Ruth McCausland

Journal article

Indigenous policy and mutual obligation: shared or shifting responsibility agreements?

Shared Responsibility Agreements (SRAs) are a key instrument of the Federal Government's new arrangements for the administration of Indigenous affairs. SRAs, described by the Government as a form of 'mutual obligation', require Indigenous communities to commit to behavioural changes or other actions in order to...
Briefing paper

Indigenous people, mental health, cognitive disability and the criminal justice system

The brief considers issues facing these groups of Indigenous people in their contact with police, in courts, in custody and post-release, highlighting the lack of appropriate diversionary programs at all stages of this contact.

People with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: cost-benefit analysis of early support and diversion

This report models the cost-benefits of introducing diversionary programs early in life for people with mental health disorders and cognitive impairment. This report uses New South Wales as the example for discussion as it has the best information on mental health disorders and cognitive impairment...

Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups, 2012

There is a lack of empirical research in Australia examining the lifecourse institutional costs associated with vulnerable people who are homeless. The study presented here has developed pathway costings using the Mental Health and Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System (MHDCD) Dataset that contains...

Factors affecting crime rates in Indigenous communities in NSW

There are notable differences in the Local Court data on crime rates between different Aboriginal communities in NSW. Despite this, there has been a lack of qualitative research on the factors affecting crime rates in Aboriginal communities. With support from the NSW Bureau of Crime...