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$1.5m boost for innovative road trauma recovery program

A $1.5-million agreement between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and CIJ will see the delivery of ongoing restorative justice services for people directly or indirectly affected by road trauma.

The innovative program will provide people with avenues to have their ‘justice needs’ met by offering a safe process to bring people together to have a facilitated dialogue. This could involve supporting people who have been injured, or family members of someone who has died, to meet with the driver responsible for the harm. The new agreement follows a successful two-year pilot of the restorative justice culpable driving program, with participants reporting positive experiences that aided their recovery.

TAC CEO Joe Calafiore said it was a ground-breaking new agreement, which would see the services expanded and offered for at least the next three years.

“Every day at the TAC we see the significant harm that road trauma causes and we know that, in order to recover, there are many people who have justice needs beyond what we can provide through our scheme,” Mr Calafiore said.

“Our partnership with RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice in delivering this program has enormous potential to help more of our clients meet their needs and assist in getting their lives back on track,” he said.