The FINANCIAL — Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor and the Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek today commended the Tribal Warrior Association for its continued indigenous youth mentoring work during their visit to the organisation in Sydney.
The Indigenous Youth Mentoring Program received funding of $158,400 from the Federal Labor Government under the Proceeds of Crime Act in December 2009.
“This project matches indigenous young people with mentors who are able to demonstrate the benefits of good health, including the avoidance of drugs and alcohol, and the importance of education and training that can lead to employment,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Most importantly, these mentors help young participants understand they can live happy and fulfilling lives,” Mr O’Connor said.
Ms Plibersek said the Tribal Warrior Association is making a real difference to the lives of local families.
“I am pleased to say this funding has helped to expand the program and has greatly increased the number of at-risk youths that Tribal Warrior is able to reach and assist.”
“This valuable work is providing assistance to indigenous youth from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Ms Plibersek said.
The Proceeds of Crime Act enables the money raised from the sale of criminal assets to be confiscated under Commonwealth law and returned to the community.
“The Gillard Government is committed to ensuring that criminal proceeds are returned to the community and used to prevent crime and make our communities safer,” Mr O’Connor said.
Since 2007, the Government has approved $43 million to be issued from the fund, with $23 million to support community based crime prevention and $20 million provided to government agencies for law enforcement projects.