The Department of Justice is committed to two major projects incorporating multiple initiatives and partnerships between local, state and federal governments and the Koori community.
These partnership projects work to improve outcomes and address priorities identified in consultation with the local community.
Although the specific goals and objectives of each partnership project differ, both:
- focus on a particular location within Victoria and work at a local level
- involve collaboration between all levels of government and the local Koori community
- are governed by clear principles and protocols
- are coordinated by an inter-departmental committee with representation from government, as well as key individual and organisational community representatives
- have a project team based on location
Current partnership projects include the Lake Tyers Community Renewal Project (Gippsland region) and the Mildura Community Partnership Project (Loddon Mallee region).
The East Mildura Community Partnership Project was developed in response to the Victorian Indigenous Affairs Framework (October 2006).
The objectives of the project are to improve the welfare and safety of Koori children and families by improving:
- maternal health and early childhood health and development
- literacy and numeracy
- VCE completion or equivalent qualification and pathways to employment
To ensure the success of the project, priorities include:
- regular consultation with, and involvement of the Koori community, at all levels and at all stages of the decision-making process
- development of a governance framework that promotes transparency, through sturdy principles, protocols and processes
- mapping existing resources, networks and services that can be enhanced through the project, to minimise duplication and identify gaps in service delivery that need to be addressed
- incorporating culturally-based enhancements into processes and services to increase the relevance of the project and its outcomes to the local community
- maintaining open lines of communication between stakeholders, to strengthen relationships and ensure government, community and businesses maintain focus and continue to work together towards a common goal
For more information contact the Mildura Justice Service Centre.
An inter-departmental committee chaired by the Secretary, Department of Justice and comprising membership from federal, state and local government, and the Lake Tyers Community Trust oversees the project.
A number of priorities for Lake Tyers were identified in close consultation with the Koori community, based on a long-term broad approach. These priorities were developed into strategic objectives, to:
- increase pride and participation in the community
- enhance housing and the physical environment
- increase employment, learning and local economic activity
- improve personal safety and reduce crime
- promote health and wellbeing
- increase access to services and government responsiveness
For more information contact the Koori Justice Unit.