Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement

The Northern Territory Government is seeking feedback from the public regarding the content of an Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) that partners with Aboriginal Territorians to deliver:

  • Engagement with Aboriginal Territorians on law and justice matters.
  • A reduction in the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory criminal justice system.
  • A reduction in the high rates of Aboriginal imprisonment and re-offending in the Northern Territory.
  • An agreement that will recognise, reassert and support traditional leadership to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and make communities safer.

We want to know:

  • How NTG can work with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to improve access to all justice-related services for Aboriginal Territorians?
  • What can NTG do to reduce the high imprisonment and re-offending rates of Aboriginal Territorians?
  • How should the Aboriginal Justice Agreement be governed?
  • Who should the Aboriginal Justice Agreement be with?
  • Who should sign the Aboriginal Justice Agreement?
  • How long should the Aboriginal Justice Agreement be for?

Public consultations

Public consultations will be held in remote and regional centres across the Territory over at least the next 12 months. The purpose of holding public consultations is to seek the following information:

  • What measures can the community take, or what measures does it need assistance with, to prevent Aboriginal people offending?
  • How can community and government work together in partnership to reduce the number of Aboriginal people being imprisoned or detained?
  • How can communities reassert local power, and increase the role for traditional leadership and cultural authority in legal matters in the NT justice system?
  • How can traditional authority and leadership be used in the decision making processes of community courts to reduce imprisonment and re-offending rates of Aboriginal Territorians?

Public consultations for the Central Australia region are being held from July onwards, so ensure you check your local council office, health clinic and police stations' noticeboards for an indication of dates, times and locations for community consultations in your area.

For more information

Community consultation fact sheet (80.7 kb)

Aboriginal Justice Agreement fact sheet (173.3 kb)

Justice of the Peace fact sheet (122.0 kb)

Justice of the Peace handbook (667.6 kb)

Please email any comments or questions to AGD.AJU@nt.gov.au or call the Aboriginal Justice Unit on (08) 8935 7665 for further information.

Any feedback or queries received by the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice will be treated as a public document  unless clearly marked as 'confidential'. In the absence of such clear indication, the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice will treat the feedback or comment as non-confidential. Please do not include any other person's personal information in your comment-as this may result in your submission not being published in whole or in part. Non-confidential feedback of comments will be made publicly available and published on the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice website. The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice may draw upon the contents of such and quote from them or refer to them in reports, which may be made publicly available.

Any requests made to the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice for access to a confidential comments or questions will be determined in accordance with the Information Act.

Northern Territory Aboriginal Justice Agreement feedback

Last updated: 10 August 2018