Where we are up to
Work is underway to expand the ACJP. The ACJP Executive are working collaboratively with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Victoria Police in preparation to operationalise the five new sites.
Through the Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) the Victorian Government and Aboriginal community are committed to addressing issues of Aboriginal over-representation within all levels of the criminal justice system, enhance access to justice services for Aboriginal people, and improve community safety. 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.Content...