The Tasmanian Government is committed to strengthening the supports and therapeutic interventions provided to young people to prevent engagement with the youth justice system. A key step towards achieving this goal is the development of a whole of government Blueprint for a multi-systemic response to youth justice in Tasmania across the next 10 years.  The Blueprint will outline a strategic direction across the service continuum, from prevention and early intervention, through to services for repeat and high risk offenders that changes the pathways for young people at risk of, or who are engaging in offending behaviour.

The Blueprint includes the Government’s commitment to continue the transition to a therapeutic model for custodial youth justice. This will see the closure of Tasmania’s existing youth custodial facility, the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, and building two smaller facilities – one in the North and one in the South.

Reforming Tasmania’s Youth Justice System: A pathway for improving outcomes across the youth justice support continuum is the Plan that outlines how we will transition away from the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and transform the youth justice system as a whole to better support the safety and wellbeing of Tasmania’s children and young people, and our whole community.

A Discussion Paper has also been developed that will provide the foundation for the consultation process to engage government, non-government organisations and the community in the development of the Blueprint. We want to hear your ideas on the strategies and actions that should be incorporated into the Blueprint.  We will also be speaking with children and young people who have experience with the youth justice system to ensure that their critical feedback is considered as part of this work.

Written submissions in response to the Discussion Paper can be submitted by email to:

Alternatively submissions can be mailed to:

Youth Justice Reform
Department of Communities Tasmania
GPO Box 65
Hobart TAS 7001

The closing date for submissions is COB 28 February 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the Discussion Paper, the consultation process, or the Blueprint more generally, please email or phone 6166 3799.

Expression of Interest – Independent Chair, Youth Justice Reform Steering Committee

An Opportunity to be part of Youth Justice Reform in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government has committed to the development of a new strategic direction for the youth justice system in Tasmania that will have a focus on prevention, early intervention, diversion and rehabilitation.

The next stage of the evolution and transition of Tasmanian youth justice services to a therapeutic model for custodial youth justice will see the closure of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, and its replacement with two new purpose-built facilities in the North and South of the State.

The governance arrangements for this initiative include a Youth Justice Reform Steering Committee to oversee the development and implementation of an integrated, therapeutic, and contemporary youth justice service system.

Expressions of interest are invited for the position of Independent Chair of that Committee, for a 3 year term. This position will be appropriately remunerated.

How do I apply?

Interested individuals with strong, senior level backgrounds in justice or children’s services are encouraged to express interest by writing to The Secretary, Department of Communities Tasmania at or GPO Box 65, Hobart, TAS, 7000, before 5pm Friday 28 January 2022.

Written applications should be no more than two pages and include the following:

  • Summary of relevant experience and credentials;
  • Previous experience overseeing large-scale service transformation projects;
  • Ability to engage and influence across government, including senior government officials; and
  • A focus on sensitive and informed engagement with community and stakeholders that have a significant interest in the project.

For more information on the reform’s governance structure, read the Youth Justice Reform Governance Framework.

If you have questions in relation to this EOI, please contact