Aboriginal and Torres strait islander

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre is based on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri People and we respect their Elders past and present.

Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in the City of Yarra, or have a strong connection to the place.

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre's Koori Justice Worker will provide you with information, support, and assist you with referrals to many services at the centre or in the community.

What we can help with includes

  • Court support
  • Referrals to wide range of services
  • Case management
  • Support for clients on community corrections orders.

Wrap around care

We wrap our services around our clients.  

This means you receive the right help from the right people, and get as many or as few services as you need.

If you need other services including housing assistance, legal assistance, or other assistance, any member of our Client Services team will assist you.

Referral pathways

Our Koori Justice Worker is one of a number of people who'll be assisting you.

If you’re attending court, your lawyer will be your main referral pathway to services, but you may have conversations with a number of people, who’ll make sure you get the right help quickly. 

Here are the people you may also meet and who can provide you with information and referral pathways:

  • Legal referrals: duty lawyers provides legal assistance for for accused/offenders
  • Magistrate: presides over the NJC's Magistrates' Court and Children's Court
  • Neighbourhood Justice Officer: the bridge between the court, services, and clients  
  • Court Network: a volunteer services that supports people going to court  
  • Salvation Army Chaplain: helps people before, during and after court.
  • Walk-in: visit the NJC and we’ll assess your needs and refer as necessary.
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