Where we are up to
The need for an Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner was discussed at Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF) 58 which resulted in a meeting between Caucus representatives and Ministers in April 2021.
The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) worked with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus to seek funding for an Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner through the 2021-22 Budget. This bid was unsuccessful. Further opportunities to progress this work are being identified in response to community calls for greater independent oversight and accountability.
The Aboriginal Justice Caucus has for many years advocated for the establishment of an independent agency to ensure greater accountability of Government to the community in relation to the achievement of better justice outcomes for Aboriginal people in Victoria. These discussions have highlighted Caucus’ desire for creating a role, such as an independent Aboriginal Justice Commissioner (or Commission), to monitor, review and inquire into progress (or lack thereof) towards improving Aboriginal experiences and outcomes across the justice system, whilst also progressing self-determination principles.