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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.
Do you know of a program that has reduced crime or violence in your area?
Are you involved in a project that is working towards a safer community?
The Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards recognise programs that reduce crime and violence in Australia. Nominations for the 2013 awards 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 criminal justice policy and makes a substantial and original contribution to criminological knowledge.
The Institute encourages applications from organisation or collaborative teams with a demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality criminology research outcomes.
Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011
Twenty years of monitoring by the National Deaths in Custody Program since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
The 20th National Deaths in Custody Program Monitoring report has been released.
Compiled for two decades by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the report found both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates of deaths in custody have decreased over the last decade and are now some of the lowest ever seen (0.16 per 100 Indigenous prisoners and 0.22 per 100 non-Indigenous prisoners in 2010–11). For the last eight years in a row, the Indigenous rate of death in prison has been lower than the equivalent non-Indigenous rate.
While Indigenous prisoners continue to be statistically less likely to die in custody than non-Indigenous prisoners, there is a concerning trend emerging, as the actual number of Indigenous deaths in prison are rising again, with 14 in 2009-10 which is equal to the highest on record.
More concerning still is that over the 20 years since the Royal Commission, the proportion of prisoners that are Indigenous has almost doubled from 14% in 1991 to 26% in 2011.
The Australian Institute of Criminology’s annual compendium of crime statistics shows a continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia with some concerning trends in certain crime types.
Facts & figures provides government and justice agencies, the media and the Australian public with accurate, easy to access crime statistics in a single, centralised location.
The chapter eight Spotlight on Crime, Alcohol and Other drugs examines trends in alcohol and crime, including levels of use among police detainees and prisoners.
The societal costs of alcohol misuse in Australia
By Matthew Manning, Christine Smith and Paul Mazerolle
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) today released a study which shows the costs to society from alcohol harm were double that raised in tax and excise revenue by the Commonwealth Government.
29-30 July 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Current and future responses to transnational crime will be discussed at the 2nd International Serious and Organised Crime (ISOC) 2013 conference, with the overarching themes of future directions for law enforcement and organised crime, organised crime risks, and, policing organised crime
5 July 2013, 74 Leichhardt St, Griffith, Canberra
As in previous years, the Australian Institute of Criminology Student Forum provides a day of presentations and workshops on AIC research, led by our staff. The Forum is free, and designed for students of criminology, police studies, corrections, law or a related field.
10-13th November 2013, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
Organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia from the 10th to 13th of November 2013. The theme, Protecting children: New solutions to old problems, reflects the need to innovate and to enhance responses to key policy and practice issues across the sectors involved in preventing and managing child abuse and neglect.
20-22 May, National Convention Centre Canberra
The Australian Institute of Criminology and Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators are pleased to announce their first international youth justice conference with the theme of Changing trajectories of offending and reoffending.
ACFT scams survey 2013
Are you the victim of a scam or have you received scam invitations? Do you want to be involved in research about scams?
To understand trends and impacts of consumer scams, the AIC runs an online scam survey each year. Just five minutes of your time will help increase this understanding which in turn helps authorities combat these types of crime.
The AIC is a member of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce which gathers information on scams to help improve the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of scam offenders. Participation in the survey 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 AIC website http://www.survey.aic.gov.au/anon/105.aspx. The results will be published on this Website next year.