|Author||Australian National Audit Office|
|Source/Publisher||Australian National Audit Office|
|Subjects||Corrections, Crime prevention, Legal services|
Under its Law and Justice Program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS) provides legal aid to Indigenous Australians, as well as preventative and diversionary services, support for the resolution of problems associated with family violence, and support for advocacy services representing the interests of Indigenous Australians who come into contact with the justice system. This audit report into the management of the Law and Justice Program finds that there is a need for considerable improvement in this. ATSIS has effective processes in place regarding the oversight of grant allocations, commitments and actual expenditure; however there are weaknesses in the Program’s planning processes, the communication of roles and responsibilities between the National Office and the Regional Offices, and the monitoring of the Program’s performance. The report makes seven recommendations to improve ATSIS’ management of the Law and Justice Program, all of which ATSIS agrees with.
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