Status in progress
Domain
4. Greater self-determination in the justice sector
Goal
4.1 Greater accountability for justice outcomes
Outcome
4.1.1 Independent oversight of Aboriginal justice outcomes
Status
In progress
Agency
Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

The Our Youth Our Way report was tabled in Parliament on 9 June 2021 and launched by the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) on 10 June 2021.

Draft regional action plans developed during the Koorie Youth Justice Taskforce regional forums have been provided and shared with the regions to assist in progressing the initiatives that came up at the forum.

The plans have been provided in an editable format so they can be edited as need be to fully reflect the decisions and next steps following the forums. In particular, the governance structure for carrying out the plan, and the proposed timelines and implementation for the 2021 initiative will need to be clarified.

The Commission has indicated that the regional action plans will be implemented via the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) plans.

Background

The Aboriginal Youth Justice Taskforce (the Taskforce) is a key initiative of Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja. The initiative is a collaboration between the Commission for Children and Young People and the Department of Justice and Community Safety. The Taskforce is examining the cases of all Aboriginal children and young people on Youth Justice Orders (between 1 October 2018 and 31 March 2019). The Taskforce aims to: 

  • address issues that impact on the cultural connectedness and social and emotional wellbeing of the young person/s
  • review and update the interventions and supports offered to children and young people currently in Youth Justice 
  • identify and address the systemic issues contributing to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in Youth Justice.