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Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project



The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, also known as the Bourke Justice Reinvestment Project, is a grass-roots justice reinvestment project that aims to empower the Aboriginal community in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW). The Maranguka project (which can be translated as ‘caring for others’) was an initiative of the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party; a grassroots coalition of concerned local Aboriginal residents who wanted to see positive change in their community.

Since 2013, JustReinvest NSW has worked in partnerhsip with local community groups in Bourke to develop and implement a framework for justice reinvestment in Bourke. The intention of the initiative is to redirect resources that would usually be spent on prison back into the community, to address the underlying causes of imprisonment, and provide support to vulnerable children and families.The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.

The initial part of the project has focused on building trust between community and service providers (including police and government agencies), identifying community priorities and developing Circuit Breaker programs to reduce offending and make the community safe.

Community leaders have identified 11 key areas to be addressed through Circuit Breaker programs. These are:

Within each of these areas, results from the Circuit Breaker programs will be fed back to the community and will provide baseline data from which outcomes can be monitored and evaluated, providing valuable guidance for future planning.

Abstract adapted from Just Reinvest New South Wales


Just Reinvest New South Wales
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Related publications

Collaboration for Impact (2017)

Growing our kids up safe smart and strong.

: Collaboration for Impact

This video describes the story of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, New South Wales. The project is an innovative, Indigenous led partnership aimed at creating a safer community in Bourke and better lives for young people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

KPMG (2016)

Unlocking the Future: Maranguka justice reinvestment project in Bourke preliminary assessment.

Sydney: KPMG


Last updated: 10 April 2017
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