This program was established by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse (IJC) and the Justice Policy Partnership as part of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. The research has a focus on Priority Reform Four (4) – shared access to data and information at the regional level and Outcomes 10 and 11 to reduce youth detention and adult incarceration.

The program funds research into the factors that contribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation in the criminal justice system and aim to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in detention.

In October 2021 the IJPR sought applications from researchers to identify and analyse:

  • the nature and drivers of overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice and related systems;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ contact with and experience in the criminal justice and related systems;
  • policies, programs or other activities that will contribute to a reduction in the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice and related systems; and/or
  • Indigenous approaches to crime and criminal justice.

The recipients of the IJC funding were announced on 4 April 2022 by the Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt.

The successful projects are as listed:

OrganisationProject titleFunding
Curtin University of TechnologyTreating co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness among Indigenous people released from prison will increase life expectancy, reduce incarceration, and contribute to Closing the Gap$200,000 
James Cook UniversityA collaborative throughcare model for reducing the over-representation of Australian Indigenous youth living in remote and rural Northern Australia$200,000 
Department for Correctional Services SAValidation of the Violence Risk Scale for Australian prison populations$156,000 
University of New South WalesReducing hyper-incarceration of First Nations Peoples by removing barriers to mental health diversion$115,470 
Monash UniversityOptimising the availability and provision of Indigenous language interpreting in circuit courts$82,756 
University of Western AustraliaReducing the over-representation of Aboriginal youth in the justice system in the west Kimberley region of Western Australia through place-based Aboriginal led diversion, and ‘mobile’ therapeutic courts: envisioning a paradigm shift in Aboriginal youth justice$82,130 
University of New South WalesSentencing to create just outcomes: impact of trauma and strength of culture: Evaluating the impact of the Bugmy Bar Book Resources – the first 3 years$77,505 
National Drug and Alcohol Research CentreThe contribution of drug and alcohol abuse to Indigenous over-representation in prison: A closer look at the evidence$53,629 
University of Western AustraliaIndigenous peoples’ experiences with the criminal justice system: Stories that matter$52,507