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2003 Award winners

Announced by Senator the Hon. Christopher Ellison Minister for Justice and Customs and Senator for Western Australia on Tuesday, 14 October 2003.

Three projects were selected as National Winners:

  • LifeWorks - Violence Prevention Program (Victoria)
    Award: $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit
    The program is a whole-of-family, early intervention program for men who abuse their partners and children and for women and children who experience domestic and family violence. The program operates through a suite of therapeutic and educative interventions including individual counselling for men, women, adolescents and children; men's behaviour change programs; women's anger management programs; women's support groups; young men's groups; facilitated self-help groups; and parents accepting responsibility kids are safe (PARKAS) groups.
  • Bush Breakaway (Youth Action Program) (South Australia)
    Award: $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit
    Participants are identified through the criminal justice system and community agencies and schools. Participants take part in the Challenging Offending pathway - where the young person takes part of the course for 12-18 months. The components of the course include a structured challenging offending behaviours education program, a community work program, mentoring, support at school, a bush camp, art and sport and life skills training. At the completion of the course mentors continue to work with them for up to a year.
  • New Living (Western Australia)
    Award: $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit
    New Living upgrades older public housing estates including refurbishment of dwellings, redesigning parks, upgrading lighting and using Safe City designs to assist in reducing crime and allowing residents to feel safer. There are seven projects underway in metropolitan Perth and nine in country areas. Security patrols have been used to deter vandalism in New Living areas. The project's goals are to: reduce public housing to under 12 per cent; reduce crime; reduce the social stigma attached to the area; provide a balanced social mix; encourage a sense of security for residents; encourage home ownership; increase property values; and upgrade public housing.

Seven projects received an award of $5000 and a Certificate of Merit:

  • Operation Never Again (New South Wales)
    Operation Never Again is a crime prevention initiative which aims to prevent initial, and stop further, victimisation of residential dwellings, focusing on reducing break and enter offences. It initially targets residences that have been the subject of one or a number of break and enters and involves providing the householder with assistance to diminish repeat attacks. It includes assistance with securing both property and the dwelling and may involve police watch, video surveillance (depending on the number of times the residence has been victimised).
  • Coffs Harbour Youth on the Go (YOTG) (New South Wales)
    The program is a "first step engagement" for youth at extreme risk and is run over 38 weeks a year - it has a minimum of 20 students. The project looks at individual problems and addresses them according to needs. Issues are addressed through the effective delivery of a holistic educational and vocational program which is socially and culturally appropriate in a non-threatening environment. It aims to improve self esteem; reduce participants involvement and lower the number of aboriginal youth involved, in the criminal justice system; provide access to training pathways and employment opportunities; and provide ongoing mentoring and post program support to the client group.
  • Griffith Adolescent Forensic Assessment and Treatment Centre (GAFATC) (Queensland)
    GAFATC provides a statewide service to young people (10-17 years) who have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty of a sexual offence. It provides: evidence-based psychological assessments; written pre-sentence reports to Qld courts; individualised, evidence-based treatment services to young sexual offenders and their families; training and consultation services to Department of Families; supervised professional placement and thesis research opportunities for postgraduate coursework students; and research and program evaluation. It aims explicitly to prevent further sexual and non-sexual offending among young people referred by Queensland courts.
  • Sisters Inside Inc. Crucial Connection Program (Queensland)
    The program provides confidential support to the target group. It assists young people to become more involved with their family, work, education, training and the community through mediation, counselling and practical support for the whole family. Counselling includes methods to reduce anger and violence and to provide support and education to ensure that young people do not return to violent domestic situations. It assists young people: to have regular visits with their mothers in prison; to work things out with their family; to stay in school or link with training options or employment programs, to get income support if eligible; and to find somewhere safe to stay. The program assists parents to: work things out with the young person by learning how to talk things through; learn to live together when things are hard; and learn to live apart but stay connected.
  • Parafield Gardens High - Whole School Crime Prevention Initiatives (South Australia)
    The project arose out of a number of unpleasant racist activities that took place at and around the school in 1998. The school community determined to turn those negative events into positive ones and sought ways to address issues of racism and crime. The project divides its crime prevention work into two broad categories - curriculum driven activities applicable to the whole school and the establishment of an alternative program to address the needs of students "on the edge" of schooling and highly at risk many of whom were already in the juvenile justice system.
  • Breaking the Cycle (Victoria)
    The primary purpose of this project is to help break the intergenerational cycles of abuse, violence, addictions, institutionalisation and poverty for young people at risk through an intensive arts-based and education program. Women ex-prisoners with a history of drug addiction work with youth at risk who are in the early stages of anti social behaviour and substance abuse cycle. These young people, 16 years and younger are not at school and are often homeless. The core of the program consists of workshops in drama, music and art. A full-time teacher from the Victorian Education Department works one to one with participants on literacy and numeracy and in negotiating pathways back to education and training. A young persons advocate, employed and supervised by the Upper Hume Community Health Service attends to the health and welfare needs of each young person.
  • Geraldton Aboriginal Cyclical Offending Project (GACOP) (Western Australia)
    The GACOP is a holistic approach to re-offending in the Geraldton community. The project is managed by Geraldton Aboriginal Reference Group (GARG) and operates through nine portfolio groups - aboriginal affairs, education, employment and training, family, health, housing, justice, police and youth. Each group develops and works towards achieving their own goals. For justice and policing these include reducing and the overall offending rates and the number of repeat offending rates of young Aboriginals in Geraldton and increasing the use of sentencing options to divert and decrease the detention and imprisonment rates of young aboriginal offenders.

Fourteen Projects received an award of $3000 and a Certificate of Merit:

  • Perpetrator Education Program - Learning to Relate Without Violence & Abuse Program (LTRWVA) and Counselling Program for Offenders of Family Violence (Australian Capital Territory)
    The LTRWVA program is a mandated group work program intended for medium to high-risk adult men who have been convicted of an offence towards their partner. It aims to provide men with an opportunity to stop their violent and abusive behaviour and also seeks to increase the level of support and improve safety to victims. It is conducted two hours per week for 24 weeks. Topics include non-violence, respect, accountability, partnership and sexual respect. The Counselling Program in an individual counselling initiative that targets offenders who are not eligible to attend LTRWVA. It addresses violence issues relating to persons convicted of sibling violence, same-sex partner violence or men and women who use violence towards other family members.
  • Police Education Attendance Program (PEAP) (New South Wales)
    The program has been developed by Bulli Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) in conjunction with NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) to reduce the instances of truanting. The program provides an avenue for schools in the North Wollongong and Bulli areas and Local Area Commands to target students with school attendance concerns. The focus of the program is to assist school students to identify a sport or physical activity that they are interested in helping them to develop skills in that activity and providing them with participation opportunities either as a participant, instructor or official. It also covers topics and issues that aim to help participants: reduce or eliminate their criminal or offending behaviour; understand the role of police and how they can assist young people; know their options for further education, training or employment; set future goals and help them to achieve them; make healthy lifestyle choices; develop an ongoing involvement in sport; increase their self esteem, leadership abilities, team work, confidence and communication skills; and increase their knowledge of available support services. It is conducted twice a year - in Term 2 for up to 12 male participants and in Term 3 for up to 12 female participants.
  • Targeted Programming (New South Wales)
    "Targeted Programming" is a command driven initiative that sees Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) across NSW working in conjunction with Police Local Area Commands (LAC). PCYC police seek young offenders or youth crime hot spot referrals from LAC Crime Management Unit which has the capacity to identify potential targets. The project ensures that young offenders will now have greater involvement in PCYC police programs. The long-term goal of the project is to manage cost effective and sustained reduction of crime committed by identified offenders.
  • NRMA Street Retreat Program (New South Wales)
    The Program caters for 20 children aged 8-12 years from the Woolloomooloo area. Each camp consists of four days at the "Great Aussie Bush Camp" which is attended by Kings Cross police, youth workers and other local government agencies. During the camp the children participate in a range of activities including team building exercises and initiative-based activities and with the aim of promoting trust and leadership skills. The aim of the program is to deter children from participating in criminal activity and to deter those who have offended from reoffending, to provide activities to develop self confidence and self esteem, to encourage positive relations between local youth and police through development of trust and respect and to reduce juvenile crime by providing alternative programs.
  • Child Support Worker Project (New South Wales)
    The child support worker provides childcare, observation, support and referral for children of domestic violence victims attending court on AVO matters. The objectives of the project are: to provide a child care service at court; to observe the effects of domestic violence on children; to provide information and support to women on parenting issues; to make reports to DoCs where appropriate; to refer clients to local agencies; to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot; and to promote the pilot to funding agencies and other court assistance schemes with a view to implementation statewide.
  • 24-Hour Call Out to Victims of Crime (Northern Territory)
    The project which operates with the support of the NT police provides volunteer Victim Assistance Workers to assist victims of crime. Assistance and support is immediate. The goals of the project are: to provide immediate support to victims of crime at the time of crisis; to provide information about the effects of crime, and their rights to be kept informed about police investigations and prosecuting court sessions; to establish respectful relationships with victim clients, ongoing as long as the support is needed; to ensure that the volunteer assistance workers are skilfully trained through initial and ongoing monthly training, and through monthly supervision; and to enhance the professional working relationship with the NT Police Service including training of recruits and experienced police officers.
  • Picture the Peace - Reject the Violence (Queensland)
    This initiative is designed to educate 12 to 18-year-olds about healthy, violence-free relationships. The focus is broadly on relationships rather than violence, using printed resources and education sessions. The objectives of the project are to: increase healthy relationship skills; increase awareness of the nature of dating violence; increase capacity to identify indicators of abuse; challenge attitudes, values and behaviour in relation to dating violence; and increase awareness of support services available.
  • Facing Up To It (FUTI): Challenging Abusive Behaviours in Clarence Plains (Tasmania)
    FUTI is a community project which supports a holistic community response to the issue of abusive behaviours. It had been established that 70 per cent of people experiencing abusive behaviour first told a friend, neighbour or family member and so the FUTI project decided to focus on giving these "1st contact" people training to become supportive. When a person in the community approaches a "1st contact person" he/she listens and acknowledges the person's story, makes an assessment of the most appropriate service if requested and this may result in a referral to a local worker or crisis centre. The project has been developed in three ways: a resource centre for work-ers and community members has been established; training is offered to identified target groups in the community; and support of "1st Contact Network" has continued.
  • Health & Sports For All Program (Victoria)
    The project has successfully developed a range of programs and services to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people to participate in a variety of sports on a regular basis. It operates through schools as many CALD young people consider the school a safe place in which to participate in a community activity. The project is auspiced by the Greater Dandenong Community Health Service Youth Health Program which enables the project to link into a range of health and welfare programs. The program promotes health and well-being, role modelling, diversion from drugs and alcohol, prevention of criminal activity, active participation in sport and strengthening community linkages.
  • PARKAS Groupwork Program and Training Package (Victoria)
    The PARKAS (Parents Accepting Responsibility Kids Are Safe) Program is a 6-8 week community-based child centred program running a two-tiered group for mothers and their children aged 8-12 years who have experienced domestic violence. It was developed to address all forms of family violence - emotional, physical, verbal, sexual, social, financial and spiritual. It operates over two consecutive days for a period of 10 weeks, with a feedback parent session three weeks later and a concluding session two months after that. The first of the two-tiered program is the children's session (day one, one-and-a-half hours) and the parent/carer session the following day (for two hours). A second model developed in 1999 targeted men who had completed a men's behavioural change program. It involved fathers and children undertaking a total of four weeks joint workgroup within a seven-week program and reunion.
  • Latrobe Valley Neighbourhood Renewal (Victoria)
    The Latrobe Valley Neighbourhood Renewal (LVNR) project is a community building strategy. It goal is to transform and significantly improve the social, economic and environmental conditions for residents of public housing estates by: increasing their pride and participation in the community; enhancing housing and the physical environment; lifting employment, training and education to expand local economies; improving personal safety and reducing crime; promoting health and wellbeing; and increasing access to transport and other key services.
  • Working to Prevent Building Site Crime in New Estates (Victoria)
    The project is a co-ordinated crime prevention package specifically targeting residential building site crime. Initially a project co-ordinator appointed by the City of Casey worked with key stakeholders to guide the implementation of the project. The group's key roles and responsibilities included: assisting in the identification and analysis of key building site crime issues; the initiation of an ongoing process to assess and monitor building site crime; the identification and implementation of appropriate strategies; linking the project strategies with other relevant municipal and industry initiatives; the initiation and co-ordination of the development and implementation of building site crime prevention projects; the promotion of co-ordinated action and the building of partnerships with agencies that can influence building site crime prevention and design measures of success for specific projects and the overall strategy. A key feature of the initiative centred on the need for community awareness which was addressed by means of open letters and media coverage and another emphasis was to encourage reporting of suspicious activities.
  • The Minimisation of Crime and Violence, New Year's Eve, Sorrento (Victoria)
    The objective of the project is to minimise crime and reduce violence in the Sorrento precinct over New Year's Eve. A steering committee of stakeholders has the following roles: to act as a conduit for local community groups, traders and concerned individuals to provide advice to the Shire; to function as a sounding board for the Shire to discuss and examine strategies; to assist the Shire to provide information on proposed strategies to the local community; and to provide a framework to assist with the ongoing operational requirements for the event.
  • Marine Intervention Program (Western Australia)
    A Certificate 1 course in Marine Studies run at Challenger TAFE has been adapted for the target group with a view to giving them a reasonable chance of employment as deck hands. A uniformed police officer specially chosen for his ability to communicate with the young participants attends the course full time. The course involves theory and practical work including off shore seamanship, OH&S and fisheries skills as well as a two full day sea trek. Participants and their parents are required to sign a Memorandum Of Understanding setting out standards of behaviour and dress. The long term goal is for it to ultimately be funded by the local fishing industry so as to continuing giving disadvantaged youth an opportunity to build their self esteem, to become valued members of society with the ability to gain employment.

Twelve projects received an award of $2000 and a Certificate of Merit:

  • YMECH (Australian Capital Territory)
    The program operates two days/12 hours per week and supervised by a qualified mechanic. Participants are introduced to a range of vehicle maintenance requirements. Participation is hands-on and visual and incorporates a range of capacity building skills that require individual and team cooperation. The program is based on respect for oneself and a responsibility for property as well as respect for other people's property and needs.
  • Sutherland Shire Family Support Service (SSFSS) - Comprising Four Individual Projects (New South Wales)
    SSFSS is a free one-stop shop for vulnerable families. It operates four projects: a Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme; the Djanaba Occasional Child Care Service; Youth and Family Project; and a Family Support Service. The service operates by way of referrals or clients themselves who are placed with a family support worker who is able to offer group work, outreach home visits, court support, respite child care, counselling, legal assistance; and referral and advocacy.
  • Changes ... Your Choice (Tasmania)
    Changes ... Your Choice is a 10-week, one-hour session per week, one to one counselling and living skills program. It provides support, guidance and direction to the target group and aims to offer the young person the opportunity to address their offending behaviour and the reasons for it. It works exclusively with young people who have been involved in the Diversionary Conferencing process with the Tasmanian police and Tasmania Youth Justice. The long-term goals are to prevent young people from reoffending and to minimise offending behaviours.
  • Back Up Program (Victoria)
    The Back Up program aims to reduce the risk factors and strengthen protective factors through an early intervention program that may prevent young people continuing along a pathway of criminal activity. Its objectives are: to facilitate an easy one point referral process for professional help to young people and their families; provide young people and their families with support to overcome difficulties including adolescent behaviours, communication and relationship building; reconnect young people with their families and the community; and to strengthen the Banyule community by empowering its youth. Full description of the process is included in the nomination.
  • Rosebud Police Senior Citizens Register (Victoria)
    Clients, usually elderly or living alone, register their details with the local police station. A registration card which contains essential information e.g. contact details of family members, doctors and health details is given to clients who are urged to carry it with them at all times. The register is run by 60 volunteers who visit clients home to check on security. A newsletter addressing local security issues and promoting low cost social events is sent periodically to all clients. The aim of the project is to encourage better home security, to reduce the fear of crime and encourage more confident living. It also aims to provide more opportunities for clients to participate in social events.
  • Bendigo Safe City Forum (Victoria)
    The forum is a voluntary partnership between 26 organisations which play a pivotal role in community safety. It has a number of objectives including to: develop a whole of community approach to community safety; to develop networks; to develop and promote community safety campaigns; and to operate as the Local Safety Committee. Current local initiatives being undertaken by the forum include: the Bendigo liquor accord; Spiked Drink Education Program; Surveillance Cameras; Walksafe Program; the Tabaret supervised Taxi Rank; and Stay Bright, Drink Right promotion.
  • PartySafe Register Program (Victoria)
    The project started with a grant from Crime Prevention Victoria to Victoria Police to develop the Sunbury Police concept into a Statewide PartySafe Kit. The long-term goal is to educate as many people as possible, with the aim of reducing the incidence of "gate crashing" and promote the responsible serving of alcohol. It aids police by making them aware of the number of parties in their patrol area. The project has something to offer all members of the public in that it provides security and safety information that benefits everyone.
  • Indigenous Community Liaison Officer Service (Western Australia)
    The Indigenous Community Liaison Officer (ICLO) is to identify the nature of antisocial behaviour and respond in a culturally sensitive manner. The ICLO service is designed to respond to incidents involving alcohol or other substances within the defined area; provide a liaison network between the community, local authorities and specialised support persons and programs; reduce vandalism, antisocial behaviour and criminal activity; act as a buffer and liaison service between potential offenders, victims and complainants and the WA Police Service; reduce police call outs to Gosnells Town Centre; reduce indigenous incarceration rates; and provide employment opportunities for local indigenous community members.
  • Wilderness Intervention Program (Western Australia)
    Students are interviewed with parents who are asked to commit to attending two parent nights and the presentation night. Group sessions are conducted over six weeks and students participate in a six-day student-led wilderness experience. At completion a presentation night is held where students present to parents and local dignitaries. Student Services continues to monitor and mentor participants.
  • Western Australia Drink Spiking Education Project (Western Australia)
    The objectives of the project are to: raise awareness of drink spiking, its associated harms and the laws relating to it; to promote protective behaviours; to encourage early reporting of incidents, early response to incidents and collection of data and referral; and standardisation of the data collection system with the ultimate aim of bringing more prosecutions. Central to the project is the production of material e.g. flyers, posters and brochures, promoting clear messages to each of the target groups.
  • Domestic Violence Children's Counselling Service Outreach Project (Western Australia)
    The project provides an outreach domestic violence crisis counselling service to all children 4-18 years and their mothers in the ten refuges in the Perth Metro area. Counsellors visit each refuge from one half to a full day each week to provide counselling, information and support. Mothers are also assisted with parenting information and receive support in relation to the effects of domestic violence on their children.
  • BEEP (Boys Effective Education Program) (Western Australia)
    BEEP is an early intervention program that provides young boys aged 10-12, identified as being at risk, with skills and knowledge to enable them to make decisions and interact within the environment that they live, in a socially appropriate manner. PCYC, Youth Crime and Prevention Officers and male teachers spend time with the group for two sessions per week discussing and teaching important ideas, concepts and behaviours that a responsible adult should possess with the aim of having the boys identify these behaviours wherever possible. During the second sessions the boys are given real tasks with the opportunity to practice and use their new skills while having role models present.

One Project was selected for a Special Certificate of Merit Award in recognition of a Innovative Corporate Crime Prevention Project

  • The 4-Tier Model for Crime Risk Management (Victoria)
    The project is a model for crime risk managing, currently targeting armed robbery within Australia Post's 4,500 retail post offices and agencies. Central to the project is the 4-tier model which analyses factors gathered about a target and accurately assesses its crime risk. The model then lists the security counter measures appropriate to the risk taking. The 4-tier model divides all risk indicators and risk treatments into 4 points: Tier 1 - Crime Rate of the Area (5km radius); Tier 1 - Defensible Space (100m radius): Tier 3 - Profile Match (at actual premises); and Tier 4 - Countermeasures (security measures).

Twenty-two projects were awarded Certificates of Merit:

  • Crime Prevention Workshops (New South Wales) CPW aim to bring together young people, police and teachers to establish constructive relationships, discuss how best to prevent and reduce juvenile crime and implement mutually agreed strategies. The goals are to raise awareness of young people about the consequences of involvement in crime and antisocial behaviour for both perpetrators and victims; enable young people to develop strategies to avoid involvement in crime and antisocial behaviour; establish constructive relationships between young people and police.
  • Youth in Sport (New South Wales)
    The project is a $300,000 annual program operated by the Department in partnership with PCYC across NSW, with specific targets set and outcomes achieved according to local needs and conditions. The program aims to improve sport and recreation participation opportunities for youth at risk as a crime prevention strategy. Its objectives are to: increase awareness of the benefits of participation in sport and recreation for youth at risk; increase opportunities for them to become involved in sport and physical activity; and link participation in sport and physical activity to positive changes in antisocial and/or criminal behaviour. It aims to reduce offending rates of Priority 1 (young offenders) participants. The Newcastle "Breakaway" program is cited as an example.
  • TITUS - Crime Reduction Through the Use of Interference Policing (New South Wales)
    The project comprises both strategy and methodology. The strategic premise is that, the incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour can be significantly reduced by specific police instigated interaction with the criminal element where the frequency of such activities match or exceed the level of reported crime. The interaction itself acts to disrupt the criminal business plan and results in crime reduction and displace-ment. To enable police commands to achieve the sustainable levels of pro-activity, a methodology has been developed and designed to ensure the most effective use of the largest number of police ie the "general duties" police within a local command area. Proactive activities need to be: activities normally undertaken by police that brings police into some form of physical contact with criminal elements; activities that can counted and verifiable; and activities that can be perceived by the criminal element as activities likely to be a disruption to them or likely to lead police to detect deviant behaviour. Such activities include information/intelligence report contacts, knife searches/move alongs and arrests/cautions/legal procedures.
  • Doing Anger Differently (DAD) (New South Wales)
    DAD is a community-based project conducted in secondary schools. Schools refer angry, violent and aggressive boys to the program. Groups of nine meet with two workers twice a week for one term. The workers lead the group through a service of eight focus areas. Each focus area examines individuals' experiences of anger, with therapists facilitating a questioning of the response to anger. The focus areas are designed to focus discussion on the experience of anger, and assist boys to find alternatives to aggression when angry. The focus areas are implemented within an experiential group work model where boys are able to practice, with assistance from group workers, what they discover about themselves through real-time interactions in the group.
  • Your Choice Program (New South Wales)
    The Your Choice Progam is a two-hour short course designed to reduce the reliance on law enforcement methods of dealing with underage drinking. When a young person is detected committing any alcohol related offence they are invited to attend the program in lieu of receiving an Infringement Notice. The course is offered bi-monthly on weekday evenings and consists of lectures, discussion groups and interactive exercises. It aims to make young people think before they drink.
  • Beach Property Minding Service (New South Wales)
    During summer 2001-2002 a property-minding service was set up at North Cronulla. The service operated Thursday to Sunday during term and seven days a week in school holidays-from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. It was staffed by casual staff over two shifts. Staff were accountable to the Senior Lifeguard for day-to-day operations. The staff member would receive and tag the property and mind it under secure conditions. It was labelled by owner's name and password, which had to be provided on pick up.
  • Key College (New South Wales)
    Key College, located in Surry Hills provides access to education, counselling and referral support services to the target group. The college is an accredited high school and teaches the NSW curriculum. It has two full-time qualified teachers and a large number of volunteers. It combines three strategies to rehabilitate young offenders and to help them live crime-free and drug-free lives. These strategies relate to academic performance, social participation and integration and other areas relating to parental participation and liaison with other agencies.
  • The Cronulla Project - Safety and Security Strategy (New South Wales)
    The Cronulla Project is comprised of a broad range of strategies to reduce the level of identified crimes in the area and to increase perceptions of safety for residents, businesses and visitors. This is achieved through strategies based on three focus areas: increasing communication between stakeholders to develop initial strategies and to provide ongoing benefits; improvements to the physical areas of Cronulla Plaza, local parks and beaches; and targeted intervention to deal with the priority issues of antisocial behaviour, risk taking and alcohol-related crime. Key individual strategies described in the nomination are the Cronulla Safety Audit; the CCTV system, Outreach Youth Worker positions; monthly safety and security forums, the Miranda Local Area Command Liquor Accord, the One Life One Chance Shuttle Bus, Beach Property Minding Service, Miranca LAC Policing Strategies, Private Security and Council Enforcement Officers.
  • PiPP's (People in Palmerston Parks) (Northern Territory)
    The project involves two initiatives all aimed at reducing vandalism, violence and other crime in the 75 local parks. The first initiative consists of days in various suburbs where families and marginalised youth from all ethnic backgrounds are invited to a free fun day sponsored by local community groups and businesses. These days are held three times a year with average attendance of 300-500. The second initiative involves neighbourhood groups "adopting" their local park and being part of PARKWATCH. This involves reporting antisocial or criminal behaviour and looking out for vandalism and litter. Families get ownership of the park which is recognised in a ceremony and celebration that includes the unveiling of a plaque with their names on it.
  • The Kurduju Committee (Northern Territory)
    Community law and justice committees have emerged as successful initiatives of the Aboriginal Law and Justice Strategy. The Kurduju committee comprises representatives from the Lajamanu, Yuendumu, Ali-Curung and Willowra communities. The 15 members represent the coalface operators of the various Safe Houses, Night Patrols and Law and Justice Committees from these communities. Its objectives are: to involve remote area law and justice committees in research and documentation of strategies and programs which are effective for remote area communities; to ensure the consistency and quality of material and presentations used in community, regional and national forums; to assist the development of presentation, workshop and organisational skills for participants; to support the concept that Aboriginal communities are responsible - along with governments - for achieving law and justice outcomes on their own communities; to provide an additional source of information for government agencies about strategies and initiatives relevant to remote communities; and to further encourage the concept of "peer modelling" among aboriginal communities.
  • Operation COPRA (Queensland)
    In 2001 Queensland Transport in conjunction with other significant organisations commenced a joint investigation into the fraudulent compliancing of imported second-hand vehicles for sale and registration - Operation COPRA. To maintain support for Operation COPRA Queensland Transport has set up the Vehicle Identification Unit. The unit manages and supports the Written-Off Vehicles Register (WOVR), Written-off Vehicle Inspections (WOVI) and Written-off Vehicle Certificates, as well as monitoring and managing the performance of WOVR notifiers and WOVI service providers.
  • Regaining Your Control Seminars (South Australia)
    Community based seminars are provided to raise awareness of the issues of Elder Abuse and aim to develop locally relevant strategies to reduce the incidence of elderly abuse.
  • The Virtual School (South Australia)
    The goal of the project is to bridge the gap between education, health, crime preven-tion and welfare and to provide early intervention for disconnected youth. The project has created a 'virtual school' that encompasses about 20 different sites across a range of agencies. The sites have been strategically selected to locate and identify young people who have been "lost in the system", chronic non-attenders or involved in the juvenile justice system. All coordination, data collection and recording are located with Youth Education Centre. This enables young people to be tracked, monitored and assisted in producing a "lifelong learning plan" that is recorded and follows them across the Virtual School. The Virtual School provides: a general education course of three days per week focussing on literacy, numeracy and engagement; short courses; life skills; holiday programs; counselling and mentor support. The collabora-tion between partner agencies and service providers has provided the young people a comprehensive service that meets their needs, provides them with plans and pathways for their futures.
  • Occupational Violence Training Initiative (Victoria)
    The design, development and delivery of a series of training courses to better equip workplace staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to and manage incidents of occupational violence and aggression.
  • Solving the Jigsaw: Changing the Culture of Violence (Victoria)
    Solving the Jigsaw is a school-based project that seeks to change the "culture of violence" and build a "culture of well being" It is operated by EASE, a domestic violence agency based in Bendigo. Central to the project is an understanding of the connections between the "culture of violence", the "culture of bullying" and the "culture of domestic violence". In these three cultures, violence occurs when power and control over others is used to create an environment of tyranny, and in settings such as the home and schools, which the community expects to be safe. The project brings expert resources and knowledge to school communities. It works closely with young people, their parents and teachers to address issues of community concern such as bullying, violence, abuse, anxiety and depression. A number of strategies are designed to be used in a variety of settings including: 20-40 week classroom programs at primary and secondary levels; 20-40 week targeted therapeutic groups for at risk students; a comprehensive primary to secondary program; linked parenting programs; professional development for teachers; two-day experiential workshops; and a 12-month facilitator training course.
  • Victim Prevention and Safety Program for Senior Community Members (Victoria)
    The program is a comprehensive safety program for senior community members at risk, or perceived risk, of assault. It aims to inform participants of their risk factors and provide effective strategies to prevent people becoming victims of crime. The program is divided into six sessions of 90 minutes duration. Session topics include personal safety, home safety, neighbourhood watch, crime stoppers, safety and assertiveness, drug and alcohol and the associated risks and personal protection strategies.
  • Community Safety Car Theft Prevention Project (Victoria)
    The goals of the project are to significantly reduce the incidence of car theft in Frankston. A number of different strategies are in place. The project started off by linking in with the National "Immobilise Now" campaign where information packs included wide distribution of brochures and local car theft statistics. The Frankston City council offered discount immobiliser installation to residents. Local police and council conduct car park safety audits in "hotspot" car parks and notify owners of vehicles deemed to be at risk of theft. The Council has recently launched the CarSafe sticker competition.
  • "Totally Sick" (A Positive Term Used by Young People to Reflect a Great Experience) (Victoria)
    This is a community building project developed as a result of an identified need to address alcohol and other drug use by young people by engaging them in positive relationship building experiences that would broaden their view of the world and develop positive relationships with local police, traders and the community as a whole. Young people nominated by primary schools and accompanied by volunteers from the steering committee, have participated in activities such as visits to the Royal Melbourne Show, an AFL football match, indoor rock climbing, ten-pin bowling and go-carting. The objectives of the project are to reduce antisocial behaviour such as alcohol and drug misuse, crime and violence.
  • School Incentive Program (Western Australia)
    The School Incentive Programme is a permaculture programme conducted out of the Kenwick Youth Centre. It is conducted on a Wednesday and to be eligible to attend, young people must be attending school on a regular basis on the other four days. The aim of the programme is to: provide an interesting and practical skills based education programme that acts as an incentive for young people to attend school regularly; enhance communication and group work skills in young people; and provide a comprehensive permaculture based program.
  • Targeted Arson Bush Fire Reduction Activities (Western Australia)
    The project operated on the principal that if community members are educated about the consequences and risk of bush fires and are made aware of the high number of arson fires in the local areas, they may take action themselves to stop the illegal fire lighting. The program involves several strategies relating to education and awareness including: school visits by a professional educator; door knocking in the community; production of "memory joggers" e.g. fridge magnets, school rulers, flyers with appro-priate messages; shopping centre displays, and law enforcement.
  • Fremantle Graffiti Campaign (Western Australia)
    The Project manages all graffiti issues in Fremantle and East Fremantle Municipal Areas. There are seven key areas around which the campaign is centred: to remove graffiti as it appears; to enlist an army of volunteers; to establish a program to constantly promote rapid reporting of graffiti; to tap into all suburbs; to work hand in hand with local police so as to achieve the best results for both parties; to provide a series of information brochures and self-help advice to residents; to manage graffiti in neighbouring councils; and to promote the reporting of graffiti by council rangers and maintenance staff.
  • Safety and Security Action Plan (Western Australia)
    This is a four-year action plan aimed at maintaining a safe city for businesses, residents, workers and visitors by reducing crime and antisocial behaviour; limiting activities that contribute to the perception of the city as an unsafe place and developing services and initiatives that facilitate the development of a safe and secure environment, including urban design and community and cultural services.