Back on Track


A new $5million Back on Track Program will be developed to prevent youth crime, divert young people away from the youth justice system and provide alternatives to detention.

The key aim of the program is to get young people back on track, while taking responsibility for their actions and understanding the consequences of their offending behaviour.

The Back on Track Program will be delivered in the Greater Darwin, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Katherine regions to two groups of children and young people including:

  • Cohort 1: 14-17 year olds
  • Cohort 2: 8-13 year olds.

The Back on Track program is a sentencing option available to the Courts. It will provide the Courts with another option to direct young people (10-17 years) to as an alternative to detention. Police, government agencies and non-government agencies will also be able to refer young people, including those under the age of criminal responsibility (8-9 years) to the program.  Existing options such as bail support services, community work orders, good behaviour orders, suspended sentences and alternative detention orders will remain.  Territory Families is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified providers to contribute to the co-design and delivery of the Territory-wide Back on Track program.

Those submitting an interest to be part of the Back on Track program will need to show that their work will contribute to: 

  • Young people giving back to the community to repair the harm they caused by their offending.
  • Young people being taught skills to make smarter choices, and become productive members of the community.
  • Young people participating in victim offending conferencing and undertaking agreed actions to provide restitution to victims of crime. The program will focus on education and training and will have strong links to the business community to find employment opportunities for young people during the program and ongoing. The program will address at-risk behaviour, consequences and restitution, life skills and cultural connection, family capacity and responsibility, re-engagement with education, training and employment opportunities.  A two-stage competitive procurement process will be undertaken to facilitate the design and delivery of the Back on Track program.

Stage 1 is an Expressions of Interest for a suitable service provider/s to contribute to the co-design and delivery of the program for 8-13 year olds and 14-17 year olds are open from 5 December 2018 to 4 February 2019.

Stage 2 will include a Request for Tender process which will open in March 2019. The Back on Track program is expected to be operational by mid-2019

Industry briefings are being held in Darwin and Alice Springs to inform qualified providers and potential tenders about the Back on Track program.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018
3.00pm - 5.00pm
Orchid Room, Darwin Innovation Hub
Level 1, Paspalis Centrepoint
48 - 50 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800

Alice Springs:
Friday, 14 December 2018
10.00am - 12.00am
Territory Families Central Australia Boardroom
1st Floor, Minerals House
58 Hartley Street, Alice Springs NT 0870

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Back on Track

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