​ACT Government failing miserably to help young people successfully complete community-based justice orders


The Labor-Greens Government failed to provide any explanation in Estimates Hearings today as to why the ACT has the nation’s lowest proportion of young people successfully completing court-mandated youth justice orders that are to be served in the community.

Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said it was troubling that the Minister and her officials were unaware of this damning data, having to take the questions on notice.

“Governments are expected to provide comprehensive case management and connect kids to the right community supports, but how can they do this well if they don’t even realise how badly they’re failing?” Mrs Kikkert said.

“The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people successfully completing these court orders has reached a record low after five years of decline.

“In 2015–16, four out of five young Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders on community-based orders in the ACT successfully completed them. In 2019–20, only one in six did. This is another example of the government failing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

“This is in stark contrast to the national average, where the proportion of First Nations young people successfully completing community-based order has increased every single year over the same five-year period, reaching 80.8 per cent last year.

“I am determined to see these young people receive the hands-on case management and strong community supports they need to successfuly reintegrate into the community," Mrs Kikkert concluded.