In March 2011, Juvenile Justice revised its procedures for applying to conduct research. All research applications are now processed through Juvenile Justice's Research and Information Unit.
All researchers are strongly advised to read this document, in conjunction with the
Juvenile Justice Research Agenda, the
Juvenile Justice Research Policy ( 338kb) and
Juvenile Justice Conditions of approval documents prior to applying to conduct research in Juvenile Justice.
After reading all Agency information on research, contact the Research and Information Unit (RIU) Manager on (02) 9219 9515 or Research Psychologist on (02) 9219 9458. You will need to provide an outline of the proposed area for investigation. You are advised to have formulated your specific research questions prior to contacting the Agency.
The Agency will then assess whether your area of interest meets its priorities for research. If the research area is assessed as not being within the Agency's priorities, then the application will not proceed past this point.
If the area is within the Agency's priorities and is seen as potentially offering some benefit, then you will be required to answer a short checklist so that Juvenile Justice can assess costs and benefits to the Agency, and the impact on the young people under the Agency's supervision.
The Agency will then assess the benefits of the research, and the viability of conducting the research i.e. can the Agency support it and what is the potential impact on resources and provision of service? If the research is not deemed viable, or the benefits are not realisable/attainable, then the application will not progress further.
If the research is seen as viable and beneficial, then the Agency will invite the submission of a full research application. The application forms to conduct research in the Agency will then be provided.
The researcher will need to submit the research application for review by the Agency's Research Steering Committee, ensuring the following areas are addressed:
A copy of ethics approval from a recognised Ethics Committee will need to be provided with your application. You may also need to seek ethics approval from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) if the research is concentrating on Aboriginal young people. Applications without evidence of ethics approval will not be processed.
Further information regarding ethics approvals for human research can be accessed through the following sites:
The Juvenile Justice RSC will consider the research application and if it believes the research is of significant benefit to the Agency, then the application will be sent to the Juvenile Justice Chief Executive with a recommendation for approval. The Chief Executive makes the final decision on the research- without this approval in writing the project cannot proceed.
If the Juvenile Justice RSC does not recommend approval, then the researcher will be notified of this decision.
The Research and Information Unit (RIU) will coordinate the administration for research projects within the Agency. The researcher will be required to sign an agreement accepting the conditions for conducting research in the Agency. These conditions are provided in the document
Conditions of approval for conducting research, which is available on this site.
The researcher undertakes and completes the research project, abiding by the conditions set out in the research agreement. At the completion of the project, the researcher must provide information back to Juvenile Justice regarding their findings, as specified in the research agreement.
No data can be released or presented publicly without the prior approval of Juvenile Justice. This condition applies to all releases, including those being considered after the main study has been concluded.
The Research and Information Unit is available to answer questions regarding all aspects of the application process. Please contact the Research and Information Unit Manager on (02) 9219 9515 or Research Psychologist on (02) 9219 9458.
The conditions of receiving approval to conduct research in Juvenile Justice are detailed below. Researchers will be required to sign a written contract agreeing to abide by the conditions.
The agency reserves the right to terminate research at any time, especially if the researcher acts unethically or compromises the security of the agency/confidentiality of the participants.
Please carefully consider the following conditions in your project design if you are invited to submit a research application.