Australasian Youth Justice Administrators

AYJA-AIHW Report Released 26 February 2021 – Youth Detention Population in Australia 2020

The Youth Detention Population in Australia 2020 report has been released.  The report is not accompanied by a Media Release.

The report can also be accessed under Publications Reports and Research and on the AIHW website

Report Summary

This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2016 to June 2020. Among the 798 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020, most were male (91%), aged 10–17 (80%), unsentenced (64%), and non-Indigenous (52%). Over the 4-year period, the number of young people in detention fluctuated across quarters though fell overall from 922 in the June quarter 2016.

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