The Establishment of the National Indigenous Law and Justice Advisory Body – Have your say

“The Australian Government is committed to improving law and justice outcomes for Indigenous Australians as part of its bigger commitment to Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

A new national Indigenous law and justice advisory body is being established to provide high level Indigenous law and justice policy advice to the Australian Government. It is anticipated the advisory body will include representation from non government service providers such as Indigenous legal services and family violence support services, key justice sectors, such as police, corrections and the courts, as well as specialists in areas such as law reform, human rights and juvenile justice.

The Australian Government recognises these are complex issues that require a holistic approach if it is to make a real impact. It is envisioned the advisory body will also bring together expert views on a range of factors affecting Indigenous peoples’ contact with the justice system, such as education, health and employment.”

How can you have your say?
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The Government is proposing that the body be appointed from nominations received after a national consultation process. The Government will be inviting Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders with the relevant expertise and experience to put themselves forward.

To assist with the development of the advisory body, the Attorney-General’s Department is conducting consultation sessions and inviting written submissions from stakeholders. In particular, the Department seeks your views on the proposed model of the advisory body, the role and responsibilities it could assume, critical issues it could address at a national level and ideas on how the selection process could occur.

The Attorney-General’s Department will post an Issues Paper on this website, providing information on why the advisory body is being developed and it’s potential composition and role, as background for the consultation discussions

How can you have your say?

The effectiveness of the advisory body will largely depend upon how accurately it reflects the concerns and interests of stakeholders on Indigenous law and justice issues as well as the Indigenous population generally and its interaction with the justice system.

The Attorney-General’s Department will hold nation wide face-to-face community consultation sessions on the development of the advisory body on the following dates:

Location Venue Consultation Date
Canberra Hotel Kurrajong, Wattle Room 9.00am to 11.00am
15 September 2008
Hobart Rydges Hobart, Room TBA 12.30pm to 2.30pm
18 September 2008
Sydney Medina Grand Harbourside, Spinnaker A Room 12.30pm to 2.30pm
24 September 2008
Dubbo Country Comfort Ashwood Resort Dubbo, Magnolia Room 1.00pm to 3.00pm
25 September 2008
Melbourne Medina Executive Northbank, Yarra Room 11.00pm to 1.00pm
26 September 2008
Adelaide Rendezvous Allegra, Conference Room 2 11am to 1.00pm
29 September 2008
Ceduna East West Motel, Function Room 2.00pm to 4.00pm
30 September 2008
Alice Springs All Seasons Oasis Alice Springs, Palm Conference Room 3.00pm to 5.00pm
1 October 2008
Perth Travelodge, Room TBA 10.00am to 12.00pm
6 October 2008
Broome Rendezvous Sanctuary Cove Resort Broome, Argyle Room 9.00am to 11.00am
7 October 2008
Darwin Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin, Bul Bul Room 10.00am to 12.00pm
8 October 2008
Brisbane Marque Brisbane, Treasury Room 3.00pm to 5.00pm
13 October 2008
Cairns Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns, Lagoon Room 10.00am to 12.00pm
14 October 2008
Written submissions can be made by completing the Submission Form and returning it to the Attorney-General’s Department by 31 October 2008.

Submission Form [DOC 606KB]

Submission Form [PDF 42KB]

To register your interest in attending a consultation session, or to make a written submission, please download and complete the Registration Form or Submission Form and submit via:


Fax: 02 6250 5973

Indigenous Policy Section
Indigenous Law and Justice Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
National Circuit

Registration Form for attendance at consultation [DOC 50KB]

Registration Form for attendance at consultation [PDF 30KB]

Alternatively, you can register your interest in attending a consultation session by phoning (02) 6250 5698 or (02) 6250 6747.