Consultation on the Draft Model of Care for Youth Treatment Orders

Drug dependence can have a devastating impact on young people and their families. At the 2018 election the State Government committed to establishing a program to enable the Youth Court to require mandatory drug treatment for a young person dependent on a controlled drug. The Government passed the Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Act 2019 (the Act) in November 2019. The Act establishes mandatory treatment for young people under 18 who are experiencing drug dependency, as a last resort and where all other appropriate and less restrictive means have been exhausted.


The State Government wants to hear the views of a wide variety of stakeholders, including people who will be directly impacted by the Model of Care for Youth Treatment Orders, particularly young people and their families, including Aboriginal people. The views of key stakeholders and the community play an important part in ensuring that the final Model of Care is the most robust, evidence informed, and effective document to achieve the outcomes of the Government’s election commitment.

In addition to general audience materials, consultation materials have been developed for young people, and for people with low literacy, including an informative video and Easy Reads documents. You can access all consultation materials, including the draft Model of Care, Consultation Paper and Questions and Answers, as well as instructions on how to participate in the consultation on the YourSAy website.

Consultation outcome

This consultation closed on 31 January 2021. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

A consultation summary, including next steps, is available on the YourSAy website.