JST309 Indigenous Communities and Policing (8)

The subject focuses on a number of issues impacting on contemporary relations between police and Indigenous Australians, with a view to understanding relevant causal factors and identifying relevant responses. Attention will be paid to the historical relations between police and Indigenous Australians, and the role of government in structuring relations between Indigenous Australians and police. Current policing policies and initiatives will also be considered. Specific points of focus include the policing of Indigenous women, the criminalisation of Indigenous Australians, institutional and personal racism, and police culture and decision-making.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST309. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the impact of colonisation on contemporary police/Aboriginal relations
  • be able to critique key contemporary debates about the policing of Indigenous people
  • be able to evaluate current police policies which focus on Indigenous people
  • be able to discuss the ways in which government responses to Indigenous people affect the policing of those people


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The effect of colonisation on contemporary policing of Indigenous Australians
- Formal and substantive justice
- Policing and the Stolen Generations
- Institutional and personal racism
- The criminalisation of Indigenous Australians
- Over policing and zero tolerance in relation to Indigenous Australians
- Police culture and decision-making
- Policing Indigenous women
- Policing public space
- Contemporary policing policies related to policing Indigenous people
- Contemporary Indigenous initiatives in policing


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.