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
Court Services Victoria

Where we are up to 

The Coroners Court of Victoria continues to deliver on its commitment to engaging with Aboriginal families to support, guide, and empower them through the coronial journey ensuring cultural acknowledgment at every step. As part of this commitment, a designated Koori Family Engagement Coordinator (KFEC) has been recruited to better serve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families involved in coronial investigations. 

To make the Court a safer place, the Court has introduced smoking ceremonies and Welcomes to Country at the commencement of hearings. 

In 2019, the Court held a two-day workshop on site, facilitated by Yarn Strong Sista (External link) to create a possum skin cloak for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families at the Court. The cloak is used for viewings, hearings and meetings to wrap families in culture and healing during times of grief and Sorry Business. 

Previous update

As at June 2019, all staff from the Coroners Court of Victoria (CCOV) are required to attend training in Sorry Business. A sound knowledge of the requirements and traditions surrounding Sorry Business mean that CCOV staff are well equipped to engage effectively with Aboriginal families. Sorry Business is an important time of mourning for Aboriginal people following the death of a loved one. CCOV is committed to providing a service to Aboriginal families that is culturally sensitive and considerate of specific cultural requirements during periods of Sorry Business.