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29 November 2018

Australia’s best in crime and violence prevention awarded

In partnership with the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, the Australian Institute of Criminology today awarded twelve Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards to police and community-led projects across the nation.


The Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Australian Institute of Criminology Director, Mr Michael Phelan APM, said these awards encourage the implementation and sustainability of effective and efficient crime prevention programs, significantly contributing to stopping crime and making Australia safer.

“This year we have recognised the efforts of twelve projects across the country for their role in protecting our communities and enhancing our national response to crime and violence prevention,” he said.

 “These projects are of a high quality, have demonstrated sustainable project outcomes, and in many cases have the ability to be implemented elsewhere.

“The Australian Crime and Violence Awards provide a valuable service to government by identifying practical projects that are reducing harm to the community, and raising community awareness of crime and violence.

“I congratulate the winners of the 2018 Awards, and encourage other community and police-led projects across the country to consider nominating their project for recognition in 2019,” Mr Phelan said.

Community-led project winners 2018:

  • Gold: Save the Children’s Out-Teach Mobile Education Program (Tas)
  • Gold: Family Life’s Together We Can Program (Vic)
  • Silver: Daniel Morecombe Foundation’s Day For Daniel (Qld)
  • Silver: Mission Australia’s Mac River Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service (NSW)
  • Bronze: Sexual Assault Support Service’s Whole of School Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Program  (Tas)
  • Bronze: Seeds of Affinity: Pathway for Women’s Seeds for Affinity Program (SA)
  • Bronze: Prisoners’ Aid Association NSW’s Mates on the Move and Class Mates training projects (NSW)

Police-led project winners 2018:

  • Gold: Queensland Police Service’s Gold Coast Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce (Qld)
  • Silver: Queensland Police Service’s Connected Women Project (Qld)
  • Silver: Cairns Child Protection Investigation Unit’s Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard (Qld)
  • Bronze: Wollongong Police District’s Stay Safe in Our State advice for international students (NSW).
  • Bronze: Queensland Police Service’s South West District Blue Light Shearing Project (Qld)

To learn more about the 2018 Gold ACVPA winners, watch this video.

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia.


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Last updated
29 November 2018