2006 Award winners
Announced by Senator the Hon. Christopher Ellison Minister for Justice and Customs and Senator for Western Australia on Thursday, 30 November 2006.
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Chance on Main (Tasmania)
Award: $10,000 and a Certificate of Merit
This project is an intervention program for young people aged 14-19 who are at risk of being involved in criminal or antisocial activities, or dropping out of school or training, or becoming homeless and disconnected from their families. The methods used are:
This model is unique in Tasmania, and the young people involved are often seen as 'difficult' by mainstream service providers, and are often the source of much concern for police, education and health personnel. The need for an early intervention program for this target group was identified from extensive consultation over the last five years, involving all relevant service providers, surveys of the Glenorchy community and in-depth consultation with young people.
Contact: Mr Ross Park, Coordinator, Youth and Community Safety, Glenorchy City Council
Tel: 03 6216 6780
Gove Peninsula Community Patrol (Northern Territory)
Award: $10,000 and a Certificate of Merit
The Gove Peninsula Community Patrol provides a service across all inhabited areas located on the Gove Peninsula. These patrols work closely with other support agencies in providing assistance to members of the community who may be in need of advice or information, or have placed themselves in a situation where they may be at risk. The Patrol is staffed by Yolngu women seeking to reduce the impact of alcohol abuse on the individual and the community. They do this by encouraging responsible drinking, settling drunken conflicts and taking intoxicated people home or away from dangerous areas such as roadsides. It is an extremely difficult job that requires committed and passionate workers.
Unlike the major urban centres of the Northern Territory, the Yolngu people of this region are still very attached to traditional law and a traditional way of life. Most of the antisocial behaviour and other offences come from the local area. The Yolngu women have a very good understanding of people who are, in general, close relatives that are under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. As close relatives they are able, in most cases, to deal with situations that arise.
Contact: Djapirri Mununggirritj
Tel: 08 8987 1973
Make It Work: Employment and Mentoring Program (Victoria)
Award: $10,000 and a Certificate of Merit
Make It Work is a support program for offenders, most of whom are bailees of the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. The program provides employment and vocational training assistance, help with other support needs through referrals, and a mentoring program. It supports an average of 100 people per year. All of the forms of assistance provided are intended to have a positive effect on recidivism. A three year evaluation of Make It Work conducted by Deakin University reveals that the program has performed impressively compared to other similar national and international programs. The program addresses educational and vocational shortfalls faced by offenders in re-entry into the community by preparing prisoners to re-enter the work force, actively marketing this client group to employers and providing post placement support. Work preparation training and other career development training or courses are provided through linkage to an established network of service providers and a trained volunteer community mentor, who assists the client with integrating with their community.
Contact: Mr David Christian
Tel: 03 9372 1055
Residential Beef Cattle Production Training Program (Northern Territory)
Award: $10,000 and a Certificate of Merit
The training program includes competency units from a Certificate 2 in Agriculture (Beef Cattle Production). These units include training in:
The program length is four weeks and is run at the Juno Horse Centre in a residential stock camp setting, with one week at the NT Rural College. The Department of Employment, Education and Training, Department of Education, Science and Training, NT Rural College and Youth Development Unit provide the funding for the program.
The long term goals are that:
Contact: Mr Stewart Wiley
Tel: 08 8962 1699
Homelands Partnership (Queensland)
The project addresses homelessness in Cairns and related issues including: public drunkenness, antisocial behaviours, criminal acts, and low feelings of safety by the public. It responds to the perception by the people of Cairns that police and government are unable to address issues associated with crime in the CBD. Voluntary management plans with local liquor stores were entered into, where they agreed not to sell wine casks before 4pm. This enabled agencies to consult with the homeless to discuss their various personal issues.
One recurring issue encountered was people having numerous outstanding fines which they believed were the cause of their imprisonment. This corresponds to the findings in The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, in which outstanding fines were identified as a key issue. Following on from this was the problem of inappropriate pensions or payment schemes that resulted in offences such as stealing, begging and creating a public nuisance. These offences would occur in areas of the Cairns CBD that were heavily populated by tourists.
The homeless in this region are predominantly Indigenous people from Cape communities and other Indigenous communities throughout Queensland. A strategy was developed where individuals could pay off their outstanding fines in instalments from their Centrelink pensions, thus alleviating these problems.
Contact: Sergeant Owen Kennedy, Cairns City Beat
Tel: 07 4048 1271
Northern Territory Police Violent Crime Reduction Strategy (VCRS) (Northern Territory)
The VCRS operates in the crisis response area of a coordinated response to domestic violence with education and early intervention, particularly in relation to the targeting of perpetrators early in their cycle of offending. The focus is primarily on enhancing the Northern Territory police response to domestic incidents and providing support for adult and child victims of domestic violence through an operational case management approach. It focuses on the perpetrators of violent crime by monitoring their behaviour and providing enforcement intervention to avoid violence. Police are supported to take formal action at each domestic incident they attend - either through civil (e.g. restraining order) or criminal (e.g. charges) action. Police action is measured each quarter through Operational Performance Review processes. Indicators of success and measures of performance are examined and discussed. Marketing of the strategies to the Northern Territory community has been integral to its success. This strategy has been implemented through a number of components that work both independently and/or collaboratively depending on the task or program.
Contact: Ms Joanne Foley
Tel: 08 8999 4876
Active and Healthy Gold Coast (Queensland)
This program operates by legitimising public space in parks and community facilities. It aims to address crime and violence by:
The program encourages local residents to come together to 'Get Up, Get Out and Get Active'. It increases the number of people using spaces that were previously perceived as being unsafe. This in turn deters antisocial behaviour. Based upon international research regarding the multiple crime prevention benefits of recreation programs, Active and Healthy Gold Coast is contributing towards reduced levels of crime and fear of victimisation experienced by residents and visitors to the Gold Coast. The program offers Tai Chi, rock climbing, sailing, yoga, group training sessions, kids' sports, surf survival and many more free or low-cost activities at key parks around Gold Coast City.
Contact: Ms Samantha Hughes
Gold Coast City Council
Carnarvon PCYC School Holiday Program (Western Australia)
The Carnarvon Youth and Children's Festival began in 1998 as a community initiative in response to despondency that had arisen in town due to youth suicide, homicide and unfavourable media focus. The Youth and Children's Festival was created as a positive alternative to regain the trust of young people. The principal philosophy behind the festival was to support youth in the process of designing, producing and delivering their own festival while developing partnerships with key agencies that traditionally work with children and youth. The program is now in its eighth year and has been recently amalgamated with the October school holiday program as a part of the interagency coordination approach to youth activities. Each school holidays program and Youth and Children's Festival is run Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 2.00pm at no cost to the participants. The PCYC provides a free pick up and drop off service via the local Carnarvon bus charter, and the recently acquired PCYC bus. Lunch is also provided free of charge to all attendees and volunteers.
Contact: Mr Nigel Holmes
Tel: 08 9941 0564
Designated Driver Program (Tasmania)
The nominated designated driver (DES) must transport at least one person who intends to drink alcohol to and from an official 'Who's DES Tonight?' venue. The DES registers at a specific venue to receive unlimited free soft drink during the opening hours of the venue, and goes into the draw to win monthly petrol vouchers. 3,500 fliers were distributed by Neighbourhood Watch to homes in the municipality. Posters were displayed in the CBD business premises, bottle shops, sporting clubs, roadhouses and many other venues. Memorandums of understanding were signed with licensed establishments. Plaques were presented to the participating venues to make then official venues. Fortnightly $50 petrol voucher winners are drawn. Police checks are conducted to ensure compliance with laws and program guidelines. Media articles and advertisements are published to support and market the program. Radio advertisements with popular personalities are broadcast from RADD to promote the program.
Contact: Mr Clayton Hawkins
Tel: 03 6430 5787
Turnaround (Australian Capital Territory)
The program is for young people aged 12-18 years who have histories of complex trauma and multiple high risks and needs, such as family violence, self-harm and offending behaviour. All of the young people who have entered Turnaround have had extremely negative past experiences of the service system. The program fully coordinates services across the service sector. The members of the support team change over time as this ensures that there are people able to meet the individual needs the young person has at any time. All relevant agencies are involved in developing one overall plan. On entry to Turnaround each of the young people is involved with an average of seven agencies. Case coordinators work intensively in engaging the young person, harnessing their natural supports and using relevant services. Case coordination is focused on making the service system more responsive to the individual needs and circumstances of the young person, their family and their natural supports. The program model is based on internationally recognised good practice principles, and is being recognised within Australia as a pioneering program.
Contact: Mr Paul Wyles, Director, Client and Adolescent Services, OCYFS
Tel: 02 6205 9490
Addressing Family Violence Programs (AFVP) (Victoria)
AFVP operates programs for infants and mothers, and children and mothers, and an anger management program for families predominantly within western and north western metropolitan Melbourne. The AFVP provides professional development training across Victoria and interstate on issues such as: Parents accepting responsibility kids are safe two day experiential training; Placing children in the picture of family violence one-day workshop; How the cycle of violence affects families and schools one-day workshop; and What children have taught us about their experience of living with family violence half or full day workshop. The AFVP provides consultation to other services and endeavours to raise awareness about the lasting and damaging impact of family violence on infants, children and young people through community projects, committees and educational products. Educational products include:
Contact: Ms Wendy Bunston, Manager AFVP & Community Group Program
Tel: 03 9345 6011
Community Safety Resource Centre (Western Australia)
The project includes the following:
Antisocial issues are addressed easily and with immediacy with community police and rangers based in the same location.
Contact: Mr Neil Kegie, Manager, Community, Culture and Recreation
Tel: 08 9474 0753
Love Bites (New South Wales)
Love Bites is an interactive and innovative workshop that is run either in or out of school for a full day for 50 students. The program is aimed at years 9, 10 and 11 students. The full day program consists of:
All students participate in the art and hip hop workshops. The response and commitment from young people involved in the program are overwhelmingly enthusiastic and embracing. The most important aspects of the program are that it recognises the skills, talents and knowledge of young people and actually models respectful relationships between male and female students, teachers and workers. The students are treated with the utmost respect and as young adults. They are encouraged to call workers and teachers by their first names.
Contact: Ms Angela Walsh
Tel: 02 6588 2615
Shellharbour Crime Prevention Partnership (New South Wales)
A crime prevention van is equipped with examples of home security equipment (including locks), literature and videos. The van is staffed by members of the LILAC Volunteers in Policing program, police and NRMA insurance staff. Home security advice and home and car park security audits are offered via the LILAC Crime Management Unit. The van is deployed by police to burglary and car theft hot spots, special police operations and to community events and locations. The following activities are included in this partnership:
Shellharbour City Council has initiated or partnered community safety programs including shopping centre protocols, responsible alcohol consumption, anti-domestic violence, a youth council, youth support and diversion programs, drink spiking awareness and anti-sexual assault education, service provider networks, home party safety protocols, skateboard alliance, good graffiti program, drugs and alcohol programs and school programs.
Contact: Mr Martin Millgate
Shellharbour City Safer Communities Campaign Coordinator
Tel: 02 4221 6111
Women and Children, Abstinence and Effective Parenting Support Program (Victoria)
This program assists drug dependent pregnant women in attaining abstinence following the birth of their children.
The program uses a mix of individual and group based interventions with a focus on strengthening the formal and informal supports available to the women and their children, and addressing the issues that impact on their lives. A holistic assessment tool has been developed which looks at their history of drug use, criminal history, past treatment programs, formal and informal supports, personal issues, family composition and issues, as well as parenting capacity. This is then used to develop a treatment plan that guides the individual intervention. An assertive outreach and case management approach is used to provide: personal support, parenting support, practical assistance, and specific information in relation to substitute pharmacotherapy. This is in conjunction with the general practitioner, intensive support and linkage into other services. Other activities have included Endota Spa treatments, a Christmas party and visits to the Zoo.
Contact: Ms Karenza Louis-Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 03 9521 4000
Bidja Clan Project (Victoria)
The project is run by the Kerang Community Action Group, formed through the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy. Community members are from the Aboriginal communities in the Southern Loddon Mallee region, and are committed to raising awareness of the effects of family violence on children, and determined to help bring about change for younger generations. The project evolved as a response to the need to develop a mechanism to consult effectively and safely with Aboriginal children about their life experiences; and to be the voice of children who have been affected by family violence, neglect or sexual assault. Workshops are run in the Bidja Clan Aboriginal communities, and use puppets and stories that are created by volunteers from a broad age group. Workshops address the issues of the communities, for example family violence. They have also had the effect of engaging adults in empathising with their children's reactions to family violence and life experiences. The Bidja Clan project has been a developmental process which will have sustainability in the community, particularly in regards to early intervention and community education processes within communities, and will better inform mainstream providers of the issues affecting children.
Contact: Ms Joanne Holmes, Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Project Officer
Tel: 03 5434 5712
James Street Windale (New South Wales)
Wesley Newcastle City Mission licensed the James Street units at Windale from the Department of Housing for use in their homeless person/s accommodation program and tenants began to move in. The project involved relocating the previous tenants from Department of Housing to other properties within the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland areas. Wesley Mission then placed male tenants in fully furnished units, provided with a pantry full of food. They are signed up on a lease for the unit, which gives them a sense of independence and responsibility; and as a result, they take pride in the units. The units were managed by a full time coordinator and four volunteers, including a part time volunteer psychologist to help the tenants work through any issues they may face with settling back into a sustainable lifestyle. The aspect most critical to the success of the project, is the close relationships between Lake Macquarie Local Police, Wesley Newcastle City Mission, and the Windale Community.
Contact: Senior Constable Kathryn Rawlinson
Tel: 02 49429920
Kensington Police and Community Youth Centre (KPCYC)
Automotive and Community Training Courses (Western Australia)
This course is a five week (150 hours) Certificate 1 automotive program for 15-19 year olds. The course is for long term unemployed people, offenders, and people with learning disabilities or difficulties. It aims to improve employment opportunities and broaden participants' skill bases. The automotive industry is ideal for and attractive to youth at risk. It links vocational opportunities with thrill seeking (e.g. the KPCYC Rally Program) and also taps into the projected growth of the industry and the district. KPCYC has developed accredited courses that are delivered in a self paced, flexible, non-threatening and non-judgemental environment that encourages learning, peer support, self responsibility and ownership. KPCYC has forged excellent links with the business community for employment, work experience placements, site visits, and on site training. There is an emphasis on communication, presentation, self esteem and interview techniques. The modules provide articulation into Certificate 2 units via traineeships or Certificate 2 programs. KPCYC has a 10 bay networked computer room. Transport is provided for interviews, there are mentors available and also a childcare facility.
Contact: Sergeant Simon Leaning
Kensington Police and Community Youth Centre
Life Skills Programs - Mr Respect and Left Out (Western Australia)
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc is an independent and non-profit organisation. Live puppet shows for 5-8 year olds and interactive plays for 9-12 year olds are presented in primary schools across Western Australia. The programs reach 136,000 children each year and include teacher support packs, product merchandise and merit certificates. Programs are developed that are specific to Western Australia's Indigenous and remote communities, and use characters with local names and language.
20,000 safety calendars are produced each year and distributed at primary schools, police stations, crime prevention offices and remote Indigenous communities across WA. Messages and philosophies are publicised through mass media that is in partnership with Constable Care, such as WIN Television, Channel 9, 96FM, The West Australian, Coast FM and Radio West Network.
Contact: Ms Vicki Evans, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 08 9272 0000
Najidah Kids Club (Queensland)
This program has a partnered approach to activity based learning and life skills training, and uses discussion groups, therapeutic activity and visits from special guests. The program content is revised every three months by its stakeholders. The program runs once per week for six week blocks, and is designed to engage primary school aged children who are residing or have resided in Najidah crisis accommodation. The program is facilitated by staff from Najidah and Maroochydore state school, staff from other community based agencies and community volunteers who conduct weekly activities.
Contact: Ms Kimberley Savage
Tel: 0419 332 512
Save the Children Future Parents Program (Queensland)
This is an early intervention child abuse prevention program. Young people participate in an eight week course and learn to develop an increased understanding of children's needs and their own capacity to provide safe and nurturing care to children. Discussions and activities include:
Participants learn to identify abusive behaviours and supports within the community. Young people develop personal skills, enhanced communication skills, better understanding of the importance of the care they are providing to children, increased confidence in their role in children's lives, and enhanced self-esteem and self-concept. Data comes from final evaluation booklets completed by participants at the end of each course. Staff and the coordinator meet and debrief at the end of each course.
Contact: Ms Lynn Thompson
Tel: 07 3844 2699
Restoration not Retribution (Queensland)
Community conferencing is used as a means of making students accountable for their actions. The majority of the issues managed in this manner have been significant group issues, physical violence and racial issues. Accountability conferences bring together the victim and his/her supporters and the offender. The guided process that ensues seeks to uncover how people have been affected and how they feel about what has happened. The second phase of the meeting then focuses on what needs to be done to heal the harm. Multiple conferences are conducted throughout the year. Most conferences involve students, parents and sometimes community members. The conferencing allows victims to be heard, perpetrators to face their victims in a forum and, with other community members present, to cooperatively devise a solution to help heal the harm and prevent further antisocial behaviour. Every conference has a mandated period for monitoring and follow-up to ensure compliance with the agreement. Teachers are encouraged to engage students in 'restorative chats', and prompt cards have been provided to teaching staff.
Contact: Mr Isaac Williamson, Deception Bay State High School
Tel: 07 3897 2205
YJET - A Second Chance (Queensland)
This program's mandate is to work with young people (aged 15-17) who are disengaged from mainstream school and/or other methods of schooling or employment; and provide those young people with a year 10 level education. The program delivers services to young people subject to Youth Justice Orders whom, without further assistance, may remain disengaged due to social structures and situational factors impacting on their lives. Currently, the program also includes other unemployed or disadvantaged young people referred through Centrelink or self-referral. The local community has high rates of unemployment, limited local job prospects, poor transport infrastructure, a high level of public housing, high levels of drug and alcohol abuse, high levels of domestic violence, high rates of juvenile crime and high reoffending rates. The community has used traditional means of supporting youth offenders upon release from detention. YJET is a flexible learning program and young people work at their own pace to accomplish their Year 10 maths, English and computer studies. YJET operates two small groups in two locations, to maximise learning and assistance in order to facilitate personal learning.
Contact: Mr Myron McCormick, Deception Bay State High School
Tel: 07 3897 2222
Burdekin Area Youth Watch (BAYWATCH) (Queensland)
The BAYWATCH project was primarily structured to recognise the escalating crime rate and raise awareness of youth involvement in criminal activities in the community. Its main objective was to provide assistance, support and long lasting solutions to engage and combat the problems of boredom among youth. The following are some of the long term goals of the venture funded by Bur-Del Housing Co-Operative:
Outcomes include monitoring programs and drug and alcohol awareness workshops.
The project provides essential caring for disadvantaged and ATSI groups. Many participants are also from lower socioeconomic income families with no permanent family life and without any assistance from any beneficiary organisations.
Contact: Bur-Del Housing Co-Operative Advancement Society Ltd
Tel: 07 4783 7229
Correctional Services Employment Pilot Program (Victoria)
This is a prison based activity program. A client relationship is established with a prison based employment case manager. An employment needs assessment is conducted, and an individual employment action plan created. Individual employment action plans are updated within the overall release plan. Career guidance is provided with a focus on achievable milestones. Employment resources utilised include a resum, job applications, gaining references and developing a network. The following skills are developed:
Employment prospects are confirmed pre-release. There is employer participation and commitment to the program. The following activities are utilised to help with the transition back into community:
Employment needs are reassessed based on progress to date. There are incremental advances toward employment, such as work experience, voluntary work and casual employment.
Contact: Mr Jeff Tellefson
Tel: 03 5623 6075
Crime Prevention Education Program (South Australia)
There are eight flexible program modules:
A pamphlet for parents and caregivers complements the curriculum. Students are encouraged in decision making and active participation with the 'Enrichment Activities' and the 'Take Action' areas, where they are encouraged to challenge world views and consider how they can use their learning to make a difference in the prevention of crime in their community. Students reassess their own values and viewpoints in a non-threatening environment where they can consider the values and viewpoints of others and the impact of their actions. The program fits within the policy framework of the Government's Youth Action Plan, addresses the strategic objectives of building communities and improving wellbeing.
Contact: Mr David Butler,
Office of Service Delivery,
Department of Education and Children's Services
Tel: 08 8204 2222
The aim of the program is to reduce the incidence of alcohol related harm in the community, such as violence, damage to property, assault and drink driving. This is achieved through the introduction of a three level accreditation program. Once implemented, the Good Sports program works to enhance a club's capacity to promote the health and wellbeing of all members, players, and patrons. The national office is responsible for providing support to the Good Sports states, ensuring consistency of delivery, funding and financial reporting and research and development. Each state is responsible for supporting community partners and project officers who work with community sporting clubs registered with the Good Sports program. They meet with each club on an annual basis, and support each club in achieving the various levels of accreditation. The Good Sports program is the only program of its type working directly with community sporting clubs via a network of partnerships creating cultural change in sporting clubs through an alcohol management program.
Contact: Mr Rod Glenn-Smith, State Manager Good Sports (Victoria)
Tel: 03 9667 9220
Graffiti - Let's Get It Together (Queensland)
This program aims to improve perceptions of safety by reducing the amount of graffiti throughout Gold Coast City. The following are included in an 8 Point Plan:
Council recognises that some experimental graffiti occurs as a result of youth boredom and a lack of community ownership. As such, Council facilitates a range of youth services and activities such as sport and recreation programs (the Healthy and Active Gold Coast project); school holiday programs; art projects; and youth centres.
Contact: Mr Brooke Denholder
Coordinator Community Safety, Gold Coast City Council
imPAKt (Police Automotive Kids) Program (Tasmania)
The program delivers basic automotive training to selected students at Penguin High school, and uses donations of vehicles and components such as engines from the community and residents. Two groups of six students meet twice weekly. Some are or have been experiencing learning and/or behavioural problems. The low number of students in the program allows quality one-on-one time. The two groups are replaced mid-year by another two groups to enable as many students as possible to be involved in the program during each school year. Projects have included restoring a Nissan Pulsar sedan. This was donated as first prize in a talent contest organised by the youth group Enormity. Two vehicles are currently being prepared to be used as driver training vehicles for the Crash Free School driver education program developed and run by the school. The automotive training is a tool to get police integrated into the school community and to enable the children to become familiar and comfortable with police. The program helps identify problems and implement strategies to overcome these problems before they develop into criminal activity.
Contact: Ms Liz Banks, Penguin High School Principal
Tel: 03 6437 2102
iparty®Small Communities - Sisters Beach (Tasmania)
This project brings together local community, services and project workers to develop and implement solutions to local issues and impacts related to alcohol and parties in the community. The project is based on a community development model with a strong emphasis on ongoing evaluation and review. Sisters Beach was initially identified through the Rural Connections project in July 2004. This project brought together the project committee, who joined the North West Coast Collaborative Communities Alcohol project - a Community Connections initiative funded by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation. The iparty® Sisters Beach committee meets every two or three months, and has developed and implemented a number of successful initiatives including:
Contact: Ms Janine Phillis
Tel: 03 6432 2759
Largs Bay Community Project (South Australia)
This project operates with the aim of minimising graffiti in a high-traffic public area. The project includes:
The project was funded through the Regional Crime Prevention Program and incorporates the principles of CPTED. A key component of the work is the input from a range of stakeholders including students from the Largs Primary and Lefevre High Schools, local residents, the Trans Adelaide Adopt-A-Station Program and the Largs Bay RSL.
Contact: Mr Neville Merry
Tel: 08 8405 6701
'Lock Out' Crime Prevention Program for Affordable Security (Australian Capital Territory)
Lock Out comprises two parts, a household security stream and a motor vehicle stream. These streams are modelled on the Community Liaison and Safety Project administered by Council on the Ageing. In the household stream a security hardware voucher redeemable for $100 worth of approved home security hardware is provided to eligible recipients following a review of their home. Recipients can choose between a broad range of security hardware items and various suppliers. In the Lock Out motor vehicle stream eligible pensioners are sent a voucher redeemable at approved fitters for a fully fitted immobiliser meeting Australian Standards up to the value of $200. Consumers can upgrade to a higher specification immobiliser by 'topping up' the $200 themselves. To verify eligibility an applicant must be able to validate their pensioner status. To maximise convenience for pensioners, an agreement was reached with the Canberra Call Centre management within the ACT Department of Urban Services to provide this service by teleTel. Promotion and publicity material for Lock Out directs pensioners to call the ACT Government Call Centre, which then sends out an individually numbered voucher.
Contact: Mr Paul Flint
Tel: 02 6282 3777
Mackay Community Crime Prevention Action Team (CCPAT) (Queensland)
Priority issues in crime prevention are identified:
Projects have been developed for the first five issues, with action and evaluation plans. Actions include:
Contact: Mrs Jan Kilbourne
Tel: 07 4957 1730
Mates Mens Support Groups MOVE (Men Overcoming Violence for Equality) Program (Western Australia)
24 hour cooling off houses at five local police stations are available for time out for men, rather than their partners and children, away from their homes. Men can be housed for up to 72 hours, introduced to the concepts of the program and enrolled. Men can use the cooling off house for the purpose of time out as long as they have not broken any rules. A pick up service, information and resource centres, a 24 hour crisis Tel line, a job network, a food bank, and 24 hour one-on-one consultations and mentoring for at-risk 13 to 18 year-old youths are provided. Mates has been noted as a blueprint for other areas. Relationship and parenting skills, and a preventative approach to domestic violence are also taught. Men are helped to become role models and to teach their children acceptable behaviours. Our facilitators are ex participants in domestic violence and the program is not linked to agencies that could threaten clients. The media and networking with other agencies are utilised to promote the program.
Contact: Mr Robert Reekie
Tel: 08 9752 3217
University students facilitate forums to groups of high school students, for open communication about cultural conflict, migration settlement and refugee issues. Students develop creative responses using mediums such as poetry writing, journals, art, stories and visions. The students' works are published as self-titled 'Mosaic' anthologies and launched to the community in end of year celebrations. The project develops self confidence, resilience and cultural understanding in mentors and mentees. Parents and the community are engaged in the purpose and focus of the project. The project aims to promote cultural diversity awareness and understanding throughout the community.
Contact: Ms Cate Ballantyne-Smith, Coordinator, Equity Programs
Tel: 02 9582 2860
Operation Bounceback (Queensland)
Operation Bounceback ran for a two-week period in order to combat the rise of car theft in the Gold Coast city, which is ranked as one of the hot spots for car theft in Australia. The car theft rate per population in Queensland is second only to the Brisbane metropolitan area. This is partly due to the high proportion of visitors and high number of car parks along beaches. Older vehicles are at much higher risk of theft. The project included:
Council hosted an open day at a local shopping mall on the last day of the campaign, which included static displays, a police car and bike, tracker dog displays, local car club displays and free giveaways of toys, flashlights and electronic immobilisers. Through the participation of Neighbourhood Watch, over 5,700 car theft prevention brochures were distributed to Gold Coast residents.
Contact: Ms Brooke Denholder
Gold Coast City Council
Operation Bounce Back (Western Australia)
This is a joint initiative that aims to increase awareness of how to reduce the risk of car theft. The program provides educational resources, immobilisers and direct funding for local government authorities to develop and run car theft prevention campaigns in their area. The City of Gosnells was initially contacted in 2004 and received funding for Operation Bounce Back, and gave away 130 fully fitted immobilisers to residents in the City of Gosnells. Priority was given to victims of car theft and residents who owned high risk vehicles as identified by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC). The NMVTRC provided vouchers for 50 free fully fitted immobilisers to give away in 2005-06, and the City of Gosnells provided an equal amount of direct funding for this additional promotion. Educational material such as advertisements with photographs of Australia's Most Wanted vehicles, media articles, a vehicle security presentation for seniors, car safety tips on the City of Gosnells website with a link to the NMVTRC website, and car safety kits have been distributed at various community events and seniors events. 'Spur of the Moment' comics raise the awareness of the consequences of car theft and joy riding.
Contact: Ms Sue Spiegl, Community Safety Officer
Tel: 08 9391 6020
Operation Newstart Western (Victoria)
This is an intensive treatment program for young people 14-18 years at risk of expulsion or voluntarily leaving school. The program has an outdoor adventure focus, but also includes work place visits, life skills training, and mental health group work and parent sessions. The project is a partnership between Victoria Police, Education (DE&T) and Mental Health (RCH MHS), but also benefits from the support of other organisations. Eight participants are involved in the program four days per week for one term. Involvement includes participation in two three-day snow/surf camps (depending on the season) and an end of program five-day expedition. The term concludes with a formal graduation ceremony, involving dignitaries from Victoria Police, Education and Mental Health, and the families, friends and supporters of participants. The program is designed to promote self confidence and self esteem in participants, develop their life and problem solving skills, reduce criminal behaviours, practise social skills, and ultimately facilitate the young person's return to school, further education or employment. Other aims are to identify and address mental health issues and strengthen connections with the young person's community and family.
Contact: Senior Constable Matt Mudie
Tel: 03 9345 6011
Precinct Development, Athol Park (South Australia)
In July 2003, Council identified Athol Park and Woodville North as two of its most disadvantaged areas. A Precinct Development Officer was employed to work with the community. Issues and needs were identified. Responses included coordinating Council services and resources or working with relevant agencies. Extensive community consultation was undertaken which identified a range of issues:
A residents group was established and several working groups were formed to address the following issues identified by residents:
An example of a project undertaken is a school holiday program where young people painted murals in a local park. All group members are registered as Council volunteers and have completed volunteer induction training. Members involved in the crime prevention group have been provided with CPTED training and assisted with a CPTED audit of Athol Park.
Contact: Ms Carol Hampton, Manager Customer and Community Services
Tel: 08 8408 1104
Prisoners and Their Families Program (New South Wales)
The project provides services to all parents in prison irrespective of status, whether remand or sentenced. The actual client is the child. The program works with individual prisoners, helping them to deal with legal issues affecting their children such as custody or access (visits). A parenting course helps them to improve their parenting skills and knowledge, to understand role modelling and to build stronger relationships, and teaches the ages and stages of child development, the cycle of violence and strategies for change. The project:
An art therapist facilitates a segment on drugs and alcohol use and its impact on young people. A lawyer assists and advises the Good Beginnings coordinator regarding any family court, family law and human rights issues.
Contact: Ms Barbara Wellesley, National Director
Tel: 02 9211 6767
Project SAFER (Queensland)
Phase 1 of this project aims to improve police responses to domestic violence, drawing on international policing experiences from the United States and Canada. A tipsheet is designed to enhance the capacity of first response police to respond to domestic violence incidents. The worksheet guides police through the investigation in a thorough and consistent manner, and ensures that police responses are not dependent on the skill or experience of the individual officer responding. The worksheet introduces risk assessment questions into policing, enhancing the capacity of police to consistently collect information about the history of the violence and abuse that is occurring in the relationship. The callout worksheet includes a risk assessment instrument designed to help police and victims determine levels of ongoing risk to the victims. This places the current incident of violence into the context of all the violence occurring. The worksheet also incorporates all aspects of legislative requirements and operational procedures required by Queensland Police, thereby replacing all other paperwork.
Contact: Ms Christine Potito
Tel: 07 5591 4222
Safer Amenity By Design (Queensland)
This program was established to address the growing concerns of the community and Council regarding the safety and amenity of existing public facilities.
Contact: Mr David Matley
Asset Maintenance Officer
Gold Coast City Council
Safety Ambassador Program (South Australia)
Safety ambassadors are appointed in schools to promote and maintain awareness of safety issues within the school community. The project educates the ambassadors in other areas relating to safety and protective behaviours, including fire and personal safety. Volunteers support these ambassadors throughout the year. Ambassadors are provided with set-up kits and badges, safety information, worksheets and other resources. They attend training workshops where presentations include other safety services such as police, fire and accident prevention. Newsletters include ideas to assist the ambassadors. A set of safety brochures is also available, including Stay Safe:
Ambassadors are invited to special events during the year, and provided with ongoing resources, information and support.
Contact: Ms Rona Sakko
Tel: 08 8373 0818
Safety for Seniors: A Non-Negotiable Right (Western Australia)
Safety for Seniors is the development and presentation of two workshops, aimed at increasing older people's perception that it is safe for them to become involved in Rockingham community life.
Contact: Ms Susan Johnson, Manager Community Services
Tel: 08 9528 0392
Sexual Assault and Intellectual Disability Project (SAID) (Victoria)
The SAID project operates within the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) and was commenced in response to a recognised unmet need for a specific program to provide treatment to intellectually disabled (ID) youth exhibiting sexually abusive behaviour. SAID is currently the only ID-specific adolescent sex offender program within Victoria. This is a community based project that provides treatment for clients through weekly group sessions so they can develop management techniques to manage their sexually abusive behaviours. Young people between the ages of 12-18 are eligible for treatment within the program. Other eligibility criteria are:
Safety of victims and potential victims are always the first priority. In the case of sibling incest or the recognised potential of this occurring, referrals will not be accepted unless the safety of others is assured. This may result in a recommendation that the young person who is being referred be removed from home.
Clients of SAID live in the community, either at home with their parents, in foster care situations, in residential units or in some cases private rental situations with support staff. Clients generally attend school or are engaged in some kind of employment. The project assists in the development of a national network of programs for the clients.
Contact: Ms Carolyn Worth, Manager, SECASA
Tel: 03 9578 9941
Sisters Inside Inc Outsiders Project (Queensland)
The Outsiders Project is a creative arts program that uses circus skills training and group processes to encourage family reunification and crime and violence prevention. Twenty young people who are at risk of offending and whose mothers are incarcerated or have been incarcerated came together to co-facilitate and participate in a circus video project. The group was first exposed to circus and video making skills in a one-day program. Then they went to see QUIDAM by Cirque du Soleil. This process inspired them to create a project plan and apply for funding. The group is made up of youths from suburbs across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich.
The Outsiders Program also counsels and supports young people whose mothers are incarcerated. Support includes help with school, housing and family reunification.
Contact: Ms Natalie Bell
Tel: 07 3844 5066
SmartArts 2004-2006 (Tasmania)
SmartArts is a youth focused arts based project that aims to engage young community members of the Huon Valley in culturally relevant creative activities. SmartArts employs sound community cultural development practices to deliver messages of harm minimisation regarding drug use. The project increases opportunities for communication between service providers, families, schools and young people about the drug culture within the Huon Valley, more specifically how it impacts upon the young community and what support services are available.
To ensure easy access for participants the project has operated from various local community and arts centres. The project has employed local professional artists and health workers to deliver the range of workshops that have been offered. Workshops that young people have participated in include hip hop break dancing, photography, video production, music, sculpture, stencilling, print making, theatre, poetry, painting, drawing, installation, web page design, computer graphics and a safe partying workshop.
Contact: Mr Daniel Smee, Manager Community Development
Tel: 03 6264 8435
UP Program (Queensland)
The program was developed in 2004 when several agencies in the Wynnum district, including police, were concerned with the increasing involvement of primary school males participating in activities which could lead towards crime. The average number of participants in the UP Program is 12 students. This is of sufficient size to allow for group activities while allowing for the required individual counselling of participants. The program teaches at-risk boys skills that will reduce their potential to disengage from the education system and move into the youth justice system. The aim of the project is to build self-esteem in the participating boys and provide them with alternative ways of dealing with issues which they have little control over, and anger management and controlling frustration. The project is marketed as a leadership program to remove any stigmas associated with attending special programs. The teachings from the program enable the boys to function at a higher level within society, and accordingly they should be less likely to resort to violence or become disengaged from the school system and the home.
Contact: Sergeant Scott Clarkson
Tel: 0438 185 956
West End Precinct - Vibrant, Active and Safer (South Australia)
This project uses a collaborative approach across Council, state government and non-government organisations to increase safety in this precinct. The West End is a key attractor of locals and visitors, but attracts a wide range of criminal and alcohol and drug affected behaviours. The Adelaide Liquor Licensing Accord was reviewed and Accord principles were developed and based on:
A multi-agency group (which includes businesses, residents, state government agencies, service providers and police) was formed to address the perceived problems in this area.
Contact: Ms Jennifer West
Tel: 08 8203 7390
Whyalla Basketball Program (South Australia)
The Whyalla Basketball Program is based on South Australia Police's Problem Solving Approach (TARGET) and has developed into a community owned program. The program developed from initial conversations between Whyalla Police, Plaza Youth staff and young offenders. It was established that many Indigenous Youth accessing Plaza Youth Centre were engaging in offending and that a contributing factor for this was boredom.
Despite Whyalla having a variety of sporting activities available to youth, very few Indigenous Youths were engaging in sport. Four main reasons were identified:
Weekly training sessions were run, and three teams were registered in the winter season competition. Indigenous people from the local community were trained as coaches and also in sports medicine and basic skills training. Essentials (such as uniforms) were provided at each game. Good behaviour was rewarded - for example, 22 participants were sent on a camp to see a game of the Adelaide 36ers.
Contact: Ms Kelly Fletcher
Tel: 0414 183 697
Camps Communicate (South Australia)
The one day and weekend camps bring together children and young adults 6 to 16 years who are facing adversity. These children need to experience success in community integration, literacy and creativity-based activities. The children come from a range of backgrounds that involve domestic violence; drugs; an inability to control anger and aggression; and a lack of stable male parent role models. We have found that in these families there is often little focus on the emotional needs of the children; little encouragement or praise given to children's physical achievements; high focus on the emotional needs of the parents; little socialisation with other children because of erratic school attendance; and little interaction with other adults apart from the parents due to a limited social scene at home. The program provides:
Contact: Ms Rajini Wood, Business Development Manager
Tel: 08 8346 9868
Coordinated Response to Young People At Risk - CRYPAR (Queensland)
This project aims to assist at-risk young people who come into contact with the police by referring them and their families to the appropriate community service. An appropriate community service is one that can respond to the person's needs within a 48 hour time frame following a written referral being made. Over the past three years, police and these services have worked together to develop and implement this project throughout Brisbane North. The project will go state-wide in 2006. The police make a referral of a young person and/or their family to an appropriate service based on an identified need. The community service will either work with the young person, their family or both. A collaborative community response to young people at risk and their families has been proven to be the most successful way of addressing complex issues that affect these people.
Contact: Ms Vicki Ogilvie
Tel: 07 3364 3417
Fuel Theft Reduction Strategy (Victoria)
This program is simple in its operation. When a person attends a service station operating and displaying 'pre-pay' signage at night they must attend the console and make payment prior to the petrol pump being authorised. The console operator then authorises the pump to that amount and the pump cuts off once that amount is reached. The strategy encourages service stations to discourage customers from using pumps at night that are obscured from sight or at a great distance from the console operator. Service station owners are therefore empowered to take control of their sites and are able to ensure that thefts are minimised.
Contact: Senior Constable Dale Johnstone
Tel: 03 9247 5311
Project ENERGY (New South Wales)
The program brings the target group together for activities and workshops, and is based on a NMVTRC best practice document. The core focus of the project is on reconnecting the young person to values and networks that support a non-offending lifestyle. Harnessing the interest of the target group in cars and mechanics is the key element in engaging the interest of the participants, but the project also places emphasis on the training and development of the individual as a whole. The young person is supported through mentoring and case management in order to facilitate pathways away from offending. A promotional DVD is presented to the local Indigenous community and the greater community, and is played at community locations in the NRMA, Shellharbour City Council, and the NSW Police crime prevention van.
Contact: Senior Constable Jason Harrison, Youth Liaison Officer, Crime Management Unit
Tel: 02 4295 2684