Supervised release orders

When your child has been ordered to spend time in a detention centre, they’ll spend the last part of their sentence outside the centre in the community.

Generally, children will spend about 70% of their sentence in detention before being let out on a supervised release order.


Supervised release orders ensure your child is supervised by authorities for a period after they’re released. This type of order helps your child re-integrate with their community and family.

Before release

Before your child is released from detention, you will be asked to attend a meeting with:

  • your child
  • a detention centre officer
  • a Youth Justice service centre officer
  • a transition officer.

The meeting will talk about:

  • the conditions and activities for the order
  • when your child must report to authorities
  • a plan for your child’s release.

Your child’s release

When your child first leaves detention, they must meet with a Youth Justice officer. You should go to this meeting too.

The Youth Justice officer and a team leader will discuss the order conditions and ensure your child understands what they have to do. They also discuss what help your child might need in following the order.

Your child must talk to their Youth Justice officer if they have any problems with their order.


Under a supervised release order, your child must:

  • not break the law
  • report to a Youth Justice officer
  • satisfactorily attend all programs as directed by their Youth Justice officer
  • comply with all reasonable directions from their Youth Justice officer
  • notify the Youth Justice officer within 2 days if your child changes address, school or job
  • not leave Queensland without permission from a Youth Justice officer.

Breaching the order

It is a very serious matter if your child breaks the law again while on a supervised release order. They may have to go back to court and detention.

If your child does not follow the order conditions, they may have to go back to court and could be sent back to detention.

You must talk to your child's Youth Justice officer if you or your child are having any problems with the conditions of the order.