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The bulletin compares the numbers and rates of young people aged 10 and over who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. It focuses on trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2015 to the June quarter 2019.

Key numbers:

  • There were 949 young people in youth detention on an average night in the June quarter 2019. The vast majority (90%) were male. Most detainees (83%) were aged 10–17, a rate of 3.3 per 10,000 young people in this age group. The other detainees were aged 18 or over.
  • Almost 2 in 3 (63%) young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2019 were unsentenced—that is, they were awaiting the outcome of their court matter or sentencing. The remainder were serving a sentence.
  • Over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2015 to the June quarter 2019, the number of young people in detention on an average night fluctuated, with no clear trend. The number was lowest in the September quarter 2016 (806 young people), and highest in the March quarter 2018 (970).
  • The rate of young people aged 10–17 in detention fluctuated, at 2.8–3.5 per 10,000 each quarter over the 4-year period, but showed no consistent trend.
Publication Details
Issue:
Bulletin no. 148
Publication Year:
2020