The Melbourne Youth Justice Centre is a high security centre commissioned by the state government in 1993. It is located in the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, and replaced the Turana Youth Training Centre. The Justice Centre is a custodial facility for males aged 15 to approximately 18, who have been sentenced to a Youth Justice Centre Order or remanded in custody.
The Melbourne Youth Justice Centre comprises six units: Remand North, Remand South, Admissions/Oakview, Westgate, Southbank and Eastern Hill.
After the age of 18, most residents of the Justice Centre are transferred to Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, until they reach the age of 21.
Sources used to compile this entry: James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0367.pdf; Ombudsman Victoria, Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001: investigation into conditions at the Melbourne Youth Justice Precinct, October 2010, https://www.ombudsman.vic.gov.au/getattachment/47eb3c0d-36fb-4b5b-b7fb-d584c03ca46f.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 20 November 2009, Last modified: 5 November 2018