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May 2019

Youth set to get on track in the Riverina

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Gareth Ward today announced Mission Australia as the successful tenderer for the Youth on Track Riverina site. The scheme is designed to coordinate services and intervene early for 10–17 year old young people at risk of long-term involvement in the criminal justice system. The Riverina site will be the state’s seventh Youth on Track site. 

​Read the Minister's announcement

December 2018 

Annual reports, show youth on track

Youth on Track (YoT) service providers, Centacare (New England  YoT site) and Social Futures (Coffs Clarence YoT site) showcase Youth on Track being delivered in their areas through a review of service delivery in 2018 and a case study involving a young person who participated in the scheme.

See page 37 of Centacare’s Annual Report for an overview of the scheme in New England.
See page 19 of Social Futures Annual Report for a case study about a young person participating in Coffs Clarence.

Youth on Track goes to Tender in Riverina 

A competitive tender process will occur for the Youth on Track Riverina Police District site with the scheme to be rolled out from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022. The tender opens on 18 December 2018 and closes on 11 February 2019. For tender documents and further information go to https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/

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August 2018

Expansion of Youth on Track 

On 28 August 2018 the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian announced a $1m investment over three years to expand the Juvenile Justice Youth on Track scheme into the Riverina Police District until June 2022. Read the Ministers announcement [PDF 113kb].

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September 2016

Youth on Track tenders awarded

Minister for Corrections, David Elliott announced the successful tenderers for the expansion of the Youth on Track program to three new sites. A competitive tender process was conducted, drawing bids from over 30 NGOs and community organisations.

The successful organisations are:

  • Mission Australia to service Blacktown, Central West, Hunter, and Mid North Coast.
  • Social Futures to service Coffs Clarence.
  • Centacare NENW ​to service New England.

​Read the Minister's announcement 

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June 2016

Expansion of Youth on Track

On 21 June 2016 the Minister for Corrections, David Elliott announced a $14.5m injection of funds over three years to expand the Juvenile Justice Youth on Track scheme to a further three sites until September 2019. The money will fund the scheme to three new areas – Central West, Coffs/Clarence and New England. It will also fund the continuation of Youth on Track at existing sites in Blacktown, the Hunter and Mid North Coast.

Read the Minister’s announcement​.

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Yout​​h​​ on Track goes to Tender

A competitive tender process will occur for all six sites with the scheme to be rolled out to the additional three sites by the end of 2016. The tender opens on 22 June 2016 and closes on 21 July 2016. For further information on the tender go to https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/​. The Youth on Track Unit will conduct pre-tender briefings in all six sites from 27 June to 1 July. See the invitation ​for details.

​​November 2015

The Department of Justice extended the Youth on Track scheme and Uniting’s contract to continue Youth on Track in the current three locations until 30 October 2016.

The short extension will allow time for the Department to seek further funding to continue Youth on Track. A longer extension will enable the completion of two independent evaluations of the scheme.

February 2015

The Department of Justice has extended the Youth on Track scheme until 31 December 2015. The extension will allow an opportunity to implement process improvements.

Initial analysis of Youth on Track performance indicators show promising results in regards to the impact the scheme has on young people's offending risks and their contact with police. In addition stakeholders, young people and carers also provided positive feedback about the scheme. The extension will also enable the Department to assess the effect of Youth on Track on a greater number of young people than is currently available before reporting to Government to make decisions about further expansion to new sites.

July 2014

In the first 12 months of operation 223 young people were referred to Youth on Track for case management and offending focused interventions. Sixty per cent (96) of the young people and families able to be contacted, engaged voluntarily with the scheme. Youth on Track completes the YLS/CMI tool every 12 weeks to assess the young person's offending risk and needs. Out of the 38 young people who had participated on the scheme for longer than 12 weeks, 66 per cent reduced their YLS/CMI risk score. It is estimated that Youth on Track will receive 250–300 referrals in 2014.

December 2013

The NSW Privacy Commissioner has made public interest directions in relation to the Youth on Track program. The public interest directions will help facilitate the important transfer of information between the participating government agencies and non-government organisations who are involved in this strategy.

May 2013

UnitingCare Burnside awarded Youth on Track contract

Wednesday, 15 May 2013: UnitingCare Burnside has been awarded the contract to provide case management services for the Youth on Track scheme.

Read the Attorney General's announcement [PDF 195KB]

The Youth on Track program will be conducted in three regions in NSW during 2013-14. These regions are Blacktown, Newcastle and the Mid-North Coast.

Attorney General's announcement of the Youth on Track program [PDF, 224kb]

 

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