Casey Pasifika Community Youth Justice Consultations

For more than two decades, Pasifika young people have been overrepresented in our justice system, yet there has been little investment in work directly with communities to understand the contributing factors and generate solutions.

The Casey Pasifika Community Consultations are part of the Victorian Government’s work to develop a new approach to crime prevention that supports community-identified and led initiatives to address the key drivers of crime. As part of the project, CMY’s Le Mana team hosted more than 20 conversations with young people, parents, workers and elders and leaders from the Pasifika community in Casey to understand what they see as the key drivers of youth disengagement and offending, where investment and action are urgently needed.

In this summary, we share their views and experiences on the devastating impact this unaddressed problem has had on their communities, and how, by working together, we can bring about positive change.