Multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement
ACT Policing values the wellbeing of every member of the community and wants people of all nationalities to feel safe and secure. We recognise that in some countries, police are greatly feared and those who arrive in Canberra under humanitarian or refugee programs may mistrust police.
We aim to work with the Multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to create positive relationships with police, break down barriers and learn, understand and appreciate the needs of cultural groups in Canberra.
We also work closely with Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services to assist people who are new to Canberra learn about the role of police and the laws in Australia. We also support a number of groups through community events, information sessions and education programs.
The Australian Federal Police and ACT Policing also support and celebrate a diverse workforce. All ACT Policing sworn members are provided with multicultural awareness training to ensure they are equipped to appropriately engage with people from a Multicultural or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Liaison Officers
ACT Policing’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers (ALO) undertake a wide variety of tasks including developing and maintaining a network of contacts between police and local indigenous communities in order to strengthen cooperation and communication.
We work closely with the community to encourage positive role models and enhance police/indigenous relationships. Our ALOs educate police officers about the indigenous culture and encourage them to develop a better understanding and interaction with persons of an indigenous background.
External agencies offering services
- ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Canberra Multicultural Communities Forum
- Canberra Refugee Support
- Multicultural Youth Services ACT
- Companion House (Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma)
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services
- Multicultural Womens Advocacy Incorporated
- Multicultural Youth Affairs Network
- CPCYC - Canberra Police and Community Youth Club
- Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
- Translation Services through Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body
- ACT Aboriginal Justice Centre
- Aboriginal Legal Service
- ACT Community Services for the Indigenous community
- Indigenous Portal