State Government of New South Wales
The Department of Juvenile Justice was created in 1990 by the New South Wales Government. It is responsible for juvenile justice centres, which had previously been known as juvenile detention centres. In 2012 these were: Acmena (Grafton); Broken Hill Shelter (Broken Hill); Cobham (Werrington/St Mary's); Emu Plains (Emu Plains); Frank Baxter (Mt Penang); Juniperina (Lidcombe); Orana (Dubbo); Reiby (Airds); Riverina (Wagga Wagga).
When the Office of Juvenile Justice was created in 1990 it assumed responsibility for people who had been under the control of the Department of Community Services (DoCS). Records were transferred from DoCS to the Juvenile Justice in stages. This usually affects people born after 1970. People may have records in both Departments.
People seeking access to records of their time in the Department of Juvenile Justice can make a request for information to the Department. Please note, care leavers may also be asked to contact Community Services NSW.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Youth Justice NSW Centres', in Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Justice: Department of Attorney General and Justice, 2013, http://www.juvenile.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/youth-justice/about/youth-justice-centres/youth-justice-centres.aspx; Quinn, Peter E, Unenlightened efficiency: the administration of the juvenile correction system in New South Wales 1905-1988, University of Sydney, History, 27 March 2006, http://hdl.handle.net/2123/623; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 27 April 2011, Last modified: 25 November 2014