Nine Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees (RAJACs) have been established throughout Victoria, each of which is serviced by a full-time executive officer who manages the day-to-day activities and planning requirements for the committee and reports to the regional director.
RAJAC executive officers are based in the regional offices, supporting the department's regional model to improve government service delivery and accessibility to meet the needs of Victoria’s diverse and growing community.
The RAJAC network is based on recommendation two of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody .
The role and responsibilities of RAJACs are to:
- advocate for and promote improved justice outcomes and Koori justice initiatives to both Koori communities and government agencies
- develop and implement regional justice plans that address Koori over-representation
- promote and participate in cross agency and partnership forums, such as the Aboriginal Justice Forum, and other initiatives to address Koori disadvantage
- work with other regional Koori advocacy groups
- monitor and comment on Koori contact with the justice system at a regional and statewide level
- promote and nurture the Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committees, providing advocacy for them at the regional level
- participate in the assessment process for government grant funding applications for Koori justice-related programs
- aiding in the successful delivery of Koori programs under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA).
Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committees
Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committees (LAJACs) bring together local Koori community members and justice representatives in selected locations experiencing poor justice outcomes. LAJACs develop and guide responses to local justice issues and are coordinated by a full-time LAJAC Project Officer or by the relevant RAJAC Executive Officer.