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The Agency Information guide

The Agency Information Guide outlines how information held by this Department may be accessed and in accordance with section 20 of the GIPA Act:

  • outlines the structure and function of the Department
  • describes the ways in which the functions (including decision-making functions) of the Department affect members of the public
  • specifies arrangements that exist to enable members of the public to participate in the formulation of policies within the Department and the exercise of the Agency's functions
  • identifies the various kinds of government information held by the Department
  • identifies the kinds of government information held by the Department that is publicly available
  • specifies the manner in which the Department makes (or will make) government information publicly available; and
  • identifies the kinds of information that are (or will be) made publicly available free of charge and information for which a charge is (or will be) imposed.

An expanded version of this Publication Guide is available here. pdf icon (239kb)

Our Structure and Functions

The Juvenile Justice agency is responsible for the administration of youth justice conferences and for the supervision of young offenders who receive community-based orders or custodial sentences from the courts. Additionally, Juvenile Justice funds a number of community agencies to give assistance to juvenile offenders and their families.

The agency was established in 1991 as the Department of Juvenile Justice and is now a division of the Department of Justice.

Information on the current structure and functions of the Juvenile Justice agency is available here:

What kind of government information do we have?

Information is contained in the following documents held by Juvenile Justice:

  • policy documents
  • documents on internal administration of the agency
  • policy and planning documents
  • client and staff documents.

What kind of government information is made available to the public, and how?

Open access information

Juvenile Justice mandatorially discloses, free of charge on this website, the following "open access information" as required by the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, GIPAA:

Other pro-actively released information

Juvenile Justice pro-actively releases, free of charge on this website, additional information, including the following:

Information available on informal request

Juvenile Justice will generally provide the following types of information in response to an informal request:

  • Copies of correspondence, where the person requesting the correspondence is the person who sent it to this Agency
  • Documents that contain only personal information about a particular individual, and that is the person who is requesting the information. There is further information below for clients of Juvenile Justice (past or present) about accessing their personal information.
  • Documents that have already been made public in some other way
  • Other reasonable requests for information, the release of which would not raise any potential concerns in terms of public interest considerations against disclosure.

Juvenile Justice reserves the right to impose conditions in relation to the use or disclosure of information that is released in response to an informal request as provided for in the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, section 8. It should also be noted that, under these same provisions, an Agency cannot be required to consider an informal request or to disclose government information pursuant to an informal request. There are no rights of appeal for an informal request.

If you are a current or previous client of Juvenile Justice and you are wanting access to your personal information held on our files, you should use our Informal Access Application form for this purpose. pdf icon (191kb)

Information that is not available from Juvenile Justice

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 [GIPAA] makes a statutory provision to exempt certain information for which there is an over-riding public interest against disclosure.

Juvenile Justice has a statutory exemption for documents affecting law enforcement and public safety under GIPAA, Schedule 1, s.7, in relation to documents created by the Agency�s Drug Intelligence Unit in the exercise of its functions concerning the collection, analysis or dissemination of intelligence.

Additionally, Juvenile Justice claims an overriding public interest against disclosure under GIPAA, s.14(3)(2), for documents and information relating to law enforcement and security that:

  • Would reveal or tend to reveal the identity of an informant or prejudice the future supply of information from an informant
  • Would prejudice the prevention, detection or investigation of a contravention or possible contravention of the law or prejudice the enforcement of the law
  • Would endanger the security of, or prejudice any system or procedure for protecting, any place, property or vehicle
  • Would prejudice the supervision of, or facilitate the escape of, any person in lawful custody
  • Would prejudice the security, discipline or good order of any Juvenile Justice Centre.

For these reasons, the Juvenile Justice operating policies and procedures are exempted from disclosure where they fall within the above provisions.

All other public interest considerations against disclosure contained within GIPAA, s.14, apply.

Fees and charges for information held

Juvenile Justice applies the fees and charges for access to information specified in Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 [GIPAA]:

  • Application fee of $30 GIPAA, s.41
  • Processing charges GIPAA, s.64 - s.71

An agency is authorised to impose a processing charge for an access application at a rate of $30 per hour for each hour of processing time. Provision is made for a 50% reduction in a processing charge if the agency is satisfied that the applicant is suffering financial hardship or that there is special benefit to the public generally in the release of the information. Provision is also made for advance deposits to be taken for payment of processing charges.

There are no fees or charges for clients of Juvenile Justice (past or present) requesting access to their personal information. If this is your situation, please use our simplified form here. pdf icon (35kb)

Contact

Information Access & Privacy
Juvenile Justice
Justice Legal
Department of Justice
PO Box K399
Haymarket NSW 1240

Phone 02 9219 9525