The Department of Communities is leading a $20.5 million initiative to prevent young people reoffending and improve community safety. 

Target 120 is a new way of working with young offenders and their families. It will provide early intervention to help young offenders avoid a life connected to the justice system, before they reach the point of detention.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk (third from right) launches the Target 120 Program in Bunbury

Dedicated service workers will work with each young person and their family to tackle the factors that increase a young person’s likelihood of offending, such as substance abuse, domestic violence, poor school attendance and mental health issues.

Service workers will ensure the families receive targeted, coordinated and timely access to government and non-government services and support.

The multi-agency program will support up to 300 young people and their families. It begins in Bunbury later this year and will be rolled out to multiple locations across Western Australia over the next four years.