Originally part of a contribution to a debate at Melbourne University, this paper describes the Wagga Model and engages with academic critics, giving particular regard to the perspective of local police, welfare and legal workers. The origins of the Wagga Wagga model of family group conferences is explained, difficulties in its implementation described, and its modification based upon Braithwaite's theories discussed. The theoretical basis for the model is discussed and the authors respond to some of the criticisms of this version of FGCs. The early evaluation effort and its results are briefly described and the application of the approach to schools is discussed. Finally, seven case studies are presented describing case background, police intervention, the caution process, outcomes and issues for each.