Staying Strong on the Outside: Indigenous Young Adults – Final Report

Staying Strong on the Outside: Indigenous Young Adults – Final Report Report

  • Author(s): National Justice Chief Executive Officers Group
  • Published: 2009

Abstract: The Staying Strong on the Outside project, an initiative of the National Justice Chief Executive Officers (NJCEOs) Group, sought to identify factors that contribute to positive outcomes for Indigenous young adults aged 18 to 25 years released from custody and to highlight programs and initiatives that offer promise in this area. The Project was undertaken in 2008 to 2009 and had three components: a review of research; a practice survey distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand; and a Forum attended by more than 80 policy-makers and practitioners from both countries. The over-representation of Indigenous persons in custody has been well documented. The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Prisoner Census indicates that on 30 June 2008, 24% of the adult prisoner population were Indigenous, despite this group making up only 2% of the Australian population. There were 1,795 Indigenous persons aged 18 to 24 years in custody, which equates to 6.5% of the total prison population. Around one third of these young adults were imprisoned in New South Wales. Maori, particularly young adults, are also over-represented within the New Zealand poplulation. Stakeholders engaged through this project supported the decision by the NJCEOs to focus on Indigenous young adults, given this is a pivotal point marked by the transition to adulthood and in light of the intergenerational effects of Indigenous incarceration. They also highlighted the importance of considering the needs of particular sub-groups within this population, including young women and persons from rural and remote locations.

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National Justice Chief Executive Officers Group, 2009, Staying Strong on the Outside: Indigenous Young Adults – Final Report, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3019.

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