This report looks at young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2017–18 because of their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It explores the key aspects of supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.
Of the 5,513 young people under youth justice supervision on an average day in 2017–18, most were male (81%) and supervised in the community (83%). Overall rates of supervision varied among the states and territories, from 12 per 10,000 in Victoria to 59 per 10,000 in the Northern Territory. Supervision fell over the 5 years from 2013–14 to 2017–18 for community-based supervision, but rose for detention. Indigenous over-representation also continued to rise.