Terms of Reference

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services, with particular reference to:

  1. the extent to which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have access to legal assistance services;
  2. the adequacy of resources provided to Aboriginal legal assistance services by state, territory and Commonwealth governments;
  3. the benefits provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by Family Violence Prevention Legal Services;
  4. the consequences of mandatory sentencing regimes on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates;
  5. the reasons for the high incarceration rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and juveniles;
  6. the adequacy of statistical and other information currently collected and made available by state, territory and Commonwealth governments regarding issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice;
  7. the cost, availability and effectiveness of alternatives to imprisonment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, including prevention, early intervention, diversionary and rehabilitation measures;
  8. the benefits of, and challenges to, implementing a system of ‘justice targets‘; and
  9. any other relevant matters.

The reporting date is 13 October 2016.

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About this inquiry

An inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services.



Inquiry Status

Report tabled

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