Status complete
3. A more effective justice system with greater Aboriginal control
3.1 The needs of Aboriginal people are met through a more culturally informed and safe system
3.1.1 Justice programs and services are more culturally safe, responsive, inclusive and effective
Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

As at 21 June 2021, there are four Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALOs) working across the two Youth Justice Precincts. The ALOs across both Youth Justice facilities are supported by the ALO Team Leader and the Manager, Aboriginal Youth Justice Operations.

ALOs continue to work in both Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Precincts during COVID-19 and are providing face-to-face cultural support to our Aboriginal children and young people. This supports the social and emotional wellbeing of young people and keeps them connected to their family, community and culture.

COVID-19 response in custody

Aboriginal Liaison Officers are continuing to work in both the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice precincts to strengthen connection to family, community and culture using additional technology and supporting Aboriginal children and young people to access education and structured activities in custody and the community. In Parkville Youth Justice Centre (YJC) and Malmsbury YJC, arrangements have been put in place to ensure Aboriginal children and young people’s connection to family, community and culture is maintained.  

All young people have been given additional phone calls, and visits from family and community members are facilitated through video link and Skype calls. Aboriginal children and young people have been provided with appropriate resources to keep cultural connection and feelings of safety. This has included providing possum skins, purchasing culturally appropriate jigsaw puzzles and activities and providing children with cultural journals and seedlings to plant in the garden.