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Strategic review

Youth on Track

In February 2013, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith, launched the Youth on Track program.

Youth on Track is a scheme for identifying and responding to young people at risk of criminal offence or who may already be in the criminal justice system.

The Youth on Track scheme is based on early intervention principles and an interagency approach to the management of the needs of these young people and their families. It is designed to prevent young people from becoming entrenched in criminal behaviour.

A review of the current management of young people at risk of entering the justice system was undertaken in 2010-11. The review included extensive consultation with government and non-government organisations, community groups and others working in the youth justice field.

The Youth on Track scheme builds on a number of the important recommendations of that review including the need to focus on intervening early and reducing the problems that make some young people more likely to commit crime.

To find out more about Youth on Track click here.

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Official visitors

The Official Visitor Scheme provides independent monitoring and evaluation of Youth Justice NSW centres. Established under the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987, the scheme ensures the protection of rights, improves advocacy and enhances other forms of assistance related to the welfare and treatment of young people in custody.

Official Visitors have the power to enter and inspect youth justice centres and confer privately with any person who is resident, employed or detained at that centre.

Official Visitors report to the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services regularly, independently of the agency. This includes formal written reports every six months on standards of care relating to detainees' security, welfare and rehabilitation. These reports detail the Official Visitor's concerns and views about the performance of the centre in accordance with the standards set out by the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators' Standards for Juvenile Custodial Facilities.


All contracts that Youth Justice enters into with the private sector, valued over $150,000, are required to be recorded in the register of government contracts, which is published on the Government tender's website.

The details of each contract is required to be entered into the register within 60 days of the contract coming into effect, and must remain on the register for 30 days or until the contract is complete, which ever is longer.

The Government tenders website also provides details of current tender opportunities in accordance with Premiers Memorandum 2007-01.


There are currently no requests for tenders by the Department of Communities and Justice for Youth Justice NSW.

Further information regarding Requests for Tender (RDT) are available on the NSW eTendering website. All responses to RFTs will be through NSW eTendering.