WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE AGREEMENT (AJA) GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The following guiding principles will underpin local, regional and state AJA structures:
1. The AJA will have the support of cultural and social structures within the community. 2. The AJA will have the authority to propose priorities and negotiate agreements. 3. AJA structures will include a range of different groups such as elders, women and youth. 4. AJA processes will be transparent, efficient and accountable. 5. AJA arrangements will be flexible to meet regional and local needs and aspirations. 6. The AJA structures will promote the importance of 50:50 partnership between community and government. 7. Members of AJA structures (Local Justice Forums, Regional Justice Forums, Western Australian Aboriginal Justice Congress, Western Australian Aboriginal Justice Forum) will operate under a code of conduct regarding confidentiality, diligence and media relations. 8. AJA processes will promote two way reporting (accountability and transparency of community and government). 9. AJA roll-out will advance existing AJA work in progress. 10. The AJA implementation strategy will use clear and appropriate communication (including using appropriate people). 12. The AJA will promote and adopt collaborative approaches. 13. The AJA will provide oversight of planning, development and evaluation of Local and Regional Justice Agreements.