New funding for crime prevention and prisoner support in Queensland

Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, joined Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Shayne Neumann MP, in Ipswich today to announce a funding boost for Indigenous crime prevention and prisoner support in Queensland.

Funding of $672,649 will go to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) under the Federal Government’s Indigenous Justice Program, which supports Indigenous communities to improve safety and reduce incarceration.

Mr Neumann said the funding would provide support for Indigenous crime prevention and prisoner support in Brisbane, Ipswich, Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton.

“I am confident the prevention and support program will improve the lives of many Indigenous people, including those here in the Ipswich region,” Mr Neumann said.

“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service’s Prevention and Justice Support Prison Program provides intensive support and rehabilitation services to Indigenous prisoners to reduce their chances of future offending.”

Senator Wong said the funding means a significant boost for Indigenous justice services in Queensland and enables the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service to make a real difference to Indigenous families and the community.

“The Federal Government is providing more than $120 million on targeted legal assistance for Indigenous Australians, on prevention and diversion programs for those at risk of offending, and on projects designed to reduce rates of reoffending,” Senator Wong said.

“We must also continue to work towards addressing the underlying disadvantage which is at the heart of overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in the justice system.”

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Improving community safety is a key component of Closing the Gap.

With funding under the Indigenous Justice Program, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service is working to reduce incarceration and reoffending rates for Indigenous people in Queensland.