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Inclusion of 17-year-olds in the youth justice system

We are ending the practice of 17-year-olds being treated as adults in Queensland’s justice system.

On 3 November 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the  Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Act 2016 to bring 17-year-olds into Queensland’s youth justice system.

The new legislation will commence by proclamation within a year and will bring Queensland into line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the law in all other Australian jurisdictions.

Planning is now underway to include 17-year-olds in the youth justice system.

This forms an important part of the government’s broader youth justice agenda to implement developmentally appropriate, evidence-based reforms that reduce offending and reoffending.

Planning process

We have started planning the transition with:

  • government departments
  • non-government stakeholders
  • academic bodies
  • the broader community.

This is to make sure that our infrastructure and services are ready to safely meet the increased demands that will accompany moving 17-year-olds to the youth justice system.

Contact the Transition Project Team

The Youth Justice Transition Project Team will coordinate efforts within youth justice and across government.

The Transition Project Team can be contacted at transitionprojectteam@justice.qld.gov.au.

Last reviewed
4 January 2017
Last updated
4 January 2017

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