Issue 9
Monday, 02 November 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Dr Michaela Spencer will help fine tune the final version of the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement
Dr Michaela Spencer will help fine tune the final version of the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement

$50,000 grant to advance Aboriginal justice in NT

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute and Menzies School of Health Research have won a $50,000 tender to draft the final version of the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement.

Dr Michaela Spencer, a post-doctoral Fellow with Northern Institute, said work was already well advanced on the agreement, which outlines how the NT Government and Aboriginal Territorians will work together to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal people.

“This is a determined effort by Aboriginal communities and the NT Government to strengthen communities and to develop a fairer and safer Territory,” Dr Spencer said.

“It’s a roadmap for keeping people out of prison, reducing offending and reoffending, and for providing different ways to address underlying causes of crime.”

The tender also provides funding to convene and facilitate a workshop on Groote Eylandt regarding the proposal to establish a Law and Justice Group in that community. This work builds on an extensive process of consultation that has underpinned the agreement process.  

The tender, titled “Provision of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement”, is valued at $49,377.89.

The other members of the project group are Northern Institute’s Professor Ruth Wallace, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society Rayleen Hinchliffe, University of the Sunshine Coast Adjunct Professor David Hollinsworth, and Menzies School of Health Research Director Professor Alan Cass.