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Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Category: Event
Sub Category:Report
Location:Australia
URL: http://www.atsic.gov.au/issues/law_and_justice/rciadic/overview_and_recommendations/RCIADIC_RECS.pdf
Summary Information:
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was established in October 1987 in order to discover why so many Aboriginal people were dying in prison. The findings of the Royal Commission and its recommendations were released in May 1991. The Commission made 339 recommendations regarding the redress of past and present disadvantage of Indigenous people. Subsequently in July 1991, the Commonwealth, States and Territories agreed to develop a National Response to the Commission's recommendations. This response was to include full consultation with Indigenous people, community organisations and peak bodies.

The Commissioners found that in general, there was minimal appreciation and less dedication to the duty of care owed by custodial authorities and their officers to individuals in custody. They found system defects and a poor standard of care in general. In many cases, death was contributed to by these system failures or lack of due care.

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Framework Agreement (South Australia)
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement
  • Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement: Phase 1
  • Western Australian Framework Agreement on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Western Australian Aboriginal Justice Agreement
  • Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement: Phase 2
  • Organisation
  • Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee
  • Indigenous Issues Unit of the Department of Justice (Vic)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board
  • Event
  • Ministerial Summit on Indigenous Deaths in Custody
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Towards a Queensland Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ten Year Partnership 2000-2011
  • Moree Aboriginal Employment Strategy
  • Victorian Statewide Action Plan

  • References

    Report
    Queensland Government (2000) Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement
    Department of Justice, Department of Human Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Tumbukka Regional Council, Binjirru Regional Council, Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (2000) Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement
    Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991) Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody: Overview and Recommendations

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