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The Australian Government has awarded consultancy contracts to evaluate the effectiveness of 20 Indigenous justice programs. The evaluations will be 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 is 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 will review 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 should assist 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.
Attorney-General's Department abstract
Indigenous Policy and Service Delivery Branch
Ph: (02) 6141 4896