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Progress update March 2017

Find out about our wins and losses over the last six months for each of our outcomes.

Also check out this video about the work we have been doing on justice reinvestment, goal 4, outcome 5.

500,000 Australians are connected to and supported by the community to overcome their deep social exclusion

Research we commissioned on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care reforms confirmed a high chance of at-risk groups falling through the cracks – particularly those suffering mental health issues . Talking to stakeholders and government about alternative support

Asked our clients in three different locations to help design mental health services they would like us to run

Partnered with a specialist provider to move out of our disability enterprises in Queensland. This has given 126 people with a disability a more secure and sustainable future

The wellbeing of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has improved by 20%

Audited all our programs related to the wellbeing of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Identified external experts from Aboriginal organisations and academia to help develop tactics, alongside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group

In a corporate collaboration, 10 staff from legal firm Clayton Utz volunteered at our school holiday programs on the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory. On average over 100 children came along each day. Clayton Utz also funded the program

Migrants in transition have their humanitarian needs met and are participating in and included in Australian society

Started a new government-funded $800,000 national social cohesion program. Aims to increase participation of migrants in the community, with a focus on building social connections, employment and leadership

In Search of Safety goes Australia-wide. This is our school and community education program to raise awareness about why people seek asylum and their experiences

Increased caseworker support for some asylum seekers waiting for their visas to be processed

There has been a 50% improvement in community determined indicators in up to 20 of the most vulnerable communities in Australia

Helped 10 vulnerable communities develop a plan identifying their strengths, challenges and the changes they want to make

Six of the 10 communities have used these plans to set the indicators we’ll use to measure change and progress. Final four due to agree on their indicators by March

These 10 communities are Kalgoorlie (WA), Tiwi Islands, Katherine and Daly River (NT), Woorabinda (QLD), Kempsey (NSW), Wallaga Lakes (ACT), Horsham (VIC), Ceduna (SA) and Bridgewater (TAS)

Australian governments are directing into justice reinvestment at least 50% of savings delivered by a 10% reduction in Australian prison numbers
Funding secured to trial WorkREDI in South Australia this year - a winning Ideas 2020 suggestion. Aims to help prisoners and former prisoners to build skills and find jobs so they stay out of jail
Gained a $1.2 million grant to mentor young people in detention in NSW. Mentors come from our Indigenous group Wolkara Elders. Run in partnership with charity Whitelion
About to pilot Irish Red Cross’ prison program in Townsville, Queensland and two prisons in New South Wales. The program aims to improve health and wellbeing in prisons. We have secured $948,000 in funding