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The Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) operates as a collective body of senior executives whose purpose is to share information of relevance for all youth justice jurisdictions, support the collection of relevant youth justice data, support and contribute to research in the area of youth justice and promote and maintain national principles, standards and guidelines for youth justice.  AJJA membership comprises of a minimum of one senior executive officer from each of the Australian state and territory departments and New Zealand who is responsible for the delivery of youth justice services.   

AJJA is committed to supporting an evidenced-based approach when working with young people.  Each year AJJA commissions important research and information papers to help build the national evidence base for youth justice policy.  AJJA works collaboratively with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Productivity Commission and other research bodies in the development of this work.

Click here to view AJJA’s Terms of Reference.

 Principles of Youth Justice in Australia

The Principles of Youth Justice in Australia (the Principles) is the foundation document for the work AJJA does and was endorsed by all Australian jurisdictions in October 2014.  The Principles build upon the AJJA Juvenile Justice Standards 2009 which are broadly used to assess the delivery of youth justice programs and services across Australia.  Youth justice practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Principles and to use them as a guide in the development, implementation and assessment across youth justice program and service delivery.

A Principles poster is in the final stages of development and will be available to access off this site in the very near future.  Watch this space.

Click here to view the Principles of Youth Justice in Australia.

 Principles of Youth Justice in Australia Poster

The Principles of Youth Justice in Australia poster is now available to access on this site.  Please feel free to display the poster in your offices and youth justice centres.

The Principles of Youth Justice in Australia brochure that was endorsed in October 2014 is also accessible on this site. 

Click here to view both the poster and brochure.


 Juvenile Justice Standards

The AJJA Standards are published jointly by the youth justice administrators across Australia and New Zealand. The Standards outline an agreed minimum standard for practice that youth justice service agencies aspire to meet.

Click here to view the AJJA Juvenile Justice Standards.



 Second Australasian Youth Justice Conference - November 2016

The second Australasian Youth Justice Conference scheduled for November 2015 has unfortunately been postponed until November 2016.  As part of the Federal Budget Announcement in May 2015 the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was merged with the Australian Crime Commission and no longer able to partner with AJJA to host the conference.

AJJA is still aiming to hold the second conference in November 2016 in Brisbane, and is currently discussing potential partners to ensure the event happens within the timeframe indicated.

Keep checking this page for updates.

 Representative Supervision


At times children and young people who are under the supervision of a state youth justice agency may need to move temporarily or permanently to another jurisdiction. Some of these children and young people may apply to the sentencing court to have their matter discharged or varied. Similarly some jurisdictions may seek formal transfer of the order to another jurisdiction. However due to the jurisdictional nature of criminal justice legislation not all youth justice orders may be transferred to another state. In these instances the supervising jurisdiction may seek support from the jurisdiction where the child or young person has moved to supervise the order on behalf of the supervising jurisdiction. This is known as representative supervision.


An agreement has been reached by AJJA that any request for representative supervision must be made by the Director (delegate to approve transfer of the young person) of the requesting jurisdiction and approved by the receiving jurisdictional Director.


Click here to view the AJJA Representative Supervision Guidelines.


Click here to access the AJJA Representative Supervision webpage (password required).




 First Australasian Youth Justice Conference - May 2013


In 2013 the Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) held the first Australasian Youth Justice Conference.

The first Australasian Youth Justice Conference featured distinguished speakers from a range of backgrounds - judicial, academic and therapeutic - to provide insight into youth justice issues and ways forward.

The issues discussed included;

  • current challenges facing police
  • courts and supervision in the youth justice area
  • working with offenders both inside and outside supervised settings
  • intervening through families and communities
  • working with Indigenous young offenders from Australian, New Zealand and Canadian perspectives.

Click here to view the conference program and available conference papers.




 Contact AJJA


Justine Maynard

Secretariat, Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators


Phone: (08) 89357864


 External Links

  ACT Community Services Directorate
  NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice
  NT Department of Correctional Services
  NZ Ministery of Justice
  QLD Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  SA Department of Communities and Social Inclusion
  TAS Department of Human Services
  VIC Department of Human Services
  WA Department of Corrective Services
  Australian Institute of Criminology
  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  Juvenile Justice Research Information Group (JJ RIG)