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2016–17 a strong year of communicating evidence-based research

Media release

19 October 2017

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has today released its Annual Report 2016–17, which demonstrates the Institute’s achievements in providing timely, accurate and sound research to inform public policy.

Acting Director, Nicole Rose PSM said the 2016–17 results show the great work of the Institute, which achieved or exceeded all performance targets outlined for the year.

“This year, AIC researchers produced 71 research products, 32 of which are available free on the AIC’s website, further adding to the Institute’s collection of crime and justice research reports,” Ms Rose said.

Research topics included violent extremism, methamphetamine use, cannabis use, armed robbery, fraud, child exploitation material, human trafficking and slavery, homicide, bail support and procedural justice.

“A hallmark of the AIC’s research in 2016–17 was the launch of Crime Statistics Australia, a comprehensive online resource providing a one-stop-shop for current and trend data on Australian crime and justice datasets.

 “In 2016–17, 34 per cent of the AIC’s research was used in government publications, and a further 16 per cent was used in parliamentary documents,” Ms Rose said.

“The year also saw strong recognition of the closer ties with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, with the AIC working closely with the ACIC on a range of projects associated with organised crime.

 “Looking to 2017–18, research from the Institute will focus on improving criminal justice responses to family and domestic violence, exploring the futures of crime and justice, examining the links between volume crime and organised crime, and reducing demand for prison.

“The Australian Institute of Criminology had a strong year communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice in 2016–17.

“We look forward to another year of promoting justice and crime reduction strategies through the dissemination of timely, accurate and sound research on crime and justice issues in Australia,” Ms Rose said.

The Annual Report 2016–17 can be found on the AIC website: www.aic.gov.au

To view the latest crime and justice statistics visit www.crimestats.aic.gov.au

Media enquiries: media@acic.gov.au