Status in progress
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
In progress
Justice Assurance & Review Office, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

The Aboriginal Justice Caucus proposed at the June 2020 Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF) that the Review of the Scheme needs to ensure Aboriginal people’s physical, spiritual, emotional and cultural wellbeing can be prioritised and protected by Aboriginal Independent Prison Visitors. The Justice Assurance and Review Office (JARO) agreed with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus that: 

  • JARO will continue to work in partnership with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Aboriginal IPVs to update the project and consultation plans for the Review, with a focus on self-determination and cultural wellbeing.
  • The Aboriginal IPV Advisory Committee will consult with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus through development of the review and co-design of the program to ensure it meets expectations.
  • The project plan and consultation plan will be endorsed by the Aboriginal IPV Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal Justice Caucus.
  • The Aboriginal IPV Advisory Committee will update the Aboriginal Justice Caucus on progress through a paper to each Aboriginal Justice Forum when requested

In 2021, an options paper was developed by JARO. A workshop will be held in late August 2021 or early September 2021 with the Aboriginal IPVS and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee Chairperson to discuss the three options with a preferred recommendation being put forward.

Once the preferred option has been provided JARO will commence work in consultation with the Aboriginal IPVS and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.