Joint Media Release with Attorney-General Senator The Hon George Brandis QC
Today, the Turnbull Government has released a consultation draft of terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians.
The consultation draft is being released now to ensure all interested persons and groups, in particular those from Indigenous communities, can have a full opportunity to provide their feedback on the terms of reference.
The inquiry, announced in late October, will examine the factors leading to the overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in our prison system.
Indigenous Australians make up 27 per cent of Australia’s prison population, despite making up only three per cent of Australia’s national population. This is unacceptable.
The Turnbull Government is committed to working with Indigenous Australians, state and territory governments, the legal profession and the wider community to find a way forward on this complex issue.
The Turnbull Government is committed to reducing Indigenous incarceration and in 2016-17 has committed:
- $256 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy for activities to address the drivers and improve community safety; and
- $74 million for specialist Indigenous legal services.
Those wanting to help shape the terms of reference for this important inquiry can provide feedback until 13 January 2017.
More information, including the consultation draft of terms of reference, is available at