Youth detention centres

Territory Families, Housing and Communities operates 2 youth detention centres in the Northern Territory (NT).

These centres accommodate young people who are on remand or have been sentenced.

This includes the:

To better meet the needs of young people in youth detention, staff and visitors, changes are also being made.

For more information, read the model of care. You can also read about the youth detention census.


Youth Justice Officer recruitment is now underway.

The Youth Justice Officer role is an integral position that supports and encourages the social development and improvement of the welfare of children and young people.

A Youth Justice Officer is a person who:

  • is responsible for the safety, security, care, wellbeing and developmental needs of young people in custody
  • works with young people in challenging situations by diffusing and managing conflict
  • is a positive role model for young people
  • has the ability to work with young people from Aboriginal or diverse cultural backgrounds and is culturally competent.

For further information on the role, read the fact sheet DOCX (59.4 KB).

Applications are made through the NT Government Employee Opportunities Online website.


Construction is in progress for a new Youth Justice Centre in Darwin at a greenfield site at 498 Taylor Road, Holtze.

It will replace the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and

  • is in line with the recommendations made in 2017 by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT
  • will have facilities that are secure, safe, robust and durable
  • will meet the therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of young people.

Scheduled completion is 2023.

For more information on the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, go to the NT Government website.

Alice Springs

The redevelopment of the existing Alice Springs Youth Justice Centre is also currently in progress.

It will improve the:

  • general amenity, security and safety for young people and staff
  • centre's ability to deliver therapeutic programs aimed at rehabilitating young people.

Completion is scheduled for 2022.

Read more about the Alice Springs Youth Justice Centre on the NT Government website.

Last updated: 19 October 2022

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