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Justice Policy Partnership

EOI: SEEKING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER REPRESENTATIVES TO THE JUSTICE POLICY PARTNERSHIP UNDER THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT ON CLOSING THE GAP

  1. About the National Agreement on Closing the Gap

In July 2020, the Coalition of Peaks entered into a National Agreement on Closing the Gap with all Australian governments.  It includes commitments by governments to a range of actions to Close the Gap.  A distinguishing feature from the previous Closing the Gap framework is the four Priority Reforms around: partnerships based on shared decision-making; building our community-controlled sectors; transforming government organisations; and shared access to data and information.  We are now working with governments to implement the National Agreement.

The Coalition of Peaks is made up of more than 50 national and state/territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled Peak Bodies. We came together as an act of self-determination to work in partnership with governments to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had a genuine say in the next phase of Closing the Gap.  

2. About the Justice Policy Partnership

Under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, there is a commitment to establish a policy partnership on justice (adult and youth incarceration) between the Commonwealth, states and territories and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives. In addition to Coalition of Peaks members, we are seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with relevant expertise who wish to join the Justice Policy Partnership.  This Justice Policy Partnership will be established in the second half of 2021 and represents an historic opportunity to address the overrepresentation of our people in the justice system.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Key duties of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to the Justice Policy Partnership:

  • Attend meetings of the Justice Policy Partnership
  • Attend meetings with Coalition of Peaks and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives to determine if shared positions can be reached in the Justice Policy Partnership
  • Provide independent and expert input to the work of the Justice Policy Partnership
  • Remain accountable to your organisations and communities
  • Work constructively with all parties to the Justice Policy Partnership to share decision-making and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

4. Selection criteria

Representatives should be able to demonstrate they:

  • Are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Have experience and expertise in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice sector, through professional experience in the justice sector, on-the-ground knowledge of justice in the community, academic qualifications, lived experience of the justice system, or family experience of the justice system or deaths in custody.
  • Have a willingness to work with the Coalition of Peaks to see if shared positions can be agreed.
  • Have experience and willingness to working constructively with governments to achieve outcomes
  • Have availability to attend regular meetings, including an initial meeting with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives on 1 June 2021 (in person or via video link).

5. How to apply

Please send a 1-2 page response to the selection criteria to Aurora Milroy (auroramilroy@coalitionofpeaks.org.au) by COB, Monday 17 May.

Enquiries

Aurora Milroy

Senior Project Manager and Policy Adviser

E: auroramilroy@coalitionofpeaks.org.au

M: 0439 260 019