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Victoria - Glossary Term

Juvenile Offending

Glossary Term
Alternative Names
  • Juvenile Delinquency

The Neglected and Criminal Children's Act of 1864 was the first piece of legislation in Victoria to address juvenile offending. Since 1864, 'criminal' children have been dealt with in different ways. The Children's Court was established in 1906. Over time, the institutions to accommodate juvenile offenders in the 'care' of the state have been called variously reformatories, juvenile schools, youth training centres, juvenile justice centres, youth justice centres.


Newspaper Articles

  • Brigadier Kyle, 'Our boys: the true inwardness of the Army's preventive work', War Cry, 17 June 1899, pp. 3-4. Details


  • Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, Report of the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency to the Hon. A.G. Rylah, Chief Secretary of Victoria, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1956. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Jaggs, Donella, 'Juvenile Offending', in eMelbourne: the city past and present, Encyclopedia of Melbourne online, The University of Melbourne, 2008,; McCallum, David, Law and norm: justice administration and the human sciences in early juvenile justice in Victoria, Newcastle Law Review, vol. 7, 2004, 62-71 pp,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill