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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) 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
This brochure provides information on the Western Australian 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.
Abstract adapted from Drug and Alcohol Office WA