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The future of crime in Australia

Media Release

16 March 1999

The 3rd National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia will bring together leading Australian and international criminal justice practitioners, researchers and policy makers to discuss how the boundaries of Australia's criminal justice system affect the well-being and safety of our community.

"The lines between the various criminal justice agencies - government and non-government, are forever changing, and responsibilities for law enforcement and determination of sanctions for crimes are being shared more and more", Australian Institute of Criminology, Director, Dr Adam Graycar said.

"Australia is a relatively safe place, but the incidence and nature of crime concerns many Australians. And with political and financial troubles in our region, our criminal justice system must be able to adapt to and anticipate changes that the globalisation of crime could well bring to our lives."

"Mapping the Boundaries will be an important forum for discusssing key issues, and provide a key role in shaping Australia's criminial justice system for the new millennium", he said.

Key issues:

  • Innovations in corrections
  • Changing patterns in violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Ethnicity and crime
  • Criminal trends in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Drugs and crime
  • Contracting private operators in criminal justice
  • Law enforcement and Indigenous Australians
  • Crime mapping in rural Australia
  • Markets for stolen goods
  • Fraud prevention
  • Women's safety
  • Trafficking in human beings
  • Mental health issues

Key speakers:

  • Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice
  • Dr Sally Hillsman, Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice, United States
  • Commissioner Mal Hyde, South Australia Police Service
  • John Broome, Chair National Crime Authority
  • Hon. Kevin Prince MLA, WA Minister for Police and Emergency Services
  • Pru Goward, First Assistant Secretary, Office of the Status of Women
  • Dr Don Weatherburn, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
  • Elizabeth Montano, Director, AUSTRAC
  • Dr Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Peter Harmsworth, Secretary, Department of Justice, Victoria.

The National Outlook Symposium on Crime is convened every two years by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). The Institute provides quality information and conducts policy oriented research to inform decisions and contribute to the promotion of justice and the control and prevention of crime.