Australasian Youth Justice Conference 2021

The Australasian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA) in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children (OT) is partnering with the University of Auckland (UOA) to deliver the 4th Australasian Youth Justice Conference in 2021. 

Over three days the Conference will bring together youth justice administrators, practitioners and policymakers from government and community organisations, together with academics, students and others with a keen interest in effective, innovative youth justice outcomes.

Running for the fourth time, the Conference is a great opportunity to learn about – and directly contribute to shaping – new ideas and evidence-based responses in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

The Conference will feature dynamic keynote presentations from a diverse group of international and domestic keynote speakers, each setting the scene for the concurrent papers, concurrent sessions and poster presentations that will complete the program.

The theme for AYJC 2021 Online is Delivering Youth Justice for the Community, by the Community, with two major streams Weaving the Voices of Lived Experience with Best Evidence and Connecting Culture – Law to Lore.  People who have lived in communities most affected by crime, particularly indigenous communities with different traditions and culture, are often overlooked when youth crime solutions are sought.  The Conference will provide a platform to hear from those voices.

Whether you are coming to present, to hear from others – or both – we look forward to welcoming you to AYJC 2021 Online!

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Ward, Youth Justice Expert, Victoria Australia

His Honour Judge John Walker, Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand, Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Kōti Taiohi

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Isaiah Sines, Just Reinvest NSW Youth Engagement Officer, Australia. 

Judge Louis Bidois, National Rangatahi Court Liaison Judge for Rangatahi Courts, Rotorua New Zealand

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Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People of Victoria

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Conference Host


Australasian Youth Justice Administrators

The Australian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA) operates as a collective body of senior executives whose purpose is to share information of relevance for all youth justice jurisdictions, support the collection of relevant youth justice data, support and contribute to research in the area of youth justice and promote and maintain national principles, standards and guidelines for youth justice.  AYJA membership comprises of a minimum of one senior executive officer from each of the Australian state and territory departments and New Zealand who is responsible for the delivery of youth justice services.

AYJA is committed to supporting an evidenced-based approach when working with young people.  Each year AYJA commissions important research and information papers to help build the national evidence base for youth justice policy.  AYJA works collaboratively with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the Productivity Commission and other research bodies in the development of this work.

For more information, including membership, visit the AYJA website



If you would like to support the Australasian Youth Justice Conference please contact the AYJA Secretariat, at