Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja launched
Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja or ‘Senior Leaders Talking Strong’ is the fourth phase of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA), 18 years on from the first AJA that was created in response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
It strengthens the Victorian Government’s commitment to self-determination and remains the longest running continuous AJA in the nation. Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja is an important step in the long and proud history of the Aboriginal community and Government working in partnership to improve justice outcomes.
To promote Aboriginal self-determination and provide further support to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 included $40.3 million to support initiatives to be implemented under Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja, including:
- $15 million to expand existing community-based justice programs and services and develop new community designed and led approaches
- $12.3 million for a range of court-based initiatives
- $10.8 million to target over-representation in Victoria’s youth justice system
- $2.2 million to expand the state-wide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community Program.
Pictured above: A performance by the Fighting Gunditjmara at the launch of Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja. Image by James Henry.