YACVic does not support the introduction of statutory minimum sentences for gross violence, particularly in relation to young people aged 16 to 21 years. 

The key reasons for this are:

  • it undermines Victoria’s Dual Track system
  • it does not take account of the age and developmental stages of adolescence and early adulthood
  • it does not recognise the evidence that demonstrates children and young people respond well to rehabilitative and diversionary approaches
  • there is little evidence to support this approach in terms of reducing recidivism
  • it may disproportionally affect Aboriginal people
  • it contravenes the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005; and
  • it contravenes the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.