Just Reinvest NSW was formed because a small group of people were very concerned about the significant number of Aboriginal children and young people being locked up. They formed a coalition and since May 2012, have been working hard to let people know about justice reinvestment and why it should become policy in NSW.
In 2013 they formed Just Reinvest NSW as an independent, non-profit, membership-based, incorporated association, with one paid part-time employee. Just Reinvest NSW is auspiced by Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd who funds a second position. In 2014 Just Reinvest NSW began implementing one of the first justice reinvestment trials in Australia in the small community of Bourke in north-west NSW. Two positions based in Bourke are assisted by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, the Dusseldorp Forum and St Vincent de Paul Society Foundation.
There are now more than 20 organisations actively engaged in Just Reinvest NSW as members or sponsors, with additional individuals and organisations providing in-kind or volunteer support.
A series of detailed infographics were developed by our creatives to explain the Just Reinvest model in a more graphical format, making it easier to see the benefits and positive flows from the re-investment of funds into different areas of the systems and communities.