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Conference to discuss important issue of crime in the professions

Media Release

16 February 2000

Like others in the community, professionals commit crime. But because of the positions of trust and power they have, crimes committed by professionals can have extremely serious consequences.

A two-day conference to be convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology next week will examine the nature and extent of crime and deviance committed by professionals and how best to deal with it - whether through criminal law, professional self-regulatory measures, or state-run commissions of inquiry.

Speakers will include High Court Justice, Hon. Kenneth Hayne; NSW Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Barry O'Keefe; and Victorian Health Services Commissioner, Ms Beth Wilson.

Presentations will include some of the latest research on the characteristics of professionals in Australia, as well as crime and corruption in government departments.

The conference will also examine computer-based crime, such as fraud involving funds transfer systems and professional misconduct carried out via the Internet.

Some of Australia's key writers on professional ethics and regulation will discuss innovative ways of dealing with professional crime, including enhanced education in professional ethics and monitoring professional conduct with information technologies.

Finally, the conference will consider some of the future challenges for professional regulators caused by globalisation, government competition policy reforms and increased accountability of professionals.

The Crime in the Professions Conference will be held Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 February 2000 at the University of Melbourne, 254 Queensberry Street. It will be opened by the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone at 8.30am.