Where we are up to
The suite of Koori Youth Justice Programs provide preventative, early intervention and case management services for Aboriginal children and young people at risk of Youth Justice involvement, or subject to a Youth Justice Order. The program suite includes the Koori Community Based Youth Justice Program, Koori Early School Leavers Program, Koori Intensive Support Program, with support from Aboriginal Liaison Officers and a Koori Court Advice Worker. The Youth Through-Care Project is a co-designed initiative being supported by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments as a new model to help address underlying factors contributing to re-offending behaviours and better support Aboriginal young people, their families and community to reduce recidivism rates.
The Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency (VACCA) is the selected service provider for Victoria. Phase one (planning, design and consultation to inform the model's development) finished in February 2019. Phase two involving implementation of the model to trial and refine design is expected to conclude in December 2020. This program will provide support to Aboriginal children and young people exiting custody to metropolitan areas regardless of the type of Youth Justice order they are subject to.