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Justice Policy Partnership

The Justice Policy Partnership brings together representatives from the Coalition of Peaks, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts, and Australian, state and territory governments to take a joined-up approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice policy.

It is the first of 5 policy partnerships to be established under Priority Reform One of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Policy partnerships under the National Agreement will:

  • drive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led outcomes on Closing the Gap
  • enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, communities and organisations to negotiate and implement agreements with governments to implement all priority reforms under the National Agreement and policy specific and place-based strategies to support Closing the Gap
  • support additional community-led development initiatives
  • bring together all government parties, together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities to the collective task of Closing the Gap.

Parties to the National Agreement have committed to reducing the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults held in incarceration by at least 15% by 2031 (target 10), and reducing the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (10-17 years) in detention by at least 30% by 2031 (target 11). The Justice Policy Partnership is focussed on reducing the disproportionate rate at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are incarcerated.

The Agreement to Implement the Justice Policy Partnership sets out scope and purpose of the partnership as well as the roles and responsibilities of members.

Read a copy of the Agreement to Implement the Justice Policy Partnership.

Membership

The Justice Policy Partnership has members representing all Australian, state and territory governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. This includes:

  • 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members – 5 from Coalition of Peaks organisations and 5 independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, selected by the Coalition of Peaks in an open and transparent expression of interest process
  • 9 government members – 1 from the Australian Government and 1 each from state and territory governments (all senior officials).

The Justice Policy Partnership is co-chaired by the Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and the Deputy Secretary of the Legal Services and Families Group in the federal Attorney‑General's Department.

Further details on the Justice Policy Partnership membership is contained in the Agreement to Implement.

Meetings of the Justice Policy Partnership

The Justice Policy Partnership has held meetings on:

  • 23-24 September 2021

The next meeting is scheduled for December 2021.

Read meeting summaries.

High level work plan

From September 2021 to September 2022, the Justice Policy Partnership will:

  • make recommendations to Joint Council to reduce the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • consider jurisdictional implementation plans relating to National Agreement justice outcomes
  • agree on key justice policy areas for JPP consideration, to accelerate progress toward justice outcomes
  • develop an Annual Report to the Joint Council on the actions of the JPP and its progress against objectives and targets
  • develop a detailed forward work plan aligning National Agreement priority reforms and agreed key justice policy areas.

The Justice Policy Partnership will decide its next 12 month work plan in the second half of 2022.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries concerning the Justice Policy Partnership contact our Media team.

Acknowledgement of Country - Aboriginal Art Kangaroo

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

 

Contact details

Contact the Justice Policy Partnership Secretariat at jpp@ag.gov.au.