The scope of the Proceeds of Crime Fund has been broadened to include initiatives that have a well being focus and address crime-related harm. The Fund will also retain its focus on fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs.
Justice Minister, Andrew Little said, “The Fund provides an opportunity for agencies to test new and innovative ideas. By broadening the scope of the Fund, agencies can trial pioneering solutions to complex issues connected to crime-related harm and build an evidence-based case of what works.”
Andrew Little further said, “Other changes include that at least one third of the funds for allocation must be prioritised for fighting organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs, expanding the group of agencies who can apply for funding and allowing for multi-year funding for initiatives.”
Andrew Little also said, “Next steps include promoting the Fund to community organisations and NGOs who can partner with a Government agency to make a funding bid. The next funding round will open by October 2019.”
The criteria for proposals that seek funding through the Fund in 2019 are:
- Expansion of alcohol and other drug treatment services;
- Initiatives to fight organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs;
- Initiatives to address mental health issues within the criminal justice system;
- Initiatives that address crime-related harm to communities and improve community well being.
The Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance determine which bids should receive money from the Fund, on the advice of a multi-agency panel which considers and prioritizes the bids.