The Tasmanian Government announced in September 2021 that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre would close and be replaced by new fit-for-purpose facilities.
The Draft Youth Justice Facilities Model (PDF, 462KB) released in late 2022 identified the need for five new purpose-built facilities.
- One detention facility in the south
- Two support centres (working title), one in the north and one in the south
- Two assisted bail facilities (working title), one in the north and one in the south.
A preliminary assessment has identified three potential sites in the greater Hobart area for the new detention facility.
The criteria for determining suitability of a site for the new detention facility includes:
- Located in the greater Hobart region, within reasonable driving distance from the Hobart CBD
- Located away from schools and major residential areas
- Site size greater than two hectares
- Appropriately zoned under the relevant Tasmanian Planning Scheme as a permitted or discretionary use.
Click to view the New Youth Detention Facility Questions and Answers (PDF, 408KB)
Extensive public consultation was undertaken from 23 March to 4 May 2023 so that all stakeholders and the community had the opportunity to provide their feedback on these sites. Feedback received through the consultation process is being used to inform a final decision on the proposed site for the new youth detention facility.
More details on each of the proposed new facilities and their functions are available to view:
The Tasmanian Government has allocated $50 million to progress delivery of these new youth justice facilities.
For more information on Youth Justice Reform in Tasmania, please email firstname.lastname@example.org