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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.
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:
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).
Read the Grant Guidelines (PDF, 198.8 KB).
Read the Frequently Asked Questions.
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:
The NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program has two stages:
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.
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 email@example.com
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:
Justice Reinvestment initiatives:
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.
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:
If you have questions, we’d like to hear from you. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Feb 2024