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12 Sep. 2023

Introducing Groote Eylandt Alternative to Custody Program

Please see information below on the Groote Eylandt Alternative to Custody Program delivered by DASA, and a letter from DASA CEO Eloise Page.

DASA, in partnership with the Anindilyakwa Land Council & the Aboriginal Justice Unit (NTG), has commenced work on a Cultural Rehabilitation Centre as an Alternative to Custody option on Groote Eylandt. Working to deliver upon the aims of the NT Aboriginal Justice Agreement, we will take a whole-person approach to providing therapeutic alternatives to imprisonment that address the underlying causes of offending.

The Marble Point Justice Camp is currently under construction, and we anticipate commencing intakes before the end of 2023, likely beginning in late November. Initially, the residential program will be able to accommodate 16 participants, expanding to 32 beds in 2024. The program will provide Aboriginal men with opportunities to address substance use concerns and provide trauma-informed support to tackle the deeper causes of offending.

As we finalise the program, facility construction and recruitment, I invite you to consider referring potential participants. The eligibility criteria is as follows:

• Aboriginal or TSI
• Male
• 18 years or older
• Must be a resident of the Northern Territory
• Must have cultural connection to Groote Eylandt, as confirmed by representatives of the Marble Point Justice Camp Referral Group
• Involvement or risk of involvement with the Justice system

Please access a letter from Eloise Page here, including a referral form.