Budget 2017 included $46.9 million to reduce burglary and youth offending.
The justice sector will receive $46.9 million over the next four years in operating funding for new initiatives to reduce burglary and youth offending, namely:
- $32.9 million for burglary prevention, targeting burglars under the age of 25
- $13.9 million to reduce reoffending, targeting high risk young offenders.
Justice Minister Amy Adams said the main focus of the burglary prevention initiative is on reducing the motivation to commit burglary and increasing the availability of reintegration services to better transition offenders from prison back into the community.
“The initiative will also provide support to reduce the risk of a burglary victim being repeatedly targeted by installing additional security such as window locks, security lights or bolt locks,” said Ms Adams.
The initiative to reduce reoffending by high risk young offenders will provide professional youth mentoring, cognitive behavioural therapy and functional family therapy.
“Serious youth offenders are most likely to go on to live a life of crime, so addressing the problems while offenders are young means our communities will be safer now and in the long term,” said Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell.