Juvenile Justice

The Western Australia Police Force, in partnership with the Department of Justice, are diverting early and minor young offenders from the formal judicial system and further offending behaviour.

Legislation contained in the Young Offenders Act 1994, gives police officers the discretionary power to use diversionary options when dealing with a young person who commits an offence. Instead of an arrest and subsequent court appearance, police officers can issue a formal written caution or refer the matter to a Juvenile Justice Team.

Where the matter is referred to a Juvenile Justice Team, the consultative process also includes a Department of Justice Juvenile Justice Team Coordinator and any other relevant persons. No criminal conviction is recorded against the young person if police use diversionary options.

This system gives young people the opportunity to come to the realisation that there are consequences to their behaviour and that they are responsible for their own actions.

The Western Australian State Government acknowledged in the early nineties, that no single agency acting in isolation could achieve genuine reductions in juvenile crime and that this could only be done, by establishing strategic partnerships with other agencies and the community.

The Young Offenders Act 1994 and use of diversionary options by police has revolutionised the way in which early and minor offenders are managed in Western Australia.

Metropolitan Juvenile Justice Teams
Team Address Phone number
Central Metro Youth Justice Services 3 Walcott Street
Mount Lawley WA 6050


Telephone: (08) 9227 2500
Fax: (08) 9328 2057
South-West Metro Youth Justice Services
Units 1-4 27 Tamara Drive
Yangebup WA 6164


Telephone: (08) 9412 3300
Fax: (08) 9412 3333
South-West Metro Youth Justice Services
Unit 2/3 Benjamin Way
Rockingham WA 6168


Telephone: (08) 95288400
Fax: (08)95281948
South-East Metro Youth Justice Services 100 Welshpool Road
Welshpool WA 6106


Telephone: (08) 9334 6000
Fax: (08) 9334 6060
North Metro Youth Justice Services 5 Milldale Way,
Mirrabooka WA 6061


Telephone: (08) 6241 5600
Fax: (08) 9243 4253