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    When a court order includes a condition that says 'to be supervised by an officer of Youth Justice' it means that the court expects Youth Justice to support the young person to comply with the order and stop offending.

    Supervision occurs in both community and custodial settings and means that the young person will have to meet with a Youth Justice officer or case manager for the period of the court order. A 'Supervision Agreement’ will be created with the young person and will identify how often they need to meet with their Youth Justice officer or case manager and any other activities to help them address offending behaviours.

    A condition of supervision may be seen on the following orders:

    • bail
    • home detention
    • community service
    • obligation
    • suspended sentence.

    The court order (except for remand and detention) will have a condition that a young person report within two working days to Community Youth Justice (CYJ). Reporting to CYJ is the beginning of the supervision process for all court orders.


    The Youth Court may order that a young person enter into a bail agreement. Youth Justice is involved only if the court requires a young person to be 'under the supervision of Youth Justice' as a condition of the bail agreement.

    The court may also add a condition that the young person be subject to home detention as part of the bail agreement. If a young person is subject to home detention they must remain at the residence specified on the court order, are subject to electronic monitoring and supervised by the Home Detention team.

    If you have any queries about home detention please phone the Home Detention team on 1800 621 425.

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    If a young person attends court and is not granted bail they will be remanded into custody at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC). Being remanded means the young person is held in custody until the next court hearing date. The length of remand varies and is determined by the court. Youth Justice staff will support the young person in the AYTC throughout the period of their remand.

    If you have any queries regarding the Adelaide Youth Training Centre please phone 8169 1444.

    Home detention

    A young person may be sentenced to home detention or it could be a condition of bail or conditional release from a training centre. Young people on home detention must remain at the residence specified on the court order, are subject to electronic monitoring and supervised by the Home Detention team. The conditions of Home Detention are discussed with young people and their families and includes when absences from the residence are allowed.

    If you have any queries about home detention please phone the Home Detention team on 1800 621 425.

    Community service

    A court can impose a community service order (CSO) which requires a young person to perform up to 500 hours of supervised community work. Community Youth Justice’s CSO Program and partners will supervise this community work. There are several metropolitan and regional sites where a young person can complete their CSO.

    Sometimes, fines can be converted into community service hours. Youth Justice supervises this community service but is not able to convert the fines for a young person. To apply to convert a fine to community service hours, contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit.

    CSO activities and programs can include:

    • growing produce and maintaining community gardens
    • assisting charity stores/food banks
    • landscaping
    • animal welfare
    • assist in aged care/homeless/Aboriginal/youth community centres
    • maintaining zoos and wildlife parks
    • graffiti removal
    • general maintenance, building and restoration work
    • tree planting and weed eradication.

    If you have any CSO queries please phone 1800 621 425 and you will be referred to the closest CSO office.


    The court may order an obligation which will require the young person to be of good behaviour for a period of time. There may be other conditions imposed on this obligation such as:

    • to reside where directed
    • to be under the supervision of an officer of Youth Justice or other person nominated by the Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services
    • to obey the directions of the officer or person
    • to participate in programs.

    The young person and the Youth Justice worker will engage in a supervision agreement throughout the period of the Obligation.

    Suspended sentence obligation

    A court may suspend a period of detention and place a young person on a suspended sentence obligation. If a young person does not follow the conditions on the order, in particular to be of good behaviour, they may have to serve the period of detention at the AYTC.

    The young person and the youth justice worker will engage in a supervision agreement throughout the period of the suspended sentence obligation.


    When a young person has been sentenced by a court to a period of detention they will be detained in the AYTC. During their time at the AYTC residents are provided with the guidance, support and resources to support them to address their offending behaviours.

    Conditional release

    If a young person has served at least two-thirds of their detention sentence, it may be possible for them to make an application to the Training Centre Review Board (TCRB) for conditional release. Conditional release is when a young person has been granted leave from the AYTC until the end date of their court order. In deciding whether to grant a young person conditional release, the TCRB will consider many factors including behaviour while in custody, likelihood of re-offending, and the impact of release on any victims of the offending. There will be conditions on the order for the period of time the young person is in the community. These conditions may be home detention, attending programs and projects, undertaking drug testing, and attending supervision.

    Young people on conditional release are supervised by Community Youth Justice custodial case managers.

    Police custody

    The AYTC provides police custody accommodation if a young person has not been granted bail by the South Australia Police. The young person will normally attend the Adelaide Youth Court the next business day. Parents or guardians will be contacted by AYTC when the child or young person arrives.

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