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The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. We seek to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

Latest publications

Missing persons: Who is at risk?

This report followed an earlier AIC study that examined the incidence and impact of missing person events . The current study, commissioned by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) of the Australian Federal Police, updates missing person statistics and describes the extent to which known risk factors correlate with categories of missing persons.

Published: 16/11/2017

Police techniques for investigating serious violent crime: A systematic review

This paper systematically reviews experimental and quasiexperimental research on the effectiveness of these investigative techniques. Meta-analysis was used to combine effect sizes across multiple studies examining the same technique, crime and outcome.

Published: 23/10/2017

Police detainee perspectives on CCTV

In this study, 899 adult police detainees were interviewed about their views and experiences of CCTV through an addendum to the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program.

The findings have implications for the continued use of CCTV as a crime prevention and reduction tool.

Published: 23/10/2017

Police detainee perspectives on police body-worn cameras

In this study, 899 adult police detainees were interviewed about their perceptions and experiences of police body-worn cameras (BWCs) through the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program. Findings suggest that police detainees in Australia are largely supportive of the use of police BWCs, but this was predicated on a number of operational and procedural requirements. The findings have implications for the use of BWCs as an everyday part of policing apparatus.

Published: 23/10/2017

Aboriginal prisoners with cognitive impairment: Is this the highest risk group?

This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons.

Cognitively impaired prisoners were more likely to re-offend, were younger at first offence, and had greater numbers of prior offences. Findings signal the need for culturally themed disability assistance and diversionary options at all levels of the criminal justice system.

Published: 23/10/2017

Our Crime Statistics Australia website provides an interactive gateway to Australian crime and justice research. The website hosts data on victims of crime, offenders, corrections, courts, criminal justice resources and recent statistical findings from our Monitoring Program series. Homicide in Australia and Australian Crime: Facts and Figures are the first statistical series released on the website with further statistical series to be added.

Homicide in Australia presents 25 years of homicide data, covering the period 1989–90 to 2013–14, drawn from the National Homicide Monitoring Program. Australian Crime: Facts and Figures provides a snapshot of volume crime in Australia using information from a range of sources, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Productivity Commission.

View the website.


International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics

Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative
16-18 July 2017, Gold Coast

30th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference

Acknowledging the past, imagining the future. Celebrating 50 years of criminology in Australian and New Zealand, 1967–2017.
5-8 December 2017, Canberra.