Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation is a Noongar-operated not-for-profit organisation supporting our First Nations people in Western Australia. We are dedicated to creating positive and meaningful change and opportunities in the lives of Aboriginal ex-offenders, their families, and the wider Indigenous community.
In Australia, 1 in 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison – an abomination that Ngalla Maya works to address. In Western Australia, 1 in 6 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison.
Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates and at-risk individuals to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required.
Repeat offending is increasing with 78 percent of prisoners, nearly 8,000 of the more than 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates, having served a prior conviction. One-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates have served at least 5 prior convictions.
We believe the prison experience should be transformative and not punitive where constancy of traumas degenerates inmates into complex traumas and to a furthered sense of hopelessness. The key elements of the prison experience should be to counsel inmates to the point of having assisted in improving their well-being and to avail inmates of various rehabilitation, training and education; further assisting in their transition from the positive pre-release experience to positive post-release experiences.