Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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Priorities identified in the Justice Project Final Report

Priorities Identified in the Justice Project Final Report[i]:

  1. Implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions: Community controlled organisations should be supported to play a leading role in improving access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  2. Address shortfall in legal aid, CLCs funding, quantify unmet civil legal need and address gaps in remote legal service coverage.
  3. Increase funding by states of ATSILs and FVPLs above existing Commonwealth Government funding.
  4. Ongoing cultural competence training informed and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, for all stakeholders in broader justice system and adopt strategies to increase the employment of Indigenous people across these professions. Appropriately resource Indigenous organisations to engage in this work.
  5. Address underlying disadvantage that precipitates civil legal need and interaction with criminal justice system by improving access to housing and crisis accommodation, holistic family support programs, programs for young people at-risk, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and mental health services.
  6. Address over-imprisonment.[ii]
  7. Implement a National Justice Interpreter Scheme.
  8. Support courts to provide culturally appropriate support services and ensure the facilitation of specialist sentencing courts.
  9. Prioritise within police protocols and guidelines the recognition and provision of support to women and children subject to family violence.
  10. Address intersectional needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing disability by developing culturally competent responses throughout the criminal justice system.[iii]
  11. Improve child protection systems.[iv]

Justice Project: Pro Bono Tool Summaries

Pro Bono Partnership Opportunities – Find an Organisation

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[i] The Justice Project Final Report published by the Law Council of Australia (Aug 2018) can be found here.

[ii] See Justice Project Final Report for specific recommendations on over-imprisonment. including: Justice Targets, expanding justice reinvestment trials, abolishing mandatory sentencing regimes, abolishing imprisonment from fine default, reforming bail and parole laws, expanding bail and parole accommodation and support programs, increasing availability of culturally-sensitive non-custodial sentencing options co-designed and run in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations, develop comprehensive criminal justice policies and procedures that recognise profile of women offenders, implement custody notification services, re-prioritise police protocols and guidelines and expand culturally competent prison rehabilitation, through-care and post-release programs.

[iii] See Justice Project Final Report for specific recommendations on addressing intersectional needs. which include developing disability identification strategies, enabling better access to disability support services, co-locating disability support workers with Aboriginal community-controlled legal series and addressing concerns regarding unfitness to stand trial laws and lack of alternative accommodation.

[iv] See Justice Project Final Report for specific recommendations regarding child protection systems which include: use of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle to inform policy and address barriers, inclusion of national target forming part of the Closing the Gap framework and a national review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection as recommended by the Australian Law Reform Commission.


Please note the Centre undertook the research to identify which priorities have been mapped to individual organisations. Not all organisations have confirmed yet whether the identified priorities are accurately mapped.