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Community programs

Frontline funded youth education initiative run by Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation

The department working in consultation with the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) network, has established a range of community grants to fund programs that enable communities to deliver regional and local responses to justice-related issues.

Community grants programs administered by the Koori Justice Unit (KJU) and funded through the (AJA) include:

Frontline Youth Initiatives Program

Frontline Youth Initiatives Program (Frontline) funding is available for the delivery of projects which target Koori children and young people.

Projects considered for Frontline funding will be community-based initiatives that aim to promote activities that reduce the likelihood of future negative contact with the criminal justice system. These projects could include (but are not limited to) those that promote:

  • youth leadership
  • sporting activities (both individual and team-based)
  • culture and cultural understanding of healthy lifestyles
  • music, arts and performance-based activities
  • engagement with education, training or vocational activities
  • employment readiness.

 

Community Initiatives Program

Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funding is available to support pilot programs or research which provide community-based responses to justice issues. 

Projects considered for CIP funding will primarily be those that:

  • increase community participation in the development of culturally-appropriate and innovative early intervention programs
  • promote reconciliation and partnerships between communities and justice agencies
  • assist in research and the identification of community-based best practice initiatives including the planning and development of regional strategic plans and submission proposals
  • clearly promote activities which support the objectives of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA)
  • are a catalyst to, or basis for, long-term sustainable capacity-building programs.

 

Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants

The Koori Youth Crime Prevention Grants (KYCPG) aim to prevent young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system, provide early intervention for young people at risk and provide a pre-charge diversion option for police and courts.  This will be achieved through the KYCPGs by funding programs and initiatives that are supported by Koori Youth Justice Workers to:

  • address a range of risk factors that reduce the likelihood of offending and support protective factors that reduce the risk of future contact with the criminal justice system
  • support locally based Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to engage with community in the development of programs and initiatives to effectively target Koori youth and their families
  • support and promote community connectedness and build on the cultural strengths of the Koori community, and
  • promote the development and delivery of local integrated crime prevention initiatives as part of a strategic approach to increasing community safety in local communities. 

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Local Justice Worker Program

Through the Local Justice Worker Program, Koori offenders are provided case support to meet the conditions of their orders through supervised community work opportunities in culturally-appropriate environments and connecting with relevant programs and services available in the community. 

Local Justice Workers can also assist Koories with outstanding fines to negotiate payment plans with the Sheriff’s Office and act as one key point of contact between local Koori communities and Justice agencies.

The program was launched in 2008 and is delivered by community organisations in 20 locations across Victoria, which are based on the daily average number of Koori offenders reporting to Community Correctional Services offices in each region.

The Local Justice Worker Program currently operates in:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • City of Casey
  • Drouin/Warragul
  • Echuca
  • Geelong
  • Heywood (South West)
  • Horsham
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Mildura
  • Morwell
  • North Metropolitan
  • Ringwood
  • Shepparton
  • South Metropolitan
  • Swan Hill
  • Warrnambool
  • Wodonga
  • West Metropolitan.

For more information on the Local Justice Worker Program, contact the Koori Justice Unit.

Information on Koori community correction programs is available on the Corrections, Prisons & Parole website (External link)

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The department 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.