

That, pursuant to Sessional Order 6, this House requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into and report on, no later than Tuesday, 1 August 2017, issues at both Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Centres including, but not limited to —

  1. matters relating to incidents including definitions, numbers and any changes to the reporting of incidents; 
  2. the security and safety of staff, employees and young offenders at both facilities; 
  3. reasons for, and effects of, the increase in the numbers of young people on remand in the last 10 years; 
  4. implications of incarcerating young people who have significant exposure to trauma, alcohol and/or other drug misuse and/or the child protection system, or who have issues associated with mental health or intellectual functioning, in relation to— 
    1. the likelihood of reoffending; 
    2. the implications of separating young people from their communities and cultures; 
  5. additional options for keeping young people out of youth justice centres; 
  6. the culture, policies, practices and reporting of management at the centres; 
  7. the role of the Department of Health and Human Services in overseeing practices at the centres; and 
  8. any other issues the Committee consider relevant.

pdfTerms of Reference - Youth Justice Centres in Victoria(PDF 207.55 KB)

The reporting date for this inquiry has been extended to 27 February 2018.

Government Response

The Government response to this report was tabled in Parliament on 20 September 2018.

pdfGovernment Response(PDF 481.63 KB)



Media Releases

pdf06 MAR 2018 More action recommended to fix youth justice centres109.67 KB

pdf12 DEC 2017 Interim report tabled on youth justice centres455.69 KB

pdf23 JUN 2017 Key department at youth justice centres hearing463.65 KB

pdf09 JUN 2017 Key organisations at youth justice centres hearing462.75 KB

pdf26 MAY 2017 Youth justice centres hearing on Tuesday463.86 KB

pdf12 MAY 2017 New reporting date for youth justice centres inquiry465.38 KB

pdf13 APR 2017 Hearing next Wednesday on youth justice centres465.93 KB

pdf21 MAR 2017 Next hearing on youth justice centres462.31 KB

pdf15 MAR 2017 Hearings begin on youth justice centres469.59 KB

pdf29 NOV 2016 Call for submissions on youth justice centres in Victoria490.62 KB