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Community Policing Partnership Project

Two policemen and three Muslim women in Australia, at a festival


The Community Policing Partnership Program supported the development of local partnerships between police and Muslim communities across Australia.

Joint community and police projects, which aimed to build trust, respect, inclusion and participation, were eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000.

The Community Policing Partnership Program aimed to address issues raised by Muslim communities in previous Australian Human Rights Commission projects, including the Ismaع report and Unlocking Doors.

Some concerns raised were a fear of victimisation if incidents of discrimination were reported and a general lack of trust in law enforcement agencies.

The Community Policing Partnership Program aimed to respond to these issues by:

  • improving trust and understanding between Muslim communities, police and support services
  • promoting awareness of human rights and avenues for complaint
  • increase awareness of the diversity of Muslim communities and the issues that are important to them among police officers
  • identifying good practice in policing at the local level to enhance community policing activities, and help respond to complaints relating discrimination and abuse.

The Commission worked with police services and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, which has extensive experience working with both Australian police services and multicultural communities, to deliver this program. For more information:

The first round of funding closed in March 2008; 19 projects were approved in this round. Please click here to view or:

The second round of funding closed in March 2009; Congratulations to the 19 projects which were approved in this round also. Please click here to view or:

Second round projects will continue to be delivered until early 2011.


The Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security was commissioned to write a report about the program. This report was released on 25 March 2011.

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  • First steering committee meeting held at the Australian Multicultural Foundation, 28 Feb 2008

photo of the 1st steering committie meeting

Page updated

March 25, 2011