Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says juvenile offenders who misbehave at a new boot camp in Cairns in the state's far north, may be kicked out of the program and forced to return to court.
Local magistrates now have the option of sentencing juvenile offenders to the camp rather than sending them to detention centres.
However, the new boot camp for young offenders in Cairns is yet to get any referrals.
Mr Bleijie says the program involves a phase at a residential facility, followed by mentoring when they return to their communities.
"If these kids breach their boot camp orders and they don't participate in the program they'll be back to court," he said.
"We won't muck around, we won't take any nonsense.
"They'll have an opportunity to participate, sort their life out over the six months if that's how long the boot camp order's for.
"If they don't, they'll be out of the program and they'll be dealt with under the normal justice provisions."
He says there are five spots available in the first six-month intake.
"It only started at 31 January - the legislation where magistrates could start referring but there's a bit of a process - you have to do pre-sentencing reports," he said.
"Once we get through that process then we'll be in a position to see the first intake come through.
"It'll be unsatisfactory in a month's time if we don't have any kids in the boot camp.
"Then we might have to look at restructuring to get the kids in the boot camps."
Mr Bleijie says he is considering sites at Kuranda and Springmount.
He says 20 young people will go through the program over the two-year trial.
"If in two years we see that this is a success, these young kids that have gone through the boot camps have got jobs, education, they're contributing positively to society," he said.
"Then the Government as I've said will look at rolling these out not only in Cairns and the Gold Coast but in other areas right across the state.
"If it's working then we'll have capacity to expand it."