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Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement

Each phase of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) builds on the one before it. The first phase laid the foundation for improved Koori justice outcomes in Victoria by developing robust partnerships and infrastructure, and putting in place a range of new Koori justice initiatives.

The second phase focused on preventing the progression of young Koories into the system, reducing reoffending, and changing the justice system to be more responsive and inclusive in its approach to Koories. It had a strongly place-based approach, focusing on strengthening community justice responses to address issues locally.

In 2013, the Victorian Government and the Koori community signed the Aboriginal Justice Agreement Phase 3 which continues the work to improve Koori justice outcomes and reduce over-representation in the criminal justice system. This is the third phase of a long-term change strategy to be rolled out in stages over a generation until the gap is closed.

In March 2015, the department launched the Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Plan to focus on improving the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people while incarcerated and upon their release: 

Justice Health and Corrections Victoria are responsible for driving the implementation of the plan in partnership with relevant government and community organisations.

The plan is due to be completed in June 2018 to coincide with the conclusion and evaluation of Phase 3 of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement. This will allow learnings from the evaluation of the plan to inform future activity for the next iteration of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement.

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Author: State Government of Victoria
Publisher: State Government of Victoria
Date of Publication: 2013
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2013

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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.