A multi-million program to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates will focus on 15 communities around the country.

The community-led initiatives will be the focus of 80-million dollars in federal funding announced by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney.

Communities from Darwin to Minjerribah/Stradbroke Island and Circular Head in Tasmania will be a part of the programme.

Minister Linda Burney says incarceration rates are a ‘national shame.’

“More than 30 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – men, women and young people – are a national shame.

We can and we must do better. Justice reinvestment is a very large step in doing better. We cant stand by and see our young people robbed of their future by a justice system that too often lets them down.

We can and we must do better.”