Youth Residential Centre Order

A youth residential centre order involves a period of detention in a youth residential centre. A youth residential centre order is a sentence of ‘last resort’ for children aged under 15 at the time of sentencing.

For those sentenced in the Children’s Court under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the maximum period of detention in a youth residential centre is:

  • one year for a single offence
  • two years where the child is convicted of more than one offence on the same day or at the same proceeding.

The period of detention must not be more than the maximum period of imprisonment that could be imposed on an adult for the same offence.

In an adult court, under the dual track system, a young offender can be sentenced to a youth residential centre order if he or she is aged under 15 years at the time of sentencing.

Under the Sentencing Act 1991, the maximum period of detention in a youth residential centre is:

  • two years if sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court
  • three years if sentenced in the County or Supreme Court.

Courts cannot set a non-parole period for a youth residential centre order. However, the Youth Residential Board may consider releasing a child or young offender on parole during the order.

While detained in a youth residential centre, young people attend education classes and participate in programs to address the offending behaviour.

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