$140,000 in Criminal Proceeds Given Back to Victorian Community

Hume, Victoria, Australia ( April 01, 2011

Criminal Proceeds Given Back to Victorian Community 2 $140,000 in Criminal Proceeds Given Back to Victorian Community

$140,000 in Criminal Proceeds Given Back to Victorian Community

Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor today launched the Hume Youth Assistance and Referral Team project, a youth diversion program funded under the Proceeds of Crime Act fund.

The project known as HYART is run by the Hume City Council and will provide referral and assessment to young people aged 10 – 17 who have come into first contact with the police, with the aim of diverting them away from the youth justice system.

“The Gillard Government is ensuring that money received through the criminal justice system is returned to the community through crime prevention measures that help young people lead productive lives,” Mr O’Connor said.

“This initiative in Hume will have positive and sustainable benefits by supporting at-risk young people and contributing to a reduction in crime in the Hume area.”

Minister O’Connor spoke at the launch of three Hume City Council initiatives that will facilitate a young person’s pathway through adolescence and celebrate achievements in their community: the Hume City Youth Strategy for 2011-2014, National Youth Week 2011, and the Hume Youth Assessment and Referral Team project.

“Prevention is always better than cure and the HYART project is a great example of putting this into action,” Mr O’Connor said.

The project received funding of $140,000 from the Proceeds of Crime Act fund.

As part of the December 2009 funding process, the Gillard Government provided just over $15 million to local government and non-government organisations for crime prevention projects across Australia.

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 enables money from proceeds of crime confiscated under Commonwealth law to be returned to the community.

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