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.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017