Communities and Justice

Justice Reinvestment

What is Justice Reinvestment?

Justice Reinvestment is an approach that supports Aboriginal communities to find local solutions to local issues. The aim of Justice Reinvestment is to resource communities to develop and deliver solutions that reduce contact with the criminal justice system, including the police, courts, and prison. It aims to support communities to identify the reasons why people end up in the criminal justice system in the first place, and then come up with activities and programs that can make real change.

Justice Reinvestment is about thinking beyond the criminal justice system, understanding the underlying causes of offending, and coming up with impactful, local solutions.

About the NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program

The NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program has been created to provide funding to Aboriginal communities in NSW to do Justice Reinvestment work.

Up to $7.5 million (excluding GST) in funding is available across three years from June 2024 to June 2027. Funding can be used by Aboriginal organisations to: 

  • create or support community governance and consultation
  • investigate issues, including by using data, research or through local community meetings  
  • develop a plan for change, including specific programs and/or options for reform  
  • implement or pilot options or programs already developed by the community to address identified issues.

The Grant Program is seeking interest from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s), including both organisations with existing Justice Reinvestment initiatives and those interested in trying Justice Reinvestment. Priority will be given to three-year proposals from Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs).

Apply now for the NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program

Read the Grant Guidelines (PDF, 198.8 KB).

Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional information and support

DCJ will host two online information sessions to provide an overview of the NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program and to answer questions at the following times:

  • 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024 (register here or email us)
  • 1pm to 2pm on Monday 26 February 2024 (register here or email us)

If you missed the sessions, you can view the NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program information webinar for the first recording and the second recording.

The NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program has two stages:

Stage One – Expression of Interest (EOI)

Opens: 9am on Tuesday 23 January 2024

Closes: 5pm on Monday 18 March 2024

Purpose: The first stage is to make sure your organisation is eligible and to answer some questions that will help DCJ design Stage 2 assessment criteria to meet the local needs of communities who have submitted an EOI in Stage 1. 

Applicants must submit an EOI in Stage 1 to be considered as eligible to receive funding in Stage 2.

You can submit an EOI through this link.

Stage Two – Full Grant Application

Opens: 9am on Tuesday 2 April 2024

Closes: 5pm on Monday 13 May 2024

Purpose: If your organisation or partnership is found to be eligible, you will be invited to Stage 2.

In Stage 2 only, you will have access to support from Thirriwirri to submit a full proposal and costing.

If you have questions or require support to apply for the NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program, please contact DCJ through justicereinvestment@dcj.nsw.gov.au

About Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment is an approach that supports and funds Aboriginal communities to find local solutions to local issues. 

The aim of Justice Reinvestment is to support empowerment and provide resources to communities to reduce contact with the criminal justice system, including the police, courts and prison. It aims to support communities to identify the reasons why people end up in the criminal justice system in the first place, and then come up with activities and programs that can make real change.

While Justice Reinvestment is about Aboriginal-led solutions, it is also about government supporting communities to identify issues and develop a plan for change. Government support can include:

  • providing data held by government to help identify and analyse options 
  • creating deeper relationships with local service providers or government agencies to support Justice Reinvestment initiatives and/or remove blockages that may get in the way of reform. 

Justice Reinvestment initiatives:

  • aim to reduce Aboriginal people coming into contact with the justice system
  • are led by Aboriginal people united by a connection to place
  • have a systems focus
  • are informed by data and evidence, including with reference to Indigenous Data Sovereignty and governance principles.

Example of Justice Reinvestment in NSW

The first Justice Reinvestment site in NSW, called Maranguka has been operating in Bourke since it was launched in 2013. Through Maranguka, the community created a local strategy and developed initiatives to achieve positive social outcomes and reduce offending, recidivism, and family violence.

You can read more about Maranguka on the Maranguka Community Hub website.

Alignment to National Agreement on Closing the Gap

The NSW Government is committed to working closely and collaboratively with Aboriginal communities to achieve the targets under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. 

Justice Reinvestment is aligned with the following Closing the Gap Targets:

  • Target 10: that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system, with a target to reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults held in incarceration by at least 15 per cent by 2031. 
  • Target 11: that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are not overrepresented in the criminal justice system which, with a target to reduce the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in detention by 30 per cent. 
  • Target 13: to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence and abuse against women and children by at least 50%, as progress towards zero.

Further information

If you have questions, we’d like to hear from you. Please email at justicereinvestment@justice.nsw.gov.au

Other Justice Reinvestment funding opportunities

Last updated:

28 Feb 2024