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The monitoring of deaths in custody in Australia would not be possible without the ongoing support and assistance provided by each of Australia’s police services, prison administrators and juvenile justice authorities in supplying the information that forms the basis of this report, as well as reviewing publications prior to release.

The Australian Institute of Criminology would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by state and deputy state coroners and their support staff, as well as the police investigators in each jurisdiction. The information gathered through the comprehensive and thorough investigations undertaken into each and every death in custody greatly improves the quality of data collected by this monitoring program.

The authors would like to acknowledge and thank Jessica Pearce and her colleagues Leanne Daking and Joanna Cotsonis, as well as all of the other staff at the National Coronial Information System for their wonderful assistance. The contributions from Lynne Wilkinson at Corrections Victoria and Russell Cook from the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics were also greatly appreciated.

Finally, reports such as this are a collaborative effort. The NDICP is assisted by other AIC staff, including Jason Payne, Tracy Cussen, Rick Brown and Adam Tomison.