Diversion Program.

What is the Diversion Program?

The iEmpower Diversion Program funded by iEmpower provides culturally appropriate early intervention services, which are designed to reduce the likelihood of offending and reoffending by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The Program provides young first-time offenders with opportunities for rehabilitation, personal growth, education and skills development; enabling them to reject antisocial and criminal behavior.


Benefits of the Diversion Program

  • Positive encouragement to avoid further involvement in criminal or anti-social behavior
  • Further development of cognitive ability and emotional literacy
  • Engagement in main stream community life
  • Possible referrals and placements in education, training and employment
  • Equip offenders to use culturally appropriate tools and resources to reduce offending

Objective’s and Aim’s

  • Provide an opportunity for offenders to avoid obtaining a criminal record while still being held accountable for their actions
  • Involve the offender as an active participant in a culturally appropriate diversion process through the negotiation of sanctions
  • Benefit the community through various measures; e.g. charitable donations, community service work and participation in developmental sessions
  • Assist the justice system to deal with complex cultural and religious issues when implementing appropriate diversion intervention
  • Lessen the burden of large caseloads on the court system by diverting specific offenders from the normal court process
  • Reduce resource demands on courts, legal aid and police


  • Be residents of Victoria between the age of 18-30
  • Have committed an offence that is triable summarily
  • Have committed an offence that is not subject to a minimum or fixed sentence or penalty
  • Have been bailed or summonsed to appear either the Melbourne, Dandenong and Sunshine Magistrates Court
  • The accused acknowledges responsibility for the offence
  • Offenders under the Road Safety Act 1986 may be suitable for diversion

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