New youth justice peak body to improve community safety

Queensland Government media release

A new youth justice peak body will work with justice representatives and the State Government to inform policy that improves community safety.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) has been appointed as the inaugural co-ordinator of the body.

A youth justice peak body was a key recommendation of the Queensland Family and Childrens Commission’s 2023 Children’s Rights Report.

This new youth justice peak body will help to drive evidence-based approaches to improve community safety.

It will:

  • work with youth justice representatives and the State Government to inform policy decisions
  • enhance effective intervention and prevention strategies
  • address over-representation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island young people in the Queensland youth justice system
  • work with communities, practitioners, and policymakers to promote the safety and wellbeing of young people and their families in the system
  • develop strategies to deliver a capable and effective youth justice workforce
  • design and deliver campaigns targeting community service providers, and community groups, representing the view of the youth justice sector
  • build the capability of service providers in rural and remote locations and those providing services to First Nations and culturally diverse communities
  • The appointment of QATSICPP follows an expression of interest (EOI) process.

There has not been a peak body that specifically deals with youth justice in Queensland since 2012.

It will share information across the sector, including the ongoing consultation on a new youth justice strategy. The new strategy will be agile and adopt new evidence-based approaches in response to a quickly changing environment.

For more information visit the Queensland Government QTenders website.