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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 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