Indigenous Justice Agreements

Allison, F & Cunneen, C. 2013. Indigenous Justice Agreements. Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse. Current Initiatives No. 4, June 2013, pp. 1-8.

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-14

8 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2013 Last revised: 15 May 2014

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Fiona Allison

James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Over the last two decades, some Australian States and Territories have introduced Indigenous Justice Agreements (IJAs) and related strategic frameworks in the hope of addressing consistently high rates of Indigenous incarceration and improving justice service delivery to Indigenous people. Drawing on previous research by the authors, this Research Brief provides an overview and analysis of the IJAs, and examines whether strategic planning on Indigenous justice issues is improving Indigenous justice outcomes as intended. We identify four key factors for success of IJAs, along with key challenges likely to impact upon their effectiveness. Despite significant shortcomings,we conclude that IJAs do have a positive impact, in particular by providing Indigenous people with input into strategic planning, and providing government with a systematic and coherent strategy to address Indigenous justice issues, including over-representation and victimisation.

Keywords: Indigenous Justice Agreements, Australia

Suggested Citation

Allison, Fiona and Cunneen, Chris, Indigenous Justice Agreements (2013). Allison, F & Cunneen, C. 2013. Indigenous Justice Agreements. Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse. Current Initiatives No. 4, June 2013, pp. 1-8.; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2368689

Fiona Allison

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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