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Koori youth justice program (KYJP)



The Koori youth justice program (KYJP) is funded by Department of Human Services (DHS) and operates in all eight DHS regions in Victoria. Koori Youth Justice Workers are located in three metropolitan Melbourne and 11 rural locations as well as the three youth justice custodial centres.

The KYJP provides access for young Aboriginal offenders to appropriate role models and culturally sensitive support, advocacy and casework, by employing Koori Youth Justice Workers. The program targets young people at risk of offending, clients on community-based and custodial orders.

The KYJP is operated in the community mainly by local Aboriginal agencies. Koori people are employed by Youth Justice Custodial Services to work with and support young Aboriginal people in the youth justice custodial centres. The program aims to prevent offending or re-offending behaviour by ensuring that young Aboriginal people are connected to their families and communities, and are provided with access to the supports and services they require.

One KYJP is available through the Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, and provides services to young Aboriginal people who are statutory and/or voluntary clients in Shepparton, Victoria. Statutory clients are young Aboriginal people aged 10-23 years who are subject to court orders (criminal) who are managed by DHS Youth Justice; voluntary clients are young Aboriginal people aged 10-17 years who are in contact with police, Aboriginal criminal justice panel, and/or appearing at the Children's Court.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Human Services and Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative


Rumbalara Justice Services
50B Wyndham Street
Shepparton Vic 3630
Ph: (03) 5820 0010

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: 24 March 2014
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