The Canberra community has now reaped more than $1 million in benefits from the ACT’s Confiscated Assets Trust Fund.
An extra $446,000 in funding announced today by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, pushed the total amount delivered under the program over the $1 million mark.
“Since 2009, I have approved just more than $1 million in payments for a number of critical projects related to criminal justice activities, crime prevention and assistance to victims of crime,” Mr Corbell said.
“Most recently I approved $80,000 for women’s sector projects that align with the ACT Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Strategy 2011-2017.
“This is an important development that demonstrates that the ACT Government is committed to ending domestic and family violence in the territory and recognises the difficult but invaluable work done by non-government women’s sector organisations. I will be approaching non-government organisations in this sector about development of this funding.”
A separate distribution of $30,000 is being made to fund the ACT’s commitment under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 to support the establishment of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.
“This organisation’s role is to build a strong and lasting evidence base that will drive reform and inform policy and practice in reducing violence against women and their children,” Mr Corbell said.
A total of $336,000 will be used to support the development of a whole of ACT government justice reinvestment strategy aimed at reducing recidivism and diverting offenders, and those at risk of becoming offenders, from the justice system.
“This funding will help to ensure that the ACT’s criminal justice system remains innovative and effective and is just as directed to stopping crime as to responding to it.”
The fund is established by the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003.
“The Act deprives offenders of the benefits of crime and acts as a deterrent by removing the profit motive,” Mr Corbell said.