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The Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) in collaboration with Juvenile Justice New South Wales (JJ NSW) partnered with the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to deliver the 3rd Australasian Youth Justice Conference in 2019. The conference was held at the Sydney International Convention Centre, in the heart of this wonderful harbourside city.

Over three days the conference brought together juvenile justice administrators, practitioners and policymakers from government and community organisations, together with academics, students and others with a keen interest in effective, innovative youth justice outcomes.

Running this year for the third time, the Conference is a great opportunity to learn about – and directly contribute to shaping – new ideas and evidence-based responses in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

The conference featured dynamic keynote presentations from a diverse group of international and domestic keynote speakers, each setting the scene for the concurrent papers, concurrent sessions and poster presentations that completed the program.

The theme for AYJC 2019 was Contemporary Challenges, Innovative Solutions, embracing and reflecting the need for forward-thinking approaches to issues highlighted by recent inquiries. Sub-themes throughout the conference explored safety, security and rehabilitation; Countering Violent Extremism; emerging technologies; mental health; Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; education; and overrepresentation across distinct groups.

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Keynote Speakers

Gráinne Moss
Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, New Zealand

Francis (“Frankie”) V. Guzman
Juvenile Justice Attorney, National Center for Youth Law, California

Julie Edwards
Chief Executive Officer, Jesuit Social Services, VIC

Peta Lowe
Director Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Justice

Conference Host

Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA)

The Australian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) operates as a collective body of senior executives whose purpose is to share information of relevance for all youth justice jurisdictions, support the collection of relevant youth justice data, support and contribute to research in the area of youth justice and promote and maintain national principles, standards and guidelines for youth justice.  AJJA membership comprises of a minimum of one senior executive officer from each of the Australian state and territory departments and New Zealand who is responsible for the delivery of youth justice services.

AJJA is committed to supporting an evidenced-based approach when working with young people.  Each year AJJA commissions important research and information papers to help build the national evidence base for youth justice policy.  AJJA works collaboratively with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Productivity Commission and other research bodies in the development of this work.

For more information, including membership, visit the AJJA website www.ajja.org.au.

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