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 Youth Justice Taskforce (the Taskforce) has comprised three key parts: a file review of the young people in scope, individual case planning sessions, and regional forums held with communities and relevant services. Case planning sessions and regional forums commenced on 1 July 2019 and concluded on 31 October 2019. In total the Taskforce covered nine regional and four metropolitan locations in Victoria. 

Parallel to the Taskforce, the Commission for Children and Young People engaged Aboriginal children and young people, families and communities to develop solutions through an Inquiry called 'Our Youth, Our Way' (External link). The Taskforce and Inquiry findings and recommendations will be combined in a single report to be tabled in Parliament in 2020, with a focus on ways to divert young people from entering the justice system and provide support for those already in it.

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.