The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Minister for Indigenous Health, Member for Lingiari
The Gillard Government is investing almost $30 million to help reduce the number of young people in prison and improve community safety in the Northern Territory.
More than 80 per cent of prisoners in the Northern Territory are Indigenous and many of them are young offenders.1
All young people need to know what unique potential they have as individuals to achieve and contribute to Australian society.
The Gillard Government is committed to helping communities support their vulnerable youth through education, leadership and cultural activities.
More than $28 million of the funding will be provided to the Youth in Communities program to support youth services that work with young Indigenous people.
The Youth in Communities program will employ about 30 youth workers and about 30 trainee Indigenous youth workers to work in Indigenous communities throughout the Territory to provide guidance and encouragement to get involved in study, work and the community.
This will also include $2 million for five new infrastructure projects across the Territory.
Some of the other projects supported under the Youth in Communities program include:
A range of other community safety projects will be delivered with a further $1.5 million.
The additional funding will pay for much-needed upgrades to safe houses, improvements to data collection on vulnerable communities and the development of local alcohol management plans. It includes:
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