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The Australian Government awarded consultancy contracts to evaluate the effectiveness of 20 Indigenous justice programs. The evaluations were funded by the Australian Government's allocation of $2 million (announced in August 2009) to build the evidence base to support the National Indigenous law and justice framework endorsed by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) in November 2009.
The purpose of the evaluations was to assess whether or not, and on what basis, the programs can be considered to be 'good practice', to assist in identifying the best approaches to tackling crime and justice issues in Indigenous communities. The evaluations reviewed a range of programs designed to reduce Indigenous rates of offending, incarceration and recidivism, particularly amongst Indigenous youth and perpetrators of violent crime.
The research assisted both service providers and governments to plan and implement policy and programs to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's interactions with the criminal justice system and improve community safety, particularly through promoting positive changes in offenders' behaviour and participation in employment and education.
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