Per our previous Noosa 360 update earlier this month, the Parliamentary Select Committee which Sandy is Chairing is now established with the below terms of reference:

  1. A select committee, known as the Youth Justice Reform Select Committee be established to examine:
    1. ongoing reforms to the youth justice system; and
    2. support for victims of crime.
  2. In undertaking the inquiry, the Committee consider:
    1. the prevention of entry and diversion of youth offenders from the justice system with specific consideration of risk and protective factors that reduce crime;
    2. effective ways to stop recidivism and protect the community from offending and the opportunity for community-controlled organisations with specific reference to the role of First Nations peoples to provide support solutions and services;
    3. the efficacy of:
      1. justice programs including on-country programs, education, health and housing services;
      2. reducing people carrying weapons;
      3. evidence-based early intervention and prevention programs;
      4. reducing the numbers in custody on remand;
      5. alternatives to detention;
      6. detention and other consequences of offending;
      7. the most suitable infrastructure used for custody, detention or residential components necessary to reduce crime; and
    4. systems and processes to provide immediate and ongoing support for victims of crime.
  3. The Committee:
    1. has the power to call for persons, documents and other things;
    2. may present reports to the Legislative Assembly as it determines;
    3. ceases at the dissolution of this parliament.
  4. Standing Order 203 does not apply and a question before the Committee is decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting, plus one member.
  5. The Committee consists of seven members.


Submissions can now be made to the committee until 12pm, Wednesday 10 January 2024 at, which also includes further information on the inquiry.

Everyone’s experience is important and needs to be considered. This has resulted in a longer submission period to ensure all are heard.

Further information

To view our previous Noosa 360 updates on Crime/ Youth Recidivism, please visit

For information on Policing in the Noosa State Electorate, please visit our Noosa 360 at