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Policy & Advocacy

A Justice Reinvestment Framework for NSW

A justice reinvestment approach underpinned by community led, place based, data driven solutions and focused on supporting people before issues arise will deliver better social and economic outcomes for NSW.

We are calling for:

  • Funding to support community-led justice reinvestment initiatives and the establishment of an independent justice reinvestment body to provide on-the-ground support and data for community-led justice reinvestment initiatives
  • Implementation of policy and legislative reforms to reduce the prison population and free up resources for reinvestment in communities
  • A ‘reinvestment’ funding model that provides long-term funding for community-led solutions and shifts resources away from the harmful and ineffective prison system.

Systems change priority areas

Through our place-based work led by communities, and our advocacy at the state level, we are working towards systems change in strategic priority areas. These priorities have been informed by our work alongside the communities of Bourke, Moree and Mt Druitt:

  • Expanding police community partnerships
  • Addressing school exclusions
  • Smarter orders
  • Rethinking youth justice
  • Pre and post release support.

The ground-breaking work of Maranguka is also driving critical service sector reform to deliver better outcomes for the Bourke community.

Submissions & Policy Papers


Submission to House Standing Committee – Adult Literacy and its Importance


Submission to the Select Committee on the High Level of First Nations People in Custody and Oversight and Review of Deaths In Custody

Submission to the Review of the Bail Act 2013

Submission to Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Submission to the Council of Attorneys-General on Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group Review

Submission to the House Standing Committee on Employment Education and Training- Education in Remote and Complex Environments


Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission on Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

Submission to Productivity Commission’s Indigenous Evaluation Strategy Project

Just Reinvest NSW Submission to Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry

Submission to NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

Submission to Orana Haven on the Use of Yetta Dhinnakkal Facility


Submission to NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety Inquiry into the Adequacy of Youth Diversionary Programs in NSW


In 2017, we launched Just Reinvest NSW Policy Paper #1: Smarter Sentencing & Parole Law Reform identifying three key legislative and policy reforms to reduce the rising prison population in NSW, particularly the Aboriginal population.

We also developed background papers on each of those proposals:

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 1

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 2

Policy Paper #1: Proposal 3

Pre-Budget Submission 2018-2019

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission Inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Submission to NSW Inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote NSW

Submission to Review of Community Legal Centre Services


Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

Submission to the Independent Review of Youth Detention

Submission to Inquiry into Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia

Submission to Inquiry into Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities


Submission to Federal Senate Inquiry into access to legal assistance services (2015)

Submission to Federal Inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia (2013)