Bimberi Youth Justice Centre provides a state of the art youth detention facility which is the first in Australia to comply with the Human Rights requirements, as well as being designed to meet Human Rights standards. It accommodates children and young people (10 – 21) who have been refused bail or are sentenced to a period of detention by the Children’s Court or Supreme Court of the ACT. Bimberi operates within new legislative requirements of the Children’s and Young People’s Bill.
Bimberi staff work closely with other parts of the Youth Directorate, Child and Youth Protection Service, Community Services Directorate including Community Youth Justice and the Youth Policy and Programs Section. The Youth Directorate is focused on ensuring evidenced based, researched, developmentally appropriate, human rights compliant and child centred interventions with children, young people and their families.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (Bimberi) is a human rights compliant youth detention facility. Bimberi provides safe and secure accommodation for young people between the ages of 10 and 21 years who are remanded in custody or sentenced to a period of detention by the ACT Children’s or Supreme Courts. Bimberi facilitates rehabilitation and promotes the reintegration of children and young people into the community through a range of programs and services.
Bimberi aims to provide a safe, secure, supportive, rehabilitative environment for young people in custody resulting in young people:
- Feeling safe, valued, respected, supported and hopeful about their future and
- Being prepared to successfully participate socially and economically in the community. The Bimberi Youth Justice Centre contributes to the Community Services Directorate’s goals of giving young people a ‘positive start’ and ‘support to grow and develop’.
A number of community organisations provide support services to the residents of Bimberi that assist the young people to develop strong links to their family, community and to help with their transition upon release.
The strategic direction for youth justice is set out in the Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22. The Blueprint has a focus on early intervention, prevention and diversion. Custody is a last resort.
Education and Training at Bimberi
All young people attend education or training each day. The Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre (METC) provides a range of programs including recognised certificate courses, tutoring and transitional support back into the community. There are also opportunities for sport and recreation, art and cultural
METC also provide students the option to participate in the Respectful Relationships Program (RRP). The RRP provides a framework for feedback designed to assist young people to demonstrate respect for themselves, others and the environment.
Health and wellbeing at Bimberi
All young people have access to primary health care through services provided by Justice Health, Forensic Mental Health Services and through partnerships with community organisations. These services provide post release support by connecting young people to health services in the community for their ongoing care.
The key priorities for Forensic Mental Health Services and Justice Health is to ensure that young people have their individual needs met following assessment and are committed to offer ongoing care and support. As part of the through care model young people are able to connect with their existing community services and supports whilst at Bimberi.
Charter of Rights for Young People in Bimberi
The aim of the Charter of Rights for Young People in Bimberi (the Charter) is to strengthen the protection of young people in Bimberi by developing awareness of young people’s rights and responsibilities. The Charter embodies the ACT’s commitment to maintaining a human rights compliant framework. The Charter was developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including young people in Bimberi.
Bimberi Residential Services
Bimberi and Narrabundah House:
- Support young people to divert them from further justice involvement
- Provide safety and security for young people and the community
- Provide accommodation and rehabilitation
- Implement case management plans to assist in young people’s transition into the community.
Narrabundah House Indigenous Supported Residential Facility
Bimberi Residential Services (Narrabundah House Indigenous Supported Residential Facility) provides supported accommodation services to young Indigenous men, aged between 15 and 18 years of age. Narrabundah House is a community based accommodation program that provides Indigenous males subject to community based justice orders with supported accommodation in a safe, structured and inclusive environment.
Narrabundah House utilises a resident focused, mutually respectful and goal orientated approach meeting the needs of residents. The program aims to develop the young person’s independent living skills, connections to culture and engagement with services, while consolidating participation with employment, education and training engagement.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and Residential Services focus on delivering child-centred, evidence-based, developmentally appropriate and human rights compliant interventions to children, young people and their families.
After Hours Bail Support Service
CYPS also provides a service to support young people in keeping their bail conditions. The Service assists young people in police custody by arranging suitable community-based options as an alternative to custody, as well as supporting young people on bail orders to comply with their bail conditions.
Contact: Freecall 1800 178 277
Lasting Change - A guide for families, carers and the community
General information regarding the services and programs available at Bimberi.
Lasting Change [PDF 468KB]
Visiting Times and Conditions
Families, carers and significant people are encouraged to remain a central part of a young person’s life. Visits are allowed subject to prior approval and booking.
NB: Visits are held on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday For further information please call 62059051
NB: Visiting conditions apply at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.
A copy of the visiting conditions is available for inspection on request. A summary of the visiting conditions is as follows:
Conditions of Entry
It is a condition of entry that the visitor is required to produce photographic identification.
It is a condition of entry that a visitor does not bring a prohibited thing into the Centre, give a prohibited thing to a young detainee or remove a prohibited thing from the Centre. A list of prohibited things is on the bottom of this Information Sheet. It is an offence under the Children and Young People Act 2008 for a person to take a prohibited thing into a detention place, give a prohibited thing to a young detainee or remove a prohibited thing from a detention place. The penalty is up to 100 penalty units ($10,000), imprisonment for 1 year or both.
Requirements for Visitor Conduct During Visits
- a visitor must comply with all directions given by a youth detention officer;
- a visitor must comply with any conditions for the visit;
- a visitor must not engage in physical contact, behaviour or use language that may offend staff other young detainees or visitors;
- a visitor must be considerate of, and not cause disruption to, other visits;
- adult visitors or primary caregivers are responsible for the care and behaviour of any children brought into the Centre.
- all family visits need to be booked 24 hours in advance. Please call 62059051;
- all legal or welfare visits must be arranged through case management and a booking made. Call 62059051;
- any visitor that arrives without a booking may be refused entry to the centre;
- all visitors must be approved before entry. All adult visitors must bring photo ID;
- any visitor that appears under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused entry
- a visitor may be subject to a scanning, frisk or ordinary search prior to entering the Centre or while at the Centre;
- a visitor may be subject to both CCTV and audio monitoring while at the Centre and a visitor’s actions and voice may be recorded
- a visitor’s property may also be subject to a search after entry to the Centre;
- a visitor may be given a lawful direction by a youth detention officer to do or not do something to ensure compliance with the Visiting Conditions or security at the Centre. A visitor must comply with a direction given to them by a youth detention officer. It is an offence under the Children and Young People Act 2008 if a person fails to comply with a lawful direction. The penalty is up to 50 penalty units ($5,000), imprisonment for 6 months or both
- a visitor may be given a direction not to enter or to leave the Centre. A visitor must comply with a direction given to them not to enter or to leave. It is an offence under the Children and Young People Act 2008 if a person fails to comply with a direction not to enter or to leave. The penalty is up to 50 penalty units ($5,000), imprisonment for 6 months or both. A visitor who fails to comply with a direction not to enter or to leave may be removed by force.
- cigarettes, cigarette papers, pipes and tobacco
- alcohol, drugs or associated paraphernalia
- lighters, matches and flints
- weapons or firearms
- mobile phones
- non Issued keys
- money, credit cards or bankcards
- pornography or material containing adult, criminal or offensive content
any part of a thing mentioned above
- prescription and non-prescription medication, other than prescription and non-prescription medication that the Senior Manager has approved to be taken by a young detainee
- tools and related equipment, other than at times designated as program times or for a specific program or as approved by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- razor blades, knives or anything that can be used to cut, other than at meal times or as authorised by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- food stuffs, other than at meal times or as approved by the Senior Manager
- prams and bassinettes, other than those required for specific needs as approved by the Senior Manager
- toiletry products other than those issued or approved for issue by the Senior Manager
- grooming products other than those issued or approved for issue by the Senior Manager
- needles, syringes or other sharps except those required for specific needs as approved by the Senior Manager
- cameras unless approved by the Senior Manager for a specific purpose
- handbags, backpacks or bags of any kind unless approved by the Senior Manager
- petrol, thinners or propellants of any kind unless approved by the Senior Manager for a lawful purpose
- glues or aerosols other than at times designated as program times or for a specific program or as approved by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- mirrors, glass, ceramics of any kind other than at times designated as program times or for a specific program or as approved by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- jewellery unless approved by the Senior Manager
- cosmetics of any kind unless required for specific needs or programs as approved by the Senior Manager
- wire, rope or cord of any kind other than at times designated as program times or for a specific program or approved by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- portable electronic equipment other than at times designated as program times or for a specific program or approved by the Senior Manager for another lawful purpose
- personal possessions unless approved by the Senior Manager
Public Transport to Bimberi
Buses to Bimberi are available through Transport Canberra.
The Children and Young People Act 2008
The Children and Young People Act 2008 commenced on 9 September 2008. Policies and procedures under the Act relating to Bimberi are notified and available on the ACT Legislation Register
Information about the philosophy of Youth Justice in the ACT, environmental initiatives included in the design of Bimberi and the program and services model to be implemented at Bimberi.
Philosophy around youth justice in the ACT [PDF 52KB] [RTF 852KB]
Sustainability - A key element of design and operation of Bimberi Youth Centre [PDF 46KB] [RTF 788KB]
Programs and Service [PDF 301] [RTF 787KB]