The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service says the latest state budget is a missed opportunity for preventative justice measures for Indigenous youth.
The comment follows the release of the Andrews Government’s latest budget which included money for corrections and mainstream youth initiatives.
VALS CEO Nerita Waight says while there are some good things in the budget, culturally safe programs for our mob are important.
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service says it has not seen any money for Indigenous child protection, family violence or youth justice initiatives.
The head of the legal service says the State Government’s latest budget shows no interest in closing the gap on justice.
CEO Nerita Waight suggests services like hers may be relegated to the history books.