The Traditional Owners of this land are those who identify as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

ANTAR pays respect to Elders past, present, and emerging through our dedicated advocacy for First Nations Peoples’ justice and rights.

ANTAR acknowledges the responsibility of committing to a truth-telling process that promotes an honest and respectful path forward for future generations to build upon.

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The following submission makes recommendations with respect to the design and delivery of an alternative diversion model for youth under a raised minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) in South Australia.

While we are pleased to see movement toward increasing the MACR in South Australia, the proposal to raise the MACR to 12 with exceptions is not supported by the evidence or best practice for supporting children at risk of interaction with the CJS – particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, who will be most affected by MACR reform in South Australia.

In South Australia, much like the rest of Australia, authorities disproportionately imprison Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. In the children’s prison in South Australia, 51% of imprisoned children are First Nations, despite First Nations people making up only 2.4% of South Australia’s total population.