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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.

Latest publications

Marijuana legalisation in the United States: An Australian perspective

More than 20 US states have legalised the medicinal use of marijuana; in the past three years, four have also legalised its recreational use. At the same time, marijuana remains illegal under US federal law.

This paper reviews the US experience to identify any potential lessons or hazards likely to emerge. It outlines the regulatory requirements of different US states for managing medicinal and recreational marijuana use, and the costs and benefits of these measures. It also critically analyses the most common commercial for-profit production and distribution model and examines the implications of this approach in terms of individual, social and criminological outcomes.

Published: 30/6/2017

Bail support: A review of the literature

This report presents the results of a literature review on bail support programs and services commissioned by the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate as part of their Justice Reform Strategy. A wide range of resources in criminological and other social services databases, accessed through the AIC’s JV Barry Library, were reviewed, and a number of government agency websites and public internet resources were examined.

Published: 30/6/2017

Homicide in Australia 2012–13 to 2013–14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report

In the 25th year of the National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) data collection, this report describes the nature and context of homicides that occurred in financial years 2012–13 and 2013–14, and trends in homicide victimisation and offending since 1989–90.

In 2013–14, the homicide incident rate reached a historical low of one per 100,000 people since the NHMP data collection began in 1989–90.

Published: 18/6/2017

Our Crime Statistics Australia website provides an interactive gateway to Australian crime and justice research. The website hosts data on victims of crime, offenders, corrections, courts, criminal justice resources and recent statistical findings from our Monitoring Program series. Homicide in Australia and Australian Crime: Facts and Figures are the first statistical series released on the website with further statistical series to be added.

Homicide in Australia presents 25 years of homicide data, covering the period 1989–90 to 2013–14, drawn from the National Homicide Monitoring Program. Australian Crime: Facts and Figures provides a snapshot of volume crime in Australia using information from a range of sources, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Productivity Commission.

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International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics

Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative
16-18 July 2017, Gold Coast

30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference

Acknowledging the past, imagining the future. Celebrating 50 years of criminology in Australian and New Zealand, 1967–2017.
5-8 December 2017, Canberra.