Juvenile Justice

The Western Australia Police Force, in partnership with the Department of Corrective Services and Department of Education, 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 Corrective Services 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.

Crime and Justice statistics for Western Australia are available from the Crime Research Centre. Or contact the Juvenile Justice unit on (08) 9356 0555.

Metropolitan Juvenile Justice Teams
Team Address Phone number

Central Metro
(Mount Lawley)

1-3 Walcott St
Mount Lawley WA 6050

(08) 9227 2500
South West Metro

27 Tamara Dve
Cockburn Central WA 6164

(08) 9412 3300
North Metro

U2/65 Grand Boulevard
Joondalup 6027

(08) 9406 7999

Suite 2/3 Benjamin Way
Rockingham WA 6168

(08) 9528 8400

272 Pinjarra Road
Mandurah WA 6210

(08) 9581 0800
South East Metro

39 Abernethy Rd
Belmont WA 6104

(08) 9334 6035