The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) is a national campaign addressing the incarceration of people with cognitive impairments in jails and psychiatric institutions as a result of being found unfit to plead / mentally impaired.

A significant number of Aboriginal people with cognitive impairment are currently being held in maximum security prisons, despite not having been convicted or sentenced for a crime that would require them to be held in such a facility.

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Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign / First Peoples Disability Network National Summit

A one day working meeting to develop a National Plan for Action led by Professor Patrick Keyzer in a nominal group process to identify the key points that such a plan will cover. The nominal group process is a facilitated process that begins by placing all issues on the table and working our way through to the ten most important issues (for example). It is an academically rigorous process and whilst facilitated will involve all participants making contributions.

National Summit Agenda Word 24kb \ National Summit Speakers Word 43kb \ Invitation Flyer PDF 1MB

Date: Friday 21 November 2014 - 9.00am - 4.00pm
Registration: 8.30am
Address: Boardroom, Maurice Blackburn Law Chambers, Level 10 / 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9605 2700 or Patrick McGee, ADJC Coordinator 0448 610 105

This day long working meeting will be iterative and interspersed with presentations from a number of people who will provide an overview of the issue. Presentations will cover why imprisonment and indefinite detention disproportionately impact upon Indigenous Australians with a cognitive impairment, describe the constitutional and human rights issues, describe FASD in adults and the criteria of a recently developed FASD diagnostic tool and provide a perspective on the imapct of this leagl regime from Indigenous people living with cognitive impairments.The presentations then interacts with the nominal group process to allow for not only opinions and the experience of participants but specific targeted information from different perspectives.

ADJC hopes that the National Plan for Action will help steer advocates and stakeholders in the same general direction and provide an alternative perspective in a coherent and coordinated manner.It will identify a national disability / legal response approach other than detention without conviction in jails under orders that may be indefinite. I hope that it also identifies and provides space for Commonwealth involvement through the justice interface of the NDIS. 

Outcomes for the National Summit

The National Summit: A Line in the Sand is reponding to the continuing practice of the imprisonment and indefinite detention without conviction of Australians with a cognitive impairment and its disproportionate impact upon Indigenous Australians with a cognitive impairment. 

The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) is a collection of volunteers from around Australia who are concerned about the imprisonment and indefinite detention of people with a cognitive impairment and its particular disproportionate impact of Indigenous Australians

First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) is a national peak organisation. First People's Disability Network aims to be a strong voice of and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their families.

Mr Marlon Noble

Ms Roseanne Fulton 

The ADJC is campaigning on this issue across Australia.

ADJC Position Statement on the inappropriate incarceration
of Aboriginal people with a cognitive impairment
Word 74kb

No End in Sight: The Imprisonment and Indefinite Detention
of Indigenous  Australians with a Cognitive Impairment
 Word, 51kb

This situation is in breach of Australia’s human rights obligations, including those rights contained in the:

  • The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Un Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)