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The Indigenous Diversion Program (IDP) is a culturally secure program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, available in some regional areas of Western Australia (WA). It works similarly to the Pre-sentence Opportunity Program (POP) - an early intervention program to assist people who have drug use problems and are attending court - and is coordinated locally by Indigenous Diversion Officers.
Anybody who has reason to address the court about the offender's case can recommend the offender be assessed by a Diversion Officer for the program. However, referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion. If referred to the program, the participant's case will be remanded for approximately eight weeks to allow the offender time to access treatment for their drug use. The Indigenous Diversion Officer coordinates the treatment process.
Following treatment, the offender returns to court for sentencing.
Contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line or speak to the Drug Diversion Officer at your local magistrate's court for more information.
Abstract adapted from Mental Health Commission of Western Australia
Alcohol and Drug Support Line
Ph: (08) 9442 5000 (metro)
Ph: 1800 198 024 (country)
Mental Health Commission of Wetsern Australia
Level 5, 81 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
GPO Box X2299
Perth Business Centre WA 6847
Ph: (08) 6272 1200
Fax: (08) 6272 1299
This brochure provides information on the Western Australian (WA) Indigenous Diversion Program (IDP). The IDP is a court diversion program that aims to help Aboriginal people with their alcohol and other drug issues by directing them into treatment before sentencing.
The brochure was produced by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA.
Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Office WA