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
3.1.2 More people are able to access justice programs and services that are trauma informed, restorative and therapeutic
In progress
Koori Justice Unit, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to

Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja provided funding to expand the Aboriginal Community Justice Panels (ACJP) to five additional locations. The expansion is underway and will result in a total of 18 ACJP sites by 2021-2022.

The ACJP executive is working with Victoria Police to implement COVID-19 safety measures. A review of the ACJP service model is currently underway to explore opportunities for program enhancements, including stakeholder roles and responsibilities and resourcing. This work is due for completion in mid-2021.


The ACJP was established in 1988 in response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The ACJP operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week across 13 locations. The program is supported by volunteers who provide cultural and practical support to Aboriginal people in police custody. In 2018 at the launch of Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja the previous Attorney-General committed additional funding to expand the ACJP to five additional locations. The additional five locations will result in a total of 18 ACJPs across Victoria by 2021–2022.