Status in progress
2. Fewer Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
2.3 Fewer Aboriginal people progress through the criminal justice system
2.3.2 Fewer people are remanded into custody
In progress
Koori Justice Unit, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

The 2018-19 Victorian Budget allocated $40.3 million to support initiatives under Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja, including an additional $4.35 million to support the expansion of the Baroona Youth Healing Service (Baroona) in Echuca . The funding will be used to enhance the existing program and redevelop the facility’s infrastructure. Program development and infrastructure works are necessary to equip Baroona to accommodate young Aboriginal men and women on bail and as an alternative to remand. 

A three-year funding agreement (2019-20 to 2021-22) with the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is in place to support the Baroona Redevelopment Project (the BR Project).

The BR Project Manager has made significant progress in the early works project implementation schedule including:

  • engaged local government in the planning process
  • selected a preferred location on site (to minimise costs and expediate the planning approvals process)
  • completed a Cost Benefit Analysis 
  • appointed The Public Realm Lab to deliver the architectural drawings and redevelop the program model.

The 2021-22 Victorian Budget allocated an additional $1.519M (excl GST) over two years (2021-22 and 2022-23) to complete the redevelopment works which will include purpose built boys and girls wings.

The Public Realm Group met with the funding bodies and Njernda leadership in October 2021.
Community consultation to inform the infrastructure and program redevelopment work will commence as pandemic restrictions ease.