Diversion Programs

The Koori Women's Diversion Program:

The Koori Women's Diversion Program can help stop you from having ongoing contact with the Criminal Justice system.

The program provides referral pathways into programs and services to help reduce your risk of offending and having further interaction with the justice system. We can also support you if you're currently on justice orders.

We will assist you to move through the justice and broader service system by delivering an intensive case management model. You will have the chance to talk about your problems and needs, which may include:

  • Homelessness and/or unstable accommodation
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse/misuse
  • Mental illness
  • Family violence
  • Child abuse and/or neglect
  • Low levels of education
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of income security
  • Disconnection from family, culture and community.

We will develop your case plan and assist you to connect with the right programs for your needs.

The Koori Women's Diversion Program also offers an Art Healing Program called Wittha. This program was developed to assist with grief and loss through art.

If you're on Community Corrections Orders, you can do this program as part of your community work. Through Wittha, you design, create and donate posts that are placed on the graves of community members who don't have a headstone. This is a process of giving back and showing respect.

Koori Men’s Diversion Program:

The Koori Men’s Diversion Program provides cultural and gender appropriate services to empower Koori men, who are at risk of offending or re-offending, to build strength and independence through guidance and advocacy.

The aim of this Program is to support Koori men, aged 18 years and over, to reduce the factors that may lead them to having continued contact with the justice system.

The Koori Men's Diversion Program offers assistance with:

  • Dealing with the justice system (and other service systems where necessary)
  • Housing
  • Physical and mental health
  • Training and employment
  • Issues relating to family violence
  • Drug and Alcohol issues
  • Financial problems
  • Community and cultural connection
  • Referrals to other programs and services

ReConnect Program:

This Program is part of the Corrections Victoria Reintegration Pathway and is a voluntary outreach program for people being released from prison. It aims to support them to reintegrate into their community and access services by providing a tailored, responsive, and flexible approach. Through the program, clients receive pre- and post-release planning and case management and support. This service is provided by MDAS in partnership with Vacro.