Greater Brisbane


Indigenous Youth Justice Programs Evaluation

26 November 2014 | Research papers


Australian Institute of Criminology


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This report evaluates four criminal justice diversion programs identified by the National Indigenous Law & Justice Framework as promising practices.

Diversion from the youth justice system is a critical goal for addressing the over-representation of Indigenous young people in the criminal justice system.

The programs listed below were evaluated, as part of a broader initiative, to determine whether and on what basis they represent good practice (i.e. are supported by evidence):

  • Aboriginal Power Cup (SA) – a sports-based program (prevention)
  • Tiwi Islands Youth Development and Diversion Unit (NT) – a diversion program that engages Tiwi youth (early intervention and diversion)
  • Woorabinda Early Intervention Panel Coordination Service (Qld) – (early intervention and diversion)
  • Aggression Replacement Training (Qld) – (early intervention and tertiary intervention with offenders to reduce risk of re-offending).


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Legal