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Queensland drug and alcohol court launches in Brisbane

12 February 2018

The Drug and Alcohol Court has been reinstated in Queensland following a review of the Drug and Specialist Courts System.

ReSet Consortium led by Wungening Aboriginal Corporation win justice tender to deliver reintegration services

21 December 2017

A leading metropolitan Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation has led a Consortium comprising Centrecare Incorporated, Wirrpanda Foundation and St Bartholomew's House to secure a large portion of the Department of Justice's Adult Justice Services, including: Metropolitan Reintegration - Re-entry and Accommodation (men and women) Metropolitan Reintegration - Parenting and Family Support Services (men and women).

How Aunty Pearl transforms Parklea inmates' lives

13 December 2017

As a descendant of the Stolen Generation and late learner, Aunty Pearl is using her unique background to help several inmates at Parklea Correctional Centre turn their life around.

Judges to consider affect of alcohol during pregnancy on young offenders’ behaviour

6 December 2017

A landmark decision means that Sydney judges are being sent to cour shy;ses by the New South Wales (NSW) Judicial Commission to learn about Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), so that they can consider the effects of FASD on human behaviour, when delivering sentences.

Calls for overhaul of violence prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and boys

28 November 2017

A discussion paper released by White Ribbon and the Healing Foundation said that inappropriate and badly targeted strategies are not working to change the behaviour of violent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT releases final report

17 November 2017

The Australian Government have welcomed the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Community forums in NSW to look at youth diversion services and drug rehabilitation services

13 November 2017

The Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) (NSW/ACT) is hosting a series of community forums to assess the adequacy of youth diversion programs and the provision of alcohol and other drug (AOD) rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote communities in New South Wales (NSW).

Queensland program keeping kids safe and saving taxpayer dollars

14 October 2017

A unique school program in Brisbane is reducing the likelihood of out-of-home care and juvenile detention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and saving the taxpayer millions of dollars, says a new study.

Vital support for vulnerable families

25 September 2017

A new $2 million program will provide individual case management support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-offenders and their families to help reduce recidivism and homelessness.

Funding boost to help new AOD programs in WA

22 September 2017

Three new alcohol and other drugs (AOD) programs will begin around the South West region of Western Australia (WA) next month, as part of additional funding received by Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation.

Western Australia pledges $131.7 Million to address crystal methamphetamine use

14 September 2017

The Western Australian (WA) State Government has implemented the first stage of its coordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan, to address Western Australia's meth crisis.

Western Australia's first rehab prison to open as Wandoo returns to public hands

13 September 2017

The State Government of Western Australia (WA) has announced that Wandoo prison, currently operated by Serco, will return to public hands in 2018.

At-risk Aboriginal youths 'returning to country' in crime reduction strategy

19 July 2017

A new program has reconnected a group of at-risk Aboriginal youths to the remote outback of Western Australia, in the hope of keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.

Unique patrol car to build relationships

30 June 2017

An Aboriginal artist has joined forces with South West police and made his mark on the newest patrol car to kick off NAIDOC Week.

Study finds one in three in WA youth detention have FASD

3 March 2017

At least one in three young people in detention in Western Australia (WA) suffers from Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), according to findings from an Australian-first study.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at higher risk of death post release from prison: opinion

23 February 2017

Dr Megan Williams, a Senior Research Fellow at the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Research Team at Western Sydney University in New South Wales believes that the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system is only the tip of the iceberg.

Aboriginal mothers in WA jails discuss domestic violence in lives, as study finds 'culture of fighting'

16 February 2017

Almost 90% of Aboriginal mothers in West Australian (WA) jails interviewed for a new report on the role of intergenerational violence in their lives, said they experienced violence in relationships with their partners and families, and 54 admitted using violence against others.

Providing culturally relevant support to Indigenous prisoners and juvenile detainees

15 February 2017

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) is making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult and juvenile offenders with a culturally relevant service that supports them throughout their interaction with the criminal justice system.

New Closing the gap report shows limited success in meeting targets

14 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the latest Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2017, the ninth annual report card on the progress made towards meeting the nation's targets to close the gap in life expectancy, early childhood, health, education and employment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians.

Commissioner appointed and Terms of Reference finalised for ALRC Inquiry into the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians

13 February 2017

The Australian Government has released the final terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Launch of the #JustJustice book alongside calls to action

9 December 2016

The #JustJustice book was launched in Sydney recently and politicians and policy makers were urged to 'read and absorb' its advice for stopping the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Nigel Scullion calls for action over gaoled Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people with cognitive impairments

17 November 2016

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, has called for action from the Northern Territory Government over the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment.

Community-run youth rehabilitation programs better than detention, Indigenous elders say

1 November 2016

Aboriginal Elders from Yuendumu, a remote community 290 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory (NT), have appealed to those leading the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT to look at their community-run youth program as an alternative to putting kids in detention.

Imprisonment of mentally impaired should be last resort says WA Chief Justice

27 September 2016

The Chief Justice for Western Australia (WA), Wayne Martin, believes jailing mentally impaired people accused of serious crimes should be an 'absolute last resort,' and supervised release better protects the community in the long term.

Proposed WA law changes aim to cut number of Indigenous people jailed for unpaid fines

19 September 2016

The Western Australia (WA) government introduced legislation last week that aims to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people jailed for failing to pay fines.

MP calls for alternatives to detention in WA

14 September 2016

Western Australia (WA) Legislative Council member and former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Police Officer, Dave Grills, has renewed calls to offer localised alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders.

New centre planned for Aboriginal domestic violence perpetrators in the Pilbara

14 September 2016

There are plans to build the first specialist counselling centre for Aboriginal perpetrators of domestic violence in Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region.

Breaking Barriers program inspires Aboriginal young people in Mount Druitt to live a life without crime

26 August 2016

When 15-year-old Carly Bates attended her first session at Breaking Barriers, a program for young Aboriginal people in Western Sydney, New South Wales, she had low confidence and feared the police.

Early diversion approach to help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people get back on track

15 August 2016

The Victorian (Vic) Government is establishing new programs to help divert young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the justice system by working with young people and their families early to address offending behaviour.

WA Police launch Aboriginal cadet program

14 July 2016

An Aboriginal police cadet program has been created to encourage more young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become police officers in Western Australia (WA).

Kimberley drive program vital in breaking youth crime cycle

1 June 2016

Hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in the Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), are steering in the right direction thanks to the success of a local driver training scheme.  The Broome and Lombadina Aboriginal Driver Training Program, delivered by Life Without Barriers, was established to divert Aboriginal people away from the criminal justice system and help boost job readiness.  More than 230 Broome residents have participated in the initiative, administered by the Department of the Attorney General and funded by Royalties for Regions. Now in its third year, the program teaches participants road rules and how to drive safely and responsibly.

WA Government strengthens fight against methamphetamine in budget 2016-17

12 May 2016

In a joint media statement, the Western Australian (WA) Government has made the 2016-17 budget commitment of $9.8 million, for an extra 52 rehabilitation beds and eight low-medical withdrawal beds across WA for people addicted to methamphetamine (ice).

WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin speaks out on state's incarceration numbers

10 May 2016

Reflecting on his decade at the head of the Supreme Court in Western Australia (WA), Chief Justice Wayne Martin says he remains concerned by the state's high incarceration rates despite crime rates falling.

A training program saving lives by helping Indigenous inmates into work

9 May 2016

Research suggests that the first year out of prison is a dangerous time for former prisoners as the risk of death from substance use and suicide is higher.  Mervyn Eades, an Aboriginal man from Western Australia (WA), created Ngalla Maya after he was released from prison in order to address this risk.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social survey 2014-15 released

29 April 2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of a major survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

High rate of offenders completing drug and alcohol counselling program in far west NSW

21 April 2016

A high amount of offenders living in far west New South Wales (NSW) are successfully completing a drug and alcohol diversion program known as the Magistrates' early referral into treatment (MERIT) program, which is run on a referral basis through the State's courts.

Female prisoners in WA to be managed under new gender-specific measures

18 April 2016

A specified standard for the management of female prisoners is being introduced in Western Australia (WA) for the first time, with particular attention to be paid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.  WA Department of Corrective Services Commissioner, James McMahon, said the new plan was about getting better results for female prisoners and the community. Aboriginal women comprise 46% of WA's adult female prison population, while making up only three per cent of the overall population in the state.

Inquest leads to changes in custodial procedures in Broome

1 March 2016

A coronial inquest into the death of an Aboriginal woman in police custody in Broome, Western Australia (WA) in November 2012 has led to changes in local custodial procedures.

Fairbridge bindjareb project saves government millions

1 March 2016

The Fairbridge bindjareb project is a collaboration between Fairbridge Western Australia (WA) and the WA Government's Department of Corrective Services and industry partners.

Aboriginal custody hotline expanded in bid to prevent further deaths

19 February 2016

A 24-hour hotline for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody will be expanded to watch houses and prisons across Western Australia (WA). WA has the nation's highest level of Indigenous over-representation in the justice system, and the Government has pledged to improve support services in the sector.

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

WA police introduce prerecorded cautions in Aboriginal languages

11 January 2016

Indigenous people will soon be able to hear a pre-recorded caution in any Aboriginal language if arrested in Western Australia (WA) under changes prompted by the case of an Aboriginal man who was charged with murder despite not understanding his rights or the questions.

Young Indigenous filmmakers tackle crime and its consequences

16 December 2015

The New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Legal Service is trying to change the high incarceration rate among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by helping them to make films about the consequences of crime.

$1.8m announced for NSW Custody notification service

8 December 2015

The Australian Government has announced it will provide the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited with $1.8 million to support the New South Wales (NSW) Custody notification service (CNS) initiative until June 30 2019.

Aboriginal workers sought for WA prisons

7 December 2015

A substantial increase in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce of Western Australia's (WA) prisons is being sought by the Department of Corrective Services.

Blueprint for change on Aboriginal imprisonment and violence rates released

1 December 2015

The Change the Record coalition have released a detailed blueprint for achieving justice targets, with the aim of closing the gap in the rates of imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by 2040.

Doctors call for target to close gap on Indigenous incarceration rates

26 November 2015

Doctors are calling on the Turnbull Government to set a national target for closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous imprisonment rates.

Tests for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be used in WA court system

4 November 2015

West Australian (WA) courts look set to be given access to screening for brain damage and developmental delays caused by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which could potentially change the outcome of cases.

Northern Territory to spend almost $1m reintroducing youth programs

28 October 2015

The Northern Territory (NT) government will spend almost $1m on reintroducing youth programs similar to those previously defunded.

WA prison skills program changing lives as Government seeks new approach to Aboriginal incarceration rates

8 October 2015

A West Australian charity is changing prisoners' lives and saving taxpayers millions of dollars by taking a fresh approach to keeping Aboriginal inmates out of jail.

DRUMBEAT program to be rolled out in Latrobe Valley

1 October 2015

Anglicare Victoria's Gippland team is aiming to empower Latrobe Valley's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth by involving them in the DRUMBEAT program, an initiative which aims to divert young people away from anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Concerns that new law could lead to rise in incarceration in Western Australia

22 September 2015

A Bill that passed the Western Australian (WA) Legislative Assembly this week could have a disastrous impact on Indigenous young people, says organisation Amnesty International.

Boxing program in Sydney tackling Indigenous incarceration rates

22 September 2015

An innovative Sydney-based initiative is tackling the problem of Indigenous over-incarceration with a program under which Indigenous prisoners are released early to learn boxing and job skills.

Mandurah police cadet named student of the year

10 September 2015

A Mandurah student has taken out top honours at this year’s Western Australian Training Awards, walking away as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Rapper Adam Briggs explores Indigenous experience of imprisonment

9 September 2015

Award-winning rap artist, Adam Briggs, recently spent a day with boys at Sydney's Reiby Juvenile Detention Centre, which houses offenders aged 16 years and under.

Plans for Bourke justice program to roll out across Australia

3 September 2015

There are calls for a justice reinvestment program, based in Bourke New South Wales (NSW), to be expanded to remote areas across the country.

IndigifestOZ film festival: Indigenous culture showcased in WA event

27 August 2015

When Western Australian (WA) writer and director Dennis Simmons joined the first ever all-Aboriginal team to compete in the Rottnest Channel Swim, he knew it was history in the making.

WA Aboriginal legal service cuts reversed for Karratha, Roebourne courts

25 August 2015

The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) has reversed it decision last week to withdraw its services from the Karratha and Roebourne courts, following talks with its sole funder.

Concern about cuts to SA Legal Services Commission

19 August 2015

There are concerns that more Aboriginal people are likely to be incarcerated as a result of $10 million worth of cuts to South Australia's (SA) Legal Services Commission.

Mobile community justice centre proposed to help address FASD in Kimberley, WA

17 August 2015

A mobile community justice centre has been proposed as an urgently needed circuit breaker to help address Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) related problems in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA).

Just Reinvest calling on NSW Government to create brighter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

4 August 2015

Just Reinvest New South Wales (NSW) is calling on the NSW Government to create a brighter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by adopting a justice reinvestment approach on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's day today.

New ACT agreement aims to reduce high levels of Indigenous prisoners in Canberra's jail

28 July 2015

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has partnered with the Territory's elected Indigenous body to reduce Canberra's high levels of imprisonment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving access and funding to justice services and rehabilitation programs.

Plan to give first-time offenders in Western Australia a chance to avoid criminal charges

21 July 2015

A plan to give first-time offenders in Western Australia (WA) a chance to avoid criminal charges, the first of its kind in Australia, has been unveiled by WA Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callaghan.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at the Kirby Institute in 2015

9 July 2015

In celebration of NAIDOC week, the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales has a created a booklet which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research conducted at the Institute.

Western Australia to introduce the Custody notification service and other correctional reforms

30 June 2015

The Custody notification service (CNS), a legal advice and 'RU OK' phone line service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taken into police custody in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is soon to be rolled out in Western Australia (WA), among other correctional reforms.

Victorian government to take action on reducing high number of Indigenous young people in child protection

18 June 2015

The Andrews-Labor Government is taking action to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria's child protection system.

Aboriginal community relations officer program could be rolled out across WA: Police Minister Liza Harvey

15 June 2015

Western Australia's (WA) Police Minister has backed calls for a trial of new Aboriginal police relations officers to be extended around the state.

AIHW report shows some encouraging signs but gap widening in other areas

11 June 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released their eighth publication in a series of reports for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Amnesty report shows WA Aboriginal children 53 times more likely to be jailed than peers

11 June 2015

A report released this week by Amnesty International shows that Western Australia (WA) has the highest rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in detention in Australia.

WA Government funding new program to keep Indigenous children out of jail

9 June 2015

The West Australian (WA) State Government will spend more than half a million dollars on an early intervention program to keep young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders out of jail.

History-making windfall set 'new direction' for Aboriginal Legal Service of WA

9 June 2015

Half a million dollars in state funding for the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) will not just make history, the not-for-profit says - it might change the future.

Amnesty International report aims to tackle Indigenous youth incarceration

3 June 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 10-17 years are 24 times more likely to be in detention than non-Indigenous young people, an Amnesty International report has found.

Almost half of all people released from the prison system become homeless

2 June 2015

According to a longitudinal study following more than 1,000 homeless Australians and those at risk of homelessness, 42% of people released from prison, juvenile detention or remand in the past six months were found to be homeless.

Renewed focus on Indigenous community safety welcome, but urgent action still needed

26 May 2015

A renewed focus by all Australian jurisdictions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's over-representation in the justice system has been welcomed today by the National Justice Coalition, a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

At-risk Indigenous youth program funding altered after WA review finds some ineffective

6 May 2015

The West Australian Government says it will only fund long-term, well-planned programs for at-risk Indigenous youth after a review found the current system was ineffective.

Change the record campaign aims to cut Indigenous jail rates in a generation

6 May 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and human rights organisations have outlined a new approach to changing the rates of Indigenous peoples' imprisonment and experience of violence.

Western Australian Premier rewrites the book to avoid deaths in custody

5 May 2015

Dry-out centres for people who are intoxicated, jail diversionary programs for fine defaulters and new prison protocols are being planned by the West Australian government, in a bid to reduce Aboriginal deaths in custody and lower the incarceration rates among the state's Aboriginal population.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder resources for the justice system

30 April 2015

Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute have developed a range of new resources to help lawyers, judicial officers and other justice professionals better deal with people who are impacted by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Report released: Youth justice in Australia 2013-14

29 April 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released a report presenting information on all young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2013-14, both in the community and in detention.

JustJustice campaign to change the conversations around Aboriginal health

21 April 2015

The JustJustice campaign was recently launched by the public health blog, Croakey, and aims to change the conversations around Aboriginal health, and set a focus on the issue of Aboriginal over-incarceration.

State of imprisonment: lopsided incarceration rates blight West

20 April 2015

The imprisonment rate in Western Australia (WA) has historically been high, second only to the Northern Territory.

Concerns about future employment opportunities for NSW prisoners

17 April 2015

Welfare and community justice groups have warned that cuts to education services in New South Wales (NSW) jails will reduce future employment opportunities for prisoners and increase their rate of reoffending.

Calls for justice reinvestment trials in Victoria to tackle Aboriginal imprisonment rates

7 April 2015

A recent report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Victoria (Vic) has seen one of the largest jumps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rates in the country.

Funding restored to Aboriginal legal services

26 March 2015

The Federal Government has announced it will provide certainty for the legal assistance sector by guaranteeing current funding levels for the next two years, with the changes due to take effect on 1 July no longer proceeding.

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency flags refusing new clients amid funding uncertainty

20 March 2015

One of the major Aboriginal legal services in the Northern Territory says it will soon have to stop taking new clients amid uncertainty over its funding next financial year.

Success story for women's drug rehabilitation program at Cessnock

19 March 2015

There is hope for dozens of Hunter women in a drug treatment program at Cessnock, New South Wales (NSW), at a time when the region is in the grip of an ice epidemic.

WA Chief Justice calls for re-think on jail of fine defaulters

5 March 2015

Western Australia's (WA) highest-ranking judicial officer has called for the consideration of alternatives to jail for people who don't pay off fines.

Views on alternatives to imprisonment: a citizens jury approach

3 March 2015

The Lowitja Institute has released a report that explores, through citizens juries, the views of a better informed public towards how we, as a community, should address offenders in terms of incarceration and incarceration alternatives.

Trial Koori Court opens in Western Sydney

17 February 2015

A new trial Koori Court in Western Sydney, New South Wales, began sittings last week.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Employment hope for Aboriginal offenders

2 February 2015

Victorian Minister for Corrections, Wade Noonan, has given $758,000 to fund an arts program aimed at providing Aboriginal offenders with stable employment following their release from prison, and reducing their likelihood of re-offending.

More than 15% in jail for unpaid fines

29 January 2015

More than 15% of the Western Australian (WA) prison population are in jail for unpaid fines, with the numbers increasing by over 500 from 2008 to 2013.  People who default on their fines can clear $250 of debt per day by being in jail, however it costs the corrective services budget $350 per day to keep them in jail.

Aboriginal hepatitis C rising, prompting calls for improved services

28 January 2015

Mainstream medical services are failing Aboriginal communities, where the rate of hepatitis C is rising, a peak Aboriginal health body has told a federal Senate inquiry.

Indigenous offender health resource receives funding boost

28 January 2015

The Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, have agreed to continue to fund the Indigenous offender health section of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet for another year to December 2015.

Ex-offenders not using mental health services

19 January 2015

Ex-offenders in Western Australia may not be seeking out or receiving the mental health services they need, research suggests.

New documentary shows Indigenous life in prison

7 January 2015

Prison songs, a new documentary screening on the SBS, highlights the history and day-to-day lives of inmates in the Berrimah Prison in the Northern Territory, where more than eight in ten inmates identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Queensland could save $263 million with small change to youth justice

11 December 2014

A new report has suggested that Queensland could save $263 million over 15 years if it diverted 0.2% of it's youth justice budget to social work.

Call for more safe injecting programs in jails

8 December 2014

The Chair of the Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance is calling for safe needle exchange programs to be made more available for injecting drug users in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and also in the prison system.

Federal government urged to act on Indigenous imprisonment rates

2 December 2014

The president of the Law Council of Australia, Duncan McConnel, has declared the increasing number of Indigenous Australians behind bars to be a national emergency.

Job scheme to help Aboriginal offenders

25 November 2014

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Chairman, Andrew Forrest, hopes that a new deal which guarantees minimum-security Aboriginal prisoners jobs in the mining industry after they are released, will help hundreds of people find work and keep them out of jail.

New Koori youth court to target Indigenous imprisonment rates in western Sydney

18 November 2014

A special youth court will be set up in western Sydney in a bid to reduce the number of Indigenous people being sent to prison.

New transitional housing to improve Aboriginal justice outcomes

4 November 2014

The Victorian Government has announced plans to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians by delivering new transitional housing for Aboriginal prisoners upon release.

Pardelup Prison Farm offers inmates certificates in horticulture and construction

31 October 2014

Pardelup Prison Farm in regional Western Australia is a working farm operated by inmates that grows fruit and vegetables, breeds sheep and cattle, and offers inmates the opportunity to complete certificates in horticulture and construction.

Mobile mental health for prisoners

17 October 2014

The first mobile forensic mental health unit in Victoria has opened, and will be based at the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) near Melbourne, travelling to other prisons as required.

Cops and Koori kids fishing program celebrates milestone

10 October 2014

The Shoalhaven Community Area Command's Cops and Koori kids fishing workshops program has celebrated a major milestone with the 200th child participating in their annual workshop.

UN alerted to over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

26 September 2014

The United Nations Human Rights Council, the world's peak human rights body, has been alerted to the over-imprisonment of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous legal aid agency seeks meeting with PM to discuss funding

16 September 2014

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) is seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss funding cuts when he visits Arnhem Land this week.

SMS service improves court attendance for Aboriginal people

9 September 2014

A text messaging service that alerts Aboriginal people in New South Wales (NSW) to their bail conditions and next court appearances is credited with improving attendance rates for court dates.

Fairbridge a path to employment

27 August 2014

Jaleel Olman, Brent Appleton and Cameron Thorne are among the 21 Indigenous apprentices using their talents to transform Saumarez Cottage in Fairbridge Village, in the south west of Western Australia, into accommodation for people under housing stress.

One third of Australian female prison population is Indigenous

22 August 2014

At recent criminology conference held at the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament, Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology at the University of NSW, highlighted that, while Indigenous women make up 2% of the Australian female population, they make up one third of the female prison population.

Calls to establish halfway house for young Indigenous men leaving prison

15 August 2014

Noongar Elders in Bunbury, Western Australia, are calling for the establishment of a centre to accommodate young Indigenous men who are leaving prison.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice community reference group

14 August 2014

The Telethon Kids Institute are establishing a community reference group to work with their researchers on projects in the area of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and youth justice in Western Australia (WA).

Environmental health training for incarcerated Indigenous women

12 August 2014

Late last month, six Indigenous women from the Darwin Correctional Precinct successfully graduated in a Certificate II of Indigenous environmental health.

DRUMBEAT program improves mental health of WA prisoners

1 August 2014

An independent evaluation of an innovative program trialled in Western Australian prisons has found that group drumming combined with social and emotional wellbeing learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.

'Art apology' aims to keep Indigenous youth out of prison

22 July 2014

A program from the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is attempting a different method of breaking the cycle of crime among Indigenous youth.

Perth magistrate wants offenders with FASD spared prison

15 July 2014

Young offenders whose mothers consumed alcohol while they were in the womb would be spared prison under a plan by a Perth magistrate to classify Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability.

Australia's prison system is overcrowded

10 July 2014

A recent report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that there are now more than 33,000 inmates housed in Australian prisons.

Self-sufficient prisons: New South Wales inmates grow their own food

4 July 2014

Prisoners in New South Wales jails are producing their own food as part of the Grow your own program.

'Jail dreaming' artworks helping to rehabilitate Indigenous inmates

1 July 2014

A new art exhibition titled Jail dreaming from Indigenous artists of the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (MNCCC) in Kempsey, New South Wales (NSW), is assisting inmates in their rehabilitation.

New study finds most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after release

27 June 2014

A new study from the University of Melbourne has found that most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after their release, and the results are worse for those with mental illness.  The study interviewed 1,300 prisoners while incarcerated, and then again three and six months after their release.

Funding discontinued for Indigenous offender program

17 June 2014

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has recently been advised that funding for their Prisoner throughcare program will no longer be continued.

Pups in prison program gets new recruit

10 June 2014

The Pups in prison program has received a new recruit at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre (SQCC). Bundy, a fourteen week old black labrador, is one of four service dogs currently being trained for people with disabilities by offenders at SQCC.

NSW police formalise program of official cautions

4 June 2014

Young offenders will be able to confess to minor offences without a conviction, as New South Wales police close a catch-22 in the legal system by formalising a program of official cautions.The Protected admissions scheme is the result of negotiations between the police, Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) and the Department of Police and Justice, allowing young offenders to admit their guilt over minor offences to police with a guarantee it will not result in a formal charge. Anything a young person tells police under the scheme cannot be used as evidence against them, and police can instead issue a caution.

Indigenous Elders to provide guidance for inmates in Northern Territory prisons

27 May 2014

A group of more than 25 Indigenous Elders met in Darwin last week to identify innovative ways to stop inmates from reoffending once they are released from the prison system.

High rehabilitation hopes for new Darwin prison

20 May 2014

In the next couple of months, almost 1,000 Northern Territory (NT) inmates will be moving into their new residence – a super prison on the outskirts of Darwin.

Prisons found to be culturally unsuitable for Indigenous offenders

13 May 2014

An evaluation of Australian prisons has found much more needs to be done to improve the safety of Indigenous inmates and help them rehabilitate.

West Kimberley jail praised for Indigenous quality of life

6 May 2014

A researcher looking at the quality of life of Indigenous prisoners says the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Derby is setting the benchmark.

Call for funding for programs to keep youth out of jail

29 April 2014

The Smart Justice for Young People lobby group, comprised of more than 30 community and legal groups, is urging the Victorian government to set aside money in this year's budget to expand youth criminal diversion programs.

Juvenile detention centres in WA considered for Indigenous jobs scheme

22 April 2014

Juvenile detention centres in Western Australia (WA) are being considered for mining magnate Andrew Forrest's federally funded scheme that trains Indigenous people for direct jobs.

Youth Justice Board to develop strategies to steer youth from crime

8 April 2014

Community, business and academic leaders have been appointed to a Youth Justice Board that will review laws which apply to juvenile offenders and develop strategies to steer young people away from crime.

Accelerated literacy and learning programs for offenders in the NT

1 April 2014

Inmates in the Northern Territory (NT) are participating in an accelerated literacy and numeracy learning program, the QuickSmart learning program, designed to provide a basic education and be relevant to the future needs of the inmate.

Pre-sentence opportunity program expanded across Perth

25 March 2014

A court program to help more people enter alcohol treatment has now been expanded across the Perth metropolitan region.

Indigenous Western Australian prisoners to take part in land conservation project

25 March 2014

Two groups of prisoners from Greenough Regional Prison, near Geraldton in Western Australia (WA) are taking part in a land conservation project in the Greater Geraldton region.

Research to look at FASD rates among young offenders

19 March 2014

New research is set to provide a better picture of those affected by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) prison system.

New laws mean potential jail time for juvenile offenders in QLD

19 March 2014

Young Queenslanders can now be locked up for minor offences after new laws passed state parliament, which remove the long-standing principle of detention as a last resort for juvenile offenders.

Call for shift in youth policies to arrest rates of juvenile imprisonment

11 March 2014

Early childhood specialist Fiona Stanley has called for a fundamental shift in government policy to arrest rates of Indigenous juvenile imprisonment and save children from neglectful homes.

Pressure to develop a Closing the gap target on justice

5 March 2014

Two peak Indigenous groups are this week calling for the government to develop a Closing the gap target on justice.

Plain language review of offender health now available

24 February 2014

The plain language Review of Indigenous offender health has been updated and is now available online.

Hep C stigma causing pain and claiming lives among Aboriginal Australians

21 February 2014

Indigenous Australians are almost three times more likely to contract hepatitis C than the rest of the population and now a research team says that the stigma that comes with the disease is also claiming lives.

Lives and crimes: kids who suffer FASD

17 February 2014

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong injury that leaves sufferers much more likely to break the law, and to break it repeatedly, even after long jail stints.

WA's youth justice moves towards positive change.

6 February 2014

Western Australia's Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis is optimistic for a more positive future for young juvenile offenders with the completion of the refurbished units at Banksia Hill juvenile justice centre, which were damage last year during riots.

Positive results for the alcohol MERIT program

3 February 2014

New figures released today by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that the health and well-being of defendants who are referred to the alcohol Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) program improved after placement on the program.

Adam Goodes awarded 2014 Australian of the Year

28 January 2014

Indigenous AFL player and anti-racism campaigner Adam Goodes was named the 2014 Australian of the Year this Sunday.

Cairns and Mareeba hospitals treating Lotus Glen prisoners

23 January 2014

Cairns and Mareeba hospital staff treated Lotus Glen prisoners 649 times last year despite a medical facility being located at the Mareeba jail.

South-west Aboriginal leaders struggling for answers to ice epidemic

7 January 2014

Aboriginal community leaders say they are without answers to solve an ice epidemic destroying families in the south-west of Victoria.

Mundine says diversion programs pay off

6 January 2014

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine promises to advocate for mandatory diversionary programs to push Indigenous juvenile offenders into jobs and education amid proposed budget cuts to Indigenous affairs spending.

Jail diversion programs neglect Indigenous offenders

16 December 2013

A new report shows a need for culturally appropriate diversion programs, as Indigenous incarceration rates soar.

New life for troubled 'Insight' teen

29 November 2013

17 year old, Trevor Cook, is not the person he was six months ago.

Youths in custody: aspirations and strategies for the future

18 November 2013

Young people in custody share many of the hopes and aspirations of young people in the wider community, and many understand what is stopping them achieving their goals.

Innovative prison program bound for Australia

13 November 2013

The Inside-out prison exchange program,originally developed in America, could be heading to Australia.

Inquiry hears call for Indigenous 'ice' users diversion scheme

1 November 2013

There are calls for the State Government to build a culturally-specific diversion program for Aboriginal people using the drug methamphetamine, or ice, in western Victoria.

Improving prisoner health through access to sterile injecting equipment

28 October 2013

Public health organisations are hopeful that prisoner access to sterile injecting equipment in the Canberra prison - an Australian first - has moved a step closer with the release of the Strategic framework for the management of blood-borne viruses in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

Getting tough on youth crime

25 October 2013

The ABC lateline television program 'Getting tough on youth crime' reports on the campaigns to target young offenders even though figures show crime rates committed by youths are declining.

Call for specialised drug treatment prisons to cut overdose deaths in Victoria

21 October 2013

The magistrate of Victoria's drug court is calling for the establishment of special drug rehabilitation prisons to reduce the rate of overdose-related deaths after prisoners are released.

Prison damaging to father-child relationship: Report

17 October 2013

The Griffith University research found the father-child relationship was greatly damaged by time behind bars and negatively affected children.

NSW prisoners to be banned from smoking

14 October 2013

Smoking in all New South Wales (NSW) prisons is set to be banned within 18 months after the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin expressed his concern about the health effects lighting up in jails is having on staff and inmates.

Hundreds of Victorian prisoners receiving methadone

14 October 2013

Hundreds of Victorian prisoners are receiving methadone treatment for addictions to heroin and other drugs.

Indigenous disadvantage does not diminish over time, High Court rules

3 October 2013

Disadvantage caused by a person's Indigenous heritage does not diminish over time and should be taken into account in sentencing of criminal offences, the High Court has found.

One in five inmates take drugs in South Australian prisons

1 October 2013

Cannabis and a prescription drug with euphoric effects are South Australian (SA) prisoners' drugs of choice, figures reveal.

New court giving bail to offenders if they take steps to make change

24 September 2013

The Queensland state government is trialling a new court which gives bail to offenders if they take steps to make changes in their lives.

Praise for positive youth program

11 September 2013

The number of robberies across the Redfern, New South Wales area has fallen dramatically thanks to a mentor program targeting juveniles at risk of criminal activity.

ReGen welcomes Victorian Government announcements on methamphetamine and overdose prevention

4 September 2013

UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania, welcomed announcements by Minister Wooldridge of the Victorian Government to fund prevention, education and treatment programs ($1.1 million) for methamphetamines and the Community overdose prevention and education (COPE) program ($200,000) on 30 August 2013.

$12 million to reduce juvenile crime in NSW

4 September 2013

New South Wales (NSW) Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith SC announced over $12 million in Government funding to support vulnerable young people who are at risk of becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system.

New location for Darwin's Alcohol mandatory treatment facility

29 August 2013

Darwin's alcohol mandatory treatment facility will be relocated to an improved and secure facility at Darwin Correctional Centre's low-security accommodation, once the construction of the Darwin Correctional Precinct is completed mid-next year.

Young people aged 10-14 in youth justice system at high risk of re-offending

26 August 2013

Only a small proportion of young people involved in the Australian youth justice system are aged 10-14 years (the youngest group involved in the system), however, these young people are at risk of becoming chronic, long-term offenders, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Justice reinvestment for people with disability

14 August 2013

A new report, People with mental health disorders and the cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system, by the University of New South Wales and Price Waterhouse Coopers, models the cost-benefits of introducing diversionary programs early in life for people with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment.

New Closing the gap targets announced at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land

12 August 2013

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlined three new Closing the gap targets to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in a speech at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

New funding for prisoner support and crime prevention in Queensland

6 August 2013

Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Shayne Neumann MP, in Ipswich recently to announce a funding boost for Indigenous crime prevention and prisoner support in Queensland.

Call for action on high rates of Aboriginal incarceration

31 July 2013

The nation's peak law bodies are uniting to demand an end to the escalation in Indigenous prison rates.

Aboriginal prisoners build homes for outback communities

25 July 2013

Indigenous inmates at the St Helliers Correctional Centre are building modular homes for Aboriginal communities in rural New South Wales (NSW) as part of a program to help Indigenous offenders find work in building and construction upon their release.

Koori court launched in Victoria

11 July 2013

Australia's first Koori County Court has been launched in Victoria.

Just released: 2013 Review of Indigenous offender health now available

3 July 2013

Staff at the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the Kirby Institute have updated the Review of Indigenous offender health for 2013.

Loss of SMART courts concerns Northern Territory Chief Magistrate

3 July 2013

The Northern Territory Chief Magistrate says the elimination of 'SMART courts' for substance use related crimes, will see recidivism rise in the Territory, and will not be fairly substituted by the Government's new mandatory rehabilitation scheme.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Funding needed to make NSW jails smoke-free

19 June 2013

New South Wales Corrective Services aims to go smoke-free by July 2014.

Prisons in Tasmania to go smoke free by 2015

5 June 2013

Smoking will be banned at Risdon Prison in Tasmania by mid-2015.

Recent rise in Aboriginal deaths in custody

29 May 2013

A major review of deaths in custody has found a substantial increase in the number of Aboriginal people dying in custody over the past five years.

High rates of hearing impairment for Indigenous inmates

22 May 2013

High rates of ear infections or 'otitis media' in Aboriginal communities contribute significantly to social disadvantage and impact on children's capacity to learn.

Legislation for mandatory alcohol treatment in Northern Territory unveiled

15 May 2013

The draft bill for mandatory alcohol treatment outlining how the legislation will force problem drinkers into treatment has been unveiled.

WA increases focus on efforts to keep people out of prison

14 May 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed moves by the Western Australian (WA) government towards a justice reinvestment approach to the criminal justice system.

National crime prevention fund for youth mentoring and outreach programs

8 May 2013

The Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice, Jason Clare has announced a $40 million National crime prevention fund to be funded from confiscated proceeds of crime.

Young Indigenous people continue to be overrepresented in youth justice system

1 May 2013

A report, Youth justice in Australia 2011-12: an overview, by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released information on young people aged 10-17 years who are under youth justice supervision in Australia due to their involvement or alleged involvement in crime.

Report highlights disadvantage among Indigenous offenders

17 April 2013

A report comparing sentencing outcomes for Koori and non-Koori adult offenders in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria has found that Indigenous offenders are more likely to receive a term in prison rather than an order supervised in the community compared with their non- Indigenous counterparts.

Extra money for NAAJA to provide early intervention to support Indigenous youth in the NT

10 April 2013

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) will receive an extra $338,000 from the Australian Government to provide early intervention services to Indigenous youth in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Greater justice for people with FASD

9 April 2013

A report by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) justice system recommends further training and education to raise awareness of FASD and alternate sentencing options that consider the neurocognitive impairments associated with FASD.

Behaviour change program reconnects families

3 April 2013

The Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing Centre is supporting people to address violent behaviour and substance use through the Gatharr weyebe banabe program.

Victorian Aboriginal justice agreement launched

20 March 2013

Phase three of the Victorian Aboriginal justice agreement (AJA3) was launched on 13 March, 2013 at Queen's Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne.

Online newsletter for Indigenous offender health research launched

13 March 2013

The Indigenous Offender Health Research Capacity Building Group (IOHR-CBG) has launched an online version of its biannual newsletter through the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website.

WA justice system - expensive and ineffective

6 March 2013

A new report on the prison system in Western Australia (WA) calls for increased resources in justice reinvestment and a greater emphasis on evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies for offending.

BushMob helping young people tackle substance use in Alice Springs

28 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing more than $1.8 million in BushMob, a successful program in Alice Springs that helps young people stay free of alcohol and other drugs.

$100 million boost for Aboriginal youth in Northern Territory

20 February 2013

The Australian Government is investing $100 million over the next 10 years in the Youth in communities program, a major initiative that is helping thousands of young Aboriginal people become more engaged with school, work and community life in the Northern Territory.

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

Social Justice Commissioner welcomes new report on prison vs residential treatment

6 February 2013

A new report by Deloitte Access Economics highlights the cost and health benefits of diversionary programs and community residential rehabilitation for Indigenous peoples who have been convicted of non-violent, substance use related offences.

Indigenous justice program funding

29 January 2013

The Attorney-General's Department is providing funding through the Indigenous justice program for projects that aim to reduce adverse contact of Indigenous Australians with the criminal justice system.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

New family violence legal service planned for Perth

15 January 2013

The Western Australian (WA) Government will provide $600,000 a year for a metropolitan legal service for Indigenous victims of family violence, including victims of sexual abuse.

Plan to open Aboriginal Youth Healing Centre in New South Wales in response to high rates of youth incarceration

9 January 2013

An innovative community initiated service, the Aboriginal Youth Healing Centre (AYHC) is currently being planned for western New South Wales in response to the high levels of incarceration for Aboriginal youth.

Senate Inquiry to investigate the 'value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia'

27 November 2012

The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples recently welcomed a Senate Inquiry to investigate the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.

Indigenous justice advocates nominated as Australia's Local Hero 2013 State Finalists

8 November 2012

Two Indigenous justice advocates are State Finalists for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Awards.

Justice reinvestment campaign champions discuss new policy approach with NSW Government

25 October 2012

Advocates for the Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people had a landmark meeting with members of the New South Wales (NSW) Government to discuss the over-representation of Indigenous youth in correctional facilities.

Inmates and correctional staff raise funds for Red Dust health promotion programs

16 October 2012

More than $80,000 was raised for Indigenous charity group Red Dust Role Models during the recent national Walkabout week.

West Kimberley Regional Prison scheduled to open end of October 2012

10 October 2012

A new prison in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is scheduled to receive its first inmates on 22 October this year.

Qld Government announces closure of Murri courts program for Indigenous offenders

3 October 2012

The Queensland (Qld) State Government has announced that it will shut down the Murri courts program - including the Indigenous, Drug and Special Circumstances courts that sentence Indigenous offenders who plead guilty to an offence which falls within the jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court.

Report into Aboriginal service delivery in the Northern Territory (NT) makes 12 recommendations

2 October 2012

A report into spending on service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities recommends a reassessment of priorities and greater transparency.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

Decline in Indigenous youth incarceration rates in Australia

5 September 2012

A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in August 2012 has noted a decline in Indigenous youth detention rates across Australia.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Australian Medical Association releases position statement on health and the criminal justice system

21 August 2012

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a new position statement on Health and the criminal justice system (2012) on 15 August at the Justice health in Australia: equity in health care symposium in Canberra.

Research on alcohol use among Indigenous Qld inmates indicates more treatment options are needed

7 August 2012

New research shows Indigenous prisoners in Queensland (Qld) are twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems than other inmates.

Funding extension for IPROWD program announced

6 August 2012

A $2.4 million funding extension from the Australian Government will give an extra 240 Indigenous Australians an opportunity to join the New South Wales (NSW) police force.

HealthInfoNet attending the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference on 7 August

6 August 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be running a cafe tomorrow the 7 August (2012) at the Western Australian drug and alcohol conference.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

NT Chief Magistrate participates in bush court circuit

27 July 2012

The Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory (NT), Hilary Hannam, says a lack of resources and technology on the bush court circuit is affecting the delivery of justice.

First Indigenous students graduate from IPROWD program in NSW

13 July 2012

The first graduates from a training program, which began running at TAFE earlier this year, have begun to forge a career pathway in the justice system.

Barkly Work Camp receives award for reducing recidivism as part of NAIDOC Week 2012

6 July 2012

The Minister for Correctional Services and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, commended staff and inmates at Barkly Work Camp in the Northern Territory (NT) this week.

A new resource by BIMA Projects summarises what happens after someone has been charged with an offence

5 July 2012

BIMA Projects, part of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, have recently produced a podcast that concisely summarises with what happens after a person has been charged with an offence.

Prevalence of mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland prisons article published

2 July 2012

An article on the prevalence of mental disorder among Indigenous people in Queensland prisons was published today (2 July) in the Medical journal of Australia (MJA).

Plans to expand county Koori courts in Victoria

28 June 2012

The Victorian State Government has announced plans to retain a county Koori court beyond its pilot stage, following an evaluation report.

Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA wins 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award

20 June 2012

Dr Fiona Skyring has been awarded the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award for her book titled Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.

Vic Government grants available for programs preventing violence in Koori communities

20 June 2012

Crime Prevention Minister, Andrew McIntosh, has announced funding of almost $3 million for community grants under the Community crime prevention program and Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. Minister McIntosh said that the funding would empower local Koori communities to develop programs to strengthen community safety across Victoria (Vic), which is one of the government's highest priorities.

Glebe Youth Service receives funding to help keep youth off the streets

4 June 2012

Glebe Youth Service (GYS) has been given a $400,000 grant from the City of Sydney to help provide young people alternatives to hanging out on the streets late at night.

Art by prisoners program provides therapy for SA inmates

1 June 2012

An art program has proved a source of therapy for some inmates in South Australian (SA) prisons.

Indigenous police recruitment course inspires students to join the force

31 May 2012

Indigenous people looking to join the police force are getting a head start through a new training program being run in New South Wales (NSW).

Australian nurse-family partnership program receives funding to continue

24 May 2012

A pilot program of the Australian Government has received funding to continue its operations for the next three years in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT).

Call for further remote area rehabilitation services

23 May 2012

An Aboriginal legal aid organisation says the Northern Territory (NT) Government must provide more alcohol rehabilitation services in remote Indigenous communities.

WA's newest police station opens in remote Indigenous community of Looma

14 May 2012

Western Australia's newest police station was officially opened on May 10, 2012, in Looma, Western Australia (WA).

Applications open for Criminal property confiscation grants program

9 May 2012

Attorney General Christian Porter launched the latest round of the Criminal property confiscation grants program on 2 May 2012.

Further legislation introduced to support NT alcohol reforms

7 May 2012

New legislation was passed in the Northern Territory (NT) parliament on 3 May 2012, which expands on the existing alcohol reforms.

Concern over offenders being held under custodial supervision orders in the NT

4 May 2012

A recent Radio National story from the Law Report program, investigated the criminal justice situation in the Northern Territory (NT), which has seen prisoners forced to share overcrowded cells and scarce facilities. In NT prisons, more than 80% of the prison population are Aboriginal Australians.

Aboriginal community of Amata in SA announces community night patrols

3 May 2012

The South Australian (SA) community of Amata has launched a trial of neighbourhood watch night patrols.

Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people launched in NSW

2 May 2012

The Justice reinvestment campaign for Aboriginal young people was launched on 2 May 2012, by the Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Working Group.

Halo program continues to help young offenders transition into the community

1 May 2012

Danika Nayna from Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, recently visited the Joe Cooper Centre in Perth.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to discuss strategies to reduce Indigenous deaths in custody

26 April 2012

Brisbane archdiocese's Murri Ministry and the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will invite Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, to meet to discuss issues surrounding Indigenous incarceration.

Northern Territory Budget 2012 delivers $20 million investment into correctional services

26 April 2012

A $20.2 million investment in correctional services was announced by Correctional Services Minister Gerry McCarthy on 22 April 2012.

Indigenous justice groups disappointed by lack of target at COAG meeting

20 April 2012

The Council of Australian Governments met last week (13 April 2012), where the Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President discussed issues including Closing the gap targets.

Young Indigenous woman forges a career in the justice system

19 April 2012

A young Indigenous woman has forged a career for herself with Corrective Services New South Wales (CSNSW), working in a role overseeing staff and inmate policy and systems.

Aboriginal youth health access program an Aboriginal Health Award finalist

19 April 2012

A Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network-run program was a recent finalist in New South Wales' 2012 Aboriginal Health Awards.

Dr Morseu-Diop wins Churchill Fellowship to research healing programs for offenders

17 April 2012

Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop, a Torres Strait Islander women from Thursday Island, has won a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Canada.

Whitelion seeks support to help save young lives

17 April 2012

Whitelion, a not-for-profit organisation operating in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australian and Tasmania, are seeking more volunteers to help out with their cause.

Participants wanted for Indigenous youth employment program in Melbourne

11 April 2012

A specialised employment program for young Indigenous offenders, or youth who are 'at risk', is looking for participants in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Literacy program offered to young Queensland offenders

2 April 2012

The Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre is launching a voluntary reading and writing program at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville, north Queensland.

Funding boost for Northern Territory communities: Stronger futures initiative

30 March 2012

A $619 million funding boost will improve services in remote communities across the Northern Territory (NT) for the next 10 years, as part of the Stronger futures in the Northern Territory package.

Indigenous graduates to take part in 'Prison officer in training program'

29 March 2012

Six Indigenous Territorians are on their way to a career in correctional services after recently completing the inaugural Pre-prison officer in training program.

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples calls for justice target

23 March 2012

The Indigenous representative body of Australia, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has recently called for a target relating to justice be added to existing Closing the Gap targets which are monitored by Australian governments.

Indigenous ex-offender employment strategies examined in new Clearinghouse papers

23 March 2012

Two new papers on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage have been released by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, a jointly funded venture by all Australian Governments that is delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Justice reinvestment plan could reduce Indigenous imprisonment

22 March 2012

A concept known as 'justice reinvestment' is gaining momentum as a means of reducing Indigenous imprisonment rates.

Midnight basketball program helps reduce youth crime in Kempsey

22 March 2012

The New South Wales town of Kempsey has implemented a social inclusion program for its youth to help reduce substance use and criminal activity.

Indigenous inmates in the Northern Territory suffer hearing loss

21 March 2012

As many as 9 out of ten Aboriginal inmates in Northern Territory (NT) jails suffer significant hearing loss, according to recent research to be published in the Indigenous Law Bulletin.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Murri courts taking on Elders' wisdom

20 March 2012

Indigenous Elders have taken on a role in the Murri courts that continues to close the gap between Indigenous traditions and western laws.

Partnership between Balund-a and TAFE a success for Indigenous offenders

16 March 2012

Aboriginal offenders at a correctional centre in Tabulam, New South Wales, are getting a second chance at life through TAFE.

JUSTICEwa scholarships awarded to Indigenous criminal law students

15 March 2012

JUSTICEwa, organisers of the International justice conference, have established an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship in the hope of encouraging careers in criminal law and human rights.

Roebourne inmates given opportunity to work for the community

14 March 2012

Low-risk inmates from Roebourne Regional Prison in north-west Western Australia, a facility that manages a high percentage of Aboriginal prisoners, will soon have the opportunity to work on projects for the community.

Proceeds of crime helping youth around Australia

13 March 2012

The Federal Government has announced almost $2 million to be confiscated from criminals that will be provided to Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYCs) around Australia to help young people at risk of committing crime.

Indigenous aquaculture program provides practical skills for local Koori women

An Indigenous aquaculture program, run in the industrial outskirts of Bairnsdale in regional Victoria, has been a great success, providing work and practical skills for Koori women exiting the court system, as well as food for a local Indigenous community.

Bourke experiment could be the answer to Australia's incarceration crisis

An experiment is underway in the New South Wales (NSW) community of Bourke, which is hoping to re-imagine the way that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community interact with the state.

Consultation open for inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Turnbull Government has released a consultation draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Consultation Opens for Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

The Australian Federal Government has released a consultation draft of terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
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