• search

JRNSW network


We are very grateful to the following sponsors

Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) Inc
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
CAGES Foundation
Cambridge Education
Cameron Foundation
Charitable Foundation
Collaboration for Impact
Dusseldorp Forum
Family and Community Services
Gilbert + Tobin
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kings Wood & Mallesons
Paul Ramsay Foundation
The Trustee for The Bill & Patricia Ritchie Foundation
St Vincent de Paul Society
University of New South Wales
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation


Our champions help spread the word about justice reinvestment

Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people, and former Commissioner of the Northern Territory Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Detention. He is also the former Social Justice Commissioner and a long term Champion of Just Reinvest NSW. “Putting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in detention centres and prisons should be the option of last resort,” says Mr Gooda. “We’d do far better if we put our resources and political will into trying proven alternatives like justice reinvestment. If we’re serious about closing the gap in life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we have to get serious about tried and tested alternatives like justice reinvestment.” Mick Gooda is the Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Prof Tom Calma AO
Prof Tom Calma AO, is an elder from the Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal groups from the south-west Darwin region and the Coburg Peninsula in Northern Territory. He is commonly referred to as the grandfather of justice reinvestment in Australia, first bringing it to the government’s attention when he was Social Justice Commission at the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2004-2010. Prof Calma says justice reinvestment can work if all stakeholders have the will to make it work. “For too many years reports on justice and prison reforms have gathered dust while politicians espouse a tough on crime approach,” says Prof Calma. “International experience is demonstrating that investing in community and individuals through development programs and treating addiction of substances as a health not criminal issue, is having significant positive social and economic outcomes. We can and must trial justice reinvestment in NSW.” Prof Tom Calma AO is a professor at the University of Sydney and Chancellor of the University of Canberra.
Professor Marie Bashir
Professor Marie Bashir is the former Governor of NSW. “Aboriginal young people surely need our help and our support to address the circumstances that lead to prison,” said Professor Bashir. “Communities need more help to support Aboriginal young people. More programs indeed are required that can make a real difference and positively engage Aboriginal young people who may be at risk of offending. Incarceration is not the solution. More community cohesion, more hope and a better future for our valuable young people are required.” Professor Marie Bashir is the Former Governor of NSW.
Salil Shetty
Salil Shetty is the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Mr Shetty believes that the over representation of Indigenous people in Australian prisons is a human rights issue. “As we saw at the UN Universal Periodic Review of Australia, the international community condemned the shameful over representation of Indigenous people in Australia’s criminal justice system,” said Mr Shetty. “What’s happening in Bourke is innovative on a world-scale. Indigenous people there have taken the concept of justice reinvestment and adapted it for their community. A justice reinvestment framework that supports community-driven solutions over the long term will reduce incarceration rates and build stronger, safer communities. This is essential for protecting the human rights of Indigenous people in Australia.”
Bob Debus AM
Bob Debus AM was NSW Attorney-General and the country’s longest-serving environment minister. He was minister for home affairs in the Federal government. “By world standards Australia is indeed a lucky country for a majority of its citizens,” said Mr Debus. “It is therefore especially shocking that the rate of imprisonment for young Aboriginal people is actually getting a lot worse. It’s more than 25 times higher than the rate for non indigenous young people, a situation that no fair -minded person can ignore. We need a campaign to bring this national crisis to the attention of all decent Australians”. Bob Debus AM was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to legal and environmental reforms, and to the community.
Professor Mick Dodson AM
Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples, the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. He is a Professor of law at the ANU College of Law. Professor Dodson is also currently a Director of Dodson, Bauman & Associates Pty Ltd – Legal & Anthropological Consultants. Professor Dodson was Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1993 to 1998. Professor Dodson has been an advocate for Indigenous rights, human rights and social justice for the better part of his life. Professor Mick Dodson AM is Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University.
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
When the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. Since his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. And he participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded many honorary doctorates. The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG is the former Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Marcia Ella Duncan
Marcia Ella Duncan is a descendant of the Yuin nation. She is the Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. Ms Duncan was the first Indigenous scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport and the first Indigenous woman to play international netball for Australia. She has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal affairs in areas such as criminal justice, community development and land management, with a particular passion for family and child well-being. Marcia Ella Duncan is the Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Jack Manning-Bancroft
Jack Manning-Bancroft is the CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). He believes justice reinvestment just makes sense. “I know the talent, potential and value that young Indigenous people have, and if we can support them to build the skills to harness that power in the right way, it will be of huge benefit not only for Indigenous people, but for the nation as a whole,” said Mr Manning-Bancroft.
Professor Chris Cunneen
Professor Chris Cunneen is a Professor of Criminology with the University of Technology Sydney. “We need to ask ourselves, how many more generations of Aboriginal young people will be taken away from their families and communities, locked away in institutions and propelled into life courses of poor education, high unemployment and social dislocation?” said Professor Cunneen. “Justice reinvestment offers us an opportunity to think differently and to act differently in the way we approach crime and marginalisation. Rather than more of the same failed policies, it provides us with a chance to shift resources into community development and rehabilitation strategies with positive outcomes. For too long governments have been prepared to throw money at destructive polices that reproduce criminal offending and fail to reduce recidivism. Do we really want to live in a society where, for example, Aboriginal young men are more likely to be found locked in a prison cell, than sitting in a university class room? Justice reinvestment offers a different path for political and community leaders who are insightful and fearless enough to envision better social outcomes.” Professor Chris Cunneen is a Professor of Criminology with the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology and the Former Chief Investigator with the Australian Justice Reinvestment Project.
Alistair Ferguson
Alistair was the Chairperson of the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party for more than 10 years. Justice reinvestment is a core component of the Maranguka initiative. Key to Alistair’s community development is the belief in seeing communities truly empowered and taking responsibility for their own issues and plight.In 2018, Alistair was nominated for the Australia’s Local Hero Award which aims to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions individuals make in their local community. In 2015, in recognition of 20 years of work for his community in Bourke, and in particular for his leadership on the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, Alistair received the Aboriginal Justice Award at the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Justice Awards. Alistair Ferguson is a Director at Orana Haven Rehabilitation Centre and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office Member of the Regional Aboriginal Housing Committee, as well as on the Corrective Services Aboriginal Advisory Council.
Megan Mitchell
Megan Mitchell is the National Children’s Commissioner. She believes justice reinvestment is a tried and tested way of keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children out of detention. “It not only improves the lives of young people, their families and helps to create safer communities for everyone, but also delivers a huge economic benefit. By re-directing the money from the justice system and reinvesting it in education and services that deal with the underlying causes of criminal behaviour, we are saving money and building brighter futures for our kids,” says Ms Mitchell. Megan Mitchell is the National Children’s Commissioner.
Robert Tickner AO
Robert Tickner AO is Australia’s longest serving Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and among other things was the Minister who co-ordinated the national response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. During his time in the portfolio he fought hard for Indigenous rights and wrote about his experiences in his book “Taking a Stand”. Prior to his election to the national parliament Robert worked as a solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern. After political life Robert was CEO of Australian Red Cross for ten years and acted as the Under Secretary General of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation in Geneva. Robert believes that the national government (as well as state and territory governments) has a critical role in justice reform and in supporting justice reinvestment given the failed impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the current policies.
Shane Phillips
Shane Phillips was born and raised in Redfern, and has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Bidjigal peoples. He is  Chairperson and CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association. He is a respected member of the Redfern Aboriginal community and speaks up on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody. “The focus of my work and my life is to empower people – whether Indigenous or not – to take responsibility for their lives,” says Mr Phillips. “I believe that providing people with opportunities for training and employment enables them to become self-sufficient, find the best in themselves and contribute to a better life for everyone.” Shane Phillips is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Tribal Warrior Association.
Shane Duffy
Shane Duffy is a descendant of the Kalkadoon people from North West Queensland. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) and Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign. Shane has been committed to social justice for his family and his people from a very young age whilst growing up in Mount Isa. His own life experiences of racism and prejudice that impacted on his daily upbringing have moulded the journey he has taken. Shane joined the public service and worked with juveniles in the court system for ten years. It was this experience which enabled him to understand why his people were becoming so entrenched within the justice system. Shane Duffy is the CEO of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) & Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign.
Eddie Cubillo
Eddie Cubillo is the Executive Officer of the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services around Australia. His mother is of Larrakia/Wadjigan descent and his father is Central Arrente. Mr Cubillo’s family has experienced the intergenerational effects of the policy of forced removal of children of mixed descent from their family and country. He has a Masters of Laws (International Law and International Relations) from Flinders University and was the former Anti Discrimination Commissioner of the Northern Territory. Mr Cubillo was named the National Indigenous Legal Professional of the year in 2015. Eddie Cubillo is the Executive Officer for the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS)
Assocociate Professor Ted Wilkes
Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia. He is particularly passionate about supporting young Aboriginal people through their education and in providing effective programs for young Aboriginal offenders to divert them from the criminal justice system. He says in simple terms substantial money has been invested in the correctional system. “It has made no headway in reducing the Aboriginal over-representation in prison,” said Associate Professor Wilkes. “Aboriginal Australians are increasingly filling our prisons and juvenile detention centres at alarmingly disproportionate rates. We need treatment services and rehabilitation services. Not bloody prisons.” Associate Professor Ted Wilkes is with National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.
Nicholas Cowdery AM QC
Nicholas Cowdery AM QC was the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions from 1994-2011. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Visiting Professorial Fellow and member of the NSW Sentencing Council. He is a past president of the International Association of Prosecutors and was inaugural co-chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He says it is a privilege to be associated with Just Reinvest NSW. “As a former Director of Public Prosecutions I am all too well aware of the over-representation of Aboriginal youth in the criminal justice system and in juvenile detention,” he said. “Greater attention needs to be given – urgently – to the circumstances that help to create that over-representation and policy and funding must be directed into prevention, early intervention and, if necessary, treatment of youth at risk.” Nicholas Cowdery AM QC is the former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW.
Dr Naomi Mayers
Dr Naomi Mayers is a Yorta Yorta woman from Cummeragunja on the NSW side of the Murray River. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Service for 30 years and received an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. She was lead singer of the music group The Sapphires, on which a popular Australian film of the same name was based. “The youth today are our Aboriginal leaders of tomorrow,” says Dr Mayers. “If we ignore them today with their issues we have no tomorrow.” Dr Naomi Mayers is Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Service.
Tammy Solonec
Tammy Solonec is a Nigena woman from Derby, in the Kimberley of Western Australia. She is the Indigenous Rights Manager with Amnesty International. Ms Solonec believes the current system of ‘justice’ in Australia is hardly just. “Too many of our men, women and children are incarcerated – and many of them simply because of the circumstances of disadvantage and poverty they are born in,” said Ms Solonec. “The impacts of incarceration on individuals, in terms of their psychology, well being and employment prospects are enormous and often interfamilial and intergenerational. The time for change is now. Justice Reinvestment, ‘smart on crime’ and compassionate solution based approaches to justice is the way forward for Australia.” Tammy Solonec is the Indigenous Rights Manager with Amnesty International Australia.
 Phil Naden
Phil Naden is a Wiradjuri man who has been involved with Aboriginal affairs throughout his working career. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Bourke Aboriginal Health Service. Mr Naden is a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW because “the concept of investment back into the community is simple and realistic.” “Justice reinvestment gives community members the opportunity to invest in the community by playing a crucial role in assisting Aboriginal young people to not come back into contact with the justice system,” says Mr Naden. “Justice reinvestment also allows Aboriginal communities to solve local problems in a cultural, structured and respectful way. As CEO of an Aboriginal community based organisation, I welcome this new initiative to assist in the reduction of incarceration for our mob.” Phil Naden is the CEO of the Bourke Aboriginal Health Service.
Aunty Mille Ingram
Aunty Mille Ingram was born and raised in Wiradjuri country (Cowra) in central NSW. She was the Chief Executive Officer of Wyanga Aged Care, before retiring. Ms Ingram believes the incarceration rate of Aboriginal youth in Australia is a national disgrace, and an indictment on all of our Australian governments. “STOP the penal attitude and start looking at prevention,” said Ms Ingram. “Poverty should not be a crime. From poverty comes homelessness and substance abuse. This lifestyle can lead to committing minor offence which leads to incarceration which leads to a criminal record. How can something so preventable be so hard to fix? It can be fixed, at a much lesser cost than it is to imprison our young people. Start listening to community. Start funding community based programs focusing on preventive projects and programs that will keep Aboriginal families together with a fine quality of life. Maybe then we will see a reduction in the imprisonment rate of our people. Our target should be a 50% reduction of incarceration of Aboriginal youth by 2020. If the goodwill and funding is provided by governments, it can be achieved.” Aunty Mille Ingram was the Chief Executive Officer of Wyanga Aged Care.
Andrew Morgan Jackomos PSM
Andrew is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man and was appointed between July 2013 – January 2018 as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. He currently holds the position of Special Adviser for Aboriginal Self-Determination in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Andrew recently completed two landmark inquiries ‘Always was Always will be Koori children’ , a landmark inquiry into the Victorian protection system and interaction with close to 1000 Koori children across Victoria, and ‘In the child’s best interests’ inquiry into the Victorian child protection system’s compliance with the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.For the previous 14 years Andrew was an Executive Officer in the Victorian Department of Justice and led development of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement. During his time at Justice, Andrew is most proud of the relationship developed between the Koori community and the Justice system, as represented by the Aboriginal Justice Forum and the supporting network of Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees. Andrew is a member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Forum and Aboriginal Children’s Forum. In 2006 he was awarded the Public Service Medal and admitted as a Victorian Fellow with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). In 2013 he was appointed as an IPAA National Fellow.
Ken Marslew AM
Ken B Marslew AM is the CEO and Founder of Enough is Enough Anti Violence Movement Inc. and a dedicated Victims Advocate. Ken posed the question “What can we do to stop people from becoming victims in the first place?” This led to his work with youth at risk as an early intervention strategy, then on into prisons. The organisation Enough is Enough works with both victims and offenders which gives a unique perspective to the work and the approach to restorative justice. The over representation of Indigenous people as victims and offenders gives cause for concern to the whole of our society.Ken has represented the community on the following panels

  • NSW Premiers Council on Crime Prevention
  • Attorney General’s Victims Advisory Board
  • NSW Sentencing Council
  • NSW Corrective Services Restorative Justice Advisory Committee
  • Young Offenders Advisory Council
  • NSW State Parole Authority

Ken B Marslew AM was named as a member of the Order of Australia for his work in social justice.

Teela Reid
Teela is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman who grew up in Gilgandra western NSW. Teela is passionate about raising awareness of the fact Indigenous incarceration has virtually doubled in
the past 10-15 years, yet Indigenous offending has decreased. “I am especially concerned about the soaring rate at which Indigenous women are incarcerated. Indigenous women are the most rapidly
incarcerated cohort in Australia, accounting for less than 2% of the population and over 30% of the prison population and 34 times more likely to be incarcerated than non- Indigenous women. This is a direct result of poor policy that doesn’t adequately address the complex needs of Indigenous women who are more likely to be victims of violence and suffer greater social and economic disadvantage. Most women are also sentenced to less than 6 months imprisonment which perpetuates the problem, is a greater cost to the community and doesn’t resolve the causes of offending.”


Our supporters help quietly in the background

Adam Goodes Alan Cameron AM Chris Sarra
Claerwen Little Garner Clancey Graham West
Jack Thompson Lindon Coombes Peter Stapleton

Vice Regal Patronage

Our champions help spread the word about justice reinvestment

The Honourable Margaret Beazley

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019. Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, in 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996, she achieved the distinction of being the first woman appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, subsequently, as the first woman to be appointed as its President. She served, on a number of occasions, as Administrator of the Government of the State of New South Wales. She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List on 26 January 2020 for “eminent service to the people of New South Wales, particularly through leadership roles in the judiciary, and as a mentor of young women lawyers”. Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.

Mr Dennis Wilson

Mr Dennis Wilson is a barrister, mediator, and accredited international arbitrator, whose work generally includes difficult cases in both fact and law, dealing in matters of high value or involving significant principle. He is a long-standing member of the legal profession in Australia and has advised on legislative review and policy development and implementation in environmental law and in the mining and resources sectors. Mr Wilson has a particular interest in the World Trade Organisation, the Energy Charter Treaty, Mining and Oil and Gas law and dispute resolution. Mr Wilson, is an Adjunct Professor of Law, at Notre Dame University, Sydney.

Our members help shape the strategic direction of our organisation

Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (NSW)
Aboriginal Education Council (NSW) Inc
Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited
Amnesty International
Australian Indigenous Alpine Sports Foundation
Australian Red Cross
Community Legal Centres NSW
First Hand Solutions
Gilbert + Tobin
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kingsford Legal Centre
Legal Aid NSW
Lifestyle Solutions
Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Reconciliation NSW
Save the Children
Shopfront Youth Legal Service
Show Me the Way
Uniting Care NSW ACT
Youth Action
Youth Justice Coalition

Want to get involved?

We are very grateful to the JRNSW network. See our get involved page to learn more about how you can help support justice reinvestment in NSW.