Domain
2. Fewer Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
Goal
2.3 Fewer Aboriginal people progress through the criminal justice system
Outcome
2.3.1 More people are diverted from further contact with the criminal justice system
Status
Complete
Agency
Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

The Aboriginal Youth Justice Program is delivered through 15 funded agencies. Fourteen of these agencies are Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and one is a community-based agency (Anglicare).

The suite of programs provide preventative, early intervention and case managements services for Aboriginal children and young people at risk of youth justice involvement, or subject to a Youth Justice Order or a Children's Court Youth Diversion Order.

The program suite includes the Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Program, Aboriginal Early School Leavers Program and the Aboriginal Youth Support Service. Additionally, the Department of Justice and Community Safety employs Aboriginal Intensive Support Workers in 5 locations across Victoria, Aboriginal Liaison Officers and a Koori Court Advice Worker.

Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Program Additional Funding

Aboriginal Youth Justice provided additional funds to 8 of 14 agencies delivering the Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Program. The additional funding will be available for four years from 2020-21 until 2023-24.

It will enable agencies to:

  • employ additional Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice workers to support demand for the program
  • provide gender specific supports to Aboriginal young girls accessing the program
  • prevent entry into youth justice.

The expansion of the Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Program was a priority of the Aboriginal Justice Caucus.

In June 2021, an additional one-off payment of $10,000 was paid to all agencies delivering the Aboriginal Youth Justice Program as flexible brokerage.

Launch of Wirkara Kulpa Aboriginal Youth Justice Strategy 2022-32

In February 2022, the Department of Justice and Community Safety launched Wirkara Kulpa.