Located in Victoria’s East, the Gippsland region (External link) is responsible for delivering Department of Justice and Regulation services across the major centres of Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Wellington and East Gippsland local government areas.

What's our role in crime prevention?

The Gippsland Region works closely with local councils and community organisations to deliver 16 crime prevention projects, funded under the Department of Justice and Regulation's Community Crime Prevention Program. In 2017-18, the program provided $1,765,534 to support initiatives and campaigns in the region aimed at preventing crime.

The region supports the delivery of many crime prevention activities and projects by participating in steering and project committees, as well as providing information and advice to regional stakeholders, coordinating regional cross agency and departmental meetings, and facilitating networking opportunities for organisations.

What's on in our region?

Community Safety Networks project - Latrobe

Latrobe is one of 12 Victorian Communities taking part in the Community Safety Network (CSN) project (External link), giving residents a greater voice in local crime issues and policing priorities, and to develop relationships between Victoria Police Members and local community members. The CSN is part of the Victorian Government's Community Safety Statement (External link)

Read the latest CSN update on the Department of Justice and Regulation’s website (External link).

Youth Crime Prevention grants project - Latrobe and East Gippsland

The Youth Crime Prevention Grants fund community-led initiatives that address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people who have had contact with, or are at risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system.

The ReBoot project in Latrobe is being led by Anglicare, and the Gippsland East Mentoring Service for Crime Prevention project is being led by Workways Australia in Gippsland.

Spotlight on a project: ReBoot Youth Crime Prevention Grant project

 

ReBoot is an early intervention program designed to address anti-social and offending behaviour by young people aged 10-14 years who have a demonstrated risk of engaging with the Criminal Justice System, or who are currently engaged in low-level offending. Funding for the project is through the Youth Crime Prevention Grants Program, and has recently been extended through to June 2021 with a total project investment of $1.4 million.

Designed by over twenty partner agencies, ReBoot is led by Anglicare in partnership with Berry Street and Quantum Support Services. Underpinned by a consortium approach, other project partners include Victoria Police, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education and the Flexible Learning Option (FLO) School.

Reboot was fundamentally designed to reduce the risk factors for young people offending by ensuring families are connected to the right support services. It also utilises mentors (‘ReBoot coaches’) who work with the participants’ families to strengthen protective factors that will help keep young people connected to education and community participation options, and support them to rebuild relationships and strengthen their parenting skills and capacity.

Through its creative and flexible approach, ReBoot is already seeing positive outcomes for the young people taking part locally.

Regional contact information

The Gippsland Region has five Justice Service Centres in Warragul, Wonthaggi, Morwell, Sale and Bairnsdale. These 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:
Jessica Elam, Acting General Manager Community Services
South Area - Gippsland Region
jessica.elam@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)
Ph. 0457 526 369

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