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The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. We seek to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

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Nominations for the 2015 ACVPA awards are now open

Do you know of a local program that has reduced crime or violence?
Are you involved in a project that is working towards a safer community?

The annual Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards recognise programs that reduce crime and violence in Australia. 

Last year awards of up to $15,000 supported three projects from around Australia. The ACVPA committee is again calling for nominations for 2015.

Programs of all sizes that help to reduce crime and violence are encouraged to nominate. These may include programs which prevent violence against children, women, men, Indigenous people or ethnic communities, programs which prevent human trafficking, or which use design to change an environment to make it less vulnerable to crime. 

This year the Board is particularly interested in considering crime prevention projects that focus on:

  • Violence against women and children, and
  • Targeting technology-enabled crime, such as fraud and scams

National winners will be flown to Canberra for the awards presentation at Parliament House.

For more information on how to nominate visit , email or call 02 6260 9216.

Nominations CLOSE at 5pm (AEST) on 17 July 2015

Message from the AIC Director: Potential merger of AIC and the Australian Crime Commission

The National Commission of Audit Report released in February 2014 recommended consolidation of crime intelligence and analysis capabilities. The report originally noted that consideration could be given to moving the AIC to a university. Further consideration and discussion within Government has led to a proposal that the AIC be merged into the ACC.

ACC and AIC executive leadership teams have been collaborating to explore the risks and benefits of such a merger and to ensure that a proposed integration of the two agencies promotes and enhances criminal intelligence and research.

A merge will likely produce clear benefits and opportunities for each organisation including extending the AIC’s research scope with respect to serious and organised crime, providing an enhanced evidence base to support the development of proactive responses to crime, and a broader range of data and information holdings from which to develop research opportunities.

Once a decision by Government has been made, associated matters such as maintenance of the AIC name and brand, continued compliance with the National Health and Medical Research Council requirements, and the continued accessibility of the AIC to undertake research work in the broader sector will be addressed during implementation.

The final decision on a merger is yet to be taken.
Any questions related to this matter should be directed to the AIC Communications Manager, Colin Campbell on 02 6260 9244 or the Deputy Director Research, Dr Rick Brown on 02 6260 9231. Questions can also be sent to

Dr Adam Tomison
Director (Chief Executive)
Australian Institute of Criminology

Survey on Preventing Online Consumer Fraud Victimisation in Australia

In an effort to gain a better understanding of online consumer fraud victimisation, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has partnered with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to conduct a research project about online consumer fraud victimisation in Australia.

The purpose of this study is to examine consumer experiences when using online services and to use this information in an effort to identify ways in which online consumer fraud victimisation might be able to be prevented in the future.   

Individuals who have recently lodged a report on the ACCC’s SCAMwatch website may receive an email from the ACCC in coming days inviting them to participate in this survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous.

Criminology Research Grants – Applications are now open

The Australian Institute of Criminology invites applications from individuals or organisations seeking to undertake quality research which is relevant to both current and future Australian criminal justice policy and makes a substantial and original contribution to criminological knowledge.

The Institute encourages applications from organisations or collaborative teams with a demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality criminological research outcomes.

Application forms are available at:

Alternatively: Phone: 02 6260 9216 Email:

The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 August 2015

ACFT fraud survey 2015

Have you been the victim of consumer fraud, received fraudulent invitations or want to help with the prevention of consumer fraud? Do you live in Australia or New Zealand? Then spend ten minutes completing the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Consumer Fraud Survey!

Each year the Australian Institute of Criminology on behalf of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) gathers information on consumer fraud to help improve the prevention, detection, and knowledge about consumer fraud.

The survey has been undertaken each year since 2006 and it provides an important source of information on how fraud takes place and the latest types of fraud to be aware of. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and you only need to complete the survey once. All responses are treated in confidence.

The survey can be accessed from The survey will be available to complete after 1 January 2015 and will be open until 30 June 2015.

The results will be published on later in 2015.


15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology

5-9 July 2015, Perth, Western Australia

The Symposium will invite International and Australian presenters from the broader discipline of Victimology and bring them together in one of Australia's most beautiful cities. It is also a community that is at the forefront of victim services in Australia.

Student criminology forum 2015


We’re pleased to announce that the registration of interest in attending our 2015 AIC Student Forum is now open.

The forum consists of seminars and workshops in criminological areas of study. Much of the program is interactive and aimed at improving research techniques.

The program also allows participants to network, and discuss crime and justice issues with our friendly, knowledgeable staff.

The Forum is open to criminology students, and those who are studying law and policing.

It’s free, and we provide lunch, but you have to make your own way to AIC HQ in Griffith, Canberra.

Please register at the website and we will contact you in plenty of time to make travel arrangements, if you have been successful.