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Indigenous Diversion Program



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) also run by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA (now the Mental Health Commission) - an early intervention program to assist people who have drug use problems and are attending court - and is coordinated locally by Indigenous Diversion Officers.

Any person 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. Referral to the program is at the magistrate's discretion, and if referred, the participant's case will be remanded for eight weeks to allow the offender time to access treatment for their drug use. The Indigenous Diversion Officer coordinates the treatment process, and following treatment, the offender returns to court for sentencing.

Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia


Drug and Alcohol Office, Western Australia
Mental Health Commission
Level 5/81 St Georges Terrace
GPO Box X2299
Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 6272 1200

Related publications

Indigenous Diversion Program (2011)

Drug and Alcohol Office WA

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

Evaluated publications

Strategic Edge Consulting (2009)

Indigenous participation in the WA Diversion Project evaluation - barriers and strategies to participation in adult court diversion programs: final report.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Office

Hughes C, Ritter A (2008)

A summary of diversion programs for drug and drug-related offenders in Australia.

Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program

Crime Research Centre (2007)

WA Diversion Program – evaluation framework (POP/STIR/IDP): final report and summary report.

Perth: Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office


Last updated: 18 August 2016
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