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Aboriginal Justice Program (AJP)

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: 

  • Motor Drivers Licensing issues and
  • Fines Enforcement.

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.

Why is the AJP important?

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.

What is the AJP doing?

Open Days

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:

  • Department of Transport
  • Centrelink
  • Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Fines Enforcement Registry
  • Aboriginal Justice Program and
  • Other services based on location and need.

Services provided during Open Days include:

  • Obtaining birth certificates
  • Making arrangements to resolve outstanding fines
  • Vehicle and drivers licensing enquiries
  • Undertaking theory and practical driving tests
  • Assisting with job readiness and
  • Accessing other supporting agencies (for example: financial and legal services).

Motor Drivers Licences (MDL)

  • Open Days are held to provide access to services relating to obtaining a Drivers Licence 
  • Review information such as statistics to determine future actions and options
  • Liaison and consultation with stakeholders who are also involved with improving road safety and increasing capacity of people to obtain a drivers licence
  • Ongoing analysis and assessment of new issues and emerging trends relating to Motor Drivers Licences.

Fines Enforcement

  • Open Days are held to allow access to services relating to resolving outstanding fines 
  • Consultation in relation to increasing awareness and communication with individuals in communities who may have outstanding fines
  • Ongoing analysis and assessment of new issues and emerging trends relating to the Fines Enforcement Registry.

Royalties for Regions

The AJP manages Royalties for Regions funding for two projects:

  • Enhanced Driver Training and Education for in Regional and Remote Communities and
  • Enhanced Services for Victims of Crime within Regional and Remote Aboriginal Communities.

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.

What are the benefits of the AJP?

  • Open Days provide a one-stop-shop setting for Aboriginal people in AJP priority locations to gain access to services that ordinarily would not be easily accessible
  • Improved education, awareness and capacity for Aboriginal people in AJP priority locations
  • Coordinated approach improves communication between government and non-government agencies.

Contact

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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