A ‘re-imagined’ youth justice system was a central theme of the Our youth, our way: Inquiry into the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the Victorian youth justice system report tabled in the Parliament of Victoria by the Commission for Children and Young People. The inquiry makes 41 findings and 75 recommendations, which the Commission hopes will transform the Youth Justice system in Victoria.
The inquiry sought to understand the lived experiences of Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria and the factors contributing to their over-representation in the youth justice system.
A central recommendation is that Victoria raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14, in line with calls by national advocates and the recommendations of the United Nations.
The inquiry and associated Koori Youth Justice Taskforce project examined the cases of nearly 300 children who were involved in Victoria’s youth justice system between 10 October 2018 and 31 March 2019.
Read the media release.