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Aboriginal Justice Agreement

Koori musicians performing at  the Aboriginal Justice Agreement launch event

The Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Koori community, established to achieve improved justice outcomes for Koories.

The AJA aims to minimise Koori over-representation in the criminal justice system by improving the accessibility, use and effectiveness of justice-related programs and services.

A core principle of the AJA is maximising participation of the Koori community in the design, development, delivery and implementation of all justice policies and programs that impact on Koories. Increased participation is achieved through community programs, partnerships and place-based partnership projects.

The AJA and its programs are delivered through a multi-layered structure of partnerships between the Victorian Government and the Koori community. Programs funded through the AJA enable communities to deliver regional and local responses to justice-related issues, and include place-based partner projects underway in Mildura and Lake Tyers which focus on working at a local level.

The first AJA was the Victorian Government's direct response to the 1997 National Ministerial Summit, which reviewed the implementation of recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Government and Koori community representatives have subsequently reviewed and built upon the AJA. Second and third phases of the agreement were launched in 2006 and 2013, renewing the commitment to improving justice outcomes for Koories.

Koori Justice magazine highlights the AJA’s outcomes and achievements.

Who's involved

Koori Justice Unit

Coordinates development and delivery of Victoria’s Koori justice policies and programs across government and the justice system through the Aboriginal Justice Agreement

Victoria Aboriginal Community Services Association

Supports and manages community programs, and provides strategic advice to Aboriginal organisations and government bodies

Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee

Builds partnerships and works with Koori communities to identify and address justice priorities

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Provides legal advice and representation for the Koori community

Koori Court

Provides a culturally-appropriate approach to the court process, enabling greater participation by the Aboriginal (Koori) community in proceedings

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Delivers childcare programs and services, and advises government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community

Victoria Police - Aboriginal Policy and Research Unit

Works to strengthen positive relationships between Victoria Police and Victorian Aboriginal communities

Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

Assists victims of family violence and sexual assault, and works with families and communities affected by violence

Corrections Victoria

Develops programs for the containment and rehabilitation of prisoners and the community-based supervision of offenders

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Champions community control and health equality for Aboriginal communities

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services is responsible for delivering a number of Koori youth justice programs as part of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

Provides medical services, and supports community wellbeing through contributions to community events and activities

Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria is a key agency that provides advice to the Victorian Government on Aboriginal policy and delivers a range of programs

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association

Advises on Koori education issues, monitors education trends and advocates for the needs of the community

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Frontline-funded youth education initiative run by Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation

Community programs

AJA funding supports programs that provide community-based responses to justice issues such as the Frontline Youth Initiatives Program

Koori Justice magazine cover Autumn 2012

Koori Justice magazine

Read online or download back issues of this magazine that contains stories of the outcomes and achievements of the AJA

Mildura Emerging Leaders Program participants learn canoeing

Place-based partnership programs

Find out about place-based partnership programs in Mildura and Lake Tyers

Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement Phase 3

Partnerships

The AJA is delivered through partnerships between the Victorian Government and the Koori community

Aboriginal flag

Reviewing and responding to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Read online or download the Victorian Implementation Review of Recommendations

Aerial view of Lakes Entrance

Native title

In Australian law, some Aboriginal people hold rights that come from their traditional laws and customs to areas of land and water

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The Victorian Department of Justice acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.