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The Court referral of eligible defendants into treatment (CREDIT) program is a diversionary program that was trialed between 2009 and 2011 at Tamworth and Burwood Local Courts in New South Wales (NSW). The key objectives of the CREDIT pilot program were to:
Offenders over the age of 18 years motivated to address issues that relate to their offending behaviour may be eligible for this program. People can self-refer to the program or be referred by a Magistrate, NSW Police, legal services, court staff, support workers from other programs or family and friends. Participants are offered facilitated access and support to a services providing education, training, treatment, rehabilitation or other social welfare assistance, such as drug assessment, treatment or support.
Abstract adapted from No bars and Lily Trimboli