JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction (8)

This subject will provide students with the foundational knowledge in Indigenous Australian Studies from which to build their knowledge and skills to enhance the students ability to work effectively with Indigenous Australian peoples across the criminal justice system. The subject takes into consideration the recommendations and findings from The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and applies a framework to support the development of Indigenous cultural competence. Students will examine the diversity of Indigenous Australian cultures, historical contexts and contemporary social realities that affect access to justice for Indigenous peoples in Australia. Through this examination students will gain an understanding of Indigenous community protocols and develop strategies to work effectively in Indigenous contexts related to criminal justice practice.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST123. 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


Centre for Law and Justice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine the ways in which government responses to Indigenous Australian people affect access to justice for Indigenous Australian people;
  • be able to reflect critically on social, cultural, and institutional impact on their profession, including assumptions stemming from the history of legislation and interactions with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous community protocols and the major issues and strategies relevant to working effectively in Indigenous contexts; and
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the socio-economic and political policies, practices and ideological processes of colonisation and their impact upon Indigenous Australians and their cultures.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Settler-colonialism and Australian nation-building
  • The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Citizenship and Indigenous Australian activism and resistance
  • The international context - individual and collective rights and international comparisons
  • Over-representation and justice institutions
  • Self-determination and justice initiatives including youth conferencing and crime prevention
  • The social, cultural, historical, and political processes impacting on Indigenous Australians, including the forcible removal of children and the role of police and social welfare agencies
  • Encampment racism and the law - historical and contemporary
  • Social justice and contemporary issues impacting upon or of concern to Indigenous Australians today, and the relationship between these factors and mental health and wellbeing

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST123 in Session 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Cultural competence reflective journal
Journal article
Reflective journal
Reflective presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.