A report released today shows greater investment in drug and alcohol treatment and a shift away from imprisonment could help cut crime among Indigenous offenders.

The report was penned by Deloitte Access Economics at the request of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee.

It recommends diversionary programs to non-violent repeat offenders who are Indigenous and have a substance addiction.

The committee's Gino Vambuca says diversionary programs would also help to cut prison over-crowding and save money.

"Taxpayers can save over $100,000 per Indigenous offender who's charged and sentenced for a non-violent crime but has a substance use dependency, compared to if they go to prison or treatment," he said.

The report also suggests mandatory rehabilitation is costly and not as effective as community treatment.

Gino Vambuca says the findings are significant for the Northern Territory.

"On some level it's great that the NT government is supporting treatment for people," he said.

"But it can't be mandatory and within prison. That's not the ultimate way to engage people in treatment."

The Northern Territory Minister for Correctional Services says he agrees with the report's recommendation that governments contribute to treatment programs.

But John Elferink says the Territory is one of the cheapest places in the country to keep someone in custody.

"There is a public expectation that people actually are subjected to punishment as well," he said.

"And punishment of course is not something that many people want to talk about in the intelligentsia."

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.




If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net


  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.