Where we are up to
The delivery of the Lotjapadhan Restorative Justice projects has been impacted by COVID-19 and associated pressures on capacity for Aboriginal organisations. However, a further investment of $200k over two years for each project was secured during 2022, providing additional flexible funding to support delivery of the Lotjapadhan projects in line with local priorities.
In the Hume region, conversations are continuing between Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, SalvoCare, and RAJAC representatives around partnership arrangements to support delivery of this project. Partners are exploring opportunities for workforce development, learning, and capacity building that recognises the specialist cultural knowledge and restorative practice skills that each organisation offers.
In the Eastern Metropolitan region, a targeted Expression of Interest process was conducted in mid-2022 to allocate funding for the Lotjapadhan project. An assessment panel, comprised of RAJAC members, endorsed a proposal from Worawa Aboriginal College and Jesuit Social Services for delivery of this project. In September 2022, an Eastern Metro Region Lotjpadhan Conference was held with key stakeholders to support program development and finalise an implementation plan.
Restorative Justice is a process whereby all parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offence and its implications for the future. This project will develop and implement a pilot service model connects to and leverages from existing opportunities within the justice system to deliver a culturally specific restorative justice response for Aboriginal young people.