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Why is the number of Aboriginal women in incarceration continuing to rise? 

How can we best support vulnerable women and children who come into contact with the justice system? 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 21.2 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous women, according to recent statistics from The Australian Law Reform Commission.

Our guest speakers will explore the disproportionate incarceration rates of Aboriginal women, the complex underlying issues that cause offending and discuss culturally appropriate diversionary programs open to courts.  

Join us live via webinar for an in-depth discussion dissecting the drivers and solutions to the growth in incarceration of Aboriginal women and the effects this has on families and the community.


  • Judge Irene Lawson, Judge in Charge Koori County Court


  • Darlene Thomas, Mallee District Aboriginal Services
  • Jill Prior, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women

Supported by the Judicial Officers Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC).

While this program is designed for judicial officers, the learning outcomes may be appropriate for some non-judicial roles. Please contact us to express your interest.


Program will be held via webinar.