National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation in Australia, with over 9000  individual and 180 organisation members. It advocates self determination and subsequently for indigenous families, communities and organisations to be at the helm of policy development, not least in relation to justice policy.

The National Congress calls for a smart approach to justice, one that takes into consideration the complexity of indigenous peoples contact with the justice system and directs its focus towards prevention and rehabilitation. Specific to Justice Reinvestment, the National Congress has called on governments at all levels to fund community owned and led justice reinvestment pilots in communities with high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration.

The Justice Policy of the National Congress of Australia’s first Peoples as well as several other resources on justice reinvestment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration across Australia are published on the National Congress website, accessible here.