The Victorian Government continues to work closely with community and stakeholders to develop a new approach to crime prevention, which will support community-identified and led initiatives to address the key drivers of crime and improve perceptions of safety.
Launching in May 2020, the new strategy will focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage and those at risk of offending through education and employment pathways, and by strengthening community connectedness and belonging.
As part of this work, the government has been hearing from a wide range of organisations, including local government, community organisations, victim support agencies, as well as representatives from Aboriginal communities, multicultural communities and young people.
The consultations have highlighted the challenges and opportunities across all sectors in delivering this type of work, as well as the importance of fostering a sense of community belonging and supporting communities to design and deliver their own crime prevention solutions.
In May this year, the Minister for Crime Prevention Ben Carroll established the Crime Prevention Taskforce, which has led to several exciting new partnership projects. This includes a project with Football Victoria to deliver development programs for 50 young participants to learn skills in football, administration, event management and leadership.
The ‘Out for Good’ pilot project launched in September and has been supporting young people who have been involved with the criminal justice system to secure meaningful employment in the construction industry. Led by JobsBank, companies such as Lendlease, CPB Construction and John Holland are providing employment placements, mentoring and training for young people.
An African Justice and Community Engagement Pilot also launched this month through a government-funded partnership between Youth Activating Youth and Jesuit Social Services. The project will support young African Australians and their families to address offending behaviours and re-engage in positive community activities through a more intensive case management approach.
Further short-term projects and partnerships are planned for the coming months as the government finalises the new strategy ahead of next year’s launch.