Justice Reinvestment in Bourke

  • Mick Gooda
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Mick Gooda will be a part of the QCOSS Movement for Change Conference on the 16-17 May 2018.

Mick served as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 2010 to 2016, and was a strong advocate for the rights, respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.  In 2013, he helped lead community consultations between the Bourke community, the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party (BACWP), Just Reinvest NSW and the Australian Human Rights Commission, to develop a proposal for the reinvestment of justice in Bourke, driven by community. This project became known as the Maranguka Proposal.

The proposal became a blueprint for local governance and service provision in Bourke, with the vision of improving community outcomes and wellbeing for the Aboriginal people of Bourke. Taking a collective impact approach, the BACWP became the local governance body within a Justice Reinvestment Framework. The framework has a clear focus on creating better coordinated support to vulnerable families and children in Bourke through community-led teams working in partnership with existing service providers. Together they look at what is happening in town, what was contributing to the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal families in Bourke, and together built a new accountability framework.

This collective impact approach has reduced youth incarceration and created a safe and more resilient community.

4 July 2018