In December 2022, the Queensland Government announced a ten-point plan to “make tough laws even tougher” in response to a perceived increase in violent youth crime.

In response, QAI has signed an Open Letter with our allies, urging the Queensland Parliament to consider the following issues when deliberating youth crime:

  • Stop politicising youth crime
  • Take notice of the facts
  • Protect our children – more than any age group, they are victims of crime
  • Let First Nations leaders lead
  • Properly resource our teachers and schools
  • Take account of children’s disabilities and mental health concerns
  • Tackle our social problems
  • Hold children accountable for their behaviour in ways that work
  • Divert children under the age of 14 from the criminal justice system.

Read the Open Letter, here:

Open Letter – PDF