Status in progress
1. Strong and safe Aboriginal families and communities
1.1 Aboriginal families are strong and resilient
1.1.2 Families are enabled to address justice issues and minimise the effects of crime and justice system involvement
In progress
Koori Justice Unit, Department of Justice and Community Safety
Family Safety Victoria
Department of Health and Human Services

Where we are up to 

This project is being undertaken by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and Social Ventures Australia. It is currently in the development phase which consists of research, consultation and co-design of the service delivery model.

Extensive consultations have been undertaken with Aboriginal women and men in custody, and a range of stakeholders including Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees (RAJACs), government and service providers.

A draft model has been developed and presented to the Collaborative Working Group and the Koori Justice Unit (KJU). The final report outlining the service delivery model is due for completion by December 2020. 


The family centred approaches project is intended to provide holistic and coordinated support for Aboriginal individuals and families involved in the justice system. A core component of the project is to incorporate cultural healing and strengthening approaches into justice services and programs to enhance connections to culture and improve strength, resilience and wellbeing. The project will include collaboration from across government departments to design and deliver family centred approaches for Aboriginal clients with complex needs across multiple systems, and ensure justice responses are aligned and integrated with developments in:

• Aboriginal child protection and out-of-home care
• family violence integrated support and safety hubs
• child and family services sector reform
• Gathering Places.