The Youth Crime Prevention Grants fund community-led initiatives that address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people aged 10 to 24 years who have had contact with, or are at risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system.

Directed grants

A direct investment of $5.6 million was allocated across eight priority communities: Ballarat, Casey, Frankston, Geelong, Greater Dandenong, Hume Latrobe and Wyndham.

Each community partnership was allocated $700,000 over two years.

 

Reignite Geelong - Geelong, Barwon South West region

This project is a collaborative community response targeting a group of 18 high risk, recidivist offenders aged 13 to 18 years.

 

ReBoot - Latrobe, Gippsland region

This is an early intervention project providing intensive support to up to 30 young people aged 10 to 14 years with a demonstrated risk of engaging with the criminal justice system or with current engagement in low-level offending.

 

Ballarat Youth Crime Prevention Project - Ballarat, Grampians region

This project provides intensive support to up to 40 recidivist young people aged 10 to 17 years by bringing together the case workers they have had involvement with as part of a Multi-Agency Support Team.

 

Broadmeadows Community Youth Justice Alliance - Hume, North West Metropolitan region

This project targets 120 highly vulnerable young people, including 18 high-risk recidivists living in, or near, the Banksia Gardens Public Housing Estate.

To watch a short video about this project and meet some of the young people it supports, click here

 

Change It Up: Wyndham - Wyndham, North West Metropolitan region

This project provides intensive support services to 15 young people aged 16 to 24 years and their families to create a pathway away from offending.

 

PIVOT Casey and Dandenong Youth Crime Prevention projects - Casey and Dandenong, South East Metropolitan region

These projects provide tailored support across both locations for 40 young people aged 14 to 22 years who have been identified as serious or recidivist offenders through a three phase approach.

 

PIVOT Frankston Youth Crime Prevention Project - Frankston, South East Metropolitan region

This project provides intensive support to 20 young people aged 12 to 21 years and their families through a dedicated ‘advocate’.

Competitive grants

In 2017, funding of $2 million was allocated to ten high priority communities: Bendigo, Brimbank, Cardinia, Darebin, East Gippsland, Horsham, Melton, Mildura, Shepparton and Wodonga. Each of these projects received up to $200,000 over two years to develop and implement evidence-based youth crime prevention strategies.

Further funding of $1.4 million was allocated in 2019 to continue the work of seven of these projects until 2021.

 

Gippsland engaged mentoring service for crime prevention - East Gippsland, Gippsland region

This partnership project expands an existing mentoring program to approximately 50 young people aged 10–24 years who have had, or are at risk of having, involvement with the criminal justice system in East Gippsland.

 

Connecting the service puzzle for youth at risk – outreach to mentoring - Horsham, Grampians region

The Centre for Participation is leading the development of a coordinated framework for identifying, engaging with and providing linked services to up to 40 highly vulnerable young people aged 10 to 24 years. The outreach and youth mentoring program provides flexible case management support and planning.

 

OutTeach - Shepparton, Hume region

This project provides a youth worker and teacher to work two-on-one with 20 young people aged 10 to 24 years from a mobile classroom.

 

Building Resilient Adolescents through Community Engagement (BRACE) - Wodonga, Hume region

This project engaged at-risk young people in Wodonga aged 10-14 years and their families in activities designed to strengthen their commitment to school, reduce involvement with police and professional services, and foster connection with the community.

Project activities will conclude in June 2019. 

 

Second Chance - Bendigo, Loddon Mallee region

Job agency CVGT Australia is leading a partnership of agencies to provide a diversionary health, education and employment support program in the municipality of Greater Bendigo.

 

Mildura Youth Commitment Program - Mildura, Loddon Mallee region

A consortium led by Sunraysia Community Health Services provides intensive, wrap-around case management support to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors for 10 young people aged 10 to 14 years at significant risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system, and their families.

 

Youth Umbrella Project (YUP) - Brimbank, North West Metropolitan region

This project provides a range of targeted interventions to reduce risk and increase resilience for 120 disadvantaged CALD young people aged 12–24 years in Brimbank.

 

iStart: Engaging Arabic-speaking youth in Darebin - Darebin, North West Metropolitan area

This project aimed to address the factors that increase the vulnerability and risk-taking behaviours of up to 40 young residents of Darebin aged 10 to 24 years from a diverse Middle Eastern/Arabic speaking background, and who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

Project activities will conclude in June 2019. 

 

UTURN 193 - Melton, North West Metropolitan area

This project provides sporting activities, case management and wilderness activities to Sudanese young people aged 10 to 24 years who are experiencing vulnerabilities and have had contact with the criminal justice system.

 

Ignite - Cardinia, South East Metropolitan region

This project was a collaborative community response targeting a group of 18 high-risk, recidivist offenders aged 13 to 18 years. 

Project activities will conclude in June 2019. 

 Koori grants

Dedicated funding of $1.5 million has been allocated to 25 Koori youth crime prevention activities.

Further information about these projects can be found here.