Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC)

Young People

About Ashley


Ashley Youth Detention Centre, also known as Ashley, is Tasmania’s only Juvenile Justice Centre. Ashley Detention Centre aerial


It is managed by Children and Youth Services, which is an operational unit of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.


Ashley is located near Deloraine in the North of the State, and houses juvenile offenders of both sexes aged 10–18 years.


It has a 50-bed capacity and comprises four accommodation units - Bronte, Huon, Franklin and Liffey.


The Centre is staffed 24 hours per day.


Purpose of Ashley

The purpose of Ashley Youth Detention Centre is to provide secure care and custody for young men and women who are detained or remanded by the courts, through the provision of rehabilitative programs in accordance with the principles of the Youth Justice Act 1997.


The Youth Justice Act 1997 places a dual requirement on Youth Custodial Services, which is the part of Children and Youth Services (DHHS) that manages Ashley. First, the rehabilitation of young people in conflict with the law; and second the protection of the community from illegal behaviour.


At the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, these are addressed through:

  • Physical environment
  • Organisational structure and systems
  • Staffing number and quality, and
  • The provision of programs and services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people in detention.