The number of young people in detention in Victoria increased from 560 people in 2018–19 to 623 in 2019–20. New South Wales had the highest number of young people aged 10 to 17 in youth detention facilities of any Australian state or territory in 2019–20. At 1,413 young people, this represented a 1.1% decrease from 1,429 young people in 2018–19. Tasmania had the lowest number at 53 young people, a 13.1% decrease from 61 young people in 2018–19.
Victoria had the lowest rate of young people aged 10 to 17 in youth detention in 2019–20 at 10.2 per 10,000 young people. This was followed by Tasmania at 10.3 per 10,000 young people. The Northern Territory had the highest rate at 55.7 per 10,000 young people. This was almost twice the rate in Western Australia, at 28.5 per 10,000 young people, and more than five times the rate in Victoria.
Note: The data in the graph includes people aged 10 to 17 incarcerated in a youth detention facility as opposed to an adult custodial facility. Data is based on the count of unique persons in custody at any time during the year.
Detention rates per 10,000 young people aged 10 to 17 years in youth detention facilities in each Australian state and territory in 2019–20
Hover over a bar in the graph to display the detention rate and the number of young people in detention for each state and territory. The vertical line shows the national rate.
|Jurisdiction||Number||Rate per 10,000 young people aged 10 to 17|
|Australian Capital Territory||83||21.2|
|New South Wales||1,413||18.3|
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Youth Justice in Australia 2019-20, cat. no. JUV 134, Supplementary Tables S83b and S85b (2021).