Community work orders for young people
If a young person pleads guilty or is found guilty of an offence, a court may order them to do community work.
This is called a community work order.
Community work is unpaid work that benefits the community and aims to repair the harm that has been caused.
Types of community work include:
- assisting charity stores or food banks
- helping in aged care or Aboriginal and youth community centres
- assisting with outdoor projects such as:
- removing graffiti
- collecting rubbish
Businesses and organisations can nominate any work that may be suitable for a young person.
Read below to find out more if you are a business or organisation.
The young person is responsible for their participation in a project and rehabilitation for a certain amount of hours.
The Youth Justice Court decides the type of community work and number of hours.
A community youth justice officer or youth outreach and re-engagement officer from Territory Families will:
- support the young person to comply with their order
- document their attendance.
You can apply to have your project considered as community work if you are a Northern Territory (NT) business or organisation.
- charities, not-for-profit organisations or community groups
- local government bodies
- institutions for the socially disadvantaged or people with a disability
- private enterprises or business owners.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you must be able to meet or demonstrate the following criteria:
- The work:
- will benefit the community
- is restorative in nature and/ or
- provides a meaningful pathway for the young person
- will not directly or indirectly provide any personal or financial benefit to Territory Families staff
- will not be demeaning or degrading
- A site supervisor will be present the entire time the young person is attending. The supervisor must:
- monitor the work performance of the young person and
- complete documentation such as attendance sheets and incident reports
- maintain a safe working environment under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011
- Direct supervisors of young people must have a current Working with Children Clearance/ Ochre Card
- You must have current public liability insurance.
- present your Ochre Card to Territory Families on request
- supply a copy of your public liability insurance.
How to apply
To apply or for more information, contact your nearest Territory Families Youth Outreach and Re-engagement office.
Last updated: 14 May 2020
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