The Department of the Attorney General is working towards reducing the over representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system through the Aboriginal Justice Program (AJP) within the Policy and Aboriginal Services Directorate.
The AJP has two focus areas relating to Aboriginal people either in or at risk of entering the justice system:
The AJP operates in identified priority locations for the delivery of services related to the two focus areas and uses a number of mechanisms to undertake related projects.
For example, Open Days have been run at various towns and communities as a mechanism to achieve outcomes in the Motor Drivers Licensing and Fines Enforcement areas.
Aboriginal people represent only 3% of the State’s population but make up approximately 40% of prisoners and 70% of juvenile detainees. Aboriginal people are five times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.
Open Days support community development through targeting services and providing access to resources for Aboriginal people. The coordinated approach is committed to empowering Aboriginal people and building their capacity while increasing education and awareness. An aim is to reduce the risk of Aboriginal people entering the justice system.
Open Days include representatives from:
Services provided during Open Days include:
Motor Drivers Licences (MDL)
Royalties for Regions
The AJP manages Royalties for Regions funding for two projects:
The current focus of this funding is on enhancing service delivery and community support in the areas of driver training and family violence for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote communities.
Department of the Attorney General
Aboriginal Justice Program
Level 23, David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack Street
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9264 1817
Last updated: 19-Sep-2016
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