Prime Minister of Tasmania – Progress on Juvenile Justice Reforms
August 23, 2022
Roger Jaensch, Minister of Education, Children and Youth
The Liberal Government of Tasmania is committed to developing a youth justice system that delivers better outcomes for young people and their families, and keeps our community safe.
In September last year, this government announced plans to close Ashley Youth Detention Center in 2024 and establish new youth detention facilities.
The 2022-23 budget includes a $40 million allocation to ensure work can begin as soon as design work is complete and suitable sites are confirmed.
This is about redefining our whole approach to the youth justice system and that is why extensive consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders, including young people, on our blueprint discussion paper youth justice.
To be released in the coming weeks, the Blueprint will set the strategic directions for the system over the next 10 years, ensuring we have the parameters and services that support early intervention, diversion and overall treatment response. of the system.
Importantly, these new services and supports, along with our government’s decision to raise the age of detention, will ensure that a custodial sentence in Tasmania is truly a last resort.
We have also appointed former Supreme Court Justice Shan Tennent as Independent Chair of our Youth Justice Reform Steering Committee and Chris Simcock has assumed the role of Executive Director.
Mr Simcock has considerable experience in setting up new juvenile justice approaches and facilities in the Northern Territory.
With regard to our transition to new facilities, Noetic Group is exploring appropriate options by undertaking consultations with Tasmanian stakeholders, analyzing data and reviewing best practices from around the world. We will have more to say about the progress towards our future system and facilities in the coming weeks.
This is a unique opportunity to build a new youth justice system and we want to get it right.
As we move forward with our plans for new facilities, significant reform has already taken place at AYDC over the past few years.
We acknowledge the efforts that many Center and Community Department staff have made to adopt a therapeutic approach and meet the needs of young people, while keeping the community safe.
Our government is committed to supporting children and families, engaging at-risk youth early on and diverting them from the youth justice system, and helping youth who come into conflict with the law to become productive members of our community.
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