Aboriginal Justice Program (AJP)

The Department of Justice is working towards reducing the over representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system through the Aboriginal Justice Program (AJP) within the Strategic Reform Directorate.

The AJP has two focus areas relating to Aboriginal people either in or at risk of entering the justice system: 

The AJP operates in identified priority locations for the delivery of services related to the two focus areas and uses a number of mechanisms to undertake related projects. 

For example, Open Days have been run at various towns and communities as a mechanism to achieve outcomes in the Motor Drivers Licensing and Fines Enforcement areas.

Why is the AJP important?

Aboriginal people represent only 3% of the State’s population but make up approximately 40% of prisoners and 70% of juvenile detainees. Aboriginal people are five times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.

What is the AJP doing?

Open Days

Open Days support community development through targeting services and providing access to resources for Aboriginal people. The coordinated approach is committed to empowering Aboriginal people and building their capacity while increasing education and awareness. An aim is to reduce the risk of Aboriginal people entering the justice system.

Open Days include representatives from:

Services provided during Open Days include:

Motor Drivers Licences (MDL)

Fines Enforcement

What are the benefits of the AJP?

Open Days provide a one-stop-shop setting for Aboriginal people in AJP priority locations to gain access to services that ordinarily would not be easily accessible


Department of Justice
Aboriginal Justice Program
Level 23, David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack Street
Phone: (08) 9264 6464

Last updated: 20-Feb-2019

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