Post Box 20, 27 Mulley Street, Holder 2611

02 6147 3369

Advocacy and support for families of detainees

Advocacy and support for families of detainees

Support for ex-offenders and people on community-based orders

Support for ex-offenders and people on community-based orders

Community Capacity Building Workshops

Community Capacity Building Workshops

Welcome to Tjillari Justice

Tjillari Justice Aboriginal Corporation provides a range of support services, case management and programs to address the toxic stress and trauma that children and families experience when they have a parent involved in the justice system. The service uses a Family Justice Model, which builds on and draw out the strengths of families and community to manage issues associated with incarceration and, hopefully, to break the cycle of reoffending and recidivism.

Small Seeds Program

Sat Mar 2020

Helps to support incarcerated offenders to read to their children and encourages early childhood literacy...

'Surviving Out Side'

Sat Mar 2020

A holistic and responsive life-skills based program which is underpinned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Galambany Circle

Sat Mar 2020

Providing support to people appearing before the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court.

Vision and Aims

That all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system live free from violence and discrimination, benefit from adequate living standards, are treated with dignity and respect and are empowered to secure and preserve their individual rights.

Empower

Develop and deliver programs that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take control of their own lives through addressing their immediate needs

Family

Reduce the recidivism rate of imprisoned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people by engaging families and community in a family justice model of service delivery.

Culture

Develop longer terms and stable support mechanisms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in general.

Impact

Educate the community, families and Government agencies on the impact that parental involvement with the justice system has on children

This program provides support to people appearing before the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court, which provides eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and young people who have offended with a culturally relevant sentencing option.

Panel members and Elders sit alongside the Circle Court Magistrate and contribute to the process in a number of ways: by explaining culturally relevant details to the Court; letting the defendant know that criminal behaviour in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is not tolerated; and exploring ways to avoid re-offending.

Once an offender has been assessed, they become a client of our services. The Tjillari Family Support Worker provides case management and support to the client and their family. For example, if the Magistrate mandates that the offender needs to attend alcohol and drug counselling, then the Tjillar’s Support Worker will connect them with the appropriate drug and alcohol service and make sure that they attend. If they are having housing issues then we will attempt to support them to find appropriate accommodation. The Tjillari Support Worker also provides reports to the court especially if it adjourns and wants to see that the client has reached certain goals - such as attending rehab.

What makes our approach so different is that by using a family justice model we don’t just want to involve the offender; we want to involve the family in making decisions about what will happen next. Many issues can’t be resolved by singling out the offender, they need to involve the family and their community. Otherwise, once an offender is released back into their community all the same enablers are there that encourage re-offending.

The Tjillari Family Support Worker works to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people appearing before the Court and their families, including involving them in other relevant programs such as our “Surviving Out Side” program.

Workshop and Training Room Facilities

Customised and Designed Learning Solutions