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How can we improve youth justice?

Youth justice is at a crossroads. Recent events across Australia have put the spotlight on young people and crime. Our National Justice Symposium is a timely opportunity to come together to consider ‘where to from here?’ for youth justice in Australia.

At our 2017 National Justice Symposium, you will:

  • discover best practice in youth justice
  • reflect on what’s working in Australia and overseas
  • learn how to influence public debate and media on youth justice issues

The third of its kind, the National Justice Symposium unites policy makers, youth workers, academics and decision makers to take a critical look at the current state of justice policy and practice in Australia and internationally.

Event information

Tuesday 21 March 2017, 9am-4pm
State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne

Tickets $110, book now on www.trybooking.com/OWPX

Keynote speaker: Vincent Schiraldi

Vincent Schiraldi headshot smallVincent Schiraldi is Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. A reformer and innovator in youth justice, Vincent has pioneered efforts at community-based alternatives to incarceration. He is the founder of the Justice Policy Institute, and has previously served as Director of Juvenile Corrections in Washington DC, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation and Senior Advisor to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

 Other speakers
  • Lachlan Harris, founder GetUp and former adviser to The Hon Kevin Rudd
  • Andrew Jackomos, Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
  • Anthony McGinness, thought leader in youth justice, Head of Consulting, Noetic Group
  • Jon Faine, ABC Radio presenter
  • Rob Hulls, former Victorian Attorney-General and Director, Centre for Innovative Justice
  • Liana Buchanan, Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Muriel Bamblett, CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Jared Sharp, General Manager, Jesuit Social Services (Northern Territory)

An evening with Vincent Schiraldi

Want even more than our National Justice Symposium? Join us the night before for a close-up conversation about the challenges facing youth justice in Australia. We bring together key minds to explore the challenges and solutions from home and abroad, in a robust panel discussion moderated by Fr Frank Brennan. The panel will grapple with how to deliver a youth justice system that can divert young people to a more positive path — and improve community safety at the same time.

Our panellists include:

  • Vincent Schiraldi, keynote speaker at the third National Justice Symposium
  • Bernie Geary, former Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, and
  • Karen Percy, senior ABC journalist

Event information

Monday 20 March 2017, 6pm–7:30pm
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Tickets $20, book now on www.trybooking.com/OZEV

About the panelists

Currently a Senior Research Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Vincent Schiraldi brings a wealth of expertise in youth justice policy. He is founder of the think-tank Justice Policy Institute and has driven pivotal reforms to youth justice systems in Washington DC and New York City.

Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest, professor of law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, the Australian National University College of Law, and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He is the newly appointed CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia and former National Director of Human Rights and Social Justice for Jesuit Social Services.


For more information about these events, contact symposium@jss.org.au or phone (03) 9421 7600.