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Koori Youth Justice Program (KYJP)



The Koori Youth Justice Program (KYJP) was developed in 1992 in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and aims to provide early-intervention services to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. The program targets young people at risk of offending, clients on community-based and custodial orders.

The KYJP provides access for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders to appropriate role models and culturally sensitive support, advocacy and casework, by employing Koori Youth Justice Workers to work with at-risk clients. A key component of the program is preventing offending or re-offending behaviour by ensuring that young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are connected to their families and communities, and are provided with access to any supports and services that they require.

The KYJP is operated in the community mainly by local Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, where Aboriginal Custodial Workers are employed to work with and support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whilst they are in custody.

Koori Youth Justice Workers are located in three metropolitan Melbourne and 11 rural locations as well as the three Youth Justice Custodial Centres.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Human Services, Victoria


Program Advisor
Koori Justice Program
Youth Services and Youth
Justice Branch
Ph: (03) 9096 8839

Related publications

Koori youth justice (2009)

Victorian Department of Human Services

The Koori youth justice factsheet, produced by the Victorian Department of Human Services, provides information on youth justice programs designed for Koori people in Victoria. The factsheet includes details on:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 15 August 2016
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