The Youth Justice Aboriginal Strategic Plan provides a four-year framework for Aboriginal engagement and outlines a program of work to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young offenders, their families and communities.
We are committed to reducing their significant overrepresentation through early intervention and diversion, culturally appropriate and evidence-based programs, services and effective reintegration and post-release support. We are working closely with our partners in the community, in government and non-government agencies who share this commitment. Juvenile Justice is continuously re-evaluating and improving our responsiveness to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in contact with the justice system.
The Aboriginal Strategic Plan outlines five key outcomes for Juvenile Justice:
fewer Aboriginal young people in custody or on community orders
more Aboriginal young people participating in early intervention and diversion programs
more Aboriginal staff, particularly in senior and leadership roles
embedded cultural practice across the Division, and Aboriginal issues, needs and culture systematically addressed through policy and practice.
Responsibility for delivering the Aboriginal Strategic Plan is shared through Juvenile Justice. Outcomes will be measured against a supporting Performance Framework that will benchmark performance and drive continuous improvement in Aboriginal engagement across the Division.