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Indicator 32 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People in the Youth Justice System


Indicator  description

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for whom the police or ACT courts have made a decision for a period of supervision.

What do we  measure?

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 10-17 years per 10,000 of the population under youth justice supervision, both in the community or in detention. A young person will only be counted once.

Why is this important?

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the population that are placed by the ACT courts under supervision (both before and after sentencing for an offence) may infer trends in offending by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by analysing rates over time.

Policy Context

The data demonstrates a continued over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system in the ACT. The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in youth justice supervision in the ACT on an average day, however, has decreased since 2011-12.

The ACT Government emphasises through the Blueprint for Youth Justice, that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, both universal and targeted early intervention services are key to reducing later involvement in intensive, statutory services, such as youth justice.

This indicator will continue to inform monitoring and evaluation against the Blueprint, with the intention of refining and improving policy and operational processes to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

How is the ACT Progressing

Table 42: Number and rate per 10,000 of ACT young people aged 10-17 years under supervision during the year by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, 2007-17

  

2007-
2008

2008-
2009

2009-
2010

2010-
2011

2011-
2012

2012-
2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

No.

52

44

49

61

57

49

39

44

42

43

Rate

459

384

433

555

539

476

382

431

418

432

All young people

No.

248

236

248

246

205

179

147

145

149

141

Rate

70

66

70

71

59

51

41

41

42

39

Source: AIHW 2017, Youth Justice in Australia, 2016-17, table S10b and 12b.

In 2016-17, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people under supervision (43) was 30 per cent of all ACT young people aged 10-17 years (141). Although these numbers have fluctuated, in general, the numbers show a downward trend.

Table 43: Average number of days young people spent under supervision in the ACT by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status and gender

  

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Male

195

198

207

170

132

Female

152

193

161

183

233

Total

184

196

193

174

158

All young people

Male

196

199

194

172

175

 

Female

162

195

157

193

196

 

Total

188

198

185

177

179

Source: AIHW 2017, Youth Justice in Australia, 2016-17, table S30.

In 2016-17, the average number of days Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the ACT spent under supervision was 158 days which decreased by 19 per cent since 2013-14.