Australian Institute of Criminology

Skip to content

2006 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards : national recognition for projects in Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria and Tasmania

Media Release

30 November 2006

Media release from Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Hon Chris Ellison

No. E121/06, 30 November 2006

Australian communities are developing innovative and effective community-based projects that help to reduce and prevent crime and violence in all its forms, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison said today.

Senator Ellison today presented the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award to six projects at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra today.

Four community projects received funding of $10,000 each, while two police projects also received recognition.

Senator Ellison said the awards are a joint Australian, state and territory government initiative and are designed to reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime.

"They encourage public initiatives and help governments to identify and develop practical projects that make our communities safer," Senator Ellison said.

"These projects demonstrate how we all have a role to play in building safer communities," Senator Ellison said.

The winning projects in the community sector were:

  • Chance on Main, Glenorchy, Tasmania - intervention program for young people aged 14-19 at risk of being involved in criminal or anti-social activities, dropping out of school or training, becoming homeless and disconnected from families.
  • Gove Peninsula Community Patrol, Gove, Northern Territory - patrols staffed by Yolgnu women work closely with other support agencies in providing assistance to community members in need of advice or information, or who are at risk, in seeking to reduce the impact of alcohol abuse on the individual and the community.
  • Make It Work, Melbourne, Victoria - support program for offenders, most of whom are bailees of the Melbourne Magistrates Court, providing employment and vocational training assistance and other support needs through referrals, and a mentoring program.
  • Residential Beef Cattle Production Training Program, Northern Territory - a four-week program that prepares participants for gainful employment or to beengaged in further education or training, and to enable participants to act as role models for their community and decrease anti-social and offending behaviour.

Two police projects were selected for national recognition through the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards:

  • Northern Territory Police Violent Crime Reduction Strategy: operates in the 'crisis response' area of a coordinated response to domestic violence, education and early intervention, particularly in relation to the targeting of perpetrators early in their cycle of offending.
  • Homelands Partnership, Cairns, Queensland: addresses homelessness in Cairns and related issues, including public drunkenness, anti-social behaviours, criminal acts, community perceptions about crime in the Cairns CBD.

Senator Ellison said that a further 17 projects would share $67,000 in prize money and another 31 will receive certificates of merit.

Related links