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What is the Disability Justice Centre?

Disability Justice Centres provide secure accommodation facilities to house people with intellectual and cognitive disability as an alternative to holding them in prison, where they have been left vulnerable among convicted criminals.

These centres are designed for people charged with an offence, but unable to understand the court process because of their disability, and ruled unfit to plead guilty or not guilty. To be eligible to reside in a Disability Justice Centre, a person must be over 16 years old and must also have been assessed as not being a risk to the community.

The Centres have been built with considerations (in order of priority) being given to the:

  • protection and safety of the community;
  • protection and safety of residents; and
  • best interests of residents who are not adults