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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

Homicide in Australia 2012–13 to 2013–14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report

In the 25th year of the National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) data collection, this report describes the nature and context of homicides that occurred in financial years 2012–13 and 2013–14, and trends in homicide victimisation and offending since 1989–90.

In 2013–14, the homicide incident rate reached a historical low of one per 100,000 people since the NHMP data collection began in 1989–90.

Published: 18/6/2017

The role of procedural justice in how young adult stimulant users perceive police and policing

This study compares perceptions of police and policing and willingness to cooperate with police in a population based sample of young adult amphetamine-type stimulant users and non-users, using both quantitative and qualitative data.

The findings suggest that procedural justice-based policing promotes positive perceptions of police and increases support for, and willingness to cooperate with, police among young adult illicit drug users.

Published: 2/6/2017

Police diversion for cannabis offences: Assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness

Police diversion is widely utilised as an intervention for minor cannabis offending in Australia. This study compared the cost-effectiveness and outcomes of three kinds of diversions—cautions, expiation and warnings—with the traditional criminal justice system response of charging the offender. The study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.

Published: 2/6/2017

Positive associations between school suspension and student problem behaviour: Recent Australian findings

Using data from the International Youth Development Study, a large longitudinal study of adolescent development, this research found positive associations between school suspension and adolescent problem behaviour. These associations remained after taking into account other known risk factors for such behaviours.

This paper discusses the implications for policy development around the management of student misbehaviour and conduct breaches.

Published: 2/6/2017

Australian methamphetamine user outcomes

This paper examines the demographics of methamphetamine users and their employment, education and health outcomes using data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program, the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services data collection and the National Prisoner Health Data Collection.

Across all data sources, methamphetamine users reported worse employment, education, housing and health outcomes than those who used other illicit drugs and those who did not use drugs.

Published: 28/5/2017

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.


2017 Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Awards

Photograph of awards and framed certificates

The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. The awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia can be nominated for an award. Projects may address specific groups such as rural and remote communities, women, children, youth, family, migrant, ethnic or Indigenous communities, or specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.

Nominations for the 2017 ACVPA are now closed.


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.