Juvenile Justice NSW

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Juvenile Justice NSW
Agency overview
Formed 2009
Preceding Agency Department of Juvenile Justice
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters Level 24, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Minister responsible Greg Smith SC MP,
Minister for Justice
Agency executive Valda Rusis, Chief Executive
Parent Agency Department of Attorney General and Justice
Child Agency Serious Young Offenders Review Panel
Key documents Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 (NSW)
Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987 (NSW)
Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW)
Children (Interstate Transfer of Offenders) Act 1988 (NSW)
Website http://www.djj.nsw.gov.au

Juvenile Justice NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government, is a division within the Department of Attorney General and Justice of New South Wales, Australia, responsible for the supervision of young people on community-based orders and custodial orders issued by the courts. The agency is also responsible for the administration of youth justice conferences.

The agency reports to the Minister for Justice, currently the Hon. Greg Smith SC MP, who is also the Attorney General of New South Wales.

Juvenile Justice NSW was formerly known as the Department of Juvenile Justice. On 27 July 2009, the Department was amalgamated into the new NSW Department of Human Services. It was then moved to the NSW Department of Attorney General & Justice on 1 April 2011.

The division operates under the terms of the Children (Detention Centres) Act 1987 (NSW), the Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987 (NSW), the Young Offenders Act 1997 (NSW), and the Children (Interstate Transfer of Offenders) Act 1988 (NSW).


In New South Wales, criminal responsibility legally commences at the age of ten. Under criminal law, a child is defined as a person under eighteen years of age.

There are seven Juvenile Justice Centres and 34 Juvenile Justice Community Services offices located throughout the state. Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre in Lidcombe, Sydney, is the only centre in Australia for female young offenders. Male young offenders under 16 are held at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre in Campbelltown.

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