Under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic), the Children’s Court may impose a youth supervision order on a child who has been found guilty of an offence. A child on a youth supervision order is subject to a higher level of supervision than a child on a probation order.
A youth supervision order requires a child to:
- report to a youth justice unit
- undertake supervised community work if directed
- satisfy any other conditions.
The maximum period of a youth supervision order is generally 12 months. However, the order may be up to 18 months if the offence is punishable by imprisonment for more than 10 years, or the child has been found guilty of more than one offence.
Mandatory conditions of a youth supervision order include:
- not reoffending
- reporting to the youth justice unit as required
- obeying the instructions of a youth justice worker
- attending places specified in the youth supervision order (including community service work)
- reporting any changes of address, school or employment
- not leaving Victoria without permission.
If the child breaches the youth supervision order by reoffending or not complying with some part of the order, the Children’s Court has the power to:
- vary the order and any conditions
- direct the child to comply with the order
- revoke the order and impose another sentence.
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