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Youth Justice Innovation Fund

On 18 August 2014, the Minister for Corrective Services announced in Parliament the establishment of a Youth Justice Innovation Fund (the Fund). The Youth Justice Board (the Board) has an initial $2 million to fund innovative, community based programs that address some of the multiple and complex factors associated with high youth reoffending rates. The Board will be taking a special interest in programs designed for Aboriginal youth.

The Fund seeks to bring restorative and therapeutic programs into the youth justice arena that:

  • reflect the Department of Correctives Services aim of promoting community ownership of interventions that reduce youth re-offending
  • reflect the Department's aim of specifically reduce re-offending rates with respect to Aboriginal youth
  • prevent young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system
  • provide young people with an integrated and holistic through care approach to case management.

Applying for the Fund

The Fund is not accepting further applications at this time. For updates on the Fund's activities, please submit enquiries via email to

Objectives of the Fund

The objectives of the Fund are consistent with the objectives of the Young Offenders Act 1994 (WA), which seeks to:

  • enhance and reinforce the roles of responsible adults, families and communities in the minimization of the incidence of juvenile crime and rehabilitating young persons who have committed offences
  • integrate young persons who have committed offences into the community
  • ensure that young people are dealt with in a manner that is culturally appropriate and which acknowledges and enhances their cultural identity.

Support received

Apart from the costs associated with providing the program, the Fund is open to receiving applications that identify any additional support needed to deliver the program.

The Fund has limited resources and has been formed to allow programs to be delivered, but capacity building needs and other dependencies should be identified in the application.

The Fund exists to provide grants for programs that will deliver outcomes that feed into lower reoffending rates, but the Fund can be flexible in the way it considers applications that fit the criteria.


The Youth Justice Board hosted a forum on 29 October 2014 to explain funding criteria, assessment processes and evaluation methods to an audience of prospective applicants.

Video excerpt from the forum provided below.

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016