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NSW ABORIGINAL JUSTICE ADVISORY COUNCIL. NSW ABORIGINAL JUSTICE ADVISORY COUNCIL (AJAC). Independent arm of NSW Govt Established in 1993 & became a Council in 1998 Set up by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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nsw aboriginal justice advisory council ajac
NSW ABORIGINAL JUSTICE ADVISORY COUNCIL (AJAC)
  • Independent arm of NSW Govt
  • Established in 1993 & became a Council in 1998
  • Set up by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Aim: reduce number of Aboriginal people in contact with criminal justice system & promote best practice criminal justice programs & policies
  • provide advice to Attorney & Ministers about the criminal justice system
current justice initiatives
Current Justice Initiatives
  • Focus on intervention and prevention
  • Developing programs etc that prevent Aboriginal children and young people from entering the criminal justice system
  • Raising contentious issues eg family and domestic violence
current justice issues
Current Justice Issues
  • Aboriginal children: vision is to provide them with the best start in life by supporting their early childhood development, growth & schooling & giving attention to needs of their families and carers
  • Aboriginal young people: vision is to build their skill capacity, self worth & resilience to create healthy young individuals
  • Per Aboriginal Justice Plan Strategic Directions 1 & 2
current justice issues projects
Current Justice Issues - projects
  • Our Kids: Stay Safe, Stay Strong Children’s Activity book – interactive resource tool aimed at building the awareness, skills & safety networks of Aboriginal children
  • Developed as there was a lack of appropriate resources
  • Culturally and age appropriate
  • Message: violence is unacceptable, not children and young peoples fault and who to approach to for assistance
  • Received several awards
current justice initiatives1
Current Justice Initiatives
  • Seido Karate program – aimed at encouraging active participation in sport, increase self worth, and, ultimately to prevent Aboriginal children and young people from entering the criminal justice system
  • Currently operating in Inner West, Sydney
current justice initiatives2
Current Justice Initiatives
  • Desired outcomes
    • Reduction in crime & incarceration rates
    • Awareness about rights
    • Creating vibrant and healthy children & young people
    • Breakdown in cycles of violence
    • Educational & employment opportunities
    • Community wellbeing & safety
contact us
CONTACT US

AJAC

Ph: 02 8688 8106

E: contact_ajac@agd.nsw.gov.au

W: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/ajac