Restorative Justice an Australian context


The Victorian Association for
Restorative Justice

The term “restorative justice” came to be used in schools during the 1990s as pilot programs of the Conferencing process were established in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the US, the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and elsewhere . In other words, the adoption of the language of “restorative justice” in schools is closely associated with the introduction of the Community Conferencing process.

Many school processes that are now seen as examples of “restorative justice” were not initially categorized that way. These processes include:

Peer mediation

Circles, peacemaking circles or circle time

Community Conferencing

Restorative justice approaches typically involve a process known as “conferencing”.


A restorative justice approach to bullying in schools

11 March 2002

In a report released today by the Australian Institute of Criminology, it was found that restorative justice is an effective response to bullying and victimization.


Bullying and victimization in schools: a restorative justice approach

This paper reports on a restorative justice program in a Canberra Primary School.


A paper on school violence and restorative justice: A QLD study in 2007 by Margaret Thorsborne.


Restorative Justice Programs

Marist Youth Care Education Services

The following newsletters are produced by the Marist Youth Care Education Services.


The Real Justice Organization

Real Justice Conferences, also called family group conferences, restorative justice conferences and community accountability conferences, originated as a response to juvenile crime. Conferencing is a new victim-sensitive approach to addressing wrongdoing in various settings in a variety of ways.


Terry O’Connell

Terry O’Connell is the director of Real Justice Australia.  Terry O’Connell is the Australia Director of Real Justice. He spent 30 years with the New South Wales Police Service and is best known as the ‘cop from Wagga Wagga’ who developed the Real Justice conference script.   Since 1990, Terry has made a significant contribution to restorative justice.  Instrumental in developing the Australian conference model…

Terry led a professional learning day at OLMC on the last day of term 1.

Further reading online

Catholic Education Office. Victoria. Community conferencing in Victorian Schools: maximizing protective factors

Restorative justice & responsive regulation By John Braithwaite

Bullying. No way! is developed and managed by all Australian education authorities
for use by Australia’s Government, Catholic and Independent school communities.

Restorative Justice and School Violence: Building Theory and Practice by Brenda Morrison ,Center for Restorative Justice ,Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University



Restorative Justice

On the last day of term, we had a PD on Restorative Justice presented by Terry O’Connell.  Terry is an ex copper who has done a lot of work on bringing offenders and victims together and speaks to a variety of organisations including schools.  This is a programme that my school uses and I intend to bring together information on this topic onto the wiki, I will use the pathfinder approach and bring together websites, resources and AV.

The underutilized staff wiki is my preferred form of communication with the staff however the question is how to get them there.  I have decided that I will use the Learning and Teaching group email to alert curriculum leaders to any additions to the wiki.  I will use specific learning domain areas to promote specific topics of interest.