Keep communities safe

The Queensland Police Service works with many other groups to ensure the safety and security of the community by upholding the law, preserving the peace, preventing and detecting crime, and bringing people who offend to justice. The government is absolutely committed to ensuring Queenslanders are safe. The evidence clearly demonstrates the need to focus on the causes of crime and violence, and on prevention such as education, employment and other social services.

Focusing on reducing youth crime and youth reoffending will build the government’s recent effort in key areas such as tackling ice and domestic and family violence, and toughening its serious and organised crime legislation.

The government's priorities:

Reduce the rate of Queenslanders who are victims of crime

Person and property offences

*Target calculated from 2017 baseline.

Source: Queensland Police Service.

Queenslanders want to feel safe in their homes and their communities, free from the threat of personal and property crime.

More can be done to reduce the number of crime victims—particularly victims of personal crime and property crime. This means reducing the number of people physically and sexually assaulted, including domestic and family violence, as well as reducing break and enters, vehicle thefts, and property damage.

What do we want to achieve?

A 10% reduction over 10 years in the rate of Queenslanders who were victims of personal and property crime.

Interpreting the results

The rate of offences against person and property have varied over time due to a range of broad economic and social factors including poverty and unemployment, and drug and alcohol addiction. The government is committed to take a suite of preventative actions and early interventions to reduce the recent trends in increasing rates of personal and property crime.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government continues to roll out a range of programs to ensure a safe and secure community.

Government's actions

  • Boosting police numbers to keep Queenslanders safe. More than 300 officers have been added to the Queensland Police Service since the 2015 election and the government has committed to providing an additional 535 frontline police and operational specialists by 2021–22.
  • More safety equipment for police including body-worn cameras and QLiTE tablets to help solve more crimes, and improve officer and community safety.
  • Providing $1.75 million over 4 years to help Crime Stoppers continue its crime-solving partnership with the community.
  • Introduced tougher serious and organised crime legislation through its Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Act 2016 and has undertaken significant work on its Action Plan to Tackle Ice.
  • Delivering the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy (2016–2026) to implement the Not Now, Not Ever report, including new laws, additional police powers, specialist courts, significantly boosted funding for victims/survivors, extra programs for perpetrators, high risk teams, and community and youth information campaigns.
  • Implementing the Queensland Violence against Women Prevention Plan (2016–22) to deliver the vision that Queensland women and girls live without fear, threat, or experience of violence.
  • Implementing the reform package in response to the Queensland Parole System Review, including a new parole board, GPS monitoring of parolees, more probation and parole officers, improved end to end case management, re-entry services and opioid substitution treatment programs. 
  • Reinstating specialist courts and programs that are evidence-based and cost effective in helping people to address the causes of their offending. These include the Murri Court, the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court and Court Link.

Reduce rates of youth reoffending

Young offenders, aged 10–15, who have another charged offence within 12 months of an initial finalisation for a proven offence

*Target calculated from the 2015–16 baseline. (note: baseline year is court finalisation in 2015–16 and had another charged offence within the following 12 months).

Source: Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women Service Delivery Statement.

A fair and balanced response to young people who offend is necessary to make them accountable for their actions, encourage their reintegration into the community, and promote community safety.

We know that early intervention activities such as diversionary programs, along with engagement in education, training, employment, and sport can have a positive impact on young people before they become ingrained in the criminal justice system.

What do we want to achieve?

By 2020–21, a 5% reduction (from 2015–16) of young offenders who have another charged offence within 12 months of an initial finalisation for a proven offence.

Interpreting the results

The proportion of young offenders who have another charged offence within 12 months of an initial finalisation for a proven offence steadily increased from 2010–11 to 2015–16. A coordinated government and community effort, focussed on early intervention and diversionary programs, is required to reverse this trend and achieve a 5% reduction target by 2020–21.

Government taking action

The Queensland Government continues to roll out a range of programs to reduce rate of youth reoffending.

Government's actions

  • Transition 2 Success program is a vocational training-based program providing at-risk young people (including those in the youth justice system) with the opportunity to re-engage with education and training, and prepare them for employment. 
  • Project Booyah helps 15 and 16-year-olds who have been involved with the police or the youth justice system to get into education or the workforce.
  • Delivering a number of measures focused on reducing youth crime in key communities across Queensland, including the Queensland Government’s five-point plan to reduce youth crime in Townsville. Collaborative panels have been set up in Logan, Townsville and other locations to identify and develop appropriate local responses to youth offending.
  • Providing intensive support for the families of young people, aged 10–15, in the youth justice system through Queensland’s first Social Benefit Bond. The program assists families and young people to strengthen family relationships, improve engagement with community and reduce repeat offending.
  • Prioritising initiatives aimed at addressing Indigenous over-representation in the youth justice system and providing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people involved in the system before offending behaviour becomes entrenched.
  • Delivering programs known to reduce re-offending behaviour to young people involved in the youth justice system that are based on evidence – including Girls Moving On for young women and an ERIC, an emotional regulation program.
  • Delivering Restorative Justice that holds offenders responsible for their actions and repairs the harms they have caused, usually in communication with their victims.

Case study

Last reviewed
8 June, 2018
Last updated
12 July, 2018