Mingu Gadhaba: Beginning Together, the Department of Justice and Regulation's Koori Inclusion Action Plan, aims to improve access, participation and effectiveness of justice programs and services to Koories, in order to deliver improved outcomes to the Victorian Koori community.
The development of Mingu Gadhaba commenced in January 2012 and involved an extensive consultation process with a large number of staff from across all divisions and regions of the organisation.
The Board’s Koori Inclusion Action Plan group comprises the Chief Administrative Officer, one of the full-time members, and staff members.
Some of the Board’s recent initiatives include:
- Acknowledgment of country at staff meetings and all-day seminars.
- An inaugural all-day seminar, ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the context of parole’, presented by Aboriginal Elders and eminent leaders in Aboriginal justice. The seminar addressed the current issues and challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders.
- Koori cultural awareness training for Secretariat staff at the Koori Heritage Trust in Federation Square.
- Displaying maps in the Board rooms which depict the language and tribal or nation groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Board is proud to have a community member who is Aboriginal – Yorta Yorta Elder Aunty Pam Pederson.