The South East Metropolitan region (External link) is located in Melbourne’s south east and covers 17 local government areas, including the major centres of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey, Cardinia Shire and Frankston City.

What's our role in crime prevention?

The region has a strong focus on addressing youth crime prevention and recidivism. We work closely with local councils and community organisations to deliver nine youth crime prevention projects, funded under the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

Since 2017-18, the program has provided over $2.6 million to support community-led programs in the region aimed at strengthening communities to intervene early and divert young people from criminal behaviour or activity.

We bring together stakeholders in the region that are working with the same client group towards shared outcomes for these young people. Some of our key partners include, Youth Justice, Community Corrections Service, Victoria Police, Community Service Providers such as YSAS, TaskForce, Jesuit Social Services, Salvation Army, Mission Australia, Brotherhood of St Laurence.

What's on in our region?

Community Safety Networks project – Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Frankston and Knox

Community Safety Networks have been set up in 12 local government areas giving residents a greater voice in local crime issues and policing priorities and delivering community safety projects.

In the region, networks are operating in Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Frankston and Knox. Cardinia’s community safety project is currently underway and is delivering a range of community safety information and activities.

To find out more about the Cardinia project or any of the other local networks in SEMR, visit the Engage Victoria website (External link)

Pivot Youth Crime Prevention project – Frankston, Casey and Dandenong

The PIVOT Frankston program provides intensive support to young people and their families by a dedicated Advocate.

The Advocate works with each young person and their family to build their resilience and reduce reliance on anti-social strategies as a path away from offending. They will also link the young person into partner services to help them get a job or to go onto further education.

The PIVOT Casey and Dandenong program provides tailored support for young people who have been identified as serious or recidivist offenders.

The young people receive care co-ordination, crisis management, individual therapy, as well as opportunities for pro-social activity including outdoor recreation and after hours activities. 

Spotlight on a project: Cardinia Ignite Youth Crime Prevention project

The IGNITE Cardinia project is an early intervention program for four to six young people of Sudanese background who have been identified by the key stakeholders and their school as being at risk of engaging in criminal activity.

The project uses an assertive youth outreach approach that includes therapeutic elements and individual action planning. The young people are engaged in recreation and adventure activities to better connect them with their peers and services.

YSAS is leading the project under the guidance of the IGNITE Steering Committee, which includes Victoria Police, Youth Justice, community service providers, Cardinia Shire Council to name a few.

The project's aim is to reduce recidivism, provide a culturally sensitive engagement program for this CALD group of young people, and encourage them to continue their education. 

Regional contact information

The region has nine Justice Service Centres that deliver Department of Justice and Community Safety services. The Justice Service Centres operate a number of services including Births Deaths and Marriages Services, Community Correctional Services, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria, Sheriffs, Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee, Youth Justice and Crime Prevention.

Details for these service centres are on the department’s website  (External link)

Regional contact for crime prevention initiatives:

Mai Tavita, Regional Crime Prevention Officer (External link)
Ph. 0428 445 179