Aboriginal and Torres strait islander

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The Neighbourhood Justice Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we work, and we respect Elders, past and present.

Connections to the community

It's important that everyone who walks through the doors of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre feels welcome, respected, listened to and understood. This is particularly the case for first Australians. 

As such, many of our services are founded on a deeper understanding of what life is like in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

Community-based support

We assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who live in the City of Yarra, or have a strong connection to the place even if they live elsewhere. 

You don't need to be attending our court to avail of our services. However, if you or a friend or family member are at our court, our support can start as early as possible and last for as long as you need. 

Koori Justice Worker

Our Koori Justice Worker provides culturally responsive and holistic support and community engagement.

A few ways we can support you includes:

  • Emotional support on the day of your hearing
  • Referrals to a wide range of services
  • Support when on a community corrections order

Wraparound support

We wrap our treatment and support services around our clients. That is, our treatment and support services ensure you get the right help from the right service, and as many or as few services are you need.  

If you are attend court at the Centre, your duty lawyer will be your main point of contact with any services you may need.  You may also encounter our Neighbourhood Justice Officer, who is the link between the court, services, the client, and the community, and provides more intensive support interventions as well as referrals to other services.

Other people you may encounter  are the Salvation Army Officer and Court Network volunteers, all of whom provide support before, during and after court.

If you do not have a court matter, and you're a local Yarra resident or have a connection to Yarra, we can help you to find the right service for you.