Young People

The Courts

The quality of the working relationship with the Courts is integral to the successful working of Youth Justice Services. The Magistrates Court, (Youth Justice Division), is a separate jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court as provided in the Youth Justice Act 1997, which deals specifically with the criminal behaviour of youth – it does not have jurisdiction to hear protective matters – these are the province of the Magistrates Court (Children’s Division). To learn more about the Courts please follow the link to the magistrates court virtual tour.

Tasmania Police

Partnership with Tasmania Police is integral to the effective administration of Youth Justice. Youth Justice Act 1997 clearly articulates specific roles for youth justice workers and police officers at every stage of the process.

The objectives of the Youth Justice Partnership with Police are as follows:

  1. To ensure a clear understanding of the respective roles of police and youth justice workers
  2. To work together in coordinated ways that achieve consistent and complementary service responses as the young person moves through the various justice pathways.

Here is a link to the work that the Police do with the community

Local government and non-government sector

Partnerships with local government and the non-government sector are essential if Youth Justice Services is to fulfil its requirements under the Act. Many Youth Justice clients receive Community Service Orders, and section 74 of the Youth Justice Act 1997 specifies that community service may only involve certain types of work – in particular that the work selected for the performance of the community service must be for the benefit of the victim, disadvantaged persons, an organisation that does not seek pecuniary profit or a Government Department, instrumentality of the Crown or a council.

It is the role of Youth Justice Services to ensure therefore that there are appropriate placements in the community for placement for young people on Community Service Orders. It is therefore essential that Youth Justice Services works in tandem with the community – both local councils and non-government organisations - to develop projects that will both help educate the community about youth offending, and develop strategies to achieve more inclusive communities that better meet the needs of Youth Justice clients.

Youth Justice Services has strong connections with the peak body representing NGO’s who work with young people – the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT). A link to the YNOT website is as follows:

The Framework for Community Collaboration - April 2008


For young people who have offended, and may have become marginalised, participation in the education system is an important pathway for successful integration back into the community. There is clear proven research linking failure to attend school and involvement in anti-social behaviour. Further, a large proportion of young people who offend are not attending main-stream schooling. Youth Justice is currently developing better relationships with the Education Department in a number of areas, and the following is a link to the Education Department website.

Partnerships with DHHS Colleagues

Youth Justice Services needs to work closely with all our partners in the Department of Health and Human Services below in order to achieve the best outcomes for our young people:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Child Safety Service
  • Disability Services
  • Housing Tasmania
  • State-wide Specialist Services which includes Drug and Alcohol Services, and Forensic Mental Health.