About Us

Our Community Justice is a movement.

Our Movement

We empower local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to take the lead in tackling the unacceptably high involvement of Indigenous people in Queensland’s courts and prisons.

In the mid-1990s, Community Justice Groups were first established in three remote Aboriginal communities, to support community-driven responses to the issues identified by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.  Since then, elders and concerned community members have established Community Justice Groups in more than 40 locations across the State.  With funding and support from the Queensland Government, these groups strive to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system. 

The problems highlighted by the Royal Commission in 1991 have not been fixed.  Far too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to cycle through courts and jails. 

But Community Justice Groups are getting stronger. They are united in the belief that solutions driven by the community are our best chance of achieving justice in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  Government has also recognised this, with a significant boost to funding and support for Community Justice Groups in recent years. 

Empowerment

Empowering First Nations communities and uplifting their stories.

Respect

Respecting traditional owners and elders, and their bespoke ways.

Knowledge

Understanding and navigating the justice system together.

Our work with Myuma

Our Team

Colin Saltmere

Regional Evaluator

Dr Michael Limerick

Statewide Evaluation Coordinator

Joann Schmider

Regional Evaluator

Dr Heron Loban

Regional Evaluator

Helena Wright

Regional Evaluator

Dion Creek

Regional Evaluator

Jenny Pryor

Regional Evaluator

Dr Melinda Mann

Regional Evaluator

Cheryl Buchanan

Regional Evaluator

Dr Mark Moran

Regional Evaluator

Amber Lenoy

Communications Officer

Bill Buchanan

Dr Samantha Jeffries

Data Analyst