Status in progress
2. Fewer Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system
2.3 Fewer Aboriginal people progress through the criminal justice system
2.3.3 More people successfully address fines, warrants and/or meet conditions of orders and sentences
In progress
Fines and Enforcement Services, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

Three Sheriff’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer (SALO) roles have been reclassified to attract a higher Victorian Public Service (VPS) grade classification. The higher VPS grade classification recognises the important work SALOs will undertake in building relationships, fostering links, and enhancing communication and interactions with Aboriginal people in the context of Fines Reform. It will also promote retention.

The SALO position description is under review and has been updated to reflect the broader responsibilities under Fines Reform. Fines and Enforcement Services have sought feedback and endorsement from the Aboriginal Justice Caucus, and the Collaborative Working Group. The recruitment campaign will commence shortly after endorsement.

The portfolio working group has been focused on the following:

  • a gradual return to on-site visitation schedules
  • advocating for the Work and Development Permit (WDP) program and facilitating and connecting organisations to the WDP program
  • educating clients and service providers on the social justice aspects of the Fines Reform Act 2014 (External link)
  • actively promoting the expanded ‘Time Served’ program (to include those on remand) and the COVID Fine Concession Scheme
  • supporting community members, who are already engaged with other areas of DJCS (for example, those with Community Correction Orders), with their warrants and fines.