Interview

Fighting Against The Rising Tide of Incarcerated Aboriginal Youth

Mr Justin Mohamed, Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young Peole

Huge potential

There is such huge potential for our young people, not only just in Victoria but right across Australia, and just a pity that so many of them are in the system,

Justin Mohamed

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Victoria

Newly appointed Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Justin Mohamed, talks frankly to Charles about his challenges and goals.

by Charles Pakana

“A juvenile justice worker in the early 90s, Gooreng Gooreng man Justin Mohamed now serves as the Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.

Having assumed the role only weeks ago, he recognises already the distinct challenges he faces going forward. This is particularly in light of the fact that while Aboriginal young people aged 10 to 19 represent only 1.6 per cent of the population, they account for 16 per cent of young people currently incarcerated or in out of home care.

“There is such huge potential for our young people, not only just in Victoria but right across Australia, and just a pity that so many of them are in the system,” he said. 

“Part of my role is look at what’s causing this, but also to reverse these trends and assure our young people are given every in life that everyone else has.”

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