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Aboriginal Support

The Aboriginal Strategy and Policy Unit (ASPU) was initially formed in 1993 as part of Corrective Service's commitment to implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Through the implementation of the Strategy for supporting Aboriginal Offenders to desist from re-offending, the ASPU acts as a strategic Aboriginal affairs advisory, planning, support, program and policy unit for Corrective Services, particularly in relation to services, planning and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders in correctional centres and under the supervision of Corrective Services in the community.

Strategic planning and support services

  • Undertaking research and making recommendations toward the development of non discriminatory Corrective Services policies, programs, operational systems and procedures to minimise the likelihood of re-offending and the risks of Aboriginal deaths in custody
  • Contributing to the design and implementation of support programs and vocational oriented courses, which provide valuable knowledge and skills that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders to make a contribution to society
  • Addressing the needs and aspirations of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders, and in particular, women and young offenders in custodial and community based correctional programs
  • Establishing effective networks and working links with other key stakeholders, including families and communities, government agencies and the private sector in service and program provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders
  • Contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, career development and staff support within Corrective Services.
  • The Strategy for supporting Aboriginal Offenders to desist from re-offending