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Youth Justice Community Partnership funding

Youth Justice is working to improve community safety and reduce reoffending by young people who have been involved with the youth justice system. Over 2016-17 we are implementing new practices, new partnerships and new ways of working.

We are re-focusing funding of approximately $5.5m per year to purchase identified new Community Partnership services from organisations from the non-government sector.

We advertised the availability of funding and in November and December 2016 using an open tendering process on QTenders to invite submissions from interested parties. We held information sessions across 12 locations in Queensland to explain the process.

New services across Queensland are expected to commence in July 2017, with Youth Justice to deliver community-based interventions to young offenders or young people at high risk of offending.

Recommissioning Outcomes

So far, Youth Justice has entered into contracts with new providers in the following locations:

  • Cairns – Youth Empowerment Towards Independence (YETI)
  • Doomadgee – Save the Children
  • Mornington Island – Save the Children
  • Mount Isa – North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services (NWQICSS)

For Atherton, Palm Island and Cherbourg – the process is near completion and successful providers will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Current services

The current services have developed gradually since 2000. They are based on:

  • historic trends in offending
  • demographic features of the population
  • previous funding priorities.

These services will cease during 2017.

Changes in service delivery

Over time, significant changes have occurred among young offenders. Changes include increases in:

  • seriousness of offending
  • complexity of causal factors
  • the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation
  • numbers of young women in the youth justice system
  • rates of remand in custody.

Because of this, we are purchasing services which will address current and anticipated future needs, in locations with the highest risk factors associated with youth offending.

These services must:

  • have a robust evidence base
  • address the needs of young people
  • be culturally responsive to the target group
  • complement the delivery of statutory youth justice and other human services.

Tenders for Community Partnerships services

Tenders for Youth Justice Community Partnership funding closed in December 2016.

If you are interested in receiving information about future funding opportunities, the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Youth Justice advertise community partnership funding on QTenders.

Organisations can register on QTenders under the category ‘Politics and Civic Affairs Services’.

If your organisation is already registered on QTenders, but not in this category, you should set up a search profile under Manage My Subscriptions for tenders released under the Mega Category: Social Services.

Last reviewed
22 May 2017
Last updated
22 May 2017

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