Alternative to Custody is a 10-bed residential service that offers a 26-week program for Aboriginal women over the age of 18 who are at risk of offending or reoffending.

Alternative to Custody is a community-based approach to reducing Aboriginal incarceration and recidivism in the Northern Territory. It provides the courts, community and Aboriginal women with an alternative option to a term of imprisonment. 

Residents have access to tailored rehabilitation services that target the risk factors for criminal behaviours, as well as employment and training opportunities.

Alternative to Custody provides one-on-one case management, group therapy, recreation and healthy lifestyle activities. External service providers and professionals are also engaged to provide appropriate services to our residents.

Residents also participate in outings, bush trips and cultural activities. They manage the kitchen, meals and a cleaning roster at the under the guidance of a 24/7 roster of support workers.

Alternative to Custody is set in a tranquil rural setting with individual accommodation units and a shared kitchen.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aboriginal women over the age of 18 at risk of offending or reoffending.
  • Working, unemployed, regardless of (dis)ability, culture, sexual orientation or ability to afford services. 

To make a referral, complete the referral form below. If you require further information, contact ATC on 8950 5000.

Referral Form

The Team

Alternative to Custody Coordinator

Kristy Ryan

Alternative to Custody Case Manager

Amanda Houston